Past Events and Programs

Metro Gallery

From 2001 to 2006, Light Bringer Project operated a professional gallery featuring emerging and contemporary visual artists of the Los Angeles community. Each exhibition ran for approximately one month. Art works were for sale and artists benefitted by receiving commissions from sales. Opening receptions were held for each show, and were popular attractions. For most of the artists exhibited, Metro Gallery presented their first professional showing opportunity. After the organization moved their home office, artists continued to be exhibited at our 24-Hour Gallery on Union St. Jim Barret, “One Man, Two Man Show.” 2001 Launa Bacon, “Paintings and Projects.” 2002 Michael Rosenfeld, “Cereal Box Heroes.” 2002 Gala Narezo, “Transitional Communities: People in Public Places.” 2002 Dan Quarnstrom, “Joy Ride: Hot Rods and Fast Cars.” 2002 Kelly Reemtsen, “Dress: A Celebration of Dress and Adornment.” 2002 Richard Lopez, “Recent Works.” 2002 Nami Ito, “Natural Light.” 2002 David Jonason, “Day of the Amoeba.” 2003 David Jonason, “Giclee Prints.” 2004 Chick Curtis, “Paintings Drawings and Prints.” 2004 Julie Smith, “Denizens of the Desert.” 2004 Maryam Nagshineh, “Utopia.” 2005 David Jonason, “California Cubed.” 2005 Joe Ferris, “A Retrospective.” 2005 Kelly Reemtsen, “All Through the House.” 2005 Carmen Monnne, “A Journey Home.” 2005 Angela de Cristofaro, “Totality Shaped Out of Nothing.” 2006 Bacon, Kaleta, Lefkowitz, Strother, “Off the Map.” 2006 Miguel Angel Murillo, “Original Works of Art.” Scott J. Bailey, “Ecstatic.” Cal Poly Fine Arts Department - Senior Show Visual Arts Academy of Pasadena High School Photography Exhibition of Dabney Zorthian  

