Selected Artists Announced for Second Annual "BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena"

Published : Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 2:20 PM

Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD) announces the second annual BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena, scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. BoldPas is a vibrant, free one-day art event that showcases 13 selected, site-specific, temporary art installations throughout historic Old Pasadena alleyways. The creative atmosphere is magnified when more than two dozen Old Pasadena businesses serve as Merchant Art Stops. BoldPas highlights Old Pasadena’s unique urban and historic spaces and encourages visitors to experience the space, architecture, and character of the 22-block historic district.

OPMD is thrilled to announce that after the review of numerous creative and intriguing proposals, artist selections have been made. Awarded artists are all based in the greater Los Angeles area. Event organizers made a concerted effort to support both established artists and those that are up-andcoming. Selected installations feature a “bold” theme, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness. Artists will incorporate common, everyday found and lightweight materials to emphasize the temporary nature of the artworks. Many are interactive, encouraging hands-on engagement with viewers. The installations will be in place only for one day, creating an ephemeral nature and not-to miss excitement.

Visitors are invited to spend the day in Old Pasadena, meandering the historic alleyways and side streets and encountering art at every turn – experience Old Pasadena with new eyes!

More details will be announced as the event date draws nearer. Visit for complete details.

Selected Artists

$1000 Sponsored Awards

Old Pasadena welcomes two installation sponsors this year: Creative co-working space CTRL Collective and Friendship Church Pasadena, one of the oldest congregations in Pasadena and a designated city Cultural Landmark.

Todd Bank “The Waste Parade” presented by CTRL Collective – A zero-waste art installation that uses mostly found-free post-consumer waste materials, blending an homage to the Tournament of Roses Parade with a message that sustainability can be fun.

Leah Clancy “Haiku Garden” presented by Friendship Pasadena Church – An interactive pathway in which poets compose customized poetry on biodegradable paper for event-goers. Haiku will literally and figuratively blossom throughout event day.

$1,000 Awards

*HUGS* – Robyn Sanford. Enormous, colorful, soft letters invite viewers to interact, touch, and hug the work, calling attention to the nature of people interacting in the real world vs. the virtual world, and how those two worlds overlap with each other.

Projecting Emotions – Phillip Meacham. Emotions “breathe” and come to life, speaking to the power of a person, in an artwork that combines photography, welded metal, and vibrant colors. Instagram: @PhillipMeacham

“A Puzzle for Pasadena” – Keith Patterson and Viviana Palacio. Combining a ludic learning tool invented in the 1960s with the history behind the origin of Pasadena’s name, the large-scale puzzle will be solved, and unique patterns will be discerned, throughout event day with the help of event-goers. and

$500 Awards

Fur Sculptures – Maxwell Coppola. Follow the “trail” to weave in and around six sculptures covered in touchable synthetic fur in different colors, textures, and pile– find the one that doubles as a chair!

Interactive Circles – Rebekah Neel and Meagan VanDeventer. Event-goers are integral to the shifting shape and feel of this piece, as they select from different sizes of colorful cardboard circles and help fashion and re-fashion a colorful, communal work.

Meet Me at the Crossroads – Rachel Visalda. A shimmering skyscape created with air bags and iridescent cellophane, this piece evokes the colorful galaxies and the Big Bang Theory – a nod to its placement over Big Bang Theory Way alley.

Moss Wall – Kelley Anderson. Lush, vibrant live moss serves as the backdrop for a collective wishing tree, inspired by the Japanese tradition of Tanzaku.

Old Pasadena Postcards – Amy Van Gilder. Vintage Pasadena is called to mind with a large-scale “postcard” that appears like an old-time carnival cutout, complete with face holes to stand behind and mug for the camera.

Recycled Reading – Hannah Hiler. In a challenge to traditional libraries where the bookcase and seating are separated and bookcases are rectilinear, “give a book, take a book” library, made entirely of cardboard, is a seamless transition from bookcase to seating – one that seems to defy gravity.

The Red Door – Nathaniel Osollo. Three doors stand fastened together with no doorknob or access. The structure creates curiosity and invites engagement; look inside the peephole and glimpse an alternate reality.

Underneath – Ash Cano. A series of black boxes that are waiting to show their true colors, creating their own art within the artist’ installation, which serves as a statement about the importance of play.








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