PSA: What's New in November
PSA: What's New in November
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           November Newsletter 2021
Kevin Hass
Desert Geometry    Photography
About the Piece
Photography is often at its best when it portrays a sense of space and light. The wonderful light I experienced on a recent morning in Tucson, Arizona spoke to me in a compelling voice:  make an unusual photograph in a minimalist way. I chose the sky, moon and saguaro cactus as my subjects and assistants in this endeavor. For me, this photograph conveys the beauty I experienced on a wonderful desert morning.
About Kevin Hass
I have been interested in photography since the age of 10. The concept of finding subjects for my camera and the wonder of how images are recorded have both fascinated me.

In junior high school, my work found some recognition. I was selected the winner of the Science Fair competition for my photomicrograph of a spider leg segment, made with my own toy microscope and box camera rig. A high school photography class was my first formal training, culminating years later with my graduation from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Brooks was considered to be among a small number of the best photography schools in the world.

My work has been exhibited In the United States and France, including group shows and solo exhibitions that were well received. These showings led to a major exhibition of my work at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was a solo show, held from February 2, 2019, to January 5, 2020. Much of the production and curation of the exhibition was my responsibility, including selection of the photographs, printing, matting, framing and arrangements for shipping.

Musings and Meanderings
Current contemplation with the president

Hello, Fellow Artists!

Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
                                             R. Motherwell

Can you believe that November is upon us? I, for one, cannot ... Where has this year gone? I hope that you have found time, energy, and the richness that creating brings this year. With the upcoming holidays, there can be a tendency to let art practice go, but my wish is that we will all find the self care to continue to create through the end of the year and into the next.

It was marvelous to attend the 96th Annual exhibit and see so many faces present and so much wonderful art! Thank you to Dr. Mika Cho, Larry Rodgers, and the entire exhibitions committee plus volunteers for creating such a wonderful exhibit. I was grateful to arrive a bit early and really see all the work. That said, it was also lovely to have so many present supporting all the hard and beautiful work. The exhibit will be up at Whites Gallery for a month if you still want to see the work in person (which I recommend; it’s always better isn’t it?). And if you aren’t already applying for exhibitions, please consider doing so as we are all richer for seeing more art.

Please also make sure that your profile on the website reflects you and your current work. These are still difficult days to gather in person, but we can at least be generous with online sharing.

And please, please consider donating to “Art Supplies for Kids.” I know how much creating art engages my problem-solving mind and soothes my soul and can only imagine how meaningful that is for kids in foster care.

Shaney Watters
PSA President 
Larry holding about $200 in cash donations collected at the 96th Annual Exhibition opening reception.
"Art Supplies for Kids"
2021 Holiday Campaign
Here’s the latest on the Art Supplies campaign.

The "Art Supplies for Kids” fundraising campaign is getting closer to the goal of being able to provide more than $800-worth of art supplies to the children under the care of Homes of Hope Foster Care/Adoption Agency in West Covina this holiday season. Last Saturday, October 16, $217 was raised at the opening reception for PSA’s 96th Annual Juried Exhibition. We want to thank each individual that gave a donation that afternoon.  

Please consider particpating in this very important program to make a foster child’s holidays that much better. There are several ways to participate. You can donate via a check or by electronic means. You can donate unused or slightly used art supplies from the stash in your studio, or you can purchase new art supplies and deliver them at an upcoming PSA general meeting. 

Please send your donation check to:
Pasadena Society of Artists
P. O. Box 90074
Pasadena, CA  91109

Please indicate on your check “Art Supplies for Kids" donation.

If you wish to use the electronic payment method, here is the link: 

We thank you in advance for responding to this request and making a child’s holiday season that much better.

Lawrence D. Rodgers
Alice Dworkin
Art Supplies for Kids 
Pasadena Society of Artists
October Salon

When:  Saturday, October 30
Time:  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where:  Home of Lore Eckelberry 
Please RSVP at:
PSA members and friends welcome.
** COVID-19 vaccination required. **
Please bring artwork in progress or completed. Beverages and snacks appreciated. 
96th Annual Award Winners:

Left -Right:  Art Carrillo, Honorable Mention
Lawrence D. Rodgers, Honorable Mention
Lore Eckelberry, Honorable Mention
Leah Knecht, Award of Merit
Shaney Watters President
Peter McDonald, the Yoko Cohen Memorial Award for Best Watercolor
MariBeth Baloga, Award of Merit
Karen Hochman Brown, The Jackie Steimke Memorial Award for Artistic Spirit

Saturday, November 13 
Farnsworth Park, Altadena
(meeting will be outside at tables or amphitheater, depending on availability)
General Meeting (for members):  12 pm to 2 pm

Because of the surge of the Delta variant of the virus, we respectfully ask that everyone take appropriate measures to keep us all safe.  
Off the Wall
Here’s the latest from the Exhibition Committee.

