Old Pasadena is the canvas for your day of art and play!
Following two colorful, successful editions that brought several thousand art-lovers to the district in 2017 and 2018, BoldPas: A Day of Art & Play in Old Pasadena returns on Saturday, June 8, from 12:00 to 8:00pm. The event, staged in Old Pasadena’s historic 19th-century alleys, is free to the public and offers a one-day-only opportunity to encounter artistic, ephemeral interventions in unique urban spaces. BoldPas features installations that are BOLD – showcasing bright colors, surprising scale, and unique materials; all invite direct interaction with event-goers. 17 installations will be on view, created by selected artists from the greater LA area who will be on hand throughout the day to present their work to visitors.
Grab a map and come play with the art!
- BoldPas Google Map
- Printed maps will be available event day at all three Info Booths and Art Stops, so you can take a self-guided tour of all the district-wide Art Installations, Art Stops, and Art Activities
Event day activities throughout the district:
- 17 site-specific Art Installations by selected Los Angeles-based artists: Kat Bing, Chelsea Boxwell, Garth Britzman, Ash Cano, Capt. James, Alycia Cornelius & Laura Kapp, Steven Daily, Patricia Diefenderfer, Olga Lah, Po Yan Leung, Heidi Moreno & Priscilla Moreno, Camille Ora-Nicole & Ashley Mangus, Nathaniel Osollo, Gary Pappani & Santos Cortes, Hilda Rios, and Marshall Fundamental High School’s 9th Grade Art Students.
- Merchant Art Stops – Three Old Pasadena businesses will showcase large-scale installations on their exterior façades:
- Merchant Art Activities – Many of the Old Pasadena businesses have scheduled free instructor-led art activities during BoldPas. Check back for details shortly.
- ¡Descubra! at Armory Center for the Arts
1:00-5:00pm: ¡Descubra! – A program created by The Smithsonian Latino Center to inspire the next generation of science, history, and cultural enthusiasts. Enjoy free, hands-on art making activities for all ages, live ukulele performances and workshops, informal conversations with arts and science professionals, and a craft beer garden.
- Robot Remix at sp[a]ce gallery at Ayzenberg
12:00-8:00pm: Free gallery admission for Robot Remix
2:00-4:00pm: Printmaking demonstrations with Robot Remix artist Sean StarWars
- Warrior Painters – Capturing the event scene en plein air at several locations
- DJ Glenn Red – Spinning music all afternoon on Big Bang Theory Way at Green Street
Make your visit to Pasadena an all-day arts affair! Also on June 8, Pasadena Playhouse and Playhouse District celebrate art and culture with the second annual Block Party, held on Colorado Blvd. and El Molino Avenue from 12:00 to 10:00pm. This free, family-friendly event features live music, food, libations, guided tours, and activities, all curated by local arts organizations and community partners.
Visiting BoldPas and Block Party is easy! Pasadena Transit is offering free frequent service on its Route 10 between Lake Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue. Buses will run every 6-8 minutes from 12:00 to 10:30pm, allowing seamless transportation between BoldPas and Block Party.
Go Metro: Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park or Del Mar Station. All art installations are within walking distance from both stations. Plan your trip on metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).
We are pleased to announce that the following artist's proposals were selected to participate in the third edition of BoldPas:
Kat Bing – Art Observes Art. Art Observes Art depicts a giant yellow character overlooking “art” (the viewer) that sits on a white display pedestal. It encourages its viewers to become a part of the installation and to think about becoming an object that is observed. Art Observes Art begs the question “Who’s observing who?”
Chelsea Boxwell – “Pink is the new kinda lingo.” Pink is a beautiful, majestic, bright, and happy color. “Pink is the new kinda lingo” – a massive painting consisting of brightly painted canvases, glittering fabrics, and interactive streamers – is suspended high above the alley to illuminate the magic of this color. It takes its title from lyrics of the song “Pink” by Aerosmith. BoldPas will mark the painting’s third iteration, re-imagining the installation in a way that provides event-goers an interactive space for fun, play, smiles, and positivity.
Garth Britzman – Beach Day. Beach Day revives the childlike wonder of an endless ocean horizon and the toasty beach sand beckoning us to play and explore. Created with 300 beach balls packed into a long net tube, Beach Day spans 50+ feet. Climb it, lift it, move it, or just sit – it offers countless opportunities for play!
