"The Human Form" opening reception by Artist Yuki Toy.

South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce will feature evocative colored pencil worksby artist/author/teacher Yuki Toy, known for her emotion-evoking illustrations. Toy, whose artwork has been part of the curriculum at USC and Cal Tech, is a teacher of anatomy illustration and figure drawing at a number of Los Angeles colleges and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Curated by artist Blue Trimarchi of Art Works Fine Art Publishing, Inc., the exhibition will run through January 7.  

Valerie Wilcox
SPARC Gallery
South Pasadena City Hall through July 31, 2019


An exhibition of mixed-media, three-dimensional “constructs” by contemporary artist Valerie Wilcox, presented by the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), will open May 11 at the SPARC Gallery at City Hall, with an evening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Featuring wall-mounted works of papier maché, foam core, plaster, & found wood, the exhibition will run through July 31, 2019. 


Wilcox states that her art, nuanced by light and shadow, plays with the idea of space and perception, presenting “a reimagined, abstracted understanding of our built environment” and incorporating “the ideals of Wabi Sabi, a traditional Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance and beauty of transience and imperfection.” Wilcox’s pieces often feature wood with visible paint remnants, sourced from torn-down or remodeled houses, “thus perhaps holding memories of the lives long past.”


Based in Los Angeles, Wilcox is part of the artist collective Durden and Ray. Exhibitions of her work have been featured at the Torrance Art Museum, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Palo Alto Art Center, QiPO Art Fair in Mexico City, Kölner Liste Art Fair in Cologne; and in numerous other local and international galleries. She has been featured in such online and print publications as the New York Times, Style Magazine, The Huffington Post, Coolibri Magazine in Germany, Saatchi Art, DiversionsLA, and Art and Cake.

"Childhood 101"
Photographs by
Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin
through July 31, 2019

'Childhood 101'

“My most impressionable memories from childhood are playing outdoors for hours with kids from the neighborhood. I lived on an acre of land with my four siblings, which was adjacent to a suburban street with typical smaller plots of land. We had two wooded areas with paths, and a pond, which we fished in and ice-skated on in winter. Playtime was the most significant pastime. I was not a reader.

There is not a huge yard for my kids, but they do have a shared parking lot and neighbors. My oldest son’s most sacred pastime is playing with them. In this way, he is very much like me. Our ‘back yard’ is a safe-zone where the kids can explore through their imagination, problem solve, and play hard. I recognize that these will be some of their most precious memories from childhood.
There is not one image of me playing as a child in my neighborhood, yet I remember every path, nook, yard, and friend. It was where I felt the happiest. If I had a small album of photos of some of those moments, I would cherish it.”

Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin is a South Pasadena photographer and educator with an appetite for exploring the world. Wherever she goes, she brings a compassionate and curious lens. For her efforts at capturing a disappearing world, she has received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, IREX IARO Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship for her work in Romania. Her images have appeared in National Geographic Traveler Magazine, PDN, LensWork, Rangefinder, B&W Magazine, Black + White Photography (UK), and The Times Saturday Magazine (UK). Her photographs have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and are in the permanent collections at the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, Western Virginia Museum of Art, and the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. For her exhibition at SPARC Gallery, McLaughlin documents the playful activities of her two sons and their friends; at their South Pasadena home, in their backyard, on the road, and around town.


Jade Li (12th) 

1st Place

David Perez Espinosa (12th) 

2nd Place

Ixchel Carrizales de Lara (12th) – (x2 artworks)

3rd Place

Alicia Alderete, (12th)

Alicia Cerda (11th)

Carly Rodriguez (11th)

Daniel Ellis (12th)

Elaine Gong (12th)

Estella Dashiell (11th)

Georgia Parsons (9th)

Isa Oglanby (9th)

Jack Perry (11th)

Julianne Wong (10th)

Lyric Limqueco (9th)

Madeleine Yoo (10th)

Rebecca Wong (11th)

Vincent Tan (12th)

SPARC Gallery Hours: @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

1121 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030.

Open by appointment only.

Please call the Chamber to schedule your visit at (626) 441 2339.

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South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC)

P.O. Box 3272, South Pasadena, CA 91031. 



The South Pasadena Arts Council is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization