"Paint the Music"

Congrats to our 2017 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners and special thanks to our Judge, Sunny Apinchapong and guest speaker, SP Councilmember Marina Khubesrian.

The Laurie Hendricks Gallery presents,  “Paint the Music” a Plein Air Invitational that will take place before and during the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk on Saturday, May 6th

While musicians and singers will be performing on 15 stages around South Pasadena on Saturday, May 6th for the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk, there will be a dozen Plein Air painters scattered around the town capturing the scenes on canvas. The Laurie Hendricks Gallery has invited accomplished painters from around the area to “Paint the Music”! “We wanted to do something that would allow artists to react to, and be inspired by the music of the Eclectic Festival, and have the music influence what they paint,” states Gallery owner Laurie Hendricks. “A few weeks ago I was invited to paint at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion before and during a performance of ‘Tales of Hoffman’ by the L.A. Opera. It was quite an experience, there were several models in costume in the lobby posing and when the opera started we could hear the singing while we were painting. I was very inspired and it gave me the idea to have local Plein Air artists come to the Eclectic Music Festival and have their own experience with painting the music.”

The artists will spread out around town starting at 1 PM, and will bring their finished paintings to the Laurie Hendricks Gallery at 5:30 PM to be displayed. The paintings will be hung and the judges will award prizes to the best paintings. From 7 PM to 9 PM there will be an artist’s reception, and at 7:30 PM there will be an awards ceremony at the Gallery, located at 1504 Mission Street. The head judge is local artist Sunny Apinchapong, a signature member of the California Art Club and member of Oil Painters of America. Sunny is an accomplished artist who worked for Walt Disney Studios before pursuing a life in Fine Arts. He was Russian painter Sergei Bongart’s assistant and now teaches classes at his studio. He will be assisted by two South Pasadena residents.

Music for the reception will be provided by Cynthia Brando, a performing singer songwriter here in Los Angeles. Earlier in the day, Ms. Brando will be posing for some of the artists at one of the music venues.

The Gallery will keep the paintings up for four weeks.  The Eclectic Music Festival attracts five to six thousand people from around Southern California with several hundred coming through the Gallery.  The Eclectic Music Festival is run by Eclectic Friends of the Arts, a 501 C3 non-profit, and is sponsored by I Heart Radio, KIIS FM, and Go Metro to name a few.  10% of all sales will go to support the Eclectic Friends of the Arts. There will be awards, food, music and great scenes to paint. Judges include: Sunny Apinchapong.

Sunny Apinchapong-Yang was born in Bangkok Thailand, where his Chinese parents settled after the Second World War. In 1970, Sunny arrived in the United States receiving his first formal art instruction at the Art Center College of Design and Cal State U. LA, earning bot B.A and M.A degrees in Fine Art. 1977-1985, Sunny began studied with Sergei Bongart and later worked as Mr Bongart's assistant in teaching at the L.A school as well as at his Summer workshops in Idaho. From 1987-present, Sunny worked for several animation studios such as Disney, Dreamworks, Sony, Don Bluth. Sunny had many exhibitions including, the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Moreseburg Gallery and the Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. Sunny is a Signature Member of California Art Club and also the member of Oil Painters of America.

We’re looking forward to this very exciting inaugural event of "Paint The Music" in collaboration with the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk! Link to the Eclectic website. 

“Paint the Music” continues at the Laurie Hendricks Gallery through June 3rd. The Laurie Hendricks Gallery is located at 1504 Mission Street in South Pasadena and is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM until 5 PM, or by appointment.