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Underway: Captivating, Mesmerizing Exhibit Showcases Art by Local Creatives

Pasadena Society of Artists’ 98th Annual Juried Exhibition lets you be the judge of your own favorites
Published on Jun 7, 2023

Pasadena Society of Artists’ 98th Annual Juried Exhibition featuring works of talented local artists started June 5. Art lovers still have time to view the one-of-a-kind art pieces as the exhibit will be open until July 14.

For the first time, the event is being held at the Creative Arts Group Gallery at 108 North Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre. The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Those who cannot attend the event in-person can view the displayed artworks online here.  The digital version of the exhibition will remain viewable even after the physical exhibition concludes.

The first annual Juried Exhibition was held in April of 1925 at the Pasadena Art Institute in Carmelita Park.

During the event’s first few years, PSA was exhibiting mostly canvas art and sculptures but the exhibition evolved over the years to also showcase artworks created through different mediums from those made with pencil to artworks created digitally. 

“We now accept all kinds of different art media approaches,” Lawrence Rodgers, Vice President of Exhibitions for PSA said. “The big change, of course, was in the art world in the 1930s when photography was finally accepted as a fine art as well.”

PSA’s 98th Annual Exhibition presents 59 artworks created by 34 artists, juried by La Cañada oil painter and teacher Elizabeth Tucker. 

Participating artists include Julianna Aparicio-Curtis, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, Cyndi Bemel, Michele Benzamin-Miki, Arnor Bieltvedt, Mariko Bird, Art Carrillo, Roger Dolin, Darien Donner, Karen Duckles, Martin Ehrlich, Mims Ellis, Maryellen Eltgroth, Kevin Hass, Karen Hochman Brown, Karen M. Holgerson, Jeffry Jensen, Leah Knecht, Nancy Lasater, Warner LeMénager, Janet Manalo, Tom Oldfield, Debbi Swanson Patrick, Mike Pitzer, Rebecca H. Pollack, Rhonda Raulston. Serena Refoua, Jean Richardson Robert Michael Sullivan, E. M. Tietjen, Arella Tomlinson, Tsvetelina Valkov, Ken Weintrub, and Sean Yang.

A variety of artistic mediums will be seen at the exhibit. 

“We have very traditional oil and watercolor painters,” said PSA President Kathleen Swaydan. “We have sculptors that work in stone or wood [and] we have ceramicists that work in a variety of different types of clay and finishes.”

Swaydan also said some of the participating artists are traditional and digital photographers. 

“I think they should come and see it because it is an amazing representation of art done by local artists,” said Swaydan.

The Artist’s Reception, where the awards will be announced takes place on Friday, June 9 from 7- 9 p.m. 

PSA is an organization of artists from Pasadena and nearby communities founded in 1925.

Its mission is to “present the works of its many talented and creative artists to the community of Pasadena and surrounding areas.”

Membership to PSA is by juried submission.

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