South Pasadena Arts Crawl Is Ready to Roll on July 20

Musicians and artists once again take center stage at the quarterly South Pas Arts Crawl. Photo by Henk Friezer

Merchants, artists and musicians will line the streets on Saturday, July 20, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate summer in the latest edition of the quarterly “South Pasadena Arts Crawl.’’

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by the South Pasadena Arts Center (SPACE), the free event offers art exhibitions and activities, live music, open houses, food, drink specials and sales throughout the business district.

Mission Street and adjacent blocks will be filled with event activities.

Artist Maddie Saunders heads up a free, all-ages, art-making activity at the Heritage Plaza, located next to the Metro Gold Line station. Participants will learn how to make wind chimes using natural wood and other materials.

Down Mission Street, Two Kids Coffee presents a complimentary “Black and White Transfer Prints” workshop utilizing a photo on your phone or camera. At Larry’s Union Service, the Pasadena Chalk Festival winner, artist Ronny Johnson, will create a chalk mural dedicated to the parrots and/or ostriches that have called South Pasadena home. Poet Leah Clancy will be stationed along the main event route and will be dishing out haikus on her typewriter for the public.

There will be numerous art openings throughout the evening. Jones Coffee Roasters will exhibit artwork by Nicholas Bonamy, including his original painting for the summer Arts Crawl poster.

Old Focals showcases illustrator Breon Bliss and work by Farley Crawford Bliss. The SPARC Gallery at the Chamber of Commerce presents the opening reception for “Textiles Today: Exploring New Possibilities.” Curated by Shelley Stephens, the group show features local artists Cynthia Thiel, Lillian Montalvo, Melanie Ciccone, Val Echavarria and Victoria Arriola, and will run until Oct. 15.

Meanwhile, at The Dinosaur Farm, David Plenn will curate “The Kids Are Alright,” an evening of live music by singer/songwriters under the age of 21, and will also offer face painting by makeup artist Cristina Bartolucci.

Scenes from last year’s Arts Crawl. July 20 is the next such event. Photos by Henk Friezer

SPARC will also activate the City Hall courtyard with a string trio playing from 6-8 pm, an interactive coloring activity for youth and a photography pop-up. The SPARC Gallery at City Hall will have two shows on display — “Tinkering,” by artist Valerie Wilcox and “Childhood 101,” a photography series by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin.

There will be several stops along the event route to get a foodie fix. Shiro will be mixing up a specialty champagne mojito. Radhika Modern Indian offers a 15 percent discount. Aro Latin will create a surprise Arts Crawl special. Sus Arepas, a new food truck addition to the Crawls, will be serving up arepas and other South American eats. The Sticky Rice food truck, back by popular demand, will offer authentic Thai street food.

The Artisans’ Alley, an outdoor marketplace near the Metro, features more than 12 artisans and makers showcasing a variety of unique items, including ceramics, paper mache ornaments, handmade jewelry, organic soaps, accessories and other goods. Participating artisans include ArtGirls Collective, Bellagazoo Jewels, Beyond Blue Ceramics, Elisa’s Designs and Lioness Jewelry, Jikits, Melissa Finstead Jewelry, Orpheus, Polyfaction, SOPA Artists, Stephanie Stein Designs, Stitching Fables and Wato Soap.

An event map with a complete list of activities, performers, business participants and more will be printed in the Review on Friday, July 19 and will be on the Chamber’s website at 

Scenes from last year’s Arts Crawl. July 20 is the next such event. Photos by Henk Friezer

Patrons can park in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian) and walk to the participating shops and boutiques. The Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station will put attendees right in the heart of the event.

The quarterly Arts Crawls are presented by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE to provide a showcase for artists and musicians and to highlight the city’s unique business district. More information can be found online at, or visit the Facebook page at


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