Pasadena Society of Artists exhibition

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September 24, 2015 by smithartonline



PSA October Showcard


From the announcement by the Pasadena Society of Artists:

Join us for the Artists’ Reception: Sunday, October 11, 2 pm – 4 pm in the East Patio.
Artwork on the postcard courtesy of Linda Ternoir, Rebecca Harvey Pollack, and Warner LeMenager

PSA is sharing the display cases with the Pasadena Roving Archers Club during the month of October. The Club will be displaying their historic artifacts in the Centennial Room display cases. Visit the website: to learn more about their club. In support of the archery club, the theme for the October Exhibition is “Archery”.

As with all themed exhibitions at the library, your art can be a literal translation or something much more abstract in approach. Artists were encouraged to explore this topic to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the bow and arrow to the development of human society and then offer your own visual interpretation of this activity.

Archery: Archery is the practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows. The word comes from the Latin “arcus”. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat. In modern times, it is mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity. A person who participates in archery is typically called an archer or a bowman —and a person who is fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes called a toxophilite.
                                                                                          Courtesy of Wikipedia.

There is a considerable amount of additional information including history, technical descriptions of the equipment and the act of shooting a bow and arrow in the Wikipedia article under “Archery”. Famous archers include Ivanhoe, Wilheim Tell and of course Robin Hood. The expansion into the North American continent was made more difficult by the American Indian tribes skill with the bow and arrow, especially when riding a horse.


The two pieces I created for the show utilize the Japanese hamaya arrow as the link to the theme. Auspicious Signs and Black Comet have in depth explanations in earlier postings.

Auspicious Signs Mixed Media Shadow Box 12 X 14.5 X 2.5 inches

Auspicious Signs
Mixed Media Shadow Box
12 X 14.5 X 2.5 inches

Black Comet Mixed Media Shadow Box 10 X 12 X 1 inch

Black Comet
Mixed Media Shadow Box
10 X 12 X 1 inch

The exhibition is in the cases at the Pasadena Central Library and may be viewed during the regular library hours.


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