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BoldPas: An Art Takeover

Signature Event

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

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BoldPas is a vibrant, one-day art event featuring 13 selected, large-scale installations in historic alleyways throughout Old Pasadena. The creative atmosphere is magnified with live painters, 30+ Merchant Art Stops, and art activities for all ages. FREE and one day only!

Spend the day walking the district and encountering artistic interventions at every turn. Gather with friends, explore the alleys, meet artists, snap photos, and connect with Pasadena’s creative community.
Come experience Old Pasadena with new eyes!



  • Visit any of the 3 INFO BOOTHS on event day to pick up a map of installations and art stops
  • Download PDF map. 
  • View Google Event Map here.


13 Temporary Art Installations by selected artists: Kelley Anderson, Todd Bank, Ash Cano, Leah Clancy, Maxwell Coppola, Hannah Hiler, Phillip Meacham, Rebekah Neel & Meagan VanDeventer, Nathaniel Osollo, Keith Patterson & Viviana Palacio, Robyn Sanford, Amy Van Gilder, Rachel Visalda. View 2018 Selected Artists and Installations

Live Painters Allison Bamcat, Luke Chueh, and Valerie Pobjoy working all afternoon on new large canvas pieces

Beautiful Pasadena”: A Special Installation Presented by Flower Pepper Gallery featuring 5 artists each taking over a display window: Valerie Pobjoy, Ivana Quezada, Shangee Shin, Amy Van Gilder, Po Yan Leung

Pasadena Walking Tours hosts two tours at 12:30pm and 3:00pm, highlighting both the temporary installations and Old Pasadena’s permanent public art, as well as offering a chance to meet the onsite artists. Tours require advance registration (

30+ Art Stops at participating stores and restaurants create the perfect backdrop for selfies and one-of-a-kind photo ops

Friendship Church Activity Hub offering poetry writers in the “Haiku Garden” plus Friendship Gospel Choir performance (4:00pm), two guided tours of the historic church (3:00 & 5:00pm), KCRW DJ Glenn Red (12:00-6:00pm), and food trucks throughout the event: Kona Ice, Rice Balls of Fire, and Rodney's Ribs

Warrior Painters capturing the event scene en plein air at several locations


  • See Facebook Gallery of photos from the inaugural BoldPas
  • Watch the Pasadena Media video of BoldPas2017


The following artists and their installation proposals were selected to participate in the the second edition of BoldPas on Saturday, May 12 from 12:00-8:00pm.  Download the complete Artists Statements and Bios.

Todd Banks “The Waste Parade” presented by CTRL Collective – A zero-waste art installation that uses mostly found-free post-consumer waste materials, blending an homage to the Tournament of Roses Parade with a message that sustainability can be fun.

Waste Parade Todd Banks

Phillip MeachamProjecting Emotions” – Emotions “breathe” and come to life, speaking to the power of a person, in an artwork that combines photography, welded metal, and vibrant colors.

Projecting Emotions Phillip Meacham


Keith Patterson and Viviana PalacioA Puzzle for Pasadena” – Combining a ludic learning tool invented in the 1960s with the history behind the origin of Pasadena’s name, the large-scale puzzle will be solved, and unique patterns will be discerned, throughout event day with the help of event-goers. 

Puzzle for Pasadena Viviana Palacio and Keith Patterson


Robyn Sanford*HUGS*” – Enormous, colorful, soft letters invite viewers to interact, touch, and hug the work, calling attention to the nature of people interacting in the real world vs. the virtual world, and how those two worlds overlap with each other. 

H U G S Robyn Sanford


Leah ClancyHaiku Garden” presented by Friendship Pasadena Church –  An interactive pathway in which poets compose customized poetry on biodegradable paper for event-goers. Haiku will literally and figuratively blossom throughout event day. 

Haiku Garden Leah Clancy


Rebekah Neel and Meagan VanDeventer “Interactive Circles” – Event-goers are integral to the shifting shape and feel of this piece, as they select from different sizes of colorful cardboard circles and help fashion and re-fashion a colorful, communal work.  

Interactive Circles Rebekah Neel and Meagan VanDeventer


Maxwell CoppolaFur Figures” – Follow the “trail” to weave in and around six sculptures covered in touchable synthetic fur in different colors, textures, and pile– find the one that doubles as a chair! 

Fur Sculptures Maxwell Coppola


Ash CanoUnderneath” – A series of black boxes that are waiting to show their true colors, creating their own art within the artist’ installation, which serves as a statement about the importance of play.

Underneath Ash Cano


Kelley AndersonMoss Wall” – Lush, vibrant live moss serves as the backdrop for a collective wishing tree, inspired by the Japanese tradition of Tanzaku. 


Moss Wall Kelley Anderson


Hannah Hiler “Recycled Reading” – In a challenge to traditional libraries where the bookcase and seating are separated and bookcases are rectilinear, “give a book, take a book” library, made entirely of cardboard, is a seamless transition from bookcase to seating – one that seems to defy gravity.

Recycled Reading Hannah Hiler


Nathaniel Osollo “The Red Door” – Three doors stand fastened together with no doorknob or access. The structure creates curiosity and invites engagement; look inside the peephole and glimpse an alternate reality. 

Red Door Nathaniel Osollo


Rachel VisaldaMeet Me at the Crossroads” – A shimmering skyscape created with air bags and iridescent cellophane, this piece evokes the colorful galaxies and the Big Bang Theory – a nod to its placement over Big Bang Theory Way alley.

Meet Me at the Crossroads Rachel Viselda


Amy Van Gilder “Old Pasadena Postcards” – Vintage Pasadena is called to mind with a large-scale “postcard” that appears like an old-time carnival cutout, complete with face holes to stand behind and mug for the camera.  

Old Pasadena Postcards Amy Van Gilder



Three local artists will be at work during the event live painting on Mercantile Place:

Allison Bamcat – With a blend of lumpy props,botanical references, and characters suspended in a candy-coated landscapes, Allison Bamcat's works transport the viewer to a friendly, nostalgic, yet unsettling terre noire.

Allison Bamcat Crossing Coasts


Luke Chueh – Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, artist Luke Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy.

Luke Chueh Mer Meal


Valerie Pobjoy – Drawing inspiration from Dutch masters like Vermeer to French modernists like Degas, Valerie Pobjoy’s work is rooted in history and employs traditional oil techniques. Working in the style of impressionism, she creates down-to-earth portrayals of people, animals, and landscapes.

Valerie Pobjoy Larva 

GOOGLE MAP of art locations for self-guided tours:

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