Friday, December 16, 2011

SPArC End of Year Update!

Many exciting events have happened in 2011 with SPArC!
Please visit the link below for an end of the year update on our accomplishments in 2011.

Howard Spector, Co-Director, SPARC

Special Announcement
This year, The South Pasadena City Council made SPArC the Official Arts Council of South Pasadena!

Friday, September 30, 2011

2011 Arts Crawl!

Dear SPARC Artists (Visual, Performing, Poets, Authors, Designers, etc...)

Here is another opportunity for you to showcase your talent in the community. I am organizing artists and merchants to collaborate on this event from 5-9 pm on Saturday October 22.

The idea is for merchants to host an artist in their store to do an activity, such as play music, do a reading, do an art demonstration, or small workshop or something else of your choosing. It is being marketed as a local event for So Pas residents and businesses to support the businesses and artists/arts organizations in the community.
It would be great if SPARC folks actively participated in the 2011 Arts Crawl.

If you are interested in being matched up with a local merchant in town, follow the link below to find the artist participation form. Fill out the participation form and email it back to me.

If you have any questions please contact me. - Howard

Howard Spector, Co-Director, SPARC

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Opportunity for SPArC Artists

Showcase and Share Your Art at the Monrovia Arts Festival! October 8 & 9th, 2011

An opportunity to share your work with new patrons and collectors. Located in the heart of historic Old Town Monrovia in Library Park.

For more information and application visit

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Totem" Sculptures at the Annual Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk

Designed by local conceptual artist Marie Miller, participants painted a variety of primed cardboard boxes then stacked them onto armatures made out of irrigation pipe, brackets and wood. No two sculptures turned out the same yet all reflect the range of creativity and imagination alive in our wonderful town.

Many students, parents and even teachers from the district turned out to volunteer and participate-making the event both fun and successful. These "totems" were exhibited around town before finding their temporary home here at the District Office. We are pleased to be able to share them with you and we encourage you to join us at future SPArC events.

totem 2

Special Thanks to Dan Burr for his help and to Joel Shapiro for hosting the sculptures here. We are also grateful to Ted Shaw, Lissa Reynolds, David Margrave and to our mystery donor at the Farmer's Market for helping underwrite this event.

Margo Newman and Howard Spector

Co-Chairs, The South Pasadena Arts Council

Photos by Michael Newman Photography

Pasadena Arts Council serves as the fiscal sponsor for the South Pasadena Arts Council.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Calling All Volunteers!


SPARC is once again partnering with the Chamber of Commerce on this year’s ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ART WALK. We're expanding our participation to include both an interactive art experience and an art exhibition and auction. For this year's art experience, SPARC is staging an exciting project designed by local conceptual artist and SPARC genius Marie Miller. Festival goers will have the opportunity to paint and build unique box sculptures called "3-D Graffiti."


Our last work day to prepare is this Sunday May 1st from 11am to 2pm at the SPARC storage space behind Carrows. (Enter off Hope Street). We'll be finishing up priming the boxes and preparing the armatures that we'll be using for the festival. Please come lend a hand. (Those of us who've been working on these have been having a lot of fun!)



5-10 pm


Put on some old clothes and come help out! It's a fun creative opportunity to network, and meet your artist neighbors/fellow SPARC members. (High schoolers can earn community service hours, too.)



Saturday, April 9, 2011

Work Day This Sunday, April 10

Hi SPArC Enthusiasts,

Last Sunday we got a lot accomplished on our first 'Art In The Street; 3D Graffiti Sculptures' aka 'totem pole sculptures.' workday. Thank you for all your support and hard work. We are more than halfway done with painting and constructing the boxes.

The 2nd workday is this Sunday, April 10 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. We are continuing our work on the construction of the sculptures, mainly putting together cardboard boxes & gessoing (white primmer).

Please bring water, sunscreen and ware comfortable working & appropriate painting clothes.

Location: a cross the street from 1128 Hope St. South Pasadena, (next to Carrows Restaurant back entry off of Hope St.) cross streets Hope & Fremont

Hope you can join us,
Marie Miller

Sunday, March 13, 2011


The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is participating with the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in this year’s Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk, scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The Festival and Art Walk is a very well publicized event, historically attended by 5,000 people. This would be a great opportunity to showcase artwork and celebrate the arts in our community while supporting the South Pasadena Arts Council at the same time.

SPARC will be utilizing our Giant Easels, which will be set up at the Eclectic Music Stage on Mission Street in the parking lot at Citizens Bank. We will be looking for 6-10 artworks that can be displayed outdoors on the easels. Artists will be juried so as to provide the opportunity to all South Pas artists who are members of SPARC to be considered.

The jurors for this event will be: Katya Shaposhnik, Director of SPACE Gallery, Thomas Fields, Curator for the South Pas Gallery, and Carlos Chavez-Andonegui, Executive Director of the Fremont Gallery.


Any interested artist may submit three to five JPEG images (72 dpi resolution) of work completed in the last three years, which sufficiently represents your work. Please indicate the medium and the size of the work. If you are selected to participate, you may produce a new artwork or submit an existing artwork representative of the sample you sent in.

Also, in order to participate, artists must be current members of SPARC or they can apply for membership by writing a check for $30 and mailing it to: SPARC, P.O. Box 3272, South Pasadena California, 91301. The check should be made payable to the Pasadena Arts Council with a note in the memo line that reads SPARC. They are our fiscal receiver for all contributed monies.

JPEG images must be attached to an email and sent to Howard Spector, Co-Director of SPARC at by 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 26th. If you are chosen to participate, a SPARC representative will contact you to arrange to drop off your artwork. All selected artwork must arrive by Saturday April 23rd.

In order for the work to fit on our Giant Easels, the “field” of the artwork must be at least 35” tall x 55” wide. On this field the actual artwork can be smaller (i.e. 20”x24”). Works can be paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings. No freestanding 3D work will be accepted.

SPARC is planning to hold a silent auction of the submitted artworks, so we would ask you to provide your retail sales price and a minimum that you would like the bidding to start. No sale will be below the minimum. You will also have the opportunity to have publicity and contact information with your artwork at the Festival. Artists will receive 40% of any sale of the artwork, unless you stipulate that the artwork is a donation to SPARC for fundraising purposes.

Please Note: SPARC will make every effort in good faith to protect artwork, however because it is an outdoor venue with many people SPARC will not be responsible for insuring the work, and thus will not be responsible for any loss or damage that might occur as a result of participating in this event.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Sparc Meeting

SPARC is calling for Artist/Painters/Sculptors/Art Lovers to come to our kick off meeting on March 5, 2011, 11am-1pm at 1011 Fair Oaks Ave for the upcoming Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk event that we are participating in on May 7, 2011.

Big Easels

If you or someone you know is interested in providing a piece of artwork to be displayed on the Big Easels, (i.e.- we need artists to create a finished piece to display on the easels on the day of the event. The easels will be set up around the main stage area.) Please come to the 11:00 am
kick off meeting on March 5, 2011 at our temporary home in the old paint store where the Calder Circus installation is 1011 Fair Oaks Ave. At the meeting we will be discussing and deciding over size, subject, guidelines and if you want your piece to be auctioned at the event.

Totem Pole Sculptures

If you, or someone you know who is interested in the Interactive Totem Pole Sculptures, we will be having a brain storming meeting about how people/event attendees will be creating the art with our interactive sculpture, painting cardboard boxes, stacking them to crate a 3D sculpture, adding texture, graffiti, etc. Please come to the 12:00 noon
kick off meeting on March 5, 2011 at our temporary home in the old paint store where the Calder Circus installation is. We will go over the structural armature building, cardboard box construction & painting date(s), types of materials people can use and the logistics of how the day will run.

See you there,
Marie Switzer / SPARC Interactive Event Consultant

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Next South Pasadena Arts Council Meeting!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

This past organizing year has been a good one for our newly formed South Pasadena Arts Council (SPArC)! We are going to have a group meeting Saturday, February 5th at 2pm at our Art Attack Space at 1011 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena.

We want to kick off this year by sharing creative ideas, signing up new members and bringing everyone up to speed on what we have accomplished together so far. Invite anyone you think would be interested in joining us - Actors - Directors - Artists - Writers - Musicians - Dancers etc etc etc. All ARE WELCOME!

Bloggers leave information under comments if you have an event we should know about so we can attend and support any artistic events in South Pasadena or nearby!!

See you soon!

Lissa Reynolds/ Founding Director of SPArC

Photo: SPArC Art Attack by Carla Larissa Fallberg