The Pasadena Public Library and Art Center College of Design presents…

art contest2

Teen artists were challenged to depict a scene inspired by Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, our 2014 One City, One Story selection.  The first place winner received free tuition for a Saturday High class at Art Center (valued up to $400)!

Saturday High is a unique art and design programs for teens in grades 9 through 12. Offered b y Art Center College of Design, this year-round program offers classes for all experience levels in a variety of fields—from fine art to automobile design to video game and fashion design. Saturday High offers 10-week classes in the Fall and Spring; during Summer, the program also offers 5-day workshops and a four-week Summer Intensive. The contest prize is the full tuition of a 10-week class or 5-day workshop. See for details.


The first place winner is fifteen year old Kelly Ficarra with her piece “Lost in the Shadows of the Shelves”

“Lost in the Shadows of the Shelves” by Kelly Ficarra (2014) gouache, pen, marker
“Lost in the Shadows of the Shelves” by Kelly Ficarra (age 15)
gouache, pen, marker


Congratulations to Kelly for her wonderful depiction of Clay Jannon from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore overlooking the streets of San Francisco.


Also check out some of our honorable mentions:

"Help Wanted" by Levon Arakelyoun (Age 17). 2014 ink, acrylic
“Help Wanted” by Levon Arakelyoun (Age 17)
ink, acrylic


"Mixed Technology" by Julia See (Age 15) 2014 pencil
“Mixed Technology” by Julia See (Age 15)


“Penumbra” by Victoria Le (age 15) 2014 acrylic
“Penumbra” by Victoria Le (age 15)


About Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore:


After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.


  • Technology vs. print
  • Secrets vs. accessibility
  • Google
  • Books and bookstores
  • Secret society
  • Coding

Find the book at our library:  Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

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