Saturday, May 9, 2015

UNRAVEL: Interactive Performance by Jane Brucker


For her community project, Jane Brucker will present an interactive performance titled Unravel, on Tuesday, May 12. There will be one free workshop,  from 7 - 8:30 pm. The workshop will be limited to eight (8) participants. The performance will take place at Playhouse Pilates, 1000 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena. 

Unravel Performance: Jane Brucker would like to invite participants to become part of her ongoing performance project Unravel.  This work centers on the activities of doing, undoing, and redoing. Hand-knit blankets, sweaters, shawls, and vests are taken apart and/or re-created in a process that mirrors the compromise and change inherent in life.  Using her expertise as a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, participants will be led through the activity of unraveling, allowing them to meditate on a change of mind or heart while letting go of habitual tension. The Unravel process ultimately is evident in the installations Brucker creates incorporating the reworked and reconstructed pieces into solo and participatory installations and performances.  

SPARC and The Special Olympics

This summer the City of South Pasadena is one of several host cities for the 2015 Special Olympics held here in Los Angeles. The organizing committee has asked SPARC to assist in this project by asking for volunteers to work with the athletes ( from Paraguay and Morocco) on a special art project led by South Pasadena Artist Val Trimarchi.  In addition we’ve included a list of art supplies and a description for the project. The project will take place on July 23rd at Garfield Park. We are also asking if anyone is able to contribute to or donate art supplies need (from the list).

The Organizing Committee is on a short timeframe to get this project organized and ready for the athletes, so if any of our SPARC members are interested in participating, please contact me ASAP and I will forward your information and level of participation to the project organizers.

This is a great opportunity for SPARC and our members to be part of a wonderful community effort to support these special Olympic Athletes.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Please contact me at the email address below.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate.
-Howard Spector, Director

Friday, March 13, 2015

The SPARC Benefit Party for "Dirty Laundry" is in 2 Weeks!

This will be an exciting event for the New SPARC Gallery's first exhibition!

Art Fashion Show
Music by Les Sewing Sisters
DJ Mocean Worker keeping the festivities going!!

Don't wait! Purchase your tickets now! Don't miss it! 
Tickets are limited! 
Tickets are $35 for Individuals, $60 for Couples.

Click the link below for more information & to purchase tickets. 



Lun*na Menoh Exhibition - "Dirty Laundry"
At the New SPARC Gallery 

Opening Reception, Thursday, March 26, 5-7 pm
SPARC Gallery, 1121 Mission Street - FREE
Reception provided by Collette LeBoffe-Dorn, Podley Properties

Lun*na Menoh After Party, March 26, 7-10pm
Burke Triolo Studio, 538 Mission Street, South Pasadena
Food generously provided by ARO and Radhika Restaurants; Desserts provided by Heirloom Bakery

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Reminder: SPARC Lab Begins in One Week (March 16). Register Today!

There is still time to register and be part of this exciting professional development workshop.  Move your art career forward! Sign Up Today!!

Mondays, March 16- April 27, from 7pm-9pm - (no class Mar.30)
SPARC LAB: "Create Momentum"
SPARC Gallery, 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena 
Cost: $210 including Supplies, SPARC members: $190

SPARC's first Lab of 2015 is designed for artists to grow creatively to the next level both professionally and personally, from where they are currently.

Developed by artist Lori Koop, as part of her Creative Coaching Program, "Create Momentum" is a six-week workshop, which focuses on getting participants to recommit to their creative self and take the next step in their artistic career. 

Topics will include: Left and Right Brain Dynamic; Role of the Body; Thoughts and Beliefs; Work of Byron Katie; Values, Passion & Purpose; Intention and Goals. 

Learn how to self-coach. Keep yourself on track. Hear the voices and do it anyway. Insure that 2015 will be a productive one! Take away very specific tools to use over and over again. To get clear, stay focused and create momentum! Join other artists ready for the new in this creative workshop!

For information and to register CLICK HERE.

Monday, February 16, 2015

SPARC LAB: "Create Momentum" 6-Week Workshop Coming in March 2015


SPARC's first Lab of 2015 is designed for artists to grow creatively to the next level both professionally and personally, from where they are currently.

Developed by artist Lori Koop, as part of her Creative Coaching Program, "Create Momentum" is a six-week workshop, which focuses on getting participants to recommit to their creative self and take the next step in their artistic career.

Topics will include:  Left and Right Brain Dynamic; Role of the Body; Thoughts and Beliefs; Work of Byron Katie; Values, Passion & Purpose; Intention and Goals.

