Southland mothers couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting in which to celebrate their special day than Brand Park and the first ever Music and Art in the Park event, held on Sunday.
Families strolled among the trees between the Japanese Teahouse and the historic Doctor's House, enjoying classical pieces performed by world-class musicians as they watched artists adorn their canvases with scenes of the lush grounds and the Verdugo Mountains beyond. Mothers and their children sat to have their portraits taken in the shade as a cool breeze blew and harp music played in the background.
"This is such a wonderful mood; it takes you to another plane of existence," said Karen Hansen of Burbank, one of the plein-air, or open-air, painters invited to showcase and sell work at the event, which raised funds for the Glendale Symphony Orchestra. "It is mood more than anything that gives me my inspiration for my work — meditative, calming, peaceful moods."