The 96th Annual Juried Exhibition opened Friday, October 15. A big thank you to Laura Henneforth, Mariko Bird, Steve Smith, Rebecca Pollack, Elaine Tietjen, Carolyn Young, Darien Donner and MariBeth Baloga for all of their hard work installing the artwork. The opening reception Saturday, October 16 was well attended. There were about 150 guests. Another big thank you to Pat Lee and her volunteers for the tables full of snacks and refreshments that all of the guests really enjoyed.  

Awards were given out by PSA President Shaney Watters.  The award winners were:
Awards of Merit:
Daniela Soberman, "Somewhere in Los Angeles"
MariBeth Baloga, "Untitled"
Leah Knecht, "Standard Beauty"

Honorable Mentions:
Art Carrillo, "Fiesta II" 
Lore Eckelberry, "Magic Hands"
Lawrence D. Rodgers, "Up, Up and Away"

Memorial Awards:
The James Ackley McBride Landscape Award:  Karen Chutsky Naud, "Hills of Santa Barbara"
The Jackie Steimke Award for Best Artistic Spirit:  Karen Hochman Brown,  "Afternoon on Haleakalā with Epiphyllum"
The Yoko Cohen Memorial Award for Best Watercolor:  Peter McDonald, "All in the Family"

The 96th Annual will remain open at Whites Fine Art Gallery, located at 2414 Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, until Saturday, November 13. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm. The exhibition can also be viewed online at:

A full-color printed catalog can be ordered directly from Blurb. Here is the link:

Looking toward 2022 there will be plenty of exhibition opportunities both online and gallery installations. The New Member Showcase featuring all of the new members from 2021 will be during the spring. The 97th Annual Juried Exhibition will be in May 2022 at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery in Burbank. An Artist's Choice Exhibition will be presented during the autumn at Whites Fine Art Gallery in Montrose. There will also be two or more additional opportunities to exhibit in 2022. Most of these exhibitions will include a full-color printed catalog.

It is important to remember that all of these exhibitions would not be possible if the membership, that's you, did not participate by submitting artwork to the exhibitions.  Your continued support is vital to PSA.  The entire Exhibition Committee thanks each volunteer and participating artist for helping to have a very successful year of exhibitions presented by the Pasadena Society of Artists.  

Have a happy holiday season.

The Exhibition Committee
Larry, Art, and Tom

Small Works ($100 or less) Holiday Sale Pop-Up
Open to all PSA Members in good standing.

This is an opportunity for PSA Members to display and sell their art during the holiday season.

When:  December 11th and 12th

Where:  3061 Ridgeview Drive, Altadena (Kathleen Swaydan's studio)

Time:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm (rain or shine)

Fee:  Canopy or Interior Space - $25
          Co-op Space - $10

Submission Deadline:  6:00 pm Saturday, November 20, 2021

The fees will help offset the cost of postcard printing, advertising, refreshments, and porta-potty rental.

Spaces are offered first-come, first-served - we are limited to five (5) outside 10 x 10-foot canopy spaces and five (5) interior spaces. Artists with canopy or interior space are responsible for bringing their own set-up which includes canopy, displays, tables, chairs, etc. This is a two (2)-day commitment, no exceptions.

Co-op Space - Members who cannot attend, but wish to participate may drop off 3-5 SMALL WORKS for sale in the Co-op Space. The Co-op Space can accommodate up to ten (10) Artists. Co-op sales will be handled by Kathleen Swaydan and proceeds will be distributed at the conclusion of the sale. Volunteers to help with this space would be greatly appreciated.

Attending PSA Members are responsible for their own sales; no commission is expected. However, we respectfully ask that Members consider contributing 10% of their sales to PSA.

Once the spaces are filled, additional information will be sent to the participants.

For submission, 
Kathleen Swaydan
(626) 340-8311 or
Rhonda Raulston 
(626) 695-8921
Membership Dues

If you have already paid for this year, thank you!!
Membership dues for January 1 - December 31, 2021 are $75.00.
You can pay online on the "Members Only" page of the PSA website, OR you can send a check, payable to PSA, and mail it to:  P.O. Box 90074, Pasadena, CA  91109.

Remember that you must be current with your dues in order to participate in exhibitions. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Kathleen. We have a confidential scholarship program, and we can help!
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