Learn how to self-coach. Keep yourself on track. Hear the voices and do it anyway. Insure that 2015 will be a productive one! Take away very specific tools to use over and over again. To get clear, stay focused and create momentum! Join other artists ready for the new in this creative workshop!
 
Dates: Mondays, March 16 - April 27, from 7-9pm - (no class Mar 30)
Cost: $210 including Supplies, SPARC members: $190 
Location: SPARC Gallery, 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena

For more information and to Register, click Here

Thursday, February 12, 2015

SPARC Talent Show - Part of South Pasadena Arts Crawl!

The South Pasadena Arts Council is partnering with the Fremont Centre Theatre for the next South Pasadena Arts Crawl on Saturday February 21st from 6-9 pm.

The Talent Show will feature community performers who are singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, storytellers, and actors. They include performers ranging from middle and high school students to adults.

Come out for the Arts Crawl, and enjoy our community performers at the Fremont Centre Theatre and visit all the other venues that are presenting exhibitions, music, and interactive projects. Stores will be open and having special offers and of course there will be the infamous food trucks.  It's our own neighborhood night celebrating the arts and our local businesses. 

Come out and take in the sights, sounds and the creativity of our vibrant arts community!
Following the official end of the Arts Crawl at 9:00 pm, SPARC will host an after party at the Theatre with live music, snacks and drinks (Donations are encouraged). Attendance for this event is limited.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Call to Performers

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Performance Night at the Fremont Centre Theatre
as part of the South Pasadena Arts Crawl
 
The South Pasadena Arts Council in partnership with the Fremont Centre Theatre presents Performance Night, Saturday, February 21 from 5-9pm as part of the Next Arts Crawl.


 
Calling all Middle School, High School and Adult performers: If you can sing, act, dance, play an instrument, or do stand-up comedy, you are invited to audition!
 
Auditions will be held on  Saturday, January 31 from 11-3 pm and Wednesday, February 4, from 3-6pm.


Call Carl Weintraub at 323-253-8547 for an audition time. 
Slots are open for acts 3-4 minutes in length.
  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Support SPARC with a Year-End Gift BECOME A SPARC-PLUG!

Arts Supporters, Members & Friends of SPARC,

In the spirit of #Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, SPARC is very grateful to our community of supporters. Thanks to your support we are able to expand the arts in our city.

We strive to enrich South Pasadena through a program of compelling cultural events to help create a vibrant, creative city and build appreciation and understanding of the value of the arts within our community.

This past year, 2014 has been a growth year for us. We offered more opportunities for artists with our visual and performing arts programs and SPARC Lab, and have continued our strong arts programming and arts education advocacy in SPUSD that benefits all students.

With your support we can continue to provide exciting, innovative cultural experiences for South Pasadena. Please join us and make a gift today!!

Choose your Level: Patron $2,500/Supporter $1,000/Advocate $500/Friend $250/Fan $100
Enthusiast $50/Ally $25

                   
                                                     DONATE NOW

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Make a one-time donation or consider signing up for a recurring gift. Your tax-deductible contribution will enable SPARC to be the creative voice for everyone who believes that arts, culture, and arts education will build a better future for South Pasadena. Every gift is meaningful. Every dollar you contribute is an investment in the arts for our community.

If you don't want to pay online, please send a check payable to: Pasadena Arts Council.
Write SPARC in the memo line, and mail to:
South Pasadena Arts Council
P.O. Box 3272, South Pasadena, CA 91031

On behalf of SPARC thank you for supporting our work. We appreciate your commitment for SPARC's success.

Best Wishes and Happy Holidays!!
Sincerely,

 Howard Spector, Director

SPARC is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The SPARC 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition Ends November 15th

Featured photographers
Cheng-Chung-Ping, Janet Milhomme, Kim Ziel, Joan Dooley, Mark Woods, and Linda Queally. 
Curated by Claudia Bohn-Spector.

SoPas Gallery, 1121 Mission Street, So. Pasadena, CA
Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm.

Looking Forward to 2015

Dear Members & Community Artists,

SPARC will be taking over the So Pas Gallery next year in the spring! We plan on organizing a yearly program of SPARC Exhibitions, so look for a call to artists in January to submit work for consideration for the FY 2015-16 program.

