Pick of the Week is the Venice Art Walk & Auctions, happening all weekend!

My pick of the week is The Venice Art Walk & Auctions. Now, I am talking about the yearly charity event. Yes there is an admission charge, BUT, it benefits the Venice Family Clinic which is a very important part of our community here in Venice. I have been to this event before and the art is always amazing.

The Studio tour part of it which is on Sunday, ($50.00) is my favorite…but there are events happening all weekend, starting Friday, (FREE) and some new architectural tours. See below for the events categorized by the date, under Friday, Saturday and Sunday events. http://theveniceartwalk.org/.

Below art is by Peter Alexander, available at Auction.

For more details about the Art Walk, I have a full article about it on the Examiner, feel free to check it out http://exm.nr/louOpl.

This is NOT the Venice Art Crawl btw, which is also this Thursday, lot’s to do in Venice this week!

Wednesday, May 18th

If you are into music, Guitarology at the Melody Bar & Grill (9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 90045) offers some fantastic players from 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm. Cliff Wagner is guest hosting. Guitarology has become a musical haven for incredible musicians.

This series has picked up "Best Live Music Event of The Year" from Los Angeles Magazine (get there early-reservations suggested) 310 670-1994.

You’re kidding me? Are you telling me that you have not checked it out yet? The “Movies on the Deck” series happens every Wednesday at Santa Monica Place Mall. Tonight’s movie is Goldfinger and once again will be held on the rooftop. Take advantage of a cheap date…what are you waiting for? This free event and runs from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm http://bit.ly/myGwAu.

Thursday, May 19th
In the downtown area, Hive Gallery is doing their movie night and will be showing the short film, The Illuminator. Director will be present for Q & A. Also, Ray Bradbury's, "The Illustrated Man" will play after short film / 8pm- FREE The Graphation Film Festival is a traveling festival and publishing house that adapts short films into comics and graphic novels. Hive Gallery 729 South Spring St,. http://hivegallery.com/.

The Venice Art Crawl happens again tonight, a monthly event that continues every third Thursday of each month in Venice. It runs from 6:30 pm till 9:00 pm, however, some events go later. Some fun events are going on and I have listed my favorites. This is NOT the Venice Art Walk...which is my Pick of the Week, that starts tomorrow, Friday.

Start off the Crawl at Figtree’s for some tasty appetizers on happy hour specials such as Empanadas and Potato Latkes for as little as $3.50 and Quiche for $4.00. The bar will be open with drink specials and also complimentary wine and appetizers will be served.
Enjoy live music at Figtree’s with Dustin Blank and friends, and will feature photography from Reyes Martinez (see image below) http://bit.ly/lneNIh and Maye Torres http://www.mayetorresart.com/;
Figtree’s Café is known for their healthy delicious food, located right on the Venice boardwalk
429 Ocean Front Walk Venice, at Paloma Ave, two blocks south of Rose.
Figtree’s has been voted the best restaurant on the boardwalk since 1978. Figtree’s has a wonderful happy hour, Monday thru Friday and also has FREE delivery. 310 392-4937; www.figtreescafe.com;
Make sure to stop into the Venice Ale House, (2 Rose Ave on the Venice Boardwalk) where the famous artist and sculptor Attaway will be featured. The Venice Ale House offers a happy hour from 6:00 pm till 7:00 pm with $3.00 beers and sliders.
Also the Cadillac Hotel, located at 8 Dudley Ave. right off the Venice Boardwalk, offers a group show in the lobby.  

Treeman, is a walking sculpture/art installation. Wearing an incredibly life like tree costume, complete with leaves, Treeman strides through Venice on his stilts above the chaos of the boardwalk. You’ll want to stop by Treeman’s place, outside he shows blockbuster movies on the boardwalk at treeman's art garden along with the cast of retro-active entertainment: fire and pole dance artists, magicians and various musicians. And last but not least the guided backstage tours. South of Dudley, right next to the Venice Bistro).

