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Saturday's Art on Millionaire’s Row in Photos

The second annual event at the library featured artists, crafts, music, food, and more.

Artists wouldn’t be artists if they didn’t believe a picture is worth a thousand words, so this story will be told in pictures rather than words.

But writers being writers, there of course must be an introduction.

The second annual Art on Millionaire’s Row event at the Altadena Library on Saturday was even grander and more successful than the first.  There were more booths filled with arts and crafts, greater variety of media in the juried competition, and added components of book art and a food court. Forty-five painters, potters, sculptors, quilters, jewelers, photographers, and woodworkers displayed their wares in booths in the parking lot and along Mariposa Street.

Music was provided by several groups, notably Eliot Middle School’s string ensemble and Pasadena High School’s jazz band.  Food was on sale by Coffee Gallery, Pastries by Nancy, Pasadena Coffee, Amy’s Patio Café, L.A. Feast, Bill’s Chicken, Anita’s Sausages, and Greenz on Wheelz.

“Millionaire’s Row” refers to the section of Mariposa Street that was lined with extravagant homes built by millionaires in the late 19th century for winter homes.  The library sits on the site where the G.G. Green mansion used to stand.

 The art competition and festival was hosted by Friends of the Library to benefit the Altadena Library Foundation.

Leslie Aitken June 13, 2011 at 03:30 PM
The question of the day is; how were sales? That is what really determines the success for the vendors. It is SO MUCH work to get ready for these shows for the individual vendors. The future of the shows depends on how well the vendors sell their wares. I have done shows like this before that have barely recovered the entry fee, and that can be very disheartening!
Angela Odom June 13, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Leslie, I hear you on that one. I used to sell a lot of my work but when the economy soured, for many, art was the last thing on their list of purchases. I still buy art and would have loved some of the pieces I see in the photos above. Actually, as folks used to say, I probably would have gone hog wild. Unfortunately, some weekends find me tethered to my computer and this was one of them. Ugh!! I'll have to shoot for next year.
Dan Abendschein June 13, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Very good points and we may get some more information to fill in the dots on the vendor issue. I can see how this would be a concern - I stopped by and enjoyed looking at the many beautiful prints, but I did not end up purchasing anything. I was prepared to do it if I found something that really hit me, but did not quite find the right thing (except for one exceptionally beautiful painting that I was not prepared to shell out $650 for). The point is, though, that it is awfully tempting to just look at it more like a nice place to walk to and look at art, rather than actually seeing it as an opportunity to buy. With the live music and good food and nice atmosphere, I' not sure buying was what was on a lot of people's minds.
mister altadena June 13, 2011 at 08:29 PM
agreed Dan. I was there. Enjoyed the jazz music from the HS band but had no plans to buy. I'm just not a big "art" guy. I went to say hi to a neighbor exhibiting their wares. Looked a little light on attendance to me; maybe it was just the time I was there.
Dan Abendschein June 13, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I also thought attendance seemed a bit light when I was there, but it was an 8 hour event, so it would have been surprising it to see packed the whole time.

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