SPARC Art Gallery at City Hall

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As part of an ongoing commitment to advance and celebrate the arts, The City of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) have partnered to create the SPARC Gallery @ City Hall.

To visit: City Hall is located at 1414 Mission St. in South Pasadena. The Gallery features rotating exhibits in the 1st Floor lobby area, and on the 2nd Floor, which accessible by stairs or elevator.

For more information: please visit SPARC's web site

Current exhibits at the SPARC Gallery @ City Hall are:

Valeria Wilcox: Tinkering 
May 11 - June 30, 2019
SPARC Gallery @ City Hall 1st Floor


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 June 30, 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.

Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin: Childhood 101
March 9 - June 30, 2019
SPARC Gallery @ City Hall 2nd Floor

In Childhood 101, South Pasadena-based photographer and educator Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin who is known for her “compassionate and curious lens,” 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, remembering her own treasured outdoor playtime as a child. A Fulbright Senior Scholars, and recipient of the, IREX IARO Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship McLaughlin has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her images are in permanent collections at the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, Western Virginia Museum of Art, and the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. Childhood 101 runs through June 30, in the 2nd floor SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall.