Art has long been a vital form of human expression and communication, and creative activity is known to enhance the brain’s sense of social connection while helping to reduce anxiety and depression. After two years of lockdown and other security measures meant to keep people apart, engaging in the arts has become essential.
In an effort to share contemporary art and elevate artists within the Pasadena community, the Pasadena Society of Artists launched its 97th annual juried exhibition on May 2.
“As a group, we find it very important to contribute to the community at large,” said exhibit president Lawrence Rodgers.
The Pasadena Society of Artists originated during the Southern California arts and crafts movement of the early 1920s to provide exhibition space for contemporary work that had been turned down by the California Art Club. Since its first exhibition in 1925 at the Pasadena Art Institute, the organization has become both a platform and a community for contemporary artists in the region with the help of financial supporters such as the Jeanne Ward Foundation and the Pasadena Arts League.
Through this year’s exhibition, Rodgers hopes visitors will be able to use the artworks and artist statements in the collection to better understand how each artist views the world and see the work through the perspective of the artist. ‘artist.
“It could be a small detail in nature, it could be a political statement, or it could just be a very peaceful, tranquil, relaxing image,” Rodgers explained. “We hope it will come off the paper and reach the viewer.”
According to Rodgers, PSA members submitted up to 160 works of art for consideration, although only 80 could be chosen for exhibition by juror Kenneth Ronney.
The 51 artists in the exhibition represent a wide range of techniques, designs and media, such as oil, acrylic, graphite, stone and wood carving, digital imagery, collage and pastel in chalk.
“Visitors are going to be amazed by what they see,” Rodgers said. “It’s a beautiful space to look at art and it will be a really good show.”
The 98th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Pasadena Society of Artists
OR: Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery,
1100 W. Clark Avenue, Burbank
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday;
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday