Visual Arts
Old Pasadena’s Peekaboo Gallery Transforms Historic Building Into Authentic 1980s Videocade

Peekaboo Gallery may appear to be indistinct brick facade nestled deep inside Old Pasadena’s Mills Place alleyway. But once you step through its doors, you enter a wormhole into a vibrant 1985 video arcade complete with neon classics, vintage oddities, and other items of collectors’ dreams. The inaugural show, which debuts Saturday, “25¢ A Play: The Art of the Videocade”, showcases a large collection of…

The State of Pasadena Art: Curator, Art Consultant Jay Belloli Looks at the Past, Present, and Future of the Rose City’s Art Scene

Jay Belloli Jay Belloli has seen the ebbs and flows of Pasadena’s art world over the past the 35 years. While the Rose City’s love of art continues to be unabated, the way in which…

“The Blue Boy” Revealed: Huntington to Unveil the Secrets of Famed Painting During Restoration Project

The Blue Boy (ca. 1770) by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) shown in normal light photography (left), digital x-radiography (center, including a dog previously revealed in a 1994 x-ray), and infrared reflectography (right). Oil on canvas, 70…

The Important, Proud, Storied Tradition of the Pasadena Art Alliance Continues, with Last Weekend’s Auction

[Updated] The Pasadena Art Alliance continued its storied tradition of supporting the contemporary visual arts with its biennial art auction fundraiser last Saturday at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles, with about 400 in attendance. The…

Growing Habitat: Descanso Gardens Explores the Wild World Outside Your Door

From the mountains to the flatlands, Southern California teems with wildlife. And as urban development shrinks native habitat, human-wildlife interactions are becoming more frequent. Growing Habitat: LA’s Wildlife and Descanso, an exhibition opening on May…

Visual Arts Events

Saturday, June 02 - 11:00 am ALTA/PASA/DENA Art Studio Tour

Sunday, June 03 - 12:00 pm ALTA/PASA/DENA Art Studio Tour

Sunday, June 17 - 10:00 am 26th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival

Sunday, June 03

Large-scale Paintings by Five Los Angeles-based Female Artists Redefine Sublime in Pasadena Museum of California Art’s “The Feminine Sublime”

Yvette Gellis, Oil, Earth Fire and Water, 2017. Oil, acrylic, graphite, and canvas on canvas; triptych; 83 x 51 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist…

Sunday, June 24

Los Angeles Gallery Gives Spotlight to Works of Pasadena Artist Walter Askin

The works of Pasadena-born artist Walter Askin are among those included in Per Proscenia, an exhibition of work spanning the late 1970s to early 90s…

Monday, September 03

19th-Century Indian Crafts Go On Display at the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena will examine the connection – and tension – between Indian artists and their historical practices and the commercial ambitions…

Monday, October 01

Henry Moore Prints Exhibition Opens June 16 at the Huntington Library

Henry Moore, Mexican Mask, 1974, lithograph, 26 x 19 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.…

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Armory Center for the Arts Fetes Retiring Executive Director Scott Ward for 17-Year Legacy of Leadership

Nearly 350 gathered at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena to thank retiring Executive Director Scott Ward for his 17 years of leadership of the nationally-recognized contemporary arts center. “Thank you for tonight!” Ward told the group. “Please … commit yourself to what happens next [at the Armory] over the next decade.” Ward said his final day as Executive Director will be June 30, 2018. Under his leadership, the Armory Center for the Arts has become one of the Los Angeles region’s leading independent institutions for contemporary art exhibitions and community arts education. “It’s a great moment…

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