Aching for Inspiration? There’s an Art Takeover in Old Pasadena This Weekend

BoldPas fills public spaces with colorful art

Prepare your cameras because, for one day this weekend, Old Pasadena is going bold. BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena is bringing in a collection of local artists to paint the town red (and blue and green and yellow…).

“We wanted to do something that broke with the ‘expected Old Pasadena’ and create something new and unique that highlights our walkable alleys and historic architecture. We loved the idea of doing something that is ephemeral, that creates excitement, and an element of surprise. What better way to do that than with artistic intervention, and a use of bold color, scale, and interesting materials,” said Steve Mulheim, president and CEO of the Old Pasadena Management District, the organization behind the August 12 the event.

Visitors are invited to spend the day exploring the 22-block district’s alleyways and side streets, and to look at the area with new eyes. Many of the vibrant, large-scale art pieces are designed to encourage hands-on interaction, and Lyd & Mo Photography’s tissue paper flower wall will provide the perfect backdrop for playful selfies. Muralist Andrew Hem will be painting live in Mercantile Alley and, as you roam, you’ll spy “bold”-themed artwork by Ash Cano, Anali Gharakhani, Paul Heintz, L.L. Kessner, Po Yang Leung, Abbey Luck, Viviana Palacio, Zenah Sakaamini, Arty Vartanyan, Asli Tusavul, and Sarah Umles.

BoldPas runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. While access to all of the exhibits is free, Pasadena Walking Tours is holding two tours of the area’s temporary and permanent public art at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m; tour tickets are $10, and reservations are required.

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