The South Pasadena Arts Council presents a new trio of SPARC Gallery exhibitions: Childhood 101 – Photographs by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin and A Day in the Life – Plein-Air Paintings by Laurie Hendricks, both at the SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall; and Here and Somewhere Else: Abstract Paintings by Timothy McMullen at the SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Opening night receptions will be held at both galleries on March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
In Childhood 101, South Pasadena-based photographer and educator Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin who is known for her “compassionate and curious lens,” documents the playful activities of her two sons and their friends at their South Pasadena home, in their backyard, on the road, and around town, remembering her own treasured outdoor playtime as a child. A Fulbright Senior Scholars, and recipient of the, IREX IARO Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship McLaughlin has exhibited nationally and internationally. 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. Childhood 101 runs through June 30, in the 2nd floor SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall.
Laurie Hendricks, a California plein-air painter and a champion of California Impressionism, teaches painting classes at her South Pasadena studio, and has taught courses and workshops in Croatia, Greece, Provence, Tuscany, Normandy, and the Cotswolds. Interpreting the natural world in a vivid chromatic palette, Hendricks often features California’s varied landscapes in her work—rolling foothills, rugged coastline, brush-covered mountains, and undulating deserts. Her paintings, including portraits and still lives, are collected nationally and abroad. She is an artist member of the California Art Club, the Laguna Plein- Air Painters, the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, and from 2012 to 2018, Hendricks operated her own gallery in South Pasadena. A Day in the Life runs through May 5 at South Pasadena City Hall, 1414 Mission St.
Through his abstract compositions, Los Angeles-based artist Timothy McMullen, whose work has been shown nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions, uses simple forms as portals to meditation, focusing on awareness of shape and possibility of depth and dimension. His influence by 20th century, hard-edge modernism is juxtaposed with occasional “wiggles and drips,” reminders of the artist’s hand in the work. The selection of works in Here and Somewhere Else, at the South Pasadena Chamber through May 3, are from McMullen’s most recent explorations in formalism. McMullen currently lives and paints in South Pasadena.
South Pasadena City Hall is at 1414 Mission St. South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is at 1121 Mission St. The SPARC Gallery exhibitions are curated by MICRONAUT (http://www.micronautart.com), a South Pasadena curatorial design firm. Information about SPARC: https://www.sopasartscouncil.org/