OBAMA | Photography Exhibit ‘Celebrate Hope’ at The South Pasadenan

Anna Wilding’s work includes published and never-before-seen images from the White House. Her perspective as a documentary film maker yielded iconic imagery while capturing historic moments in time. Come visit: 1127 Mission Street, South Pasadena

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com | Photographer Anna Wilding with one of her works of the White House

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.

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com | Senator Anthony Portantino poses with a portrait of President Barrack Obama in the Oval office

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.

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com | Derek Vaughn of the SouthPasadenan News, Laurie Wheeler, and Senator Anthony Portantino proudly displaying a commemorative sign of the highway that shares President Obama’s namesake

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.

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com | Senator Anthony Portantino (L) with Obama photographer, 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.

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com | Senator Anthony Portantino (L) with Obama photographer, Anna Wilding
PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com | Anna Wilding poses while her husband takes a photo
PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com | Senator Anthony Portantino admires a portrait of Michelle Obama
Eric Fabbro
Eric Fabbro is a South Pasadenan whose family goes back to the 1950's. He graduated SPHS 2008, and Art Center College of Design in 2014. His versatile skill-set includes illustration, digital media, graphic design & photography. Eric is the in-house illustrator for The South Pasadenan, and the creator of our South Pasadenan icon logo. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the Los Angeles area.

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