Artists and Businesses team up to celebrate the summer season with another fun and family friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” on Saturday, July 21, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this free event which offers gallery exhibitions, art activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and sales throughout the business district. Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be abuzz with festivities for the event.
Some highlights of the Arts Crawl are several live music performances and art shows in venues along the event route: Deep Mix Studio invites visitors to sing a phrase or poem, or play a guitar lick or percussion instrument at the studio’s location at 1510 Oxley St. The performances will contribute to a musical collage, created by Brad Colerick, and posted on social media later.
The South Pasadena Library presents musician Goh Kurosawa and artist Pete Morris, recently returned from a tour of Japan. A guitar performance by Kurosawa accompanies an exhibit of Morris’ drawings and paintings and a film about the artist. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with refreshments.
Dinosaur Farm and Kidd’s Jewelry Heist host “The Kids Are Alright Night” in their back parking lot, featuring performers 21 and under, with Charley Hickey headlining. Hot Box Vintage celebrates their new location with a grand opening party and live music by Siam Jem and Annika Saige. Good Citizen Media presents Bungalow Bill’s Jumpin’ Jam in the courtyard from 6 – 9 p.m., and at Griffin’s of Kinsale the Crane Lake Serenaders play at 8:30pm.
The Artisans’ Corner, near the Metro Station, features ten vendors offering gifts and unique items including art, home décor, accessories, jewelry and more.
Nearby, on the lawn of the South Pasadena Historical Museum, Marie Switzer Miller leads a family art activity celebrating backyard games with an arty twist on a giant scrabble game.
Galleries and businesses celebrate the visual arts with a variety of exhibitions and activities.
At Two Kids Coffee, artists Cole & Sara Montgomery offer a “relief printing” workshop in our space for kids & adults. At DeMilo Design Studio, come create a marble flower garland and/or make your own print on the vintage Chandler & Price press. Camille de Pedrini features the photography of Randy Shropshire. The boutique, and its neighbors Rue de Mimo and Marz, offers a sale of 30-50% off selected items. Marz also features the yummy treats of Cake Girl, a plant- based baker of cupcakes and cookies.
SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce exhibits “It’s About Time”, a solo exhibition by Shelley Stephens of paintings and collages inspired by ethnic influences. Nexusplex and The Southpasadenan presents “710,” an exhibit of artifacts, displays, books, and videos describing the successful fight in South Pasadena to stop the 710 freeway extension.
Sugarmynt Gallery hosts the group art exhibitions “Dames & Butterflies” and “Pre-Haddonfield 4.” Old Focals presents an exhibition of watercolor paintings of Jon Huck (jonhuckart.com.)
The new vintage retailer, Picky Jane, features artwork and clothing by artist Meghan Jorgenson who creates dreamy contemporary works from watercolor, natural minerals and plants. La Monarca Bakery hosts the pop up shop “Raggedy Tiff,” specializing in accessories, apparel, and home décor. Harvest Architecture brings on a summer tradition of outdoor movies, screening a film on the back wall of the Rialto Theatre. Popcorn included!
Foodies are welcome at the Arts Crawl as Mission Wines kicks off the event with a 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. pre-party with a special beer tasting, and several other restaurants offer food and drink specials, while food trucks deliver on-the-go eating options.
A complete listing of all event activities and a map will be included in the South Pasadena Review in the July 20 issue and online.
Patrons can park in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian Ave.), and walk to the more than 20 participating shops and boutiques. The Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station will put you right in the heart of the event.
The quarterly Arts Crawls are presented by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, to provide a showcase for artists and musicians and to highlight the city’s unique business district.
More information can be found online at www.SouthPasadena.net, or visit the Facebook page “Arts Crawl South Pasadena”.