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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 and play!

BoldPas is a free, one-day intersection of design, architecture, art, history, and public space featuring one dozen site-specific installations in Old Pasadena’s historic, pedestrian alleyways. Works from L.A. artists will feature a “bold” theme, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness; many encourage direct interaction with viewers. Selected artists come from multidisciplinary backgrounds and professions that include architecture, art and design, history, and urban planning. Both established and up-and-coming artists from the Los Angeles area were chosen to participate.

The free event will highlight the character of the unique urban and historic public spaces of Old Pasadena’s 22-block district. Visitors are invited to spend the day walking the district and encountering artistic, ephemeral interventions at every turn. Come experience Old Pasadena with new eyes – gather with friends, stroll the alleys and side streets, meet artists and local business owners, snap and share your photos, and connect with Pasadena’s creative community.

Event day activities:

  • Temporary Art Installations in the historic alleyways of Old Pasadena. Selected artists: Ash Cano; Anali Gharakhani; Paul Heintz; L.L. Kessner; Po Yang Leung; Abbey Luck; Viviana Palacio; Zenah Sakaamini & Arty Vartanyan; Asli Tusavul; and Sarah Umles

  • Renowned LA-based muralist/painter Andrew Hem live painting in Mercantile Alley

  • Pop-Up Canvases hosted by Flower Pepper Gallery and featuring artists Maggie Chiang; Amy Van Gilder; Liten Kanin; Vivien Mildenberger; Valerie Pobjoy; Lena Sayadian; Joey Stupor; and Yetis & Friends

  • Tissue Paper Flower Wall hosted by Lyd & Mo Photography for taking fun photos

  • Pasadena Walking Tours hosts two tours at 1:30pm and 5:00pm, 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:

  • Creative Art Stops at more than two dozen participating stores and restaurants create the perfect backdrop for selfies and one-of-a-kind photo ops

  • Event Maps:
    • Google Map link here or scroll down
    • Printed maps will be available event day at all Info Booths and merchant Art Stops, so you can take a self-guided tour of all the district-wide Temporary Art Installations and Art Stops

Press Release


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


Andrew Hem, renowned LA painter/muralist, will be live painting on Mercantile Place throughout the day in preparation for an upcoming exhibition.

2017 Misty Blue mural Providence RI Andrew Hem



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.


GOOGLE MAP of art locations for self-guided tours:

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