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Vacant Galleria Units Transform Into Temporary Art Exhibits

First published in the Aug. 6 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

The Glendale Arts and Culture Commission and the Urban Art Fund recently announced the opening of temporary art exhibits in the Glendale Galleria.
The Storefront Art Program is a year-round program in partnership with property owners, realtors, retailers, brokers and developers in Glendale. The goal of Glendale’s Storefront Art Program is to create professional-quality art installations celebrating the surrounding community, thereby increasing the interest of passersby, enriching Glendale’s cultural environment and fostering a strong community identity.
The Storefront Art Program will launch two brand-new installations inside vacant units of the Glendale Galleria featuring works by artists Matthew Pagoaga and Laurie Shapiro.
“Lumia Learning” by artist Matthew Pagoaga (located in unit 2144 on the second floor, directly next to JC Penney’s and across from the children’s play area) is an interactive installation that changes based on viewers’ attention. Using a kinetics sensor and more than 4,000 LEDs, “Lumia Learning” moves through colored patterns and observes the cycles that gather the most prolonged attentions. The piece then incrementally changes itself to favor these attention retaining qualities.
“The Glendale Alteria” by artist Laurie Shapiro (located in unit 3229 on the third floor, directly next to Bloomingdale’s) is an alternative universe inside the Glendale Galleria. Inspired by the natural world, Shapiro creates all-encompassing psychedelic environments by painting, screen printing and collaging in the Glendale Alteria. Shapiro’s painted canvases line the exterior while handmade lights illuminate colorful glows through Shapiro’s silk-screened drawings.
Enjoy an art walk in the Galleria on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 6, from 5-7 p.m. Passersby can stroll from one unit to the other, meet the participating artists and interact with the artwork during the Glendale Galleria’s operating hours. Small bites and beverages will be served.
The Glendale Arts and Culture Commission funds this Storefront Art Program through the Urban Art Program with support from Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and Glendale Economic Development.
For more information, vist glendaleartsandculture.org/storefront-art-program.

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