Old Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a Day

Old Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a DayOld Pasadena Became a Veritable Canvas for a Day

From STAFF REPORTS

6:57 pm | August 30, 2017


Old Pasadena was transformed into a canvas on Saturday, August 12, when design, architecture, art, history and public space intersected for one day during the inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena.

From noon until about 8 p.m., works by Los Angeles-area artists exuded a “bold” theme for the district, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness.

Many of the works encouraged direct interaction with visitors, and walking tours highlighted both the temporary installations and Old Pasadena’s permanent public art. They also served as an opportunity to meet and greet the on-site artists, who came from multi-disciplinary backgrounds and professions.

Both established and up-and-coming artists from the Los Angeles area took part in the free one-day BoldPas festival, and families and friends strolled the street and side streets of Old Pasadena, snapping photos on backdrops created by local business owners in their own establishments.

For the temporary art installations, artists featured included Ash Cano, Anali Gharakhani, Paul Heintz, L.L. Kessner, Po Yang Leung, Abbey Luck, Viviana Palacio, Zenah Sakaamini and Arty Vartanyan, Asli Tusavul, and Sarah Umles.

Renowned LA-based muralist/painter Andrew Hem did a painting in Mercantile Alley, and pop-up canvasses hosted by Flower Pepper Gallery featured Maggie Chiang, Amy Van Gilder, Liten Kanin, Vivien Mildenberger, Valerie Pobjoy, Lena Sayadian, Joey Stupor and Yetis & Friends.

Lyd & Mo Photography hosted a tissue paper flower wall for people to take their photos on, and more than a dozen participating stores and restaurants made backdrops for selfies and unique photo ops for everyone who came to BoldPas.

The Inaugural BoldPas was organized by the Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD). The OPMD is a non-profit business organization that creatively plans, manages and develops Old Pasadena as a unique, authentic and vibrant downtown experience.

Old Pasadena, a 22-block National Register Historic District, is internationally recognized as a shining example of urban renewal. It is one of the premiere shopping and dining destinations in the country. It features a cosmopolitan mix of 200 retail shops and specialty boutiques, as well as 100 restaurants, cafés, and entertainment venues.