St. Malo PAA Board Retreat 2022

Many decades ago PAA decided that the private beachside community St. Malo in Oceanside, with several Art Alliance members in residence there, would be a perfect place to “get away” and get some serious business accomplished at the beginning of each year.  The size of the Board has fluctuated over the years, as have the number of homes available to us.  In addition …

New Member Event – Betty Duker’s Collection

This year the PAA welcomed five new members: Suzanne Holder, Karyn Kohl, Betty Sargent, Toi Treister, and Olga Vanegas and they were treated to a very special first gathering! As Guardian Angel Chair Scarlett Osterling reported: “The year's first Guardian Angel gathering was held for new members and their sponsors on Sept. 20th. It was a fantastic opportunity to get …

Pandemic Pivot

PANDEMIC PIVOT Our PAA PANDEMIC PIVOT  is underway!  Like each of you and like every arts organization we know, the PAA had to pivot in this unprecedented time.  We are determined to continue to advance our mission to foster the appreciation of contemporary visual art in Southern California, but because of COVID we are not able to have an in-person or virtual benefit this …

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 …

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 …

The Legendary TS19 – PAA’s 34th Treasure Sale

Hats are off (or should it be aprons?) to Co-Chairs Barbara Davis and Mia Dean who have successfully orchestrated the Herculean task of putting together the 34 th Treasure Sale to raise funds for the Pasadena Art Alliance. For four consecutive days April 11 through 14, 2019, the actual sale took place at The Shops on Lake, but that doesn’t …

Grants Reception

On March 19, on a picture-perfect afternoon, the Pasadena Art Alliance distributed $305,000 in grants, a record, to 28 southern California organizations. The grants team, led by Carol Econn (her co-chair Judy Plunkett was unable to attend) and President Bea Trujillo greeted the grantees and mingled with them at a reception beautifully arranged by Special Events chairs Judy Penner and …

Holiday Party

As if trekking to the morning meeting on the flooded LA streets wasn’t enough excitement for the day, the resiliency of the PAA members was on display AGAIN on the evening of December 6th for the annual Holiday Party.  All love a good party and this one did not disappoint!! The Velvet-themed event was generously hosted by Denise and Chris …

Pasadena Art Alliance Has A New Office!

As if on cue, the boisterous voices of the First Congregational Church choir serenaded a couple of dedicated members one more time on the last Sunday before the big office move for the PAA. After 17 years in the church’s upstairs office space that only Treasurers could find “charming,” the Pasadena Art Alliance has a new home: 1028 North Lake …

Education in LA – Betsy Greenberg’s Collection

On Thursday, October 25th, a sold-out Art Alliance audience was treated to a tour and discussion of member Betsy Greenberg’s personal art collection.  Betsy has a thoughtful and intentional approach to her collecting: she collects women artists and focuses on artists that have a global connection.   She is a prolific collector: nearly all the wall space in her 3000+ square …