New SPARC Gallery Opens at South Pasadena City Hall

November 10, 2018 SPARC will launch its new Gallery space at South Pasadena City hall


Join Us Next Saturday
November 10, 2018, 6- 8pm for the Opening of Three New Exhibitions, at our New SPARC Gallery South Pasadena City Hall and SPARC Gallery South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce


November 5, 2018….The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) invites the public to
the launch of its new SPARC Gallery space at the South Pasadena City Hall, 1414
Mission Street, on Saturday, November 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring works by
painter Michael Provart and photo-ethnographer Cyndi Bemel—and to the
simultaneous opening of an exhibition by multimedia photomontage artist Terry
Braunstein at SPARC’s Gallery in the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
building, 1121 Mission Street.

Michael Provert has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout
Southern and Northern California. Provert’s “New Work” will display his layered and
constructed collage technique, used to create paintings that are both “representational and abstract, fields of vibrant color interspersed with islands of figurative form…
speaking a visual language that moves and convinces.”

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Rooted in storytelling, South Pasadena-based Cyndi Bemel’s exhibition, “Into the
Unknown: A Portrait of South Pasadena,” is part of her ongoing documentary project,
featuring intimate black-and-white images of the city juxtaposed “with reflections and
textures of our urban landscape combining the old with the new.”

Up the block from City Hall and across the street in the SPARC Gallery at the
Chamber of Commerce, “visual archaeologist” Terry Braunstein’s “Chutes & Ladders”
explores the layers of meaning in the origin of the Milton Bradley children’s game from
the 1950s with roots in India and Victorian England as a morality teaching tool for
children. Braunstein’s work has been featured in museums and galleries
internationally and is included in the collections of the Getty Center, the National
Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, the Library of Congress and more.

The South Pasadena Arts Council will operate the new SPARC Gallery at City Hall
in partnership with the City of South Pasadena; SPARC’s exhibitions program at City
Hall will also feature rotating outdoor sculptural installations in the Courtyard, slated to
begin in early 2019. For information about SPARC and the exhibitions, visit our


Also as our election happens on Tuesday, SPARC has partnered with the California Alliance for Arts Education to provide the SPUSD School Board Candidates’ statements on arts education for the District.

Here is the link to view their statements: