Monday, October 11, 2010

October Events

SPARC Events for October

Important dates:

SPARC Workday

Saturday, Oct 16 10am-2pm

Art Walk

Saturday, Oct 23 5pm-9pm

We will be having a workday for the upcoming South Pasadena Art Walk on Oct 16th from 10am-2pm at the Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave, corner of Fremont & El Centro. Anyone is welcome to come. We will be building frames and attaching the canvas material to the frames to get ready for our interactive Giant easel event at the Art Walk on Oct 23.

For the Art Walk On the 23rd, we will need people for the following times:

  • Pick up Easels and materials: 2pm - 2:30pm
  • Set up at Meridian: 2:30pm - 3pm
  • First Event Shift: 3pm-5pm
  • Second Event Shift: 5pm-8pm
  • Breakdown: 8pm-9pm

*Event Shift people will be manning the easels and making sure the canvases don't get destroyed and paint doesn't end up anywhere but on the canvases. It also includes encouraging people to paint!

Thanks for spreading the word! If you are available to come to workday or help at the Art Walk contact Karen Sommers Cooper at

Thanks for making this another great event!

If any SPARC members have any upcoming events in Oct please list the details here under blog comments- a great way to support each others performing or visual art events!

See you soon-

Lissa Reynolds SPARC Co-Director

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Upcoming Meeting This Saturday

Dear Sparc Community,
The next SPARC meeting will be:

Saturday, September 11th,
1-2:30 pm at
Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lissa Reynolds

Monday, August 16, 2010

SPARC community-

Don't miss this opportunity organized, by SPARC Literary Coordinator and South Pasadena Librarian Steve Fieldsted, to celebrate Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday in our own small town of South Pasadena. I will be there to introduce Ray and lead us in singing Happy Birthday. One of our SPARC Gallery artists, Leo LeGaspe, has been invited to have some of his fantasy drawings on display at the event and we will have a SPARC info booth at the Community Room before the event. So come by, say Hello and wish America's Storyteller a very happy birthday! Details are below.

Lissa Reynolds / SPARC Director



Not very many people anywhere knew the exact temperature at which paper burns prior to 1953. Now, countless millions the world over have the specific thermometer reading burned into their memories, due to Ray Bradbury's now-classic FAHRENHEIT 451, published that year. Considered by many to be one of the most important and influential books of the latter half of the 20th Century, it's also one of the most acclaimed and bestselling science fiction books ever. FAHRENHEIT rose to the heights from a humble beginning. It was originally developed by the young author as a novella while he fed dimes into a coin-operated typewriter in the basement of the UCLA Library. Surrounding students and librarians had no way of knowing the literary magic being conjured up in their midst. Readers the world over can be thankful Ray Bradbury had a steady supply of the tiny silver coins as he ingeniously poured his inspiration into the manuscript. The rest is literary history.

Bradbury went on, of course, to a highly remarkable career and has written more than 600 published works including short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse. Among the best known are DANDELION WINE, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE HALLOWEEN TREE, and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on August 22, 1920. Today, as an author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, lecturer, poet and visionary, he is known as one of America's greatest creative geniuses. As an 11 year-old he started writing his stories on butcher paper and by 1934 the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles where he’s resided ever since. He attended Los Angeles High School and planned to become an actor until teachers encouraged him to continue working as a writer. His formal education ended with his high school graduation in 1938, but he continued educating himself in the library while spending long hours at the typewriter honing his skills.

Bradbury's work has won innumerable honors and awards, including the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America and a special Lifetime Achievement Pulitzer Prize in 2007. At an age when most men are long retired Bradbury remains a dynamic storyteller and writer. His incredible body of work exemplifies one of the greatest contemporary imaginations.

The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, with funding support from the Helix Foundation, will honor Ray Bradbury with a 90th Birthday Celebration on Thursday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. The free, not-to-be-missed event will feature a showing of Walt Disney Pictures’ adaptation of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, a PG-13-rated 1983 film starring Jason Robards and Diane Ladd. According to Mary Menzel, Director of the California Center for the Book notes SOMETHING WICKED is a wonderful film to show in honor of Ray Bradbury’s birthday, because it is one of the truest and most successful literary adaptations in movie history.” As Roger Ebert noted when the film came out, “it captures the novel’s mood, tone, and style in a really exceptional way.”

