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On Saturday, August 20th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room, join local artist Tim Carey and sculptor Christopher Slatoff for an evening celebrating author Ray Bradbury and his influence on visual artists. Carey will give an illustrated talk about his stunning fused glass triptych Live Forever! which was installed in the Library’s Ray Bradbury Conference Room in 2020. Following Carey’s talk, filmmaker John Sasser’s short documentary Father Electrico: Ray Bradbury Lives Forever! will be screened. The documentary captures sculptor Slatoff’s work with Ray Bradbury to create an autobiographical monumental work. The presentations will be followed by a lively Q&A with Carey, Slatoff, and Sasser. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was a prolific and beloved author of novels, essays, plays and poems and a mentor to young writers and creators. He was a life-long user of libraries as well as an outspoken and articulate public library advocate. Bradbury lived in Southern California for more than 75 years and in his later years many of his plays were performed at South Pasadena’s own Fremont Center Theatre. The Library’s Ray Bradbury Collection, hosted in the Conference Room and local history archive, contains ephemera, photos, first edition Bradbury books, and vintage paperbacks.
South Pasadena-based artist Tim Carey studied traditional drawing and painting at Art Center College of Design. For more than 15 years has been working with the medium of glass, first at the historic Judson Studios, and now as the owner of Tim Carey Studio (timcarey.com), where his mission is to bring glass into the forefront as an image making medium, and to enliven the world around us with light and color.
John Sasser began his career in filmmaking in 2005, working on a project with Mr. Sci-Fi himself, Forrest J. Ackerman. Thru Ackerman he met and befriended Ray Bradbury, who would call him into service crafting the short documentary Father Electrico: Ray Bradbury Lives Forever!, about the creation of a statue with renowned sculptor Christopher Slatoff. He worked as producer on a short Stephen King film and as a director-for-hire on another short film, The App. He has several other projects written or in development for future films and series.
Christopher Slatoff (www.christopherslatoff.com) studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France and earned a BA in sculpture from California State University Long Beach. Slatoff has always focused on the human figure in his work, and now specializes in public art. His monumental sculptural work can be seen at Pepperdine University, Fuller Theological Seminary, the Port District of Dan Diego, Our Lady of the Angeles Cathedral and many other locations. Slatoff has taught art at Cal State Long Beach, Art Center College of Design, and Fuller Theological Seminary.
The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena. Visit the Library website at www.southpasadenaca.gov/library for information about services and programs. The Library is open Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified person with disability to have equal access to the event. Please call (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form available at www.southpasadenaca.gov and email the form to Human Resources at HR@southpasadenaca.gov.