Galleries in South Pasadena


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What was once the personal collection of Pasadena residents Bob and Arlene Oltman is now a three-story institution with more than 10,000 square feet of gallery space. The Pasadena Museum of California Art features art, architecture, and design from all over the state and aims to explore cultural issues that are unique to California.
490 E Union St
Pasadena,
CA
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Teeming with curios and game-changing treasures, The Folk Tree specializes in the one-of-a-kind work of artisans and craftspeople from Mexico and cultures around the world. Dress up desks, end tables, and museum-quality cinder blocks with wooden carvings, clay figurines, pottery, and other objects d'art made with expert craftsmanship and high-level sorcery. Memorialize beloved armadillos of your childhood with an elaborately painted carving from the family of Pedro Ramirez ($68.50 and up), or make conversations with your walls seem normal by decorating them with coconut masks ($16.50). Shadow boxes ($26.50 and up) integrate three-dimensional tableaus and written text to satirical effect, and black-clay lanterns (starting at $9.50) combine an alluring sheen with tamed fire. T-shirts are also available to help keep customers as artfully ornamented as their décor.
217 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena,
CA
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Established: 2008 Reservations/Appointments: Required Staff Size: 2?10 people Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours Pro Tip: Bring your children's art work, such as drawings and paintings, when they attend their first class. Q&A with Viki, Business Owner Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job? To see my students enjoy art and learn to express themselves by drawing Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face? We give little presents to kids such as birthday and Christmas gifts, Easter eggs, Halloween candies, and tickets that they can exchange in class for prizes. Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? We first opened our studio in a remodeled garage with only four students. After three years, we moved into a 1,000-square-foot facility and now have about 100 students. But what makes us most proud is that most of our students are referred to us by parents.
203 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel,
CA
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Signature service: Rainbow Art provides quality art classes Established: 2000 Reservations/Appointments: Required Staff Size: 2?10 people Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours Brands Used: Liquitex, Winston, Blick, Crayola, Reeve, Prostroke, and Royal Pro Tip: Rainbow logo means the vision of promise, hope, joy, peace, dreams, creativity, and confidence in art. Q&A with Susanne, Director Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better. We always try our best to accommodate parents' request beyond our policies. Once we had a parent who was a single mom with three children ages 7, 5, and 4. They all wanted to join the art classes, but the mom couldn't afford the individual programs for three different age groups. We understand that life is never easy for anyone, so we just asked what she could afford, and gave each child individual art programs for about one year. Then she moved to another state, but before she left, she wrote me a thank-you card and gave me a book named Peace Maker that was written by her. I feel that if one can make a difference in someone's life, one's life is not in vain. Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face? We give Rainbow Art dollars to students every time they come to the class as a reward for working hard. They can exchange them for prizes or art supplies that they want. We share the happiness of all birthdays, celebrations, and events with treats and gifts. How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field? [Our director Susanne] graduated from Hong Kong SRB college of Education, majoring in art and design. [She] also hold[s] CA teaching credentials and ha[s] more than 20 years teaching experience in Hong Kong and America. [She has] taught children's art programs at East Los Angeles College, and helped prep portfolios during art portfolio prep seminars for high school students. She says, "Our unique programs are combined Asian and Western styles. My mission is to make everyone enjoy art and appreciate the world with one's heart. Rainbow Art's comprehensive drawing and painting programs maximize the students' potentials in various art projects that go beyond just drawing and painting. We have done live drawing at Chinese New Year festivals, farmers' markets, and children's Chinese opera. We hosted a family event to teach students to recycle and draw on plastic and glass bottles last summer." Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? Our students have won prizes from different drawing contests locally and internationally. Beyond our studio location, we also hold art classes for the City of Monterey Park recreation programs. [We host outdoor events] to inspire students to learn from their environment.
260 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park,
CA
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La Canada Flintridge's Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery has tasty eats and creative beverages. Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery. Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery is ultra casual. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery. Prices at Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Penelope's Cafe Books and Gallery's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
1029 Foothill Blvd
La Canada Flintridge,
CA
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Julia Dean boasts a long and storied career as both a photographer and educator. Her resume includes working as the photo editor for the Associated Press and traveling to more than 40 countries as a freelance photographer for relief groups and magazines. And her vast amount of experience fed into a career in teaching photography at colleges and universities for 30 years. Most recently, her photographic fascinations led to her shoot street photography around the world?particularly in LA?a passion which inspired her to create the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Inside the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, she and more than 80 experienced and dedicated instructors support photographic arts at the helm of dozens of photography classes. Aside from high-caliber classes, they also provide local and travel workshops, exhibitions, screenings, and lectures. LACP also gives back to their local community by heading outreach efforts to put grants, scholarships, and focused programming in the hands of youth and low-income families.
755 Seward Street
Los Angeles,
CA
US
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