Two-Part Artists and Craftsmen Lecture Series
Around the turn of the 20th century, Pasadena attracted many artists and craftsmen. Eventually, the Crown City became synonymous with arts and crafts movements and artistic organizations. Join exhibition curator and art historian Julia Long for this illustrated two-part lecture series and learn about these amazing artists and their crafts.
Part One: Artists, Bohemians & Craftsmen of the Arroyo
Tuesday, January 24 | 7:00 pm
The Arroyo Seco and the winding streets overlooking it were a hotbed of creative activity in the early 20th century, enticing many artists, bohemians, and craftspeople. Due to the talents of people like tilemaker Ernest Batchelder, printmaker Frances Gearhart, and architects Charles and Henry Greene, Pasadena became one of the centers of the American Arts & Crafts movement (one of only three in the country!) Learn about Pasadena’s role in cultivating this movement and the people whose skills - as well as their varied interests in history and multicultural sources of inspiration - made it successful.
Part Two: Art & Artists of Pasadena
Tuesday, February 7 | 7:00 pm
From its early days, many artists moved to Pasadena, motivated by its quality of light and the picturesque scenery of the San Gabriel mountains and the Arroyo Seco. By the late 19th century, Pasadena’s citizens had already started to establish artists’ collectives, salons, and training centers, and talented painters and sculptors quickly found patrons and eager buyers for their art. Learn about Pasadena’s artists - both homegrown and transplants from all over the world, working in every type of media from watercolor to block prints, Plein air painting to sculpture - as well as the organizations and schools that helped to cultivate and expand their roles in a growing society.