Shop the block: Zinnia, 1024 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Zinnia calls itself a Space for Contagious Creativity. Indeed, the spacious artists’ store is an explosion of color, with peculiar discoveries just waiting to be made.
Take classes in an array of obscure subjects, like crafting sock creatures, assembling paper dolls, painting in the Tibetan mandala style and soldering charms.
Don’t expect to find an exhaustive array of traditional art supplies in this boutique; It’s not intended to be a stock-all warehouse, but a place overflowing with one-of-a-kind baubles and curios that have been assembled from thrift stores and flea markets and yard sales. To be precise, expect the unexpected.
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Pictured: Moment in the sun at the Norton Simon Museum

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Aristide Maillol sculptures lounge perpetually in the garden at the Norton Simon Museum.
The sculpture garden is one of the museum’s most popular features, and is the centerpiece of the several events, like drawing classes, spotlight art talks and outdoor music performances.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Photos: Drawing on eclectic ingredients at Elements Kitchen in Pasadena

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Before Onil Chibs became a chef, he worked for more than a decade in animation with film studios like Disney, Sony and DreamWorks.

And at Elements Kitchen — the newest, fine-dining extension of Chibs’ already-established Pasadena catering and caf branches — Wednesday-night “sketches” are the culinary version of an artist’s extemporaneous doodle.
“There’s this whole idea of sketching and everybody having their pads out and translating it in a certain way,” Chibs said. “As food artists, chefs are doing the same thing.”
The kitchen staff is given a single ingredient — goat or curry or maize, as examples — and about a week to come up with a creative use for it in small-plate appetizers that are served for $5 in the Elements Bar. (On Thursdays, the bartenders do liquid sketches, creating $5 cocktails around an ingredient.)

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Pictured: Chasing Vermeer at Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary

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Kate Ogilvie, 10, plays the role of artist Johannes Vermeer with his painting “The Milkmaid.”
At Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary School, GATE students in the fourth and fifth grade transformed themselves Tuesday into historical figures as part of the school’s Wax Museum exhibit. The young scholars researched their characters from the past and made costumes and props to display while interacting with classmates.
(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Treasures under a Majestical Roof in Pasadena

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A hidden treasure in Pasadena, The Majestical Roof is not easy to find: Follow a sign off Fair Oaks Avenue, down a brick-road tunnel and into a quiet courtyard, where the boutique is tucked away on one side.

The boutique sells an eclectic mix of products, from handmade soaps to vintage wear to mix media art pieces. There are cutesy, awkward mutant doll from The Cinnamon Roll Gang collection and children’s toy boxes, alongside vintage jewelry pieces, like chandelier earrings revamped into cocktail rings.
The Majestical Roof has also become a venue for more than 100 artists to build their reputation and sell their work.
Read more by reporter Stacey Wang in Rose Magazine.
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Chalk it up: The Pasadena Chalk Festival colors your world this weekend

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What happens when more than 500 artists go back to the drawing board — and the drawing board is a bunch of pavement in Pasadena?
The result is the Pasadena Chalk Festival, an explosion of color and style on the walkways of the Paseo Colorado shopping center. Face-painting and designated areas for kids to try their hand at their own variety of beautiful chalk art make this event a Father’s Day weekend classic. 
The Pasadena Chalk Festival this year will also attempt to set a world record for largest display of chalk pavement art.
Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado Blvd. Free. (626) 795-9100, pasadenachalkfestival.com
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Fork it over: Guerrilla street art relocated from Pasadena and St. John avenues

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Breaking up is hard to do. Above, “Fork in the Road” artist Ken Marshall tries to separate a resistant Bob Stane from the 18-foot wooden sculpture, as it was relocated from its seven-month home at the intersection of Pasadena and St. John avenues.
The dramatic tableau was all playacting, of course. The Star-News’ Janette Williams reports the fork is headed for greener pastures — aka refurbishment — and a new life somewhere.
Stane, of Altadena’s Coffee Gallery Backstage, and the “Fork in the Road” Gang surely have something up their collective sleeve for the mammoth utensil.
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Curious worlds apart: Dual exhibits at Art Center’s Williamson Gallery in Pasadena

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The exhibitions are dual: One looking back at the fascinating domain of patent models in the 1800s, the other looking forward to the future of objects conceived on computers and sprouted up by machines. One revolution has already changed the world; the other soon will.
Image, at top: This printed rose began with a high-resolution scan of a real rose, and was then printed at Art Center on a 3D Systems’ V-Flash 3D Printer, in which a photo-polymer resin is cured by UV light, in micro-thin layers, each one four-thousandths of an inch thick. (Photo credit: Steven A. Heller / Art Center College of Design)

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