Brush Strokes and Beats Mix at Pasadena Art Alliance’s Biennial Bash

Robin Stever, Pasadena Art Alliance/ PR
Published on Apr 14, 2024

The Pasadena Art Alliance, with a fusion of friends, contemporary art, and electronic music, hosted its 22nd Biennial Art Auction at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 13th. With more than 350 art aficionados in attendance, guests had the opportunity to bid on more than 60 donated artworks. The art pieces were both one and two-dimensional and separated into two sections. The infamous race track bugler Jay Cohen signaled the close of bidding for each section.

The artworks were curated by the PAA Artist Committee, which for two decades has kept its pulse on established and up-and-coming artists throughout Southern California, cultivating long-held and newer relationships with the artists, The Artist Committee works hard to entice them to donate to the PAA Auction. Some of these artists were former PAA Grantee recipients and were pleased to give back to the PAA. All artists were invited to attend the evening as guests. 

The three co-chairs, Susan Reynolds, Gwen Robertson, and Stephanie Fox, worked together for the last year to make sure every detail was in place.

Culinary expert and PAA neophyte Alexandra Poer created the signature cocktail, “The Lucky Baldwin.” The Santa Anita chefs prepared the Huntington Buffet for guests. Marta Z, a non-classical electric violinist, provided unique musical talent. She strolled and flowed her way beautifully through the crowd and the 16 art panels displaying the art up for auction, adding a magical element to the evening.

“We couldn’t have done this without the superior installation skills provided by the Pasadena Arts Center Exhibition’s Crew,” said Reynolds, grateful for their expertise.

“The choice to have our event at Santa Anita Park was validated. The event staff there is amazing, the attention to detail is stunning, and the views day and night were all superb. It created the warmest atmosphere despite the rain,” said Fox. 

The Pasadena Art Alliance President, Annaly Bennett, recounts, “The women of the Pasadena Art Alliance are passionate about supporting contemporary visual art, and tonight’s art auction was a tremendous success! We are incredibly grateful to our donating artists and generous patrons and friends who made this event possible and are so honored to be a part of Southern California’s extraordinary contemporary art community.”

The dedication by the entire event committee was all in the interest of the PAA Mission Statement, which is “to foster an appreciation for contemporary visual arts in Southern California by supporting artists, exhibitions, educational programs, and art-oriented, non-profit institutions.” This is fostered by an ever-inventive and dynamic organization of over 175 women who share a deep belief in the increasingly diverse and essential art of our time.

PAA awards grants on an annual basis to projects that meet their rigorous process and standards. Funds are granted to established as well as unconventional institutions, and PAA takes pride in championing difficult and nontraditional art. Since 1976, PAA has awarded nearly $8 million to support contemporary art in Southern California. 

The Pasadena Art Alliance hosts this Art Auction every two years, but it also hosts a variety of other events in support of their Grantee goals.

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