Photographer and Artist Recognized for Their Work at the New Art Gallery at City Hall

In recognition of the city’s new art gallery at South Pasadena City Hall, Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian recognized artists Karen Laraia McLaughlin and Laurie Hendricks, who have their current works on display

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | News | South Pasadena Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian, left, presented certificates of appreciation to artist Laurie Hendricks, center, and photographer Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Their work can be found inside City Hall, 1414 Mission Street.

Karen Laraia McLaughlin and Laurie Hendricks were presented certificates of appreciation at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

McLaughlin is a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the IREX IARO grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Houston Center for Photography Fellowship.

“She has had her work exhibited nationally and internationally,” explained Khubesrian. “Her images are in permanent collections at the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, Western Virginia Museum of Art, and the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.”

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PHOTO: Kathleen McLaughlin | News | “Pajama Warriors.”

In honoring Hendricks, the mayor said she is a California plein-air painter and champion of California.

Hendricks teaches painting classes in her South Pasadena studio and has taught courses and conducted workshops in Croatia, Greece, Provence, Tuscany, Normandy and the Cotswolds.

PHOTO: Laurie Hendricks | News | Laurie Hendricks captures the ocean in one of her paintings on display at South Pasadena City Hall.

“Laurie often features California’s varied landscapes in her work,” said the mayor. “Her paintings, including portraits and still lives, are collected nationally and abroad.”

Hendricks is a member of the California Art Club, the Laguna Plein-Air Painters, the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.

From 2012 to 2018, Hendricks operated her own gallery in South Pasadena.

City Hall is at 1414 Mission Street in South Pasadena