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Painting Event Kicks Off ‘Spring Into Art’ Festivities

First published in the Feb. 17 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The San Marino League recently held a “Paint Out” for artists as part of “Spring into Art,” the group’s biennial art exhibition and sale coming to the Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens on March 26-27.
For members of the general public interested in viewing or purchasing artwork, entry into “Spring into Art” will be included with the price of admission to the Huntington.
San Marino League, a Southern California nonprofit philanthropic organization, remains committed to strengthening the experience of art in the community.
During the “Paint Out,” artists bearing easels, canvases, and paintbrushes gained free access to the Huntington, including 16 themed gardens spread across 120 acres. Their paintings, in turn, may be included in the “Spring into Art” exhibition and sale, which benefits two internationally renowned institutions: ArtCenter College of Design and the Huntington.

Featured artist Jason Situ at San Marino League’s “Paint Out” event. 

“Spring into Art” attracts some of the country’s best artists, providing more than 150 exceptional juried paintings available for purchase, as well as original 3D creations such as glass art, ceramics, pottery, sculpture and jewelry, all by carefully selected artisans. The juried fine art exhibition will be anchored by nine featured artists: Peter Adams, Sid Bingham, Karl Dempwolf, Wayne Hunt, Brent Jensen, Joan Kahn, Michael Obermeyer, Jason Situ and Thalia Stratton.
In addition to participation in the “Paint Out,” accepted artists will enjoy 50% of the proceeds of any sale. The remaining 50% will support fine arts student scholarships at ArtCenter College of Design and the Japanese Garden Endowment at the Huntington.
Individual cash awards will also be issued to accepted artists in the following categories: “Best in Show,” 2nd Place, 3rd Place, “Best Depiction of an Iconic Pasadena or L.A. Landscape” and “Best New Artist.” (Artworks created during the “Paint Out” are not eligible for the juried portion of the show since admission deadlines occurred in January). All artists are invited to a private, invitation-only opening night reception on March 25.
Jurors for the exhibition include Seth Baker, head gardener of the Brody California Garden, Education, and Visitor’s Center at the Huntington; Stephen Nowlin, former vice president of exhibitions and director of the Alyce Roulet de Williamson Gallery at ArtCenter, of which he is an alumnus; and Richard Rice, director of international affairs at Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills.
The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Way in San Marino. The exhibition and sale will take place at the Huntington’s Brody Botanical Center.
For more information on ticketing as well as COVID protocols, visit huntington.org.

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