March General Meeting – Long Beach Museum of Art

It was a beautiful day in Long Beach where PAA members enjoyed the exhibits and grounds of the Long Beach Museum of Art. Judy Penner opened the meeting and introduced one of our new members, Sarah Deschenes. Patty Zuber reported on our current treasury accounts, noting that it was necessary for PAA to purchase a new computer for the office. …

February – PAA’s First Salon

At the PAA Board meeting in Saint Malo last September, Marsha Bohr called out a request for the organization to provide experiences for us to “learn more about art!” The first ever PAA Salon held at the home of Katy Champ on February 18th certainly did just that. It was a delightful evening of food, conversation, and stimulating talk. Gwen …

February General Meeting – Pasadena Conservatory of Music

As PAA members entered the courtyard of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, their eyes were drawn to a table with an incredible array of specially designed valentines created by a talented team, headed by Shelly Sackett. This year’s cards exhibited extraordinary artistry and will bring delight to all who receive them. The general meeting was opened by President Judy Penner …

January General Meeting – Huntington Library and Gardens

The first 2020 PAA meeting took place at the beautiful Huntington Gardens with a large number of members in attendance. President Judy Penner greeted everyone and reminded us all of the importance of responding promptly to meeting and lunch invitations. Though the new online system caused a few glitches, ultimately, the ability to use credit cards and other features will …

December – Holiday Party

PAA members jumped aboard the Polar Express for the festive holiday party at the home of Katie High. Once again, Katie opened her beautiful and spectacularly decorated house.Marching up the front stairway were generations of wooden nutcrackers greeting us as we entered. Catherine Coquillard and Susan Reynolds welcomed guests and gave them their hand made wooden name tags, created by …

December General Meeting – The Schindler House

The Schindler House, one of Los Angeles’s most beloved architectural and cultural landmarks, provided the perfect venue for the December PAA meeting. The weather cooperated and allowed us to enjoy the beautiful grounds before moving into the courtyard for the meeting. Judy Penner announced that in November, Gloria Kondrup, the designer of our new PAA logo and longtime member, was …

New Member Gathering

On November 13 th , new members Sarah Deschenes, Holly Hancock, Susan Reynolds and Catherine Coquillard, joined by Chandra King, Jennifer Baxter, Elizabeth Berry, Annie Brose, Katy Champ, Guardian Angel, Katie High, and President Judy Penner, were treated to a tour of Betty Duker’s extraordinary art collection at her home in Pasadena. Katy Champ wrote the following account of the …

November Meeting – Craft Contemporary Museum

It was nice to see such a large number of PAA members attend the November meeting at the CraftContemporary Museum ( formerly the Craft and Folk Art Museum ). Sadly, President Judy Penner announced the passing of Adelaide Hixon, icon, philanthropist and one of PAA’s “10 Gems”. Judy thanked all who participated in the discussions of future fundraising events and …

Education in LA – Breaking Bread in LA: Connecting Communities and Cultures Through Food at Oxy Arts

On November 7th, PAA members met to visit Oxy Arts on York. The group show Breaking Bread in LA: Connecting Communities and Cultures Through Food was curated by Meldia Yesayan, Director of Oxy Arts. The exhibition explores the inclusive culture of food and how it transcends conventional systems of power. According to the director, “‘Breaking Bread’ is an opportunity to consider our …

Education in LA – The Invisible Teahouse Project at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple

A group of PAA members met to tour The Invisible Teahouse at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. The Invisible Teahouse is a series of events and shows that explore the history of a teahouse formerly located on the grounds of the temple in northeast Pasadena. After World War II, the temple had become an important center for the Japanese community but was subsequently restored and …