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Luke Elton Smith Migrant copyMigrant by artist Luke Elton Smith
On view through November 17, 2017

Reception with the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association
Saturday, August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
1020 East Palmer Avenue, Glendale CA 91205

Migrant consists of approximately 3700 scale human figures, suspended in a cloud-like grid. This piece was originally conceived in early 2016, as a response to the European Migrant Crisis, and is a visual representation of those who died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean during 2015. The media's portrayal of these people is typically a series of quantities or numbers, to understand the amount of lives lost. This installation seeks to create a volumetric representation of how many lives are approximated to have been lost in the pursuit of a better life.

The installation becomes more relevant in 2017 as more and more countries around the world engage in their own Migrant related issues. Be sure to visit Migrant in the evening when the piece is lit, and see the scale figures glow.

Luke Elton Smith is an installation artist and architect residing in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the creation of spacial effects to create multiple readings on a variety of scales. He studied Architecture at Princeton University and is a registered Architect in the state of California.

JanaCharl 1SMVenus of Adams Square by artist Jana Charl
On view through July 2017

Reception: Saturday, June 24, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, sponsored by the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association

A reception to celebrate artist Jana Charl’s “Venus of Adams Square” will be held in the Adams Square Mini Park on Saturday June 24 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Residents of the surrounding neighborhood are encouraged to walk to the park and bring their children for family friendly activities. Light refreshments will be available. This reception is sponsored by the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association.

Mixed media artist  Jan a Charl's site-specific installation in the historic Richfield Oil Company gas station is the seventh exhibit in the Adams Square Mini-Park supported by the City of Glendale. Charl’s creative practice involves use of a variety of media and techniques to challenge the boundaries between craft, commercial art, and fine art. The history of the found objects she uses in her work add layers of meaning and humor to her work.

The City of Glendale’s Community Services & Parks and Library, Arts & Culture Departments along with the Arts and Culture Commission encourage the expansion of arts and cultural activities to benefit the citizens of our community and to provide local artists with new opportunities to participate in Glendale’s cultural life.

Colleen Kelly Dream Portal copyDream Portal: Once Upon A Time - Colleen Kelly

On View: January 18 - April 28, 2017

Reception: Sunday, January 29, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. sponsored by the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association

Artist's Statement

I make found-object assemblages, including my "Human Impact," that deals with environmental issues and cast bronze sculptures, and "Portals" that deals with dimensional change or life transitions.

Dream Portal merges my two series for a room-sized found-object installation. Diverting an object from a landfill, then using it as an ingredient for art infuses it with transcendent art-power. Once an object has been incorporated into a work of art, it is changed, and has the power to change the viewer.

I intend to involve the community by inviting them to write their dreams and wishes onto tiny pieces of paper and tucking them into the little bottles that will hang from thin wires from the ceiling. The bottles will hang amongst a number of antique crystals also hanging from thin wires enveloping the suspended crib and ladder. A fan will cause a
slight swaying motion of the suspended elements, the message bottles, crystal "stars", and create a subtle ripple on the draped, handmade linens. Mood lighting will tint the atmosphere and enhance the nighttime experience.

The objects chosen to inhabit this space invite questioning, remembrances and curiosity. We can talk about metaphors, symbols and the story it may hold for each person, as well as having a conversation about the why's and wherefore's and other mysteries of contemporary art.

punkin pickup truckHaunted Gas Station - Bob Kathman

Reception for the Artist -- Saturday, October 22, 2016, 4:40 - 6:00 p.m.

The Gas Station will be haunted for the Halloween season with skeleton characters, trucks and related vintage gas station ephemera. Using the window panes as natural frames, some of the frames will be vignettes; stand-alone subjects like a pumpkin-filled pick-up truck, and Dia de los Muertos icons.

 Bob Kathman is a professional graphic designer, animation and comic book artist, and teacher. He earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


LUX – Helio Forma: June 13 – July 17, 2015

Enjoy food trucks and meet LUX, an integrated design and fabrication practice composed of Katherine Kokoska and Stephanie Newcomb. Both earned degrees in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.  Read More>

01_JaneONeillJane O’Neill – becoming a mountain cloud: August 3 – September 14, 2015 

Jane O’Neill earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University. She has exhibited extensively on the east coast and in California. She has taught, lectured and had residencies at various academic institutions. Read a Glendale News-Press article about this exhibition.

Albie 11x6x3 found object assemblageMarsha Perloff – The Foundlings Guild: October 5 – November 20, 2015

Marsha Perloff has had a long and successful career in costuming for television and motion pictures. She traces her interest in found object assemblage to an art class at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the early 1960s.

Beluga's JourneyNight6CropSMYaya Chou – Beluga's Journey: Glendale Adams Square: February 1 – March 19, 2016

Beluga’s Journey, artist YaYa Chou’s installation at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station, begins Monday, February 1, 2016. The Adams Hill Neighborhood Association sponsored a Reception for the installation on February 6.

The Adams Square MiniPark Gas Station provides a whimsical environment which alludes to an “dry tank” aquarium for the whale. Beluga's Journey: Glendale Adams Square is a continuation of a traveling temporary public art project designed to raise the awareness of dislocated wild animals. The project consists of an artist designed inflatable in the shape of a beluga whale installed in natural and urban environments and interacting with the local landscape and public. The installation of the suspended beluga whale and blue/white LEO net lights underneath it creates a surprising and playful atmosphere for visitors to the Adams Square MiniPark.

Beluga's Journey was initiated in 2008 after deaths of multiple Beluga whales started to occur in aquariums and zoos around the world. Utilizing the imagery of a lone Beluga whale, a social animal, in a public setting and surreal way, the artist invites the public to appreciate life sciences and wildlife, question the boundary between conservation and entertainment, as well as encourage them to approach the familiar site with fresh perspectives.

Visitors also participated in a Community Mural collage with artist/animator Kristin Donner in conjunction with the installation. An educator and artist at Nickelodeon who has worked in animation for 10 years, Ms. Donner led a family-friendly community drawing project to recreate the neighborhood on a mural. Individual drawings were used to construct a large panel collage featuring the unique people and places of Glendale. The finished collage was displayed in the Library Connection @ Adams Square to show how it takes many people working together using their unique talents to make up our City!