Also keep an eye out for new and exciting SPARC Labs in the new year! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monday October 27, 2014 @ 7pm - FREE Workshop Every Artist Insured: Finding Affordable Health Insurance


Please join us at LA STAGE Space for a free workshop on health care for artists. This workshop will:

1.) Walk you through your Covered California options and requirements
2.) Provide important information relevant to freelancers and the self-employed
3.) Help you find affordable health insurance with the help of tax credits and federal subsidies
4.) Answer all your burning questions!

The event is free and open to everyone in the visual and performing arts. Guests are welcome. RSVP is appreciated as space is limited.

LA STAGE Space is located at 4200 Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90039. Questions? Email Crystal at cdiaz@lastagealliance.com

LA STAGE Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization empowering artists and engaging audiences since 1975, is dedicated to building awareness, appreciation and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles strengthening the sector through audience engagement, community building, collaborative marketing, professional development and advocacy.

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SPARC is distributing this announcement as a service to our members and the and artists in the community. We believe it is important that people be informed of these opportunities and be able to participate if they want to.

Monday, October 6, 2014




        

Third Annual SPARC Juried Exhibition



Photography

South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) announces its third annual juried exhibition, October 15 – November 15, 2014 at the So Pas Gallery, 1121 Mission St, South Pasadena CA 91030. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, October 18, from 5-9 pm in conjunction with the Fall Arts Crawl, South Pasadena’s Neighborhood Night on the Town. 
This year’s juror, Claudia Bohn-Spector, selected the works of six artists.  Included in the exhibition are: Cheng-Chung-Ping, Janet Milhomme, Kim Ziel, Joan Dooley, Mark Woods, and Linda Queally.


“I was pleased to be able to jury and curate the Third Annual SPARC Exhibition. My approach was to organize a coherent group of images that worked well together in the gallery around the central theme of landscape”, said Curator Claudia Bohn-Spector.


SPARC’s mission is to advocate for and promote the arts in order to recognize local artists as a rich resource within our city and build appreciation and understanding of the value of the arts within the community.


The Annual Juried Exhibition is one of the ways we provide opportunities for local artists to present their work to the public.


Come out for the Crawl, stop by the So Pas Gallery and support these artists and SPARC. Enjoy refreshments, wine and good friendships and conversations.

 


SPARC is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.
P.O. Box 3272 South Pasadena California 91031
http://www.SoPasArtsCouncil.com                                    mailto:info@SoPasArtsCouncil.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

4th Annual “End of Summer Concert Celebration”

THE NEXT SPARC CONCERT EVENT !

BE THERE AT LIBRARY PARK IN FRONT OF THE COMMUNITY ROOM

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) in partnership with the South Pasadena Public Library and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library is presenting its 4th Annual “End of Summer Concert Celebration” on Thursday, September 25th, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at 1115 El Centro Street outside of the Library Community Room, adjacent to the Farmers’ Market.

The free concert will feature the Mark “Pocket” Goldberg Trio. The MPG Trio includes Debra Dobkin On Drums & Vocals and Nick Kirgo on Guitar & Vocals.

For decades now, Mark “Pocket” Goldberg has been a respected “Roots” Bass player (upright & electric) who has had the honor of making music with some of the most talented artists of his day including: Mick Fleetwood’s Blue Whale (with Joe Walsh & John Mayall), Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Canned Heat, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Joe Bonamassa. 



Special Opportunity for SPARC Members

SPARC MEMBERS CAN ATTEND FOR THE SPECIAL STUDENT/SENIOR REGISTRATION OF $110.
Presented by the Los Angeles Art Association

UPCOMING LAAA WORKSHOP - SIGN UP TODAY!

Today's Artist: 21st Century Communications, Strategies and Opportunities.
Strengthen your professional development with an immersive 1 day artist-centric program focused on the practical needs of artists from LAAA, the organization committed to the needs of artists.

When:
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9 am - 5 pm

Where:
Burke Triolo Studio
538 Mission street
South Pasadena, 91030

Cost:
$100 LAAA Members
$110 Students and Seniors and SPARC members
$180 Non-Members


For more information and to register visit  http://laaa.org/workshop_todays_artist/index.html

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Third Annual SPARC Juried Exhibition


Third Annual SPARC Juried Exhibition

Call for Entries - Photography
Opportunity for Visual Artists
South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) announces its third annual juried exhibition, October 15 – November 30, 2014 at the So Pas Gallery Pasadena, 1121 Mission St, South Pasadena CA 91030. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, October 18, from 5-9 pm.
Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all current paid SPARC member artists, or visual artists that join SPARC at the time of submission, are at least 18 years of age, and living and/or working in California. Membership for artists is $30/yr.

