The California Art Club and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce presented yesterday’s fabulous Rialto Visions Plein Air Paint-Out. Artists set up easels along Fair Oaks Avenue to render versions of the beloved South Pas landmark in oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil and charcoal. A select group of works will be juried into an upcoming exhibition at SoPas Gallery.
After everyone washed their brushes and packed away their paints, The Rialto opened for one night only to present a sneak preview of Local Color. I couldn’t make the evening show, but I thoroughly enjoyed strolling through the creative morning scene.
Here is Alex Schaefer wielding a paintbrush like a magic wand. I was particularly moved by the vibrant whimsy of this painting. For me, it really captures not just the grace, but the twinkly fun of our wonderful old theater. Alex told me that if the light was right in late afternoon, he might end up painting two canvases. (You guys all know how I feel about the light at The Rialto!) I don’t know if he made his goal, but I’m glad I could be a bystander to observe the process of his work – and that of all the other artists.