The ‘End’ is near

McGinty’s studio tour and silent auction to benefit his Gallery at the End of the World

By Justin Chapman Pasadena Weekly, 6/24/2010

One of the few threads holding together Altadena’s community of artists is Ben McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World, which regularly hosts openings and other events to help Altadena’s suffering economy.
In an effort to promote and sustain McGinty’s struggling art gallery, an Altadena-wide home art studio tour Saturday and Sunday and a silent auction Friday through Sunday will be held, with artists from around Altadena opening studios in their homes to showcase their work. 
“I wanted to start getting Altadenans in line with the fact that we have a strong community of artists,” said McGinty. “This opens 
up the door and will hopefully get people to start realizing that we can pull together and bring awareness to Altadena artists.”
The three-day event will kick off with a gala opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the gallery. The event will begin with a silent auction, with the bidding ending at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Friday night’s event will include an open house at the gallery to view the artists’ works, which will be on display at their homes during the tour. 
Tickets are $8 to receive a catalogue with a map of locations of the 12 homes that will be exhibiting about 30 artists, with works that include pottery, assemblage, jewelry, mixed media, bookbinding, photography, and oil, water and acrylic paintings. 
The tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The silent auction starts Friday night and continues to Sunday, culminating in a closing reception at the gallery. All proceeds will benefit the Gallery at the End of the World, 2475 N. Lake Ave., Altadena.
“It’s going to be great,” said McGinty. “It’s really going to be a fun tour.”