Welcome to SPARC – South Pasadena Arts Council

Spend time enjoying festivals, musical programs, theatre, interactive arts projects, galleries, and special events.  Here in South Pasadena, there is an organization committed to showcasing the deep, layered, and rich artistic talent we, and our neighboring communities have to offer. We are SPARC.




SPARC Gallery

Our Ocean’s Edge  

Photographs by Jasmine Swope

Opening Reception Saturday August 6, 6-8 pm

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To view a short video about the work click Here

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present our next exhibition, Our Ocean’s Edge—Photographs by Jasmine Swope in the SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street.

 Jasmine Swope is a Serbian-born artist living in Santa Monica, CA. A graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, CA, she specializes in large format black & white photographs of the natural environment. In both her art and her spirit, she is a descendant of 19th and 20th century photographic masters like Timothy O’Sullivan, Carleton Watkins, and Ansel Adams, who captured the American scene with an unprecedented eye for nature’s beauty, serenity, and elegance.

For her exhibition at SPARC Gallery, Ms. Swope chose images from her project Our Ocean’s Edge, a photographic journey into California’s Marine Protected Areas, a statewide system created in 1999 through a unique public-private partnership between conservation groups, fishermen, Native American tribes, recreationalists, beach lovers, and lawmakers. Like national parks on land, MPAs are magnificent in their splendor and wildness, providing protection for wildlife, solutions to climate change, and recreational resources for all. Swope’s hauntingly beautiful, dream-like photographs set out to capture the essence of these marine parks, seeking to increase public understanding and appreciation of California’s unique system. Her work is accompanied by original narratives by author Dwight Holing that celebrates these fragile seascapes while increasing awareness about their natural benefits and inspiring conservation action.

Upcoming Exhibition


Polaroids, Polaroid Transfers, and Collages by

Victor Raphael

September 6 – October 14, 2016

The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present our next exhibition, HOMAGE—Polaroids and Transfers by Victor Raphael in the SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street.


“The term homage,” Los Angeles artist Victor Raphael writes, “is often used when one artist shows respect for another by allusion, imitation or some oblique poetic reference. An homage is a kind of acknowledgment, or tip of the hat, to those artists that came before you, who have influenced you or taught you new things.”

Many of the original art works depicted in Raphael’s images were captured during the artist’s many visits to museums and galleries around the world. They encompass his decades-long interest in the history of art, his appreciation of significant artists (Pollack, Man Ray, Monet), and his unique interpretation of their works in his manipulated images. For the art works in this exhibition, curated by SPARC Director Howard Spector, Raphael used either the Polaroid image itself or an image transferred to paper using Polaroid film, adding subtle comments and observations to the often-famous historical art works.

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The Box Art Project Phase I is now complete and the public is invited to view the Art Boxes around the Downtown Business District.                                                                                                        

Please click on the link to guide yourself:   Box Art Map 

To support public art in South Pasadena       Click here

  Phase I Box Art Designs

“Jacaranda Spring” by Laurie Hendricks


“In the Event of All Things To Be, or Have Been, Being Now” by Timothy Smith








“Route 66 Forever” by Don Bloom

“Bonzai Tree” by Mike Saijo










“Concert and Art on the Green” by Valerie Johnson Trimarchi





“Ostriches #7” by Kelly Conte








“The Parrots of South Pasadena” by Tatiana Viquez






“Ostrich, Coyote, Parrot” by Yuki Toy








“The Gold Rose” by Susann Berti


“Girl Talk” by Lekit Im