|Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park or Del Mar Station. All art installations are walking distance from both stations. Plan your trip on metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).|
|Pick up a Metro Bike and go for a ride to see all art exhibits in Old Pasadena. There’s a Metro Bike Share Station at Memorial Park and Del Mar Station! Find a station near you at metro.net/bikeshare.|
A DAY OF ART & PLAY IN OLD PASADENA!
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!
EVENT DAY INFORMATION
- 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 (https://bit.ly/2Kg4u1S)
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.
Phillip Meacham “Projecting 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.
Keith Patterson and Viviana Palacio “A 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.
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.
Leah Clancy “Haiku 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.
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.
Maxwell Coppola “Fur 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!
Ash Cano “Underneath” – 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.
Kelley Anderson “Moss Wall” – Lush, vibrant live moss serves as the backdrop for a collective wishing tree, inspired by the Japanese tradition of Tanzaku.
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.
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.
Rachel Visalda “Meet 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.