Mayor Richard D. Schneider will present a Proclamation to Ray declaring August 22 as “Ray Bradbury Day in South Pasadena.” Lissa Reynolds from the Fremont Centre Theatre and Director of the South Pasaadena Arts Council who has worked with Ray for years will be introducing him and leading the audience in sing you-know-what. A custom birthday cake designed by Fantasy Frostings of South Pasadena will also be presented. The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street Fremont Avenue and free parking will be available across the street in the South Pasadena Unified School District parking lot. To augment the 150 seat capacity in the Community Room, a giant screen to show the proceedings and the film will also be set up in the Library Park. No tickets or reservations are necessary and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Special thanks to Best Custom Frame, Daily Photo, Fantasy Frostings, Rotary Club of South Pasadena, SOSOUND Entertainment, The South Pasadena Review, South Pasadena Unified School District, and Thomas Lake Construction, Inc.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Let's Celebrate!

Our first two SPARC events were wonderful so let's get together and celebrate!

Our Bright Star screening was a big success and raised the funds needed for our interactive arts experience at the Eclectic Music Fest and Art walk on May 1st.

The SPARC Giant easels were the talk of the town!
Go to our SPARC web site and click on our photo gallery for pictures of both events (order your SPARC T-Shirts when you visit the site!)

SPARC Meeting /Mixer
Sat June 26 2-4pm
909 El Centro at SPARC Temporary/Contemporary Gallery

See you there!
Lissa Reynolds / SPARC Director

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Artists On Display At SPARC Temporary Contemporary Gallery

SPARC Temporary Contemporary Gallery, at 909 El Centro St., is a must see destination on Saturday. This newly built commercial space will debut as an art gallery featuring the works of local artists Liz Reday and Catherine Ellen Money, Kirk Miller, Nathan Rohlander, Amy Runyen, Alice Simpson, Marie Switzer, Susan Singer, Connie Rohman and many others . Most of the works will be available for acquisition.

And don't forget to check out the article on the event and artists at

Here are just some of the artists on display! Make sure you stop by to see these and the many other amazing works of art.

A lifelong career artist, Liz Reday holds a Master's Degree from the Royal College of Art in London. Her work has been featured in numerous shows and collections in several countries, including Australia, Great Britain and Japan.

Liz Reday spent her childhood in rural Japan before moving to Southern California. She had a solo show at the Kerry Schuh Gallery, Newport Beach. David Hockney at UC Irvine, sent her to London. A recent trip to India & the L.A. River have been recent inspirations for her oils on canvas.

Photographic artist and poet. Graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA. Several images from THE PLANET PARADISE COLLECTION will be on exhibit.

Artist's Statement: PLANET PARADISE speaks to the intimate moments in my life. Vibrant and enigmatic, the imagery pokes at the subconscious, transporting the viewer into a world of energy, color and light. Expressed in mythical proportions, on a metallic substrate, the imagery invites the viewer to linger and consider our emotional response to our natural world.


With a background in fashion illustration, it is by instinct that I search for the line that graces form, hair and fabric; to capture the quality of watercolor washes; to reveal how light and shadows create drama. Coil built, pushed, pulled, carved, and hollowed to one quarter thickness, my works are detailed into expression and each contains a secret. The larger operatic works are inspired by suspended emotional moments of sound and expression.

Portrait of the Artist as Queen Elizabeth 1, with her sideways glance and ironic expression, and Portrait of the Artist As Sarah Palin, including her ubiquitous wink, are intended as satiric representations of their time and place in history.


About the artist! 1 year, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Fine Arts Dept./ 4 years, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles/ 24 years, TV and Print advertising Art Director / 23 years Freelance Illustrator, creating art for print ads, TV commercials and book publishers / 12 years fine art painting! My name is Barry Wetmore and I live in, of all places...South Pasadena, California! Tah Dah!