Ash Cano – Inked: Back Alley Tattoos. A pop-up tattoo shop housed inside a U-Haul truck, Inked is colorful, bright, and modern. Temporary tattoos that are renditions of famous artworks are directly applied to participants by the artist. By referencing well-known artworks, the tattoos challenge participants to draw a parallel between body art and art works found within art museums.
Capt. James – Capt.’s Big Coloring Book. Inspired by his childhood memory of transitioning from filling in coloring books to creating his own, Capt.’s Big Coloring Book is a testament that Capt. James is still that same kid at heart. He invites the public to interact with his graphic line-drawings – his “coloring book” – by coloring in them almost as soon as he creates them – each is a beautiful and inspiring unknown.
Alycia Cornelius & Laura Kapp – Higher Ground. An ephemeral, interactive abstraction of the Los Angeles Basin, Higher Ground takes form in a large field of brightly colored balloons of various sizes. The balloon’s vacillating heights and flexibility create a cohesive movement that begins to mimic the ocean, desert, and mountains that they represent; event-goers can walk in and among the balloons to experience different vantage points.
Steven Daily – To the Stars. Event-goers can visit this live painting installation and watch Steven Daily bring to life a painting, using old master techniques, of a figure that represents the narrative of Pasadena’s long and highly regarded history of science, rocket propulsion, and space exploration.
Patricia Diefenderfer - Above the Fold. Above the Fold is an interactive origami installation that uses simple origami shapes created by event participants and affixed to a building wall to create a larger design that will unfold before audiences throughout the day. The resulting design will be a symbol of Pasadena’s long and proud tradition of maintaining a strong connection to nature in its built environment.
Olga Lah – The Constance of Glory. What are spaces in our life where we stand in wonder? Where and when are we fully engaged with who we are? The Constance of Glory creates an idea of sublimity or transcendence being poured into the alleyway, creating a contrast between a mundane parking structure and a massive amount of shimmering, colorful material flowing out of it. Event-goers will find an unexpected encounter in an alleyway – possibly experiencing their own moment of wonder.
Po Yan Leung – Down the Rabbit Hole. Inspired by the classic novel Alice in Wonderland, Down the Rabbit Hole is a hexagonal prism that symbolizes the beginning of a fanciful adventure for audiences as they explore BoldPas 2019.
Heidi & Priscilla Moreno – La Gente de la Ciudad. Weeks are full of routines. Days are filled with lists, errands, and responsibilities, but between all of these things are the subtle pleasures that we often keep to ourselves. La Gente de la Ciudad is an art installation created by sisters Heidi and Priscilla Moreno that observes these unspoken moments and joys that surround us. Event-goers can explore a city that features whimsical vehicles, buildings with interchangeable designs, and creative people who signify the diversity of a real city.
Camille Ora-Nicole & Ashley Mangus – Yarn Hill. Serving as an artistic seating area, Yarn Hill takes inspiration from the hills and mountains that surround Pasadena and combines them with the feel of traditional, interior comfort. Rectangles woven through with yarn surrounding the seating area alludes to boundaries and offers a new view to the rest of the alley.
Nathaniel Osollo – Cardboard TV. Cardboard TV is a subtle surprise that appears to broadcast directly from cardboard. Viewers will use their smartphones to examine a pile of television sets made out of cardboard. When the phones find the Cardboard TV screens, colorful animations and fun videos will appear to play on the TVs.
Gary Pappani & Santos Cortes – A Street Art Mural. Gary Pappani curates a live painting installation that incorporates traditional and non-traditional techniques through the execution of graffiti iconography, wheat-pasting, and abstract painting; Santos Cortes participates as one of the artists. Working alongside Santos throughout the day is a small, select group of Los Angeles graffiti and street artists who use a variety of styles and applications. Event-goers can witness the execution of art so common to our urban landscape yet so rarely witnessed in practice.
Hilda Rios – Coming Up Roses. In creating her installation Coming Up Roses, Hilda Rios was inspired by a quote from French artist Henri Matisse: “There’s always flowers for those who want to see them.” The quote reminds us to find the little sparks of happiness in the everyday, while Coming Up Roses immerses the viewer in shape and color – in the form of tall, brightly colored columns – placing an emphasis on finding beauty in the every-day world.
Classroom Award: Marshall Fundamental 9th Grade Art Students - This Is Me. High School students from Marshall Fundamental School in Pasadena will design and display more than one dozen life-sized silhouettes, filled with colorful patterns and designs that express the vibrant energy in teenagers.
GOOGLE MAP of BoldPas art installations and activity locations for self-guided tours:12:00pm–8:00pm 1:00pm–5:00pm