Other Projects

First news article on Light Bringer Project - October 7, 1988 "What started out a year and a half ago as an oral history project became a multi-media overview of the city's artistic roots, complete with special exhibits and events tying in the contemporary arts scene and involving nearly 500 people directly or indirectly." Excerpt from Pasadena Weekly. Rainy Night, Old Town - 1988 Light Bringer Project produced a limited edition printing of the pastel painting created by artist Patricia Bonja-Berghe, to highlight the work of this talented artist. Signed prints were made available for the public. Proceeds benefited both the artist and Light Bringer Project. Tribute to Joan Orr - 1989 In collaboration with the Pasadena Arts Council, Light Bringer Project created a documentary film and screened it in Polytechnic High School in Pasadena, in celebration of the life and work of Joan Orr. The program included live dance performances of students and alumni of Scripps College, where Joan graduated from, in dedication of her service. Also, presentations by John Chandler, president of Scripps College, Bella Lewitsky of the Bella Lewitsky dance company, and host Jess Marlow, KNBC news anchor. Other musical performances by Lise Dickerson. Sculptures by Carole Babcock. Mrs. Orr was a dance therapist, who was a mentor and inspiration to Light Bringer Project. Carmelitos Housing Project - May 1989 In North Long Beach, an art exhibition produced for the benefit of housing project residents which encouraged role models and expanding life opportunities. Arts Alive! - June 1989 A program of dance, theater, and music celebrating the achievements of women in the performing arts. With Sandra Tsing Loh in a live performance. Held at Occiental College, 1989. Video Fair - 1990 The show provided a unique opportunity to view a diverse range of video technique and styles. Student works from PCC, Art Center College of Design, Otis, USC, and CalArts, along with internationally- and nationally- known prize winning artists.  Also included were local high school students' works. Held at Pasadena City College, 1990. New Composers - September 1991 Presentation of new composers David Pritchard and Lise Dickerson work. Held in the Times-Mirror Auditorium at Art Center College of Design. Culture Factory - 1992 Artists' galleries and collaborative performance space (tri-level, 9,000 square feet, soon to become J. Crew and adjacent stores) in the un-built-out One Colorado. This was an art resource center which provided a unique place for artists to work and network; also a special gathering place where artists could create and sell their work, teach workshops, perform and get to know the community. Culture Factory later became the “Museum Collection.” Mexican Traditions in Contemporary Chicano Art - May 1992 An exhibition of visual artworks by artists of Los Angeles and Mexico City at the Armory Center for the Arts. In collaboration with Denise Lugo-Saavedra, PCC art history professor and her 80 students, co-sponsored with Light Bringer Project. The exhibition focused on the art of two artists from Mexico City in addition to four Mexican-American artists, Frank Romero, Leo Lemon, George Yepes, and Diane Gamboa. Secrets Out! - November 7, 1992 More than 60 local artists, most survivors of sexual assault, professional and non professional, produced an art installation in the old YWCA building in the Civic Center. This was a one day event which included painting, sculpture, personal journals (in a place called the Catharsis Cafe) performance, music, and poetry reading. Light Bringer collaborated with the Pasadena Rape Crisis Center to raise awareness of this epidemic in our society. ArtWorks - Spring 1990 - June 1993 A Light Bringer publication for the arts profiling the outstanding work of emergent visual, literary, and performing artists of our community. Museum Collection at One Colorado - November 1993 - 1994 Housed in raw space at One Colorado (previously known as Culture Factory) in Old Pasadena was a center and satellite stores of MOCA, Natural History Museum, and the Southwest Museum, and cultural information center, managed by Light Bringer Project. Garland Fine Arts Gallery - October 1993 The gallery outside of Garland auditorium which housed works of emergent, contemporary artists was curated by Light Bringer Project. This became the precursor to the Metro Gallery in Old Pasadena. In Left Field - October 1993 Collaborative environmental artworks were created in Hahamongna Watershed Park in a rededication to the natural terrain of the Gabrielino-Shoshone Indian Nation, who first settlers of the region. Dia de los Muertos - November 1993 This was an event to mourn the three Pasadena children gunned down from gang violence in Pasadena on Halloween night. Traditionally, it also celebrated the life of  Cesar Chavez. The exhibit also included work from over a dozen local artists, at the former Cadillac Cafe in Pasadena. After-School Art Sessions at Robinson and Victory Parks - 1994 -1996 As part of the City of Pasadena's Recreation and Parks Department Cultural Enrichment Program, Light Bringer Project offered free art lessons and drawing workshops afterschool in Pasadena's local park facilities. Art instructor at Victory Park was George Combs and California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence, Kira Lynn Harris, was at Robinson Park. I Wanna Tell You My Story - May 1995 A one-woman show by writer, actor, and abuse survivor Cornelia McDonald explored violence in our communities, families, and personal lives for the general public and selected student audiences. Teepee Tour - September 1995 10,000 public schoolchildren participated in school site workshops and portrayals of Native American traditions conducted in association with the Southern California Indian Center in preparation for the American Indian Festival to come. American Indian Festival and Marketplace - October 7th and 8th, 1995 An exhibition of contemporary artworks created by over 100 artists representing Native American tribal cultures from across America. Drummers, dancers, storytellers, and musicians also related their Native American heritage to the public. This event was produced in partnership with the City of Pasadena. Holiday Art Cafe - December 1995 Art, performance, and music was created by Washington Middle School Students for the public, parents, and the California Institute of Technology community. Art Park - 1996 A mural project executed by five diverse artists in a multi-story parking facility (School House Parking Structure) in Old Pasadena. Learning Center at Washington Middle School - June 1996 - 2001 This was a collaboration with the Pasadena Unified School District's LEARNs after-school program with a focus on arts disciplines. Light Bringer Project provided afterschool classes in all disciplines in the arts, and remained open through the summer months. This included a Family Portrait Day in collaboration with Art Center students. Cultural Passport - October 1996 A partnership of Light Bringer Project, library services, and the school district, the model program was dedicated to unite arts and cultural opportunities to middle and high school students. Thousands of public schoolchildren received the benefits of unique arts experiences at the library, a new artistic library card, and discounts to cultural institutions. Arroyo Earth Walk and Festival - April 20, 1996 Over 1,000 visitors traversed 6.5 miles through three diverse Los Angeles communities along the Lower Arroyo, Brookside Park, to Learn more about the natural habitat, visit learning stations, and consider local environmental solutions. Vision of Access - Spring 1996 Coordinated and published by Light Bringer Project, this document articulates the important role art and artists play in community life and represents the joint efforts and written contributions of over 80 artists. Arroyo Trails Project - 1996 Sponsored by the City of Pasadena Parks and Forestry Division. Students from public and private high schools collaborated to make recommendations for public art in the form of benches, fences, creative signage, in the Arroyo Trails. The initiative was committed to restoring five trails leading into the Central Arroyo Seco. Providing a youth component, we chose a team of public and private school students to research the history of the natural parkland, conduct community outreach and recommend design elements to be incorporated into the project. Music on Mondays (later known as New Mix) - 1997 An eclectic concert series highlighting musicians who compose and play their own music and provide new perspectives on the interpretation of historical works. The expanded 1997 concert series features world music, including Northern Indian, Armenian, and Renaissance music. Murals at Music Center - 1998 Commissioned by Music Center Los Angeles through the Spotlight Awards, Light Bringer Project selected artists to install permanent paintings in the Music Center parking garage. The Neutrogena FACES Program - 1999 - 2004 Sponsored by Neutrogena Corporation, this was a folk art curriculum which studied world cultures and folk art-making with middle and high school students in Los Angeles Public Schools. Zorthian Ranch Oral History Project - 2004 - Present Over the last half-century, Altadena's Zorthian Ranch became a nexus of bohemian activity, attracting figures of influence from all walks of life, spanning the arts and sciences. Along with many others, Light Bringer Project recognized a need to preserve the history of the Zorthian Ranch through personal accounts of family members, notable friends and associates. The Project, hopes to document and transcribe thirty oral histories, including those of Jirayr and Dabney Zorthian, which will become publicly accessible at a variety of community venues and are available on the internet. Conscientious Projector - 2005 - 2007 Launched by Light Bringer Project in collaboration with Sustainable World at All Saints Church, this film series provided a public platform for documentary film makers and their truth-based films. Held monthly, free of charge, it took place in the Metro Gallery until Light Bringer's offices moved. The film series continues with a strong following at the Armory Center for the Arts. Doctober: Documentary Film Festival in Pasadena   Light Bringer Project bussed Washington Middle School students to a special afternoon screening of local documentary film makers at the State Theater in Pasadena. Students were given Q and A time with the film makers present. Art in the Park Murals created by local at-risk youth in Washington Park. The Art of Nature A series of collage works and texts by artist Mina Marmol created from organic materials in a dense retail setting. Nine Women Artists  A special exhibit featuring the works of diverse Los Angeles-area artists at the Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance. Salons at the Castle (Historic Castle Green in Pasadena) Guests attending enjoy original artists presenting anything from genre music, classical piano, to live theatre performance, and art exhibitions. Each salon is different and is staged in the elegant Grand Salon or Ballroom of the historically preserved turn-of-the-century landmark. Visual and performing artists’ talents are supported through this program.
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