Pasadena Parrots by Amy Van Gilder
Made of Paper, about 13″ x 9″ x 2″
Beautiful Pasadena, A Special Installation hosted by Flower Pepper Gallery
Exhibition: May 4th – July 31st, 2018
For BoldPas: An Art Takeover (12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday, May 12th, 2018)
Organized by Old Pasadena Management
Location: 5 Windows on Holly Street (Address is 80 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103. The building is on the corner of Raymond & Holly.)
Window 1: Pasadena Parrots by Amy Van Gilder
(Amy also has one large installation for the art event, “Old Pasadena Postcards”, which was selected to be one of the thirteen large installations during BoldPas)
Window 2: Free Spirit by Valerie Pobjoy
(Valerie is also one of the three live painters for BoldPas)
Window 3: Welcome to My Town by Shanghee Shin
Window 4: The Anticipated Virtue of Disintegration by Ivana Quezada
Window 5: The Flock by Po Yan Leung
Original art pieces + installation inside each of the five windows.
About Old Pasadena
Old Pasadena is the original downtown of Pasadena, home to the Tournament of Roses and located just ten miles from downtown Los Angeles. This 22-block National Register Historic District is internationally recognized as a shining example of urban renewal. Old Pasadena is one of the premiere shopping and dining destinations in the country, featuring a cosmopolitan mix of 200 retail shops and specialty boutiques, as well as 100 restaurants, cafés, and entertainment venues. This architectural gem is pedestrian friendly and provides convenient parking and easy access to public transportation, served by major bus lines and two Metro Gold Line stops.
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Previous Exhibitions at Flower Pepper Gallery:
-6th Year Anniversary Show from October 21st to 28th, 2017
- Summer Mood: A Cash & Carry Exhibition from July 1st to 26th, 2017
- Being A Panda from May 6th to 31st, 2017
- Wild Heart from February 4th – March 6th, 2017
- Mini Tale from November 19th to December 8th, 2016
- I Wish I Had Friends Like That! curated by Amy Van Gilder from October 15th to November 15th, 2016
- Special Window Installations for Flower Pepper Gallery
- Flower Pepper Box – Small Box
- Cash And Carry
Puppetmaker and designer Amy Van Gilder’s career spans five decades. She was one of the earliest designers in the New York Muppet Workshop, hired in 1976 during the first season of The Muppet Show. She worked alongside Jim Henson in Elstree Studios, England, heading up the Muppet Workshop during the filming of The Muppet Show. She created puppets for iconic episodes including those featuring Diana Ross, Christopher Reeve and Dudley Moore, and was nominated, alongside other members of the team, for two Emmy Awards and won a Peabody Award. Van Gilder also worked as a puppet maker and designer on The Dark Crystal, The Muppets Go Hollywood, The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Labyrinth and Fraggle Rock. In 1990, Van Gilder moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she worked first at the Disney Figure Finishing Department, before becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer. In 1996, she took a sabbatical from Disney to work on the TV series Muppets Tonight. Over the past 3 years, she has collaborated with the Flower Pepper Gallery on window designs. Van Gilder graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and currently lives in Pasadena.
Amy Van Gilder has done numerous memorable special window installations for our gallery! We are truly grateful for Amy’s creativity and talent!
“Amy Van Gilder was one of the earliest designers in the NY Muppet Workshop, hired during the first season of The Muppet Show. She left Henson for a time in the early 1980s to start a family, but returned to work on Muppets Tonight. She also had a cameo alongside Jim Henson in The Great Muppet Caper, as a patron of The Dubonnet Club.
She was later hired by The Walt Disney Company in the Imagineering Department, where she currently helps with integrating the newly acquired Muppets property into their theme parks. Her achievements there include design and theming concepts for Lucky the Dinosaur, the first in a series of free-roving Audio-Animatronics in Disney’s Living Character Initiative, which would later include the Muppet Mobile Labs.
Amy Van Gilder’s children are journalist Sonia van Gilder Cooke and photographer Bartholomew Cooke. Sonia van Gilder Cooke mentioned her mother as her “role model” in an interview with The Sunday Times of London.” – Muppet Wiki
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