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Meriel Stern: Shelf Life

Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado present prominent local artist Meriel Stern as the new Artist-in-Residence at The Artist Studio at One Colorado. There will be a reception for the artist on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 2 – 6PM. From June 28 through September 25, Stern will maintain a studio practice while engaging with visitors, who will also be invited to create their own work during their visit. The Artist Studio, located at 24 Smith Alley, is free and open to the public on Tuesday – Thursday 12 - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 4 - 8pm, and by appointment.

Stern’s project at The Artist Studio, entitled Shelf Life, consists of three distinct spaces; an artist’s studio, a “shop,” and a lounge for visitors. In the “shop,” the "wares" available through a system of exchange are organized into sets and series along the walls and atop display shelving. An adjacent artist studio contains materials arranged like a workshop. During the hours in which the “shop” is open, the artist will work with various materials in the studio, in addition to conversing with the visitors, who will also be encouraged to sit in the lounge and add to the inventory of works that are already on display. In exchange for their participation, they will be able to take home items from the shelves comparable in value to the amount of time that the artist spent to create the object.

Stern is interested in the way things grow and change into various shapes and sizes. She usually works with a particular length of wire or string and experiments with the possible variations it can yield. In Shelf Life, Stern not only references the repetitive nature of art-making, but also brings attention to the cyclic tasks that make up our daily lives.

Meriel Stern lives and works in her hometown of Pasadena, CA where she is currently a commissioner for City of Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and a trustee of The Sequoyah School. She earned her MFA at Otis Art Institute. She has taught at Barnsdall Art Center, The Buckley School, Pasadena Art Workshops, and The Boys Clubs of Pasadena, and has also participated in The Natural History Museum/Education Roundtable. Her work has been displayed at LouWe Gallery; the Municipal Art Gallery, Hollywood; and in two exhibitions at the Armory Center for the Arts among others

About the Armory and One Colorado

The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a civil community.

One Colorado is an outdoor shopping and dining destination on one city block in the heart of Old Pasadena. The property unites 17 individual historical buildings, and in addition to its retailers and restaurants One Colorado offers public art programs, cultural events and entertainment. For more information lease visit


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