Though the air was frigid on Saturday night for the Winter Arts Crawl, many people still braved the cold to visit the many galleries and exhibits open to the public – one of which happening to take place right at the SouthPasadenan News Headquarters on 1127 Mission St.
‘Celebrate Hope’, a collection of portraits from inside the White House during the Obama Administration, displayed photographs taken by Photographer Anna Wilding.
Anna’s photos offer a glimpse into the Oval Office and beyond, showcasing the approachable, unconventional, and dignified persona surrounding Barrack Obama and his family.
During the opening, Anna, an affable woman, conversed with anyone and everyone willing to lend an ear. A standout guest, however, was Senator Anthony Portantino who expressed much enthusiasm for the exhibit, promptly arriving as the doors opened.
A fervent advocate for the 44th President of the United States, Portantino co-authored a bill that pushed for a portion of the CA-134 Freeway – specifically between the Glendale CA-2 and the Interstate 210 Freeway – to be officially named the “President Barack H. Obama Highway” back in December.
Gripping a miniature version of the highway sign, Senator Portantino proudly posed with his memento signifying his personal connection to the president.
While admiring many of the pieces on display, Portantino got a chance to talk with members of the SouthPasadenan News Team, and, of course, the featured artist Anna Wilding.
The two had a chance to discuss their admiration for Obama, and the rare opportunity to work with the president in different capacities, respectively.
‘Celebrate Hope’ is currently on display at the SouthPasadenan News headquarters on 1127 Mission St. in South Pasadena.