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BoldPas: An Art Takeover

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BoldPas: An Art Takeover

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

Presented by: Old Pasadena Management District
Throughout Old Pasadena
Pasadena, CA 91105

Free and open to the public

Old Pasadena is the canvas for your day of art & play -- Experience our historic spaces with new eyes!

is an ephemeral intersection of design, architecture, art, history, and public space, featuring selected site-specific installations in Old Pasadena’s unique historic setting. Works from L.A. artists will feature a “bold” theme, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness; many encourage direct interaction with viewers.

Spend the day in Old Pasadena and

  • SEE bold art installations throughout Old Pasadena’s historic alleyways
  • INTERACT with LA artists & their creative works
  • WATCH renowned painter-muralist Andrew Hem paint new pieces for an upcoming exhibition
  • STROLL our streetscape on a walking tour – learn about our public art & visit event installations
  • ADMIRE three dozen creatively decorated business “Art Stops” & meet our merchants
  • GATHER with friends, take photos, & connect with Pasadena’s creative community

We are pleased to announce that the following artist's proposals were selected to participate in the inaugural BoldPas:

Download complete ARTISTS' BIOS

Arty Vartanyan & Zenah Sakaamini “Vantage Obscura” – Six 8-foot cubes of simple yarn and translucent colored film woven throughout a wooden framework where the viewer walks around and inside of the art work. 

Vantage Obscura Vartanyan Arty 2


Asli Tusavul “Better as a Color” – Comprises thousands of straws sewn together and strung in rows across a 50-foot pre-fabricated steel frame. 

Better As a Color Tusavul Asli


Anali Gharakhani “Blister” – Seven compressed and nesting cardboard spheres that can be rearranged for visitors to sit and lounge. 

Blister Gharakhani Anali 2


Viviana Palacio “Displacement of Working Objects” – Evoking Pasadena’s past as a citrus grove capital, the installation places together found wooden orchard ladders formerly used for fruit picking. 

Displacement of Working Objects Palacio Viviana 2


Abbey Luck “The Rainbow Gates” – Recyclable and brightly colored large streamers strung across an urban alleyway to create seven inverse rainbows.  

Rainbow Gates Abbey Luck


Sarah Umles “Crystal Lucida”– An installation that encourages visitors to paint the reflections and colorful shadows created on a white table surface when light is refracted through 100 cut-glass containers filled with colored water.

Crystal Lucida Umles Sarah


Paul HeintzColorful Cacti”– 200 brightly colored papier-mache cacti, some of them standing upwards of seven feet tall, bringing a showy garden to an urban alley.

Colorful Cacti Heintz Paul

Ash CanoRose Garden” – A garden of six-foot roses crafted from painted pipes, cardboard, and paper that can be “plucked” and serve as a photographic prop.

Rose Garden Cano Ash


L.L. KessnerMacro/Micro Waves” – This tissue paper “tapestry” will call to mind a hanging sea of brightly colored blue waves and the pattern of microwave radiation. 

Macro Micro Waves Kessner Lindsay


Po Yang LeungWalking the Pets” – A whimsical papier-mache installation of “pets” ranging in size from 18” to 36” tall – a size meant to encourage interaction with visitors. 

Walking the Pets Leung Po Yang


Installation by Various Artists presented by Flower Pepper Gallery

Participating artists: Maggie Chiang, Amy Van Gilder, Liten Kanin, Vivien Mildenberger, Valerie Pobjoy, Lena Sayadian, Joey Stupor, Yetis & Friends

Maggie Chiang: Taiwanese American full time artist and part time dreamer. 

Amy Van Gilder: Muppet builder for The Muppet Show, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal & Fraggle Rock. Former Disney Imagineer.

Liten Kanin: Tory Lin is a painter, sculptor, jewelry designer, and maker of tiny animal goods. 

Vivien Mildenberger: ArtCenter graduate.  Now based in Nashville, Vivien is an illustrator, ceramicist, and general maker of magic.  

Valerie Pobjoy: ArtCenter graduate. LA-based Valerie draws, paints, and sculpts wildlife and people.

Lena Sayadian: Southern California native, currently a local in Los Angeles working as an illustrative artist.

Joey Stupor: 23-year-old artist from Newport Beach, incorporates crystals, nature, and creatures in his work.

Yetis & Friends: Pasadena-based, husband and wife are a hand-crafted monster team.

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