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Artwork Will Fly ‘Off the Wall’ at Armory Center for the Arts Event Saturday Night

Published on Apr 8, 2023


From current exhibition: Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology

Fittingly, artwork will be on auction Saturday night to sustain and fund the activities of one the city’s most active arts organizations, Pasadena-based visual art nonprofit organization Armory Center for the Arts.

 The Armory will host its “Off the Wall” Biennial Auction & Gala featuring an open bar, craft cocktails, gourmet street food, music and more at their Old Pasadena campus —the first time the auction has returned in person since the pandemic.

The gala’s centerpiece is an online silent auction of over 60 contemporary artworks from well-known artists from Southern California.

“There are a total of 68 lots to bid on, ranging from limited edition prints, to original works on paper and canvas, ceramics, and sculptures,” said Jon Lapointe, Director of Development & Marketing at ACA. “Most artists who donated work are from Southern California and represent emerging, mid-career, and established artists.”

Also up for bidding are the works of the Armory’s Teaching Artists.

Guests will be able to see the artworks in person at the Armory’s mezzanine. It will be displayed alongside QR codes for easy bidding on, the event’s official auction partner. 

Tickets to the gala, which costs $200 are available for purchase until April 7. To get tickets, visit:

Online bidding is open nationwide and will close on April 11. To view artworks and participate in the auction, visit

Lapointe said Armory Executive Director Leslie A. Ito will deliver brief opening remarks during the event. This will be followed by a toast from Armory board chair Jill Sumiyasu. 

The event will also feature a musical performance by San Cha, known for their explosive storytelling style. 

Throughout the night, KCRW DJ and Armory alum Rocio “Wyldeflower” Contreras will provide the evening’s soundtrack, taking guests on a “soulful rhythmic journey through time and space.”

Proceeds benefit the Armory’s exhibitions and education programs.

Founded in 1989, the Armory Center for the Arts is a nonprofit community-based arts center that aims to nurture the community and young people by creating, learning, and presenting art to promote equity and social justice.

For more information about the upcoming event, visit the Armory’s website at

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