San Marino League Hosts 15th Art Walk

Times Staff Writer

Guests of the San Marino League will view five distinguished homes in San Marino and Pasadena at the two-day 15th biennial Art Walk on March 15-16. Art, music and an elegant garden tea at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Earl R. Snodgrass are factored in.

It's always interesting to note the homes chosen: This year Jeannie Blackburn, chairman, and Linda Dickason, president, have some winners.

One is the rebuilt French Colonial residence furnished eclectically by Adam and Penne Bianchi. It's enhanced with her Vertes art collection. A second is the large California bungalow built for George S. Patton (and lived in by his son, the general) in 1910. Now it's the Snodgrass home, filled with handcrafted woodwork and surrounded by terraced gardens.

Another is the Fred B. Watson San Marino house decorated by Patsy Austin in traditional prints with a reflecting pool in the garden as the focal point. In contrast will be the pale gray suede walls of Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Illig's condominium with its traditional French furnishings.

Proceeds will go to the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library and to the Art Center College of Design, where league members lead docent tours.

Olive Varga says patron donations are up 300%. Others immersed in the fete are Carlita Fuller, tea chairman; Jackie Reaume, recovery party; and Jane Stott, Linda Massey, Marion Cornelison, Joan Ward, Marge Richards, Mary Tollenaere, Betsy Houlihan, Peggy Class, Lorraine Saunders, Rachel Druten, Katy Benton and Gloria Byke.

Performing Tree celebrates 12 years of arts-in-education service to Southern California students at its Community Luncheon on March 12 at the Times Mirror Co.

James Jimirro, president of the Disney Channel, will talk on "Growing Up Human: the Importance of Arts for Children."

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Los Angeles' 112th Street School will perform African, modern-ballet and jazz dances under the direction of Performing Tree artist Beverly Banfield and teacher/choreographer Paulette Franklin.

Since 1973, more than 2 million students have experienced the Tree programs in 7,993 performances, 18,688 workshops and 623 teacher training sessions.

Those Kappa Alpha Theta kites (the sorority's symbol) will fly among salmon azaleas for the Southern California spring fashion show March 14 at the Beverly Wilshire. Mrs. David Traitel is chairman of the Helga show, says Mrs. John Clemens, president, who adds, "We expect 500 guests."

Assisting are Tinka Cramer, Charlene Ebright, Della Johnson, Dawn Walker, Betty Davies, Pat Johnston, Betty Fetzer, Jan Donnell, Peggy Harrison, Deborah Held, Mary Lou Abney and Betty King.

The role and place of the USC School of Cinema-Television in today's industry is the topic for the 24th annual Trojan Guild Day on Thursday at Town and Gown.

Chairman Mrs. Thomas M. Ratigan plans a tour of the new facilities, film viewing, participatory screen tests and meetings with future Emmy/Oscar award winners of tomorrow before guests sit down for lunch and a speech by Robert Wise, alumnus/producer and executive producer of the Academy Awards.

The Assistance League of Southern California hosts its annual all-league benefit today at the Sheraton Premiere Academy Ballroom with cocktails, dinner and a variety show starring the comedian Gallagher.

The league's Humanitarian Award will go to Cliff Robertson. Mrs. Robert Hemmings, president, and Mrs. Kenneth Reaume are in charge.

Keeping Up:

Rush over to Honolulu. Painter Peter Adams is previewing his paintings of Hawaii on March 15 at the Sheraton Square. . . .

Westridge School girls raised $1,200 from their International Day to honor American Field Service student Sarah Hutchison of Australia. They're giving the proceeds to fight hunger in Africa. . . .

Mrs. James V. Dooley is new president of the Guild of Memorial Hospital of Glendale. . . . Mrs. John L. Withers, outgoing president, recently helped present a check for $100,900 from gift-shop proceeds to William Parente, hospital president. . . .

The Cultural Foundation has received two new grants--$15,000 from the Union Bank Foundation and $5,000 from the California Community Foundation. . . .

USC Freshman Ken Umekubo, who works with the Gardena Drug Abuse Task Force sponsored by the El Camino Lion's Club of Gardena, flew back to Washington at the invitation of Mrs. Nancy Reagan. He was one of 15 students in the United States invited to share his experience in work with youth. . . .

The Beverly Hills Symphony Assn. gave a birthday to honor Johann Sebastian Bach at Grayhall Mansion. Bogidar Avramov conducted the symphony in memorable Bach, including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major and jazz improvisations on Bach themes. . .

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