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Celebrated Armenian artist Shmavon Shmavonyan spotlighted this weekend in Pasadena art gallery

Armenian artist Shmavon Shmavonyan has already established strong ties to the San Gabriel Valley through his donations of meaningful paintings in Glendale and Pasadena. This weekend, his work will be spotlighted when “An Extraordinary Art Exhibition” opens at the A.G.B.U. Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center, located at 2495 E. Mountain Street in Pasadena.

Featuring both Shmavonyan’s latest oil paintings, as well as earlier works that have already been displayed around the world, the exhibition will be the second time in a year that he has shown his work in Pasadena. He attended a 2016 ceremony in which he donated a painting of Pasadena City Hall to the Donald R. Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library.

Shmavonyan also presented his painting “Eternity” to Glendale Memorial Hospital as a gift to the city of Glendale in memory of loved ones lost on Sept. 11, 2001. His works have been exhibited in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, France, Beirut, England and Kuwait and he was awarded a gold medal from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia.

The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. Friday, with Shmavonyan in attendance and hors d’ourves and wine included. The exhibition will remain open for the rest of the weekend, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (626) 794-7942 or visit


Paseo Colorado mall rebrands itself The Paseo and announces major new additions

The Paseo Colorado mall and residence complex has been a key part of Pasadena since it opened in 2001. Rather than resting on its laurels as a popular attraction, it has announced a new name and the addition of some significant new tenants. 

Rebranding itself as The Paseo, in order to be in sync with what the community and shoppers already call the property, the 445,000 square-foot complex will now play host to a giant new location for the popular Swedish fashion chain H&M, which up until last year was located in Old Pasadena.

In addition, the Great Maple and Dos Coyotes restaurants will be opening soon and construction on the Hyatt Place Hotel at the corner of Los Robles Avenue and Green Street has commenced.

The H&M store will occupy a 29,352 square-foot space on the first level of the shopping center with two main entrances, one along Colorado Boulevard and the other facing the center of the property, in Garfield Promenade.  The chain operates over 4,300 stores in 64 markets, offering clothing for all ages of males and females, and will open its new location before the holiday season.

The second phase of rebranding The Paseo centers around activating Garfield Promenade, the open-air promenade providing connectivity between City Hall and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, by the addition of Great Maple and Dos Coyotes restaurants. Great Maple will be occupying approximately 5,000 square feet along Colorado Boulevard and will help activate Garfield Promenade with an outdoor dining patio offering views of the Pasadena City Hall, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Dos Coyotes, a quick service restaurant serving healthy Southwestern-style Mexican food, will be occupying approximately 3,000 square feet at the southern end of Garfield Promenade and will enhance food offerings for visitors to The Paseo, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the Pasadena Convention Center.

The Paseo is located between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street, and between Los Robles and Marengo avenues in Pasadena. Visit