Archive Exhibit: Student Summer Exhibition: FIRE a group show organized and curated by Gloria Newton

July 19 - July 24, 2008

orange swirls and green strokes painting

FIRE A group show organized and curated by Gloria Newton

Saturday, July 19 – Thursday, July 24, 2008 Opening Reception, Saturday, July 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Power and passion. Destructive force and creative spark. Conflict and comfort. Essence of life and bringer of death. One image embodies this broad spectrum of associations: fire.

For artist and curator Gloria Newton, the image of fire has worked its way into her inner musings and creative explorations over the last several years. Because she was curious what other artists would create when presented with the theme of fire, she felt it was the perfect choice for a group show at Pasadena City College.

“Many of the pieces have been created specifically for this show, and these artists have taken this theme to some fascinating and unexpected places,” Newton said.

The participating artists are John Barkman, Heidi Dagen, Thea DeGroot, Max J. Geldman, Amanda Marquez, Donna Milton, Karen Newe, Gloria Newton, April Osterhues, Samantha Petersen, Sheli Silverio, Noah Smith, and Abby Zialcita.

The artists work in a wide range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation/assemblage, and are inspired by sources as diverse as Renaissance painting, Chinese mythology, and American kitsch. Newton believes viewers will note several unusual visual threads weaving through the exhibition, even though many of the artists have never met.

A native Southern Californian, Gloria Newton received her BA in American Studies from Occidental College and her MA in Theater Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. She has studied studio art and art history at Pasadena City College since 2006, including three months in Florence, Italy in Fall 2007. The opportunity to organize Fire combines her interests in both curatorial and creative work.

Exhibition Hours: Sunday – Thursday, noon – 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. For further information, please contact Gloria Newton at (626) 793-1103 or the gallery at (626) 585-7412. Link:

Supported by the Pasadena City College Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the PCC Division of Visual Arts and Media Studies.

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Student Summer Exhibition: FIRE a group show opening reception
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