BoldPas: A Day of Art & Play Returns Saturday, June 8

Bold Temporary Art Takes Over Old Pasadena

Published : Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 2:49 PM

Olga Lah - "What are spaces in our life where we stand in wonder? Where and when are we fully engaged with who we are?" The Constance of Glory creates an idea of sublimity or transcendence being poured into the alleyway, creating a contrast between a mundane parking structure and a massive amount of shimmering, colorful material flowing out of it. Event-goers will find an unexpected encounter in an alleyway – possibly experiencing their own moment of wonder.

Following two colorful, successful editions that brought several thousand art-lovers to the district in 2017 and 2018, BoldPas: A Day of Art & Play in Old Pasadena returns on Saturday, June 8, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event, staged in Old Pasadena’s historic 19th-century alleys, is free to the public and offers a one-day-only opportunity to encounter artistic, ephemeral interventions in unique urban spaces.

BoldPas features installations that are BOLD – showcasing bright colors, surprising scale, and unique materials; all invite direct interaction with event-goers. 17 installations will be on view, created by selected artists from the greater LA area who will be on hand throughout the day to present their work to visitors. Event-goers will see art that is innovative and embraces the “wow factor”: Walk under and marvel at a 60-foot canvas suspended high above one alley, meander through a giant sea of balloons, manipulate a serpentine tube made of beach balls, watch live painters transform walls and canvases with graffiti and street art, behold a massive parking garage wall transformed by a cascade of shimmering gold, and so much more!

Chelsea Boxwell – “Pink is the new kinda lingo.” Pink is a beautiful, majestic, bright, and happy color. “Pink is the new kinda lingo” – a massive painting consisting of brightly painted canvases, glittering fabrics, and interactive streamers - is suspended high above the alley to illuminate the magic of this color.

The entire district embraces the BoldPas spirit on event day. The Armory Center for the Arts welcomes visitors all day with ¡Descubra! and hands-on STEAM-H activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and History). At sp[a]ce gallery at Ayzenberg, visitors get free entry to the eclectic exhibition Robot Remix and can watch artist Sean StarWars demonstrate his printmaking prowess. Merchants across Old Pasadena offer hands-on art activities inside their spaces and showcase fancifully bold installations on their storefronts.

On event day, grab a map at one of three Info Booths to plan your self-guided tour of the installation sites (or use the event Google map – link on website). Then, stroll the unique urban spaces of Old Pasadena, meet artists, snap photos with large-scale and surprising artwork, and connect with Pasadena’s creative community.

Garth Britzman – Beach Day. Beach Day revives the childlike wonder of an endless ocean horizon and the toasty beach sand beckoning us to play and explore. Created with 300 beach balls packed into a long net tube, Beach Day spans 50+ feet. Climb it, lift it, move it, or just sit - it offers countless opportunities for play!

BoldPas takes place in multiple locations throughout Old Pasadena. Learn more about site locations, info booths, event maps, and parking at

Come play for a day in Old Pasadena!

Event day activities throughout the district include:

• 17 site-specific installations by selected Los Angeles-based artists
Kat Bing, Chelsea Boxwell, Garth Britzman, Ash Cano, Capt. James, Alycia Cornelius & Laura Kapp, Steven Daily, Patricia Diefenderfer, Olga Lah, Po Yan Leung, Heidi Moreno & Priscilla Moreno, Camille Ora-Nicole & Ashley Mangus, Nathaniel Osollo, Gary Pappani & Santos Cortes, Hilda Rios, and Marshall Fundamental High School’s 9th Grade Art Students.

• Merchant Art Stops – Three Old Pasadena businesses will showcase large-scale installations on their exterior façades:
Gold Bug 36 E. Union Street on Kendall Alley. “Underwater Dreams”
Homage 100 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. “Senbazuru: The Legend of 1,000 Cranes”
Maude Woods 55 E. Holly Street. “Orbs”

•¡Descubra! at Armory Center for the Arts – 145 N. Raymond Avenue
1:00-5:00pm: ¡Descubra! – A program created by The Smithsonian Latino Center to inspire the next generation of science, history, and cultural enthusiasts. Enjoy free, hands-on art making activities for all ages, live ukulele performances and workshops, informal conversations with arts and science professionals, and a craft beer garden.

• Robot Remix at sp[a]ce gallery at Ayzenberg – 39 E. Walnut Street
12:00-8:00pm: Free gallery admission for Robot Remix
2:00-4:00pm: Printmaking demonstrations with Robot Remix artist Sean StarWars.

• Warrior Painters – Capturing the event scene en plein air at several locations
• DJ Glenn Red – Spinning music all afternoon on Big Bang Theory Way at Green Street

Visit for all the details. Tag us with #BoldPas and #OnlyinOldPas.

Make your visit to Pasadena an all-day arts affair! Also on June 8, Pasadena Playhouse and Playhouse District celebrate art and culture with the second annual Block Party, held on Colorado Blvd. and El Molino Avenue from 12:00 to 10:00pm. This free, family-friendly event features live music, food, libations, guided tours, and activities, all curated by local arts organizations and community partners.

Visiting BoldPas and Block Party is easy! Pasadena Transit is offering free frequent service on its Route 10 between Lake Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue. Buses will run every 6-8 minutes from 12:00 to 10:30 p.m., allowing seamless transportation between BoldPas and Block Party.

Go Metro: Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park or Del Mar Station. All art installations are within walking distance from both stations. Plan your trip on or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).






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