Welcome to SPARC – South Pasadena Arts Council

Spend time enjoying festivals, musical programs, theatre, interactive arts projects, galleries, and special events.  Here in South Pasadena, there is an organization committed to showcasing the deep, layered, and rich artistic talent we, and our neighboring communities have to offer. We are SPARC.




SPARC Gallery

Current Exhibition


Polaroids, Polaroid Transfers, and Collages by

Victor Raphael

September 6 – October 14, 2016

Join us for the Artist reception on Saturday September 24, 5:00-7:00 pm

Curator/Artist Talk on Saturday October 8, 6-7:30pm

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present our next exhibition, HOMAGE—Polaroids and Transfers by Victor Raphael in the SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street.

“The term homage,” Los Angeles artist Victor Raphael writes, “is often used when one artist shows respect for another by allusion, imitation or some oblique poetic reference. An homage is a kind of acknowledgment, or tip of the hat, to those artists that came before you, who have influenced you or taught you new things.”

Many of the original art works depicted in Raphael’s images were captured during the artist’s many visits to museums and galleries around the world. They encompass his decades-long interest in the history of art, his appreciation of significant artists (Pollack, Man Ray, Monet), and his unique interpretation of their works in his manipulated images. For the art works in this exhibition, curated by SPARC Director Howard Spector, Raphael used either the Polaroid image itself or an image transferred to paper using Polaroid film, adding subtle comments and observations to the often-famous historical art works.

Victor Raphael poster


SPARC/SPEF “Pathways to Art” Street Sign Sale
The South Pasadena Arts Council and the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) are pleased to announce the sale of South Pasadena street signs.

Click the link to purchase one or more signs and support our collective initiative.

Pathways to Art

The initiative, “Pathways to Art”, a joint project of the two organizations has created a web site to sell the old city street signs as they are being replaced by the City. The purpose of “Pathways to Art” is to raise funds that will support SPARC’s arts programs, public art in the community, and SPEF’s efforts to enhance arts education in the South Pasadena Unified School District.

The website sale began on September 12 and continues throughout the year, with more signs being added to the site as they become available from the City. The price of each sign is $100.



Wildwood Highway

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) in partnership with the South Pasadena Public Library, Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is presenting its free 6th Annual “End of Summer Concert Celebration” on Thursday, October 6, at 5:00 pm in front of the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street adjacent to the Farmers’ Market.

Headlining will be “Wildwood Highway. Bradford Lee Stanfield, his wife Periel and her longtime BFF Deanna Hurst, are three singer-songwriters who joined forces to form Wildwood Highway. The band derives its unique yet familiar sound by combining each of their individual songs and styles, as they share and trade off on lead vocals.

Their “new-old-school” take on rock and roll is irresistibly danceable and features lush, soulful harmonies and catchy melodies driven by Brad’s masterful guitar work, to create what they call feel-good, bluesy California country/southern rock sound.

No tickets or reservations required. Special thanks to 210 E Sound and Nancy Lem Graphic Design.


Save the Date

“Creating Our Own Masterpieces II”

Artists Preview Party and Fundraiser

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Invitation to follow


“The Creating Our Own Masterpieces I” is now complete and the public is invited to view the Art Boxes around the Downtown Business District.                                                             

Please click on the link to guide yourself:   Box Art Map 

To support public art in South Pasadena       Click here

  Phase I Box Art Designs

“Jacaranda Spring” by Laurie Hendricks


“In the Event of All Things To Be, or Have Been, Being Now” by Timothy Smith








“Route 66 Forever” by Don Bloom

“Bonzai Tree” by Mike Saijo










“Concert and Art on the Green” by Valerie Johnson Trimarchi





“Ostriches #7” by Kelly Conte








“The Parrots of South Pasadena” by Tatiana Viquez






“Ostrich, Coyote, Parrot” by Yuki Toy








“The Gold Rose” by Susann Berti


“Girl Talk” by Lekit Im