Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 14, 2018 

SPARC Gallery Exhibition 
by Artist Carolie Parker

Artist Reception –
Saturday: April 21, 6:00-
8:00 pm

The South Pasadena 
Arts Council (SPARC) 
is pleased to present the 
exhibition Frame Story—
Carolie Parker at SPARC 
Gallery, located at the 
South Pasadena Chamber 
of Commerce on Mission 
Street. MICRONAUT, an 
independent curatorial 
design firm in South 
Pasadena, has organized the 

 Frame Story is named for 
a traditional literary device 
in which a group of related 
stories are told within the 
context of a larger story. This 
format of a “story within a 
story, first popularized in 
the late Middle Ages, can 
be seen in such collections 
as Boccaccio’s Decameron, 
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales 
and the ancient folktales 
compiled in The 1001 

 The formal elements in 
Carolie Parker’s works draw 
a on similar regulating 
principle: the repetition of 
geometric shapes within a 
layered format where motifs 
reoccur in slight variations 
through the series. An 
exploration of translucent 
color reflects the artist’s 
interest in the Muslim tile 
designs of Andalucia, which 
in turn bear many similarities 
to the reoccurring motifs in 
works like The 1001 Nights. 
“To make the paintings,” 
Parker notes, “I work in 
layers, starting with collaged 
or recycled paper squeegeed 
with color. The second layer 
is a watercolor shape, which 
is poured onto the surface. 
Each piece is finished with 
a patterned overlay, printed 
either in silkscreen or with a 

 The actual shapes of color 
in Frame Story are suggested 
by the commercial and 
domestic architecture of 
Los Angeles, which comes 
in often predictable box-
like forms overlaid with a 
range of decorative touches; 
Mexican, Tuscan, Norman 
or Tudor. Parker transform 
this vernacular into images 
of great formal elegance in 
the same way that stories 
like The 1001 Nights draw 
on inherited folk traditions, 
weaving them into luminous 
tales of magical change and 

 Carolie Parker is a visual 
artist and writer with a 
background in foreign 
languages and world 
literature. She was recently 
a MacDowell Fellow 
(visual art and poetry) 
and a Visiting Artist at 
the American Academy 
in Rome. Her poetry has 
appeared in Trickhouse, 
The Denver Quarterly, 
NOW culture, River Styx 
Magazine and Poor Claudia. 
She has exhibited visual 
work at PØST, The Armory 
Center for the Arts, BLAM 
and Edward Cella Art 
and Architecture (all Los 
Angeles). Mirage Industry, a 
book-length collection of her 
poetry, is just out from What 
Books Press in Los Angeles. 
She teaches Humanities and 
Art History at LA Trade Tech 
(LA Community College 

 The SPARC Gallery is 
located at 1121 Mission 
Street, SPARC Gallery 
Hours are Tuesday – 
Friday 10am - 5 pm or by 
appointment. Please call 
the Chamber office before 
arriving. 626-441-2339.

Schedule a 
Bulky Item 

 A free bulky item pick-up day 
in San Marino is scheduled 
for Saturday, July 14. Please 
call the City’s trash hauler, 
Athens Services, to make an 
appointment if you have bulky 
items you would like removed. 
Athens customer service 
number is (888) 336-6100.

 “Bulky” items are those that 
are oversized or overweight, 
such as stoves, refrigerators 
(Freon free), water heaters, 
washing machines, furniture, 
sofas, mattresses, box springs 
and large rugs.

 For more information visit: 

Doggy Day, with Cats Too

 The South Pasadena 
Recreation Division is hosting 
their 10th annual Doggy Day 
with Cats Too event at the 
beautiful Garfield Park! Dog 
and cat owners are invited to 
this FREE event to meet and 
learn about the various animal 
resources available in and 
around our community. The 
event will feature a variety of 
vendors and adoption agencies, 
as well as food and fun events 
for our furry friends and their 

April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 

Garfield Park

625 1/2 Stratford Avenue

For more information, please 
contact the Recreation Office - 

Facility Tour

Local Bands SoPas Jam

 The Youth Commission is 
excited to showcase local 
bands to perform at the 2nd 
annual teen concert. The 
Minorities, Bad Posture, and 
Chilli Pepper Bandicoots 
will perform at Garfield 
Park on Friday, April 27, 
2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 
p.m. Refreshments will be 
available for purchase and 
admission is free.

April 27, 2018

Garfield Park

625 1/2 Stratford Avenue

For more information, 
please contact the Recreation 
Office - 626-403-7380

 The City of San Marino, 
in cooperation with Athens 
Services, Inc., is offering an 
opportunity for residents 
to visit the recycling 
facility that manages all 
trash collected in the City. 
The trip will take place on 
Saturday, April 21st from 10 
a.m. to noon. Registration 
and transportation will 
be provided through the 
Recreation Department. The 
bus will depart promptly 
at 9:30 a.m. from the Lacy 
Park Scout House located 
on the west side of the park. 
Arrive by 9:15 am to ensure 
you you don’t miss the bus 
departure. Please call (626) 
403-2200 for additional 

 Space is limited. If you 
have additional questions 
regarding the tour or other 
related trash/recycling 
items you can call Ron 
Serven, Environmental 
Services Manager at (626) 
300-0789 or rserven@

Movies in the Park

 The South Pasadena Community Services Department is 
screening two movies at Garfield Park this summer:

June 22 - Despicable Me 3

August 10 - Coco

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low seat 
lawn chairs.

 Movies begin 8:15pm (dusk)

Garfield Park

625 1/2 Stratford Avenue

For more information, please contact the Recreation Office 
- 626-403-7380

Student Art Exhibit

 Be part of our 
#BeKindToAnimals Student 
Art Exhibit! Kids 14 and 
under can submit art for 
the exhibit on May 7. Go for a 
flyer with instructions. 

 All artwork must be 
delivered to Children 
Services, South Pasadena 
Public Library 1100 Oxley 
Street, South Pasadena. 
Artwork must arrive at the 
library by today.

 Co-sponsored by the 
Animal Commission of the 
City of South Pasadena – 
Local Government.

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