Art has always been a part of Phyllis Pearson’s life. Inspired, she
said, by an artistic family, she was winning art contests and
receiving excellent marks on work she did in class from elementary
through her high school years.
But life’s interruptions prevented her from getting professional
training. The Burbank resident did find ways to keep it close to her
heart, and finally is getting the chance to show her work for the
During the 1960s, she was chairwoman of the art department for her
She promoted child artists by visiting schools and submitting
their works in local and state competitions and they won prizes.
When she became president of the club, she created a partnership
in which artists would donate their work to be placed in schools.
Today, she’s exploring her own ability. She paints landscapes and
still life in ink or ink and watercolor. The self-taught painter
gained her expertise, she said, by reading books and watching videos.
“I took one lesson in oil a long time ago, but I have never had a
lesson in watercolor,” she said.
Living in the Golden Palms senior apartments in the Burbank
Village, she met a neighbor, writer and artist Rae Wilder. They soon
discovered a mutual interest in art, and Pearson invited her to see
“I’ve been an artist for many years,” Wilder said. “Her work took
my breath away.”
What made even more of an impression on Wilder was that Pearson
created such beautiful paintings despite her fingers being crippled
with arthritis. The painful disease hit Pearson hard in her early
30s, and, she continues to battle it in her late 60s, especially the
three fingers of her right hand, which hold the brush.
“I get to painting and I forget about everything,” Pearson said.
“It takes you off to another world and it’s nice to have something to
do like that.”
Painting also helps keep her fingers limber.
“I don’t want my hands to completely close up on me.”
Thinking many seniors have artistic talents never seen, Wilder
decided to promote them. She is sponsoring the first semi-annual
Senior Art Show. It will be Pearson’s first.
Seven other artists are in the show, scheduled from noon to 4
p.m. Sunday at the Golden Palms, 240 E. Palm Ave. Groups will be let
into the building every half-hour. Free parking is available across
the street. There is curb-side drop off and the building is
accessible by wheelchair.
Wilder is already planning a second show in August, and has sent a
letter to the American Assoc. of Retired Persons, hoping to inspire
them to create greetings cards featuring seniors’ artwork for
FRITZ COLEMAN APPEARS AT RED CROSS BENEFIT
The Burbank United Methodist Players will feature Fritz Coleman
during a variety show benefiting the Glendale-Crescenta Valley
Chapter of the American Red Cross at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Burbank
First United Methodist Church.
“One Night Only! An Evening With Fritz Coleman” will showcase a
stand-up comedy routine by KNBC-TV Channel 4’s weekday weather
forecaster. Also on the program are musical performances by talented
church members Steve Hall, Ann and Brooks Gardner, Catherine
Davis-Cox, Bobbie Norman, Wendy Lashbrook, Philip McNiven, Russ Harr,
Marilyn Strong, Steve Kirwan and Sue Stamper. Brad Steed is musical
The evening marks the 10th anniversary of BUMPs, which performs
plays regularly for the congregation. The group is also paying
tribute to the Rev. Larry L. Stamper for his support over the years.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Larry Stamper Scholarship
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door, or for
reservations, call 848-2091. Burbank First United Methodist Church is
at 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank.
In conjunction with this event, BUMPs is sponsoring a blood drive
for the American Red Cross from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at Burbank
First United Methodist Church. To sign up to donate blood, call
‘NATIONAL VELVET’ SCREENED AT ALEX THEATRE
“National Velvet,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney,
will be screened at 2 p.m. today at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.
It is the third movie in the Alex’s Family Film Series, which
features classic movies based on classic children’s novels with the
goal of promoting literacy to young moviegoers. As part of the
festivities, there will be a drawing for books on horses, as well as
a first edition (1935) copy of “National Velvet.”
Additionally, there will be a book drive. Moviegoers bringing a
gently used book will receive $1 off the ticket price.
The pre-show activities, beginning at 1 p.m., will include games
of horseshoes, arts-and-crafts projects, balloons, horse racing
videos and photo opportunities with a fiberglass horse.
The last film in the series is “The Secret Garden” on May 3.
Tickets are $7.50, $5 for children.
The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.
ROAD’ERS GEAR UP FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY SHOW
The Road’ers Car Club will have its St. Patrick’s Cruise In
classic vehicle show from 6 to 9 tonight at Bob’s Big Boy, 1407 W.
The first 50 entrants wearing something green will receive three
free raffle tickets. There will be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and disc
jockey Jim playing oldies but goodies. Eight trophies will also be
awarded to the best cars in their categories.
February’s Best of Show trophy went to Steve Alexander for his
1966 Pontiac GTO. For more information, call Rick Fox at 240-9461.
This month, the club is donating $250 to sponsor a hole for the
Glendale Police Department’s Cops For Kids golf tournament.
The club is also donating $300 to the Glendale Police Department
for its Easter program to help less-fortunate children.
ACTRESS ANGELA CARTWRIGHT EHIXIBITING
Actress Angela Cartwright, former owner of Rubber Boots gifts in
Toluca Lake, is exhibiting her hand-painted mono-print photographs at
A Studio Gallery, which has just opened in Studio City.
An artist reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is at
4260 Lankershim Blvd., Studio City. The show continues through May 2.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon
For more information, call 980-9100.
KNITTING GUILD OF AMERICA HAS CONVENTION
The Knitting Guild of America is having its national convention
and knitting market this weekend and continuing through Tuesday at
the Burbank Airport Hilton.
There will be seminars and classes given by nationally known
knitting teachers and vendors from around the country will be selling
yarns and supplies. Market entry is $5 a day. Class and seminar
The Hilton is at 2500 Holly- wood Way.
For more information, go to the Web site at www.TKGA.com.
VIOLINIST LEADS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AT ALEX
Acclaimed violinist Margaret Batjer will lead the Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra on a musical journey through the ages at 8 tonight
at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. This is the first time Batjer will
direct the orchestra from her position as first chair.
It is appropriate that Batjer leads the orchestra for the first
time during National Women’s History Month, whose theme for 2003 is
“Women Pioneering the Future,” incorporating pioneering women from
U.S. history and innovative women of today.
Batjer made her first solo appearance at 15 with the Chicago
Symphony in Gian Carlo Menotti’s violin concerto. Since then, she has
been reengaged by the Chicago Symphony and has appeared with the
Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and others around the
The program is Handel’s Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6, No.
11, Mendelssohn’s Capriccio and Fugue, Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances,
Corigliano’s Voyage for string orchestra and Beethoven/ Mahler’s
String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 (Serioso).
Tickets range from $15 to $63, with discounts for students,
seniors and groups of 12 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the
The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
GCC JAZZ GROUP PERFORMS BIG-BAND CONCERT
The Glendale Community College Jazz Band will perform big-band
music at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium. Vocalist Diane Wallace
will be featured in the performance. Raymond Burkhart is director of
Tickets are $5, $3 for students and seniors, and children 12 and
younger get in free.
They may be purchased at the auditorium box office 30 minutes
For more information, call 240-1000, ext. 5621.
CRESCENTA VALLEY HIGH PRODUCES ‘KISS ME KATE’
Crescenta Valley High School’s performing arts students bring
“Kiss Me Kate” to the school auditorium stage. Combining theater
folk, gangsters and some of Cole Porter’s great tunes, this
play-within-a-play details the relationship between an egotistical
actor and his temperamental ex-wife as they co-star in a production
of “Taming of the Shrew.”
Show time is 7:30 tonight. The school is at 2900 Commu- nity Ave.
in La Crescenta. Tickets are $8, $5 for students. For more
information, call 249-5871.
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