The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce invites the community to the Winter Arts Crawl, an evening celebrating the joy of Valentine’s Day alongside Lunar New Year festivities, on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event where love, culture and art unite.
Laurie Wheeler, CEO of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re proud to host an event that brings together diverse celebrations. The Arts Crawl this year is an exciting blend of communal and cultural festivities, all set against the backdrop of our city’s thriving arts scene.”
A highlight of the event is the Interactive Art Activity: Year of the Dragon Chinese Scrolls. Participants of all ages can create colorful Chinese Scrolls, drawing powerful, fire-spewing dragons, emblematic of the Lunar New Year, on special scroll paper. This hands-on activity is a perfect way to engage in the cultural festivities and create a memorable keepsake.
At Adobe Design, guests can explore their artistic side with mixed-media artist and art healing workshop facilitator Tricia Loya, creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards. Fashion enthusiasts can visit Camille DePedrini, offering 15% off on merchandise and special discounts on selected sale items, and to Eva Franco, showcasing artist Clifford Bailey and exclusive fashion design sketches from the Eva Franco brand. The Dinosaur Farm will entertain younger guests with a free art activity by Emily Cline.
Hotbox Vintage presents a unique Valentine experience with its Vintage Bouquet Bar. Guests can choose a vintage vase and build their own bouquet, complemented by bubbles to sip. Jeweled Universe hosts an intimate artist reception with local multimedia artists Bill Wheeler and Dave Fortin, followed by an album release party and live performances on the Starlit Stage.
Jones Coffee Roasters will become a hub of creativity with outdoor pop-ups featuring handmade ceramics, extended collections of artwork, and live music performances. Meanwhile, La Monarca Bakery showcases a pop-up by Baggio Ardon, featuring art and Valentine’s-themed crafts, perfect for gifting.
Lucha’s Comfort Footwear will offer a 20% discount storewide. New Beginnings Physical Therapy will present local artists and live music. Art enthusiasts will be drawn to Old Focals, featuring the work of artists Camille Avilés-Downey and Hannah Roy, along with live music.
Raíces exhibits Moos Art by Sandra Olsen, along with an antique vendor and a special discount offer. Retreat showcases a jewelry trunk show with Amanda K. Lockrow, offering a number of stunning pieces.
Simplee Boba will host live music by Tisa Thompson and a 10% discount on its offerings.
For a personalized touch, South Pas Vintage offers special Valentine’s Day embroidery, while the South Pasadena Public Library hosts an interactive mini-masterpiece creation and exchange. SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce features “Landlines” by Max Yust and a unique “Pathways to Arts” Street Sign Sale, benefiting South Pasadena Educational Foundation and the local school arts programs.
Square Deal Barber Shop displays photography by Andrew Aiello in an exclusive pop-up show. TarotArts immerses visitors in the world of Cheryl Walsh and her new tarot deck, Aqua Summersus, with a narrative journey starting at 4 p.m. TeaMorrow showcases Crochet Arts by Ami Studio.
An event map with a complete list of activity details, times, and locations will be available Tuesday, Feb. 6 on the Chamber website at southpasadena.net/event/winter-arts-crawl-2.
Patrons are encouraged to walk, bike or take the Metro ‘L’ Line, where the South Pasadena Station will put you right at the heart of the event. Parking is available in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian), walking distance to more than 20 participating shops and boutiques.
For updates on planned activities and entertainment, follow the Arts Crawl on Facebook and Instagram.
First published in the February 2 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.