Sanctuary Art Exhibition

Art Group Exhibit

40 or more accomplished artists, writers, and poets expressing love, hope, and solidarity through their art for the immigrants who may be living in doubt and fear.

We are proud contributors to an exhibit of original artworks on the theme of “Sanctuary” will be showcased in the Library Community Room from Sunday, March 25 through Thursday, March 29. For each of the five days, the Community Room will be open from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. The important, timely exhibit will showcase the works of 40 or so accomplished artists, writers, and poets expressing love, hope, and solidarity through their art for the immigrants who may be living in doubt and fear. The South Pasadena City Council, on October 4, 2017 unanimously introduced an ordinance declaring South Pasadena ‘a safe and welcoming city for immigrants’. The council passed the ordinance in an effort to protect the rights and privacy of all residents. For the opening reception on Sunday, March 25th, refreshments will be provided and a brief introduction to the exhibit will be given by Curators Jimmy O’Balles and Mario Hernandez at 3:30 p.m. Many of artists whose works are displayed will be present as well. The intro will be followed by a reading by extraordinary author Sehba Sarwar who has published essays, poems, and short stories in in India, Pakistan, the U.S., and Canada. Some of them have been on the theme of borderlessness. After the free Sanctuary Exhibit closes for the night on Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m., the Community Room will reopen from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28; and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29. On Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m., author and Cal State Northridge Professor Mario Ontiveros will discuss his book “BACA, Art Collaboration & Mural Making” published by Angel City Press about landmark muralist Judith F. Baca and the Great Wall of L.A. Autographed copies of books will be available for purchase. Jimmy Espinoza, the bassist and Bobby Robles, the guitarist from the legendary 60s East LA rock band, Thee Midniters will perform for the close of the exhibit on Thursday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. Jimmy and Bobby are certain to play their two biggest hits, “Land of 1,000 Dances” and “Whittier Boulevard,” as well as many other well-known tunes. Thee Midniters are still together and continue to play concerts all over. Most of the band members attended Salesian High School and were largely school trained. Their music was highly professional and musically sophisticated, especially compared to the surf groups of the time. In East LA they were regarded as superstars. They are the only 1960s band from East Los Angeles that has released a Greatest Hits album. The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are necessary. An Art Exhibition Curated by Jimmy O’Balles & Mario A. Hernandez


March 25-29, 2018
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Event Categories:
Art, Literary, Poetry, Music


Jimmy O’Balles and Mario A. Hernandez


The South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 226-6495
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Andrea Gomez

“Woman and Child” Woodcut Print

Bonnie Lambert

“Waiting” 2013 Pastel On Canvas 16″x 34″

Esther Petschar

“Dona Marina and the No. 1 Mexican Baby” 24”x36” in. Oil On Canvas

Celina Jaques

“I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” Acrylic on Canvas 20”x24” inches