Don’t Rain On My Art Night

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Visitors enjoy a free admission to Norton Simon Museum and 18 other venues during Art Night in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 12. Photo Credit: Hernandez Coke/SAC.Media

On Oct. 12, Pasadena hosted a free art night that included 18 different venues, such as the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, and Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Each venue hosted a different event. Some had just art, while others had art, music, and drinks available. The whole event provided a free shuttle system that would drop people off at all the different locations.

Upon arrival, I was greeted with an overwhelming crowd of people waiting to hop on a shuttle. The shuttles ran on a few different routes. I agreed to let fate decide which museum I would be going to, so I jumped onto the nearest shuttle I saw.

The first location was the Norton Simon Museum. Outside of the Norton Simon Museum, there is a breathtaking garden with a pond and many statues one can walk around and enjoy. Inside, the museum holds beautiful art almost anyone can fall in love with, including Guido Reni’s “St. Cecilia,” which was painted in 1606. “St. Cecilia” is an oil on canvas and depicts the patron saint of music. St. Cecilia is shown holding a violin, looking up. Legend says she could play any musical instrument and was “so exalted, she could hear the singing of angels.”

Oil on canvas of St. Cecilia at Norton Simon Museum during Art Night in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 12. Photo Credit: Hernandez Coke/SAC.Media

Finishing our way through the museum, we decided to jump onto the next shuttle, regardless where we were going. We ended up at the Armory Center For the Arts. With a bluegrass band, “Wreck N Sow,” and beer for $5, you were guaranteed a great time. Upstairs, there was a lounge one can hang out in and learn how to make the perfect aromatic oil.

Visitors enjoy a free performance by Wreck N Sow at the Armory Center for the Arts during Art Night in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 12. Photo Credit: Hernandez Coke/SAC.Media

The Armory also held beautiful art as well. Artist Napachie Pootoogook, who was born at Sako, near the Baffin Island, would create prints that would often focus on themes of traditional home life, even darker aspects that were left out of her mother’s more idealistic representations.

Colored pencil and ink on paper titled “Alcohol” by Napachie Pootoogook on display at the Armory Center of the Arts during Art Night in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 12. Photo Credit: Hernandez Coke/SAC.Media

Stepping outside of the venue to catch the next shuttle, we noticed that it had started to rain. I love the rain, so I didn’t mind at all. Unfortunately, though, the rain prevented us from enjoying the next exhibit- “Light Bringer Project @ Day One.” Because it was all outside, they had to close it down early to prevent any sort of water damage.

The last destination was Pasadena City Hall. There, actors were dressed up and told scary stories in the dark written by Mark Twain. All of the audience was engaged and actively listening to the stories told.

An audience gathers to hear ghost stories at Pasadena City Hall during Art Night on Friday, Oct. 12. Photo Credit: Hernandez Coke/SAC.Media

The rain continued to pour and the crowd was getting restless. We definitely did not have time to go to another venue, so we took that as our cue to leave. Overall, though, the whole experience was entertaining and I would definitely go again. Everyone was so friendly and compassionate, I had never felt so at home anywhere.

All galleries that were present at the event are still open to the public.