Started drawing since she was 2 years of age. Would make her own story books with folded sheets or paper stapled together like a book to read to her little brother Leo. At age 4-6 she would sketch and design fashion models. Then was fascinated with Japanese anime would make up her own characters using pen, pencil and ink. Cecilia now 18 years has displayed her art work at, The Pomona Arts Colony, exhibition at Bunny Gunner Gallery, SoHo Gallery, and 5ifty Bucks gallery in Pomona.


Started drawing at the age of 2 immitating his older sister Ceci by watching her and amazingly had the same artistic talent. Since Kindergarten he was chosen to design the schools calendar for the year and every year after that. Leo's medium is also pen, pencil and ink. He is extremely fascinated in Robots and machinary. He draws every piece by thought and imagination. Leonardo now at age 13 has displayed his art work at, 5ifty Bucks Gallery with his sister.


Harry Lieberman, who paints representational landscapes, began his art career at High School of Music and Art in New York City and has taken workshops with M. Stephen Doherty, Ross Merrill and Scott Christensen. He has been most influenced by JMW Turner and the artists of the Hudson River School.


Kirk's education and experience cover a wide spectrum of art and art activity. He has a background in art history, several years experience as a Post-Conceptual artist, twenty three years full-time teaching experience at Cerritos College, and has instructed survey courses as well as courses specifically devoted to painting, electronic imaging, and installation or experimental art.

Kirk received an M.F.A. in painting from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1987, a B.F.A. in illustration in 1979, and in 1973, and received a B.A. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, CA. He has been a professor of art at Cerritos College since 1988 and has been an adjunct professor at CSU, Long Beach and CSU, Northridge as well.

Description of Artwork

Something About Nothing or No Thing

My works of art are “spacers.” They are the gaps between words, the interval between notes, the expanse between things, the thoughts between thoughts. Put simply, they represent the “space in between.” Some time ago, while pondering the notion of nothing I came upon this quote, which for me succinctly describes what I’m trying to do and say.

“We start, then, with nothing, pure zero. But this is not the nothing of negation. For not means other than, and other is merely a synonym of the ordinal numeral second. As such it implies a first; while the present pure zero is prior to every first. The nothing of negation is the nothing of death, which comes second to, or after, everything. But this pure zero is the nothing of not having been born. There is no individual thing, no compulsion, outward nor inward, no law. It is the germinal nothing, in which the whole universe is involved or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely undefined and unlimited possibility --boundless possibility. There is no compulsion and no law. It is boundless freedom.”

Charles S. Peirce, “Logic of Events” (1898)


Marie Switzer-Miller is a local resident of South Pasadena and is currently moving in a new and exciting direction with her art. During the past twenty years Marie has worked as a concept designer and art director for the global leaders of themed entertainment, including BRC Imagination Arts and Walt Disney Imagineering. Marie’s new works of art, which were recently in South Pasadena at SPACE in a show titled “Textiles on the Edge,” offer a fresh and unconventional approach to the use of natural materials and techniques. Marie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial/Environmental Design, with honors, from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1987. In 1995, she returned to Art Center as an instructor and taught “Environments for Entertainment,” and Woodbury University in Burbank. She has taught at SPEF and SPACE in South Pasadena as well.

Description of Artwork:
My current works of art deal with a variety of issues, ranging from those of personal sensory and memory to grief and release, and are made of a variety of natural materials, such as hemp, to fallen pods gathered from the base of wisteria vines. Evidence of my strong formal education in design is clearly present in my artwork. In the work titled “Disentanglement in Crossing the Red Sea,” the composition is reminiscent of an early Malevich, but that is where similarity ends. Process is also an important component to my artwork. Most of my art is very labor intensive. Meticulously tying hundreds of hemp threads can provide a space, a mental opening if you will, for me on the one hand, but can also serve to help facilitate memories on the other and aid in moving the artwork forward in an unanticipated direction helping to give it a life of its own. Some of these new works of art were recently exhibited.

Liz & Catherine, curators in front of SPARC gallery space.

South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk

Sparc is taking part in the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk This Saturday!

Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 2pm to 10pm
Fair Oaks to Grand Ave. on Mission Street

Join us for the second annual
eclectic music festival & art walk
in wonderful, walkable
South Pasadena!

Over two dozen musical groups at six venues. For details, see the entertainment lineup.