Artists are invited to submit up to 10 digital images of two or three-dimensional work completed within the last three years. This exhibition will only accept works in photographic media.

Juror:   Claudia-Bohn-Spector
Claudia Bohn-Spector, an independent scholar and curator in Los Angeles, received her PhD in art history from the University of Munich, Germany.  A specialist in American art and culture, she has organized numerous fine art exhibitions, most recently Objects Are Closer Than They Appear at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, with works by German artist Manfred Müller; and Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.  She also co-curated a critically acclaimed survey of Los Angeles photography at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, entitled This Side of Paradise:  Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs.  

Also at the Huntington, she presented Envisioning Eden: Water and the Selling of L.A. (1997) and The Great Wide Open: Panoramic Photographs of the American West (2001), which received the top exhibition catalog award from the American Library Association in 2002.  

At the Getty Research Institute, she helped direct the international research and exhibition project Imaging the City: The Formation and Display of Urban Identities in the Americas and authored August Sander: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (2000). 

She is currently preparing two photography exhibitions:  Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, JoAnn Callis, Eileen Cowin, opening at the Pasadena Museum of California Art on September 13, 2014 and a major exhibition of works by Ansel Adams for the Huntington Library and Art Galleries in San Marino, CA, scheduled to open in early 2017.

Submissions
Prepare your digital images in jpeg format at 72 ppi. Image files must be no longer than 800 pixels wide. Each jpeg should have a file name of your initials, an underscore and the title. If, for example, your title were “blue landscape”, you would name your file as follows: hs_bluelandscape.jpg. Titles must correspond with the titles provided on your entry form.


Fees
$25 for the first five images, for current SPARC members.  Up to five additional images can be submitted for $10 per image.

$55 for the first five images for non-SPARC members, (includes a one-year membership in SPARC). Up to five additional images can be submitted for $10 per image.

The juror will consider the first five images for exhibit. These five must be available.  If you are submitting additional images, please indicate if the work is available for the show.

Payment shall be made by check payable to the Pasadena Arts Council. In the memo line add SPARC and mail together with the CD or DVD submission and entry form.


Submission Deadline:  All entries must be submitted no later than midnight, Friday, September 19, 2014.

How to submit: Artists will mail a CD or DVD with jpeg images, a check, and the entry form to:

SPARC Juried Exhibition
P.O. Box 3272
South Pasadena, California 91031

If you want your CD or DVD returned to you, please include a SASE.

Artist Notification: Artists will be notified of acceptance status by email on or before:
Friday, October 3, 2014.

Accepted Work must be received at the So Pas Gallery (Chamber of Commerce), 1121 Mission Street South Pasadena CA 91030 by no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014 to be included in the exhibition.

Art works selected for exhibition must be ready to hang or be installed.

Liability: SPARC will take all due precautions to protect the premises and art. Artists agree to release SPARC from all liability with respect to loss due to damage, theft, vandalism or accident. Artist is responsible for his/her own insurance.

SPARC
has the right to reject any unsuitable work. Artwork that arrives damaged, cannot be hung properly, or are deemed by the juror having poor quality will not be exhibited.

SPARC will handle any sales for the exhibition, and will retain a 40% commission, plus sales tax, on sold works.

Upon entering work into this exhibition, and signing the form, the artist agrees to these terms of sale, and all terms discussed within this prospectus.

We’ll provide attribution for the artist on the walls of the exhibition, the gallery checklist, and all press materials. Your registration will be our only source of information so it must be accurate.

Reproduction of Artwork: Accepted artwork may be used for print or Internet publicity for the exhibition.

For additional information email Howard Spector, Director of SPARC at info@sopasartscouncil.com or by phone: 310-741-7650.



SPARC JURIED EXHIBITION ENTRY FORM

Please fill out this form, include it with your CD or DVD submission and check.

Artist's name:
Address: city/state/zip:
Email address:
Phone number:
Total number of pieces submitted:___

Payment with: check #___

Artist signature: _____________________________________

By signing your name and sending in your submission, you hereby agree to all of the stated conditions in the prospectus.

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SPARC Juried Exhibition

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Photos from the SPARC/SOPA Stage @Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk






Here are a few images for our great night of music featuring:
Thanks to SOPA Studios for co-hosting our event.
AND thanks to the fabulous musicians who performed.




                                                   Lisa Finnie,
                                                  Shadowlands
                                                  Anny Celsi
                                                  Jonah Smith