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BAD GIRLS & Outcasts

BAD GIRLS & Outcasts

Sandra Mastroianni knows scores of artists and, lucky for us, they create unique pieces for her diverse exhibitions. She embraces themes that make us smile simply by reading their titles and eager to see the artists’ interpretations: Tiny Treasures, Beastly Beings, Birdly Delights, ¡Loteria!, Communing with the Ancestors, Sticks and Stones, and Over the Moon and Under the Stars. Opening at […]

Loteria III

Loteria III

Once again, Cactus Gallery calls on its artists to imagine and interpret. To celebrate the 12th birthday of Sandra Mastroianni’s Cactus Gallery, she asked for “modern interpretations of the iconic ‘Don Clemente Gallo‘ Loteria deck. “This year, in addition to the original 54 images, we will be introducing a second, lesser known set of Loteria […]

Creating Moody

Creating Moody

Ulla Anobile is an artist we have featured many times in Hometown Pasadena, as we are repeatedly drawn to her work—the folk art aspect to it; the reflection of her heritage on her art; the use of natural materials such as driftwood, as well as paper mache, cloth, and embroidery; the attention to detail; and […]

Over the Moon & Under the Stars

Over the Moon & Under the Stars

We admit we publish a lot of pieces promoting exhibits at the Cactus Gallery. This is because we continue to be enamored of the variety of works that the artists create and the varied exhibitions that Cactus owner Sandra Mastroianni produces. From Tiny Treasures, Dollmakers, and Birdly Delights to Day of the Dead and ¡Loteria!, […]

¡Loteria II!

¡Loteria II!

Every year, Sandra Mastroianni of Cactus Gallery invites artists to interpret the 54 iconic Loteria cards. This year’s works—paintings, mixed media, pâpier maché, ink, textiles, wood, and sterling silver and copper—are on exhibit through April 2nd. ¡Loteria II! is a wondrous show of color, shapes, whimsy, solemnity, humor, and detail. We could break the bank […]

Tiny Holiday Treasures

Tiny Holiday Treasures

It’s time once again for one of our favorite yearly exhibits, Cactus Gallery’s “Tiny Treasures,” which runs through December 23rd. It’s a great place to purchase small, individual, unique gifts for those on your list who like drawing outside the lines. From a simple and simply lovely polar bear wood cut ornament and rhinos and […]

These Birdly Delights

These Birdly Delights

The ancient Chinese philosophy Taoism (also known as Daoism) believes that a three legged red crow which lives in the sun symbolises the Great Triad which is the three great powers of being: Man, Heaven and Earth. (Signology.org) The Egyptian god Atum chose a bird to represent the moment of creation while birds of prey […]

Ulla’s Spring & the Ancestors

Ulla’s Spring & the Ancestors

We admit, we’ve got it bad for Ulla. Let us clarify, Ulla’s Art. Ulla Anobile herself is quite wonderful with a dry wit, which is perhaps thanks to her Finnish origins and for which we then thank her Finnish ancestors. And speaking of ancestors, besides sharing her images of the arrival of spring, Ulla is […]

¡Loteria!

¡Loteria!

The rooster, the dandy, the devil, the mermaid, the watermelon. These are the names of five cards in Loteria, a game similar to bingo, which originated in Italy in the 15th century, was brought to New Spain (Mexico) in 1769, and was  a hobby of the upper classes before becoming a tradition at Mexican fairs. […]

Tiny Treasures IX

Tiny Treasures IX

Whether it’s handmade ornaments, pendants, watercolors, dolls, or papier mache, the objects on display and for sale are in miniature. Cactus Gallery presents “Tiny Treasures IX” with an opening reception on Saturday, November 15th. All works are specially priced, from the very affordable $10 range to a max of $100. From the silly, lovely and […]

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