Folk art is generally produced by artists who did not receive formal artistic education. This art of ordinary folk often helps express a cultural identity by conveying community values.
A special Cultural Thursdays event presented by the Pasadena Senior Center Thursday, July 6, at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom will celebrate this lesser known side of American art.
Often charming, sometimes comical and always heartfelt, works of folk art have been produced over a 200-year period in the U.S. and other countries. A variety of themes and mediums will be covered during the July 6 presentation by art historian Eleanor Schrader, including paintings, wood sculptures, quilts and more.
Registration is free for members of the Pasadena Senior Center and only $5 for nonmembers 50 and older. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Special Events or call 626-795-4331. Residency in Pasadena is not required. Everyone who registers will receive an email link to the Zoom presentation.
Schrader, an award-winning architectural and interior design historian, professor and consultant, lectures worldwide on the history of architecture, interiors, furniture and decorative arts. She has been named a distinguished instructor by UCLA Extension and is professor emeritus of art and art history at Santa Monica College. She did graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby’s Institute in London and New York and co-authored the book “Master Architects of Southern California, 1920-1940: Wallace Neff.”
In addition to online classes, onsite events and other activities, members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are encouraged to visit the website regularly for a quarterly online magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults and more.
The center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. Extended spring and summer hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Rooms are sanitized after each use. Masks are optional.