David Lindley, The Nervis Brothers, Double Naught Spy Car, Moira Smiley & VOCO and Wahid all for just $20, with live music at five other venues for FREE! Tickets at

Purchase tickets online in advance.
Enter code: SPARC and10% of your ticket will go to the South Pasadena Arts Council!

Art Galleries & Open Studios:
  • The SPARC Interactive Arts Event with the Giant Easels on Meridian is FREE- come particiapate and paint with us! We will be painting from 5:30pm - 8pm.
  • SPARC Temporary Contemporary. (909 El Centro St.) This newly built commercial space will debut as an art gallery featuring the works of local artists Liz Reday and Catherine Ellen Money, Kirk Miller, Nathan Rohlander, Amy Runyen, Alice Simpson, Marie Switzer, Susan Singer, Connie Rohman and others. Most of the works will be available for acquisition.
  • Michael Hollis (238 Pasadena Avenue) will be having a group show with paintings of early California and contemporary American art
  • SoPas Gallery (1121 Mission Street) will be showing the recent paintings of South Pasadena artist Leslie Saeta.
  • SPACE Gallery (1506 Mission Street) presents "Our Shaky Civilization with Animals" featuring the artwork of Abira Ali and Gordon Henderson.
  • Fremont Gallery (812 Fremont Avenue) will present the works of Kikki Eder, "Real, Unreal, Surreal" oil paintings.
  • Burke Triolo (538 Mission Street) will host an open studio showing photographic works and montage by J.T. Burke and Loraine Angela Triolo.
  • SOPA Studios (1025 Hope Street) is an artists' collective and will host an open studio.
  • Upstairs Artists (1034 Mission Street) lofts above Mission Street will have an open studio.
  • Catch the cutting edge in design at Sew Joe Stitch Lounge at 634 Mission.
  • Special Exhibitions will be presented by Zinnia, Kaldi Coffee & Tea, Reimagine Your Home, Mission Street Yoga, and more. Celebrate the grand opening of House of Honey. Get into it - literally - with The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) "Art Experience," an interactive exhibition on Meridian.
  • Watch for the UpStage kids appearing on the community stage at Meridian during the afternoon! Upstage is a theatre school for kids 6yrs-16 yrs based out of So Pasadena for the last 10 yrs. They do an afterschool program and summer theatre camps. For more details go to
  • Contact Tom Field of Thomas R. Field American Antiques with questions about the Art Walk or the Eclectic music festival. Call 626.799.8546
Read more about the event and the galleries here:

Take the Metro Gold Line to Mission Station! Or exit the Arroyo Seco Parkway (110) at Orange Grove Ave. or Fair Oaks Ave. in South Pasadena.

Artist rendering of SPARC easels by Marie Miller!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Another Work Gathering For SPARC Interactive Arts Event!

Let us know if you can make it!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 11 - 2 p.m.

Location: Susan Masterman's house

1233 Garfield Avenue

South Pasadena, CA 91030

T [626] 799. 2749

Third house south of intersection of Monterey Road and Garfield Ave., on the west side of the street.

Park on Garfield, use the side gate to the right & walk down the driveway to the garage. Or press the call box in the driveway and Susan can buzz you in to park in the gravel motor court.

Wear clothes that you can paint in, bring gloves to work with wood.

Our work party last week was great- (see photos below) we're in the home stretch if you can help out let us know if you will be there!
Dan Burr building Giant Easel.

Helpers paint parts of Giant Easels.

Mike Rouse put together more see through canvases!

The Perello family pitches in big time!

Decorating donation box!

*** We still need volunteers for our May 1st Interactive Arts Event. Artists to paint and supervise, people to man info and donation booth, trucks to hep transport giant easels, and strong men to help set up and tear down- let us know ASAP if you can help on Sat May 1st!

***And don't forget to attend the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk go to- for event details, tickets and T-Shirt orders!

Lissa Reynolds

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Exciting Announcement!

Our South Pasadena Arts Council Web site is up and running!

Check it out at:


Help needed to get ready for our Interactive Arts Event on May 1st

The Arts Council will be creating an "Arts Experience" for the May 1st South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk. Please join us on April 17th and April 24th from 11-2pm at the Fremont Center Theatre to help build the frames needed for the project. We need your help!

Please email Hope Perello at if you can make either day.

The Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk on May 1st is just around the corner! We need Arts Council members to help out with our Arts Experience event!

Volunteers are needed to:
Refill paint and water
Hand out and collect aprons given to participants
Talk up the Arts Council
Man the Information table
Help set up and breakdown

Here are the various shifts you can sign up for:

Contact Karen Sommers Cooper if you would like to sign up: The more, the merrier!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Indoor gallery space available for one day exhibition during SoPas Music & ArtWalk, right in the middle of the action. Artists WANTED to show new artwork to estimated 5,000 people walking through from 2PM - 10PM, May 1st. Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography . Call Liz at 626-441-0323 or e-mail

Friday, March 26, 2010

Volunteers Needed For BRIGHT STAR screening.

This is what we need from you for the Bright Star screening at the library on April 17th at 7:30 PM in the community room at the South Pas Library:
  1. Volunteers to man the donation/information booth
  2. Baked goods and donated soft drinks for the event
  3. Help setting up chairs and table
  4. Your attendance at the event (along with spreading the word of this event to your friends and neighbors!)
Margo Newman is the Chair of this SPARC event, so IF YOU CAN HELP email her at: or respond on this blog and she will get the message!


The newly formed South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), in partnership with the South Pasadena Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Library, will present a free screening of the critically-acclaimed 2009 film, “Bright Star,” on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the South Pasadena Library.

Directed by Academy Award winning Jane Campion, “Bright Star” depicts the secret romance between 19th century poet John Keats and the love of his short life, Fanny Brawne. With its stunning images and evocative score, critics have called this PG-rated film about poetry and love a visual poem in itself.

Following the screening, actor Paul Schneider (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” “Lars and the Real Girl”), who received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Bright Star,” will give a behind-the-scenes talk about the making of the film and working with director Campion.

The Community Room of the South Pasadena Library is located at 1115 El Centro St. Admission is free, but donations to SPARC are encouraged to fund future events.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Margo Newman, South Pasadena Arts Council Co-chair of SPARC Media Events, at or call the Fremont Centre Theatre at 626.441.5977

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Next Meeting and First Event.

Next Group South Pasadena Arts Council Meeting!

7pm Thursday, March 18
Fremont Centre Theatre

1000 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena

For our first event, we will be participating in the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk on Saturday, May 1st. The event will take place from 5pm-10pm. We hope to have as many of you participate as possible. Below is a brief description including ways you can be involved. Please come to our next meeting on March 18th to hear more and to sign up.

We also encourage email sign ups prior to the next meeting.

  • South Pasadena Arts Council's part in the event:
    • Our footprint will be Meridian street with our focus on the Meridian Iron Works Museum side of the street. Both sides of Meridian will be closed to traffic.
    • Unless we can get lighting, our interactive activity will most likely be from 5pm - 8pm.
    • Our event will be an interactive visual arts project which will either be painting the street or painting panels that line the street. (see Artist sketch below). Participants will be encouraged to paint the panels or street.
      • There will be a common theme and a color pallet chosen.
      • So Pasadena Arts Council Artists will have specific painting areas or panels to oversee and create.
    • Margo Newman and Kevin Foxe are spearheading an interactive Media/film project that will air on the screen on the side of the museum.
  • In addition, the Chamber is offering to So Pasadena Arts Council artists 2 options:
    • To buy into a gallery space for $100 to sell and display artwork (location is TBD). Artists would be responsible for hanging and framing expenses. One So Pasadena Arts Council volunteer would spearhead this gallery and liaison with the Chamber to help facilitate this space.
    • To showcase artwork in a space for free (location is TBD). So Pasadena Arts Council volunteers would be responsible for entire setup and breakdown.

May 1st is our preview to what we hope will be our big interactive arts event in the Fall.

Our next South Pasadena Arts Council large group meeting will be Thursday, March 18 at 7pm and we will let you know soon the date and details for our first fundraising event!

Please email to sign up or for more information.

Arts Are Alive in South Pasadena!