GALLERY OF INSPIRATION: PERSONAL CHALLENGE, DAY 17 (10.3.12)
Have you ever had one of those days where it becomes so clear that the Universe has plans for your life? Well, I had one of those days. I spent some time after work going through Pasadena View’s website and their page, 365 things to do in Pasadena page. I printed out the listed, crossed off the places I had already visited and started to do some research on some of the events. Then it just became a chain of events. Google led me to Pasadena View’s website, the 365 Things to Do page led me to the Old Pasadena website and the Events page led me to a Gallery and Bookstore that I had never heard of before, Flower Pepper Gallery & Bookstore. The name alone caught my attention. But the events page mentioned that this particular gallery currently had a group show in exhibition entitled “The Color Blue.” I clicked on the more info page and the show advertisement caught my eye. I found the image intriguing and wanted to see more. The title of the exhibit could mean so many different things (I started to think of Picaso’s Blue period) so the best way to satisfy my curiousity was to head over to Flower Pepper and check it out.
When I arrived in Old Town, I immediately found a paking spot right in front of the gallery (that never happens to me). The Flower Pepper Gallery & Bookstore is literally right on the corner of Union and N. Arroyo Parkway. When I first walked in, I was greeted by the extremely nice and courteous staff. I probably could have stood there talking for hours, but I had only put 45 minutes worth of coins in the meter and of course the gallery would eventually have to close.
The art work in the exhibit, created by several local artists, truly fits the theme of “The Color Blue.” The image titled “Baby Blue” by Dustin Myers was the first to catch my eye. If I only had large quantities of money to spend on artwork, this would be the first added to my art collection. And the image “The Comfort of Apathy” by Ryan Myers would be the perfect gift for my college roommate; this is an image that I think many from my generation would want hanging in their homes, reminding us of our own childhood (and Pee Wee Herman).
Every image in the exhibit had great depth and detail, leaving the true meanings of the work open for multiple interpretations. The images are displayed on the Flower Pepper Gallery Bookstore website but I highly suggest heading down to Old Town Pasadena (if you are in the LA area) and checking them out in person. They will be on display until October 19th and a new exhibit opens on the 20th (stop by and meet the artists opening night–contact the Gallery for more details).
This is definitely an art gallery that I would definitely want to check out every time they have a new exhibit. Like I said, I think the Universe wanted me to go there today. I made a new friend and hopefully a new partnership that will help me with one of my goals on my bucket list: to make a difference in the lives of others. So stay tuned. I think I will be writing more about the Flower Pepper in the future.