Fall Arts Crawl Touted as Another Success in So Pas

The South Pasadena Fall Arts Crawl featured a variety of local artists along with area businesses this past Saturday such as the D.U.D.E.S. playing here. Photo by Tony Chen

Mission Street and the South Pasadena business district were bustling with excitement at the annual South Pasadena Arts Crawl, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. Artists and local businesses joined forces to put together another successful evening, which was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by South Pasadena Arts Center (SPACE). The free family-friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” event featured a variety of gallery exhibitions, art activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and sales.

A “Hocus Pocus” party was hosted by SugarMynt Gallery, which is located next door to the original Michael Myers house from the 1978 film “Halloween.” The gallery hosts an annual exhibition, “Welcome to Haddonfield,” which includes behind-the-scenes photos from the film as well as spooky artworks and “Hocus Pocus” memorabilia.

“For tonight’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ party, everyone is getting dressed up and we’re showing the movie at 7 p.m.,” said Rebecca Orlamindi, co-owner of SugarMynt. “We also have “Hocus Pocus” concept art prints and the book that has never been released and is exclusive to us. We also feature Michael Myers-themed artwork created by local artists, and with the recent movie release, everyone is excited and coming by.”

A variety of unique items were showcased in Artisans’ Alley at Heritage Park. Artists included Bellagazoo and Thunderbachs, who sold hand pulled silkscreen architectural paintings of Los Angeles printed on metro maps.

“This is a great event for us because Pasadena is very receptive towards art,” said Justine Patrick, an artist for Thunderbachs. “This is the second year that we’ve participated in Art Crawl, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate artwork, musicians, and the cool, creative things that people can do.”

Another highlight was a puppet making activity for families hosted by SPACE and the South Pasadena High Art Club.

“This is my first Arts Crawl, it’s so much fun,” said Jasmine Powers, president of South Pasadena High Arts Club. “SPACE gave us the opportunity to work this event, which is a great way to raise money for the art club and give back. We’re trying to build up the art community with our members and students, and working with SPACE to bring the community together with art.”

Local restaurants like Gus’s BBQ and Simplee Boba also participated in the Arts Crawl, with musical performances or offering specials on food and drink. There were live performances by Jackson Mankowski, the South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory, a Carriage House concert by Green Brooms Music Academy, and young string players performing for the Pascale Music Institute.

Other fun activities included a trunk show at Retreat, a spooky photo booth at Two Kids Coffee, face painting at Dinosaur Farm, haunted house poem printing at De Milo Design Studio & Letterpress, tarot card readings at The Maya Salon, and Henna art at Dual Crossroads.

“We brought in handmade jewelry by Amanda K. Lockrow, who brings in things I don’t carry,” said Diane Staples, owner of Retreat. “I love the energy, the creativity, the music and the food at Arts Crawl. It’s great to see all the neighbors coming out for this special night. I love the community feel of it all.”

Added Jennifer Maimone, owner of Dual Crossroads, “This is our second year participating in Arts Crawl. I love that people come out with their families and do something different here. The town becomes alive. The Chamber of Commerce is amazing, they get everyone together and the community bands itself together unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”