Gotta check out this new one…at 811 Ocean Front Walk. 
Dogtown Artists United has taken over this historical house on the boardwalk after 5 years of being closed, for one-night at the Venice Art Crawl. Featuring music, live video, DJs, visual arts, installations, I love that art has reawakened this house. Artists include: Eba, Gusto, Lilit Arvahi, Chango, Ivo Vergara Lasnibat, Meghan McMahon, Betsy Enzensberger and Tatu Valkonen. As well as Live Painters: Luisa Di Lecce and Ricky HuLoe
Make sure to stop by that fabulous building with the gargoyles at 20 Westminster where Brian Mylius shows his oil paintings on canvas and wood. There will be some live music too. This one is right off the boardwalk…take a left on Westminster, on the left side of the street.
A few steps away, you'll see, The Sidewalk Café, also participating with an artist lounge that includes drink specials for sale. Small World Books, right next store at 1407 Ocean Front Walk  will be featuring the work of Haleh Mashian (see image).6:00-9:00 pm. (310) 399-2360;
Continue on to Maui & Sons at 1415 OFW, between Horizon/Market always has a scene brewing with new artists. Then on to the Pop up Gallery at Jay's Rentals, at 1501 Ocean Front Walk.  

Keep walking on the boardwalk to South Venice Blvd, then hook a left and on the left side, you will find The Alkaline Water Gallery, exhibiting art by local teens. This charming little gallery, curated by Leila Levi will also have on display a variety of wearable art, jewelry and accessories. Snacks and wine will be served. The Alkaline Water Gallery is located at 18 North Venice.   http://www.leilalevi.com/.

Then continue towards Pacific Ave., and saunter into James Beach at 60 North Venice, for a group show. Also the Canal Club right across the street, always has a yummy happy hour (all night on Thursdays) and will be featuring artists, Bobbi Bennett and Mark Saterlee in their back room. http://www.jamesbeach.com/canal_index.php.
Then circle around to Pacific Ave. to Santinos at 1611 Pacific Ave, featuring the work of Lee Tonk. Enjoy yummy empanadas (at a great price).

Next door, you can’t miss Hotel Erwin, which has two venues, one, on the fifth floor, showing Liza Gizaro, Larry Shapiro (see image), etc. They also showcase artists in the driveway. Next to their café, Hash, you can view the talents of Nick D’attomo, Rachel Rubenstein and more. http://bit.ly/mlAYva.
There are some great Art Crawl events with food and drink specials happening. Stop in at Hama Sushi 213 Windward Ave for the “Brett Woods Art and Film Event” (see image). http://www.hamasushi.com/.
At Danny’s Venice at 23 Windward, stop in for their drink specials! http://www.dannysvenice.com/. Skip right across the street to the Townhouse, where there is always a party.

 You definitely want to stop in at 57 Market St., where Momentum presents David A. Mayo, Alexander Paxton, Chuck U Farley and Johan Andersson. Free till 9;00 pm, then there is a $10.00 charge for entry.    

Don’t forget Nikki’s (72 Market St.), right across the street, they will be hoppin’ as well, showcasing artist Nicole Vann.
Maps will be available at most of the participating galleries/venues. See website, www.veniceartcrawl.com.

A bit off the beaten path, head over to Lincoln Blvd. Venice Love Shack (2121 Lincoln Blvd. at Victoria) and Artistas Creativos present the Gods and Goddesses Gathering with “Mixed Exotic” by Alina Virta and music by Amaya and mina Khan.

Come early, between 6:00 to 7:00 pm for free entry and free champagne. After 7:00 pm there is a $10:00 charge, but it comes with one drink. There will be wine and beer and Tapas. Event runs till 10:00 but is expected to go a bit later. 

Friday, May 20th

It’s that time again…The Venice Art Walk and Auctions is scheduled for this coming weekend. May 20-22. If you have never attended, The Venice Art Walk is a yearly charity event which includes some of the most talented, established and emerging artists. Artists not only donate their work, but also their time and space as they open up their studios and private homes and offer a birds eye view of how and where they create. Events occur all weekend with various admission prices as well as some free happenings which are open to the public. (Art by Fay Ray)

Venice has long been one of the most enchanting artist’s communities. For years artists have flocked to this seaside community, so it only seems natural that this yearly benefit would begin and continue in Venice. As always, The Venice Art Walk and Auctions will benefit the Venice Family Clinic. Venice Art Walk & Auctions has been working to support Venice Family Clinic programs for the past 30 years. Each year, volunteers give their time to support the cause. Over 400 artists donate work for the silent auction. Happy customers walk away with a priceless piece of artwork, knowing that they have also helped a worthy cause. (Art by Kim McCarty)

Venice Family Clinic’s mission is to provide free, quality health care to people in need. Established in 1970 by founder Phillip Rossman, MD, and co-founder Mayer B. Davidson, MD, the Clinic has grown from a small storefront operation into the largest free clinic in the country. (Art by Linda Fenster)

Get into the spirit early, by attending the FREE Art Walk kick off event on Friday May 20th from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. This skate and surfboard exhibition and auction will be held at Track 16 at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., and is open to the public.

More than 50 artists have donated work, such as Venice’s own Dogtown and Z-Boys alumni; pro skaters Lacey Baker and Daniel Espinoza; graffiti and street masters RISK, Smog City, plus Bleek and Skeg from California’s Bomb Squad; artists from the Human Pyramids Art Collective as well as Alex Chiu, Haunted Euth, Steve Bankhead, Shplinton; Napalm Records’ Brant Bjork, and many more. This inventive exhibition is curated by Mark Farina and features reused, recycled, and recreated skate decks and boards. (Art by Paul Deters)

More information on the Artists, Auctions, Architecture Tours, Event Schedule and Tickets can be found at: http://theveniceartwalk.org/. Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, will also offer registration and on-site ticket sales.

Venice MoZaic presents "Flower Power" Celebration at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice 90291 from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Nikki Black hosts an evening of music, poetry and fun featuring house band Zebra Party, poets, Ordell Cordova and Poetess Maryam and many more
The Talking Stick offers delicious, reasonably priced salads, sandwiches, hummus & pita, tasty desserts, and an array of smoothies, coffees and teas in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net; Free admission

Ltd Los Angeles (7561 Sunset Blvd. 90046) presents Adrian Wongʼs (see image) first solo exhibition in the United States, Troglodyte See the Light, which will feature his new film The Pelagic Floor. The opening reception runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 323.378.6842; http://www.ltdlosangeles.com.

Saturday, May 21st

This year the Venice Art Walk has included three new architectural tours. Two happen on Saturday, both during the day and one is on Sunday. For an additional charge, ticket holders have the chance to explore important architectural gems in Venice and the Westside of Los Angeles. Admission includes privileged access to private residences and gardens designed by some of the city’s most renowned architects and landscape designers.

On Saturday, May 21st, if you love Venice and Architecture, make sure to buy a ticket ($125.00) for the Art + Architecture Tour in Venice, which runs from noon to 4:00 pm. In the past five years some incredible homes have popped up on Appleton Way in Venice. Five of these homes, designed by Brooks + Scarpa, du Architects, Santiago Ortiz, Thomas Carson, and homeowners Sylvia Aroth & Jeff Cook will be on this self-guided tour, along with gardens designed by Suzanne McKevitt and Z Freedman Landscape Design. A few blocks away, you’ll want to stop into the Cor-Ten clad Walnut Residence designed by Modal Design around an 80-year-old umbrella pine. Ticket price includes entrance to Sunday’s Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Or consider taking the West LA Tour (Saturday) from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, for $175.00 which includes a box lunch and admission to the Sunday Art Walk & Auctions. Led by architecture experts, this tour explores West LA and includes the recently completed Shoshana/Müller residence, a home for a gallerist and an artist, a serene contemporary house by architect William Hefner and a spectacular steel house by architect Barton Myers, which he calls an “elegant warehouse” in the tradition of the postwar Case Study Houses.

Also on Saturday May 21st, from 4:00 pm–6:00 pm, stop in to see the preview of the art to be auctioned on Sunday at Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

More information on the Artists, Auctions, Architecture Tours, Event Schedule and Tickets can be found at: http://theveniceartwalk.org/. Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, will also offer registration and on-site ticket sales.

Now at night, Culver City is the place to be… Most of these will serve wine with some snacks.

Kopeikin Gallery, located at 2766 S. La Cienega offers the exhibit Mars: A drift on the Hourglass Sea by artists, Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 310-559-0800; http://www.kopeikingallery.com.

Then stop into Blum & Poe at 2727 S. La Cienega to see the latest works of Zhang Huan from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310-836-2062; http://www.blumandpoe.com.

Taylor De Cordoba showcases Timothy Hull and is located at 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.310.559.9156; http://www.taylordecordoba.com/.

And continue on to Walter Maciel Gallery 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. The artist featured is Brendan Lott. Reception runs from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310.839.1840; http://www.waltermacielgallery.com/.

JK Gallery (2632 S. La Cienega Blvd.), celebrates the work