On Saturday (Jan. 26) more than 150 art lovers gathered in the Gallery of Geo Systems in Glendale. They sipped and supped on wine and cheese during the exhibit's opening reception. On display are 64 paintings from 30 watercolorists known as the “Tuesday Painters” — all students of Reid.
The artists, most of whom have never had their paintings exhibited, proudly pointed out their work to visitors. Pasadena resident Marnell Land began Reid's classes in the fall. Her “Window in a Room” is NFS — not for sale. Since many of the artists are beginners, some were shy about offering their paintings for sale to the public.
Artist Arline Helm had no such compunctions. Her “Green Valley” landscape is on sale for $135. Helm has studied watercolor painting for 10 years, including five years with Reid.
Faye Dangerfield from Pasadena is on her fourth series of Reid's eight-week classes. Dangerfield's “Go Cart” was exhibited as well as her "Berries." (Both were not for sale). Dangerfield had just returned from Washington, D.C., for President's Obama's second inauguration. As a community volunteer for the Democratic Party, Dangerfield had also attended the president's first inauguration. Dangerfield announced that this year she danced at the Inaugural Ball. Who knows? Maybe Dangerfield will use the ball as the subject of her next masterpiece.
"Tuesday Painters" will be exhibited through Feb. 20.
Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena has hosted luminaries such as actress Jane Fonda and, most recently, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who signed their latest books. (Upcoming is an appearance by former Vice President Al Gore.) But it's been a long tradition of the independent bookstore to never neglect its kid readers.
On Saturday (Jan. 26), a “Wild Thing” from Maurice Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are” came to town. Specifically, “Wild Thing” celebrity impersonator was the star visitor for “Story Time with Mr. Steve.” (Mr. Thing was shy about revealing his human name.)
Steve Ross has been reading to kids ever since he realized he had a knack for exciting them with the written word. He also has to corral them, too. Sometimes a kid or two may jump out of their chair and practically wind up on Mr. Steve's lap in their attempt to make story time all their own. This morning was no exception. Ronan Fox, 4, from Pasadena was too excited to merely sit in his seat. He stood close to the action all through story time. Dad Jon Fox obediently sat in his seat along with younger son, Gavin Fox, 1.
Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are” won the Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year in 1964. Sendak was the writer and illustrator.
The story is about Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper. He creates his own world — a forest inhabited by wild creatures that crown Max their king. When the book was written in 1963 the theme of dealing with anger was rare in children's literature, especially in picture-book format for young children.
Vroman's was pushing the 50th anniversary edition in paper and hardcover. Most little “Maxes” went home with a copy.
--RUTH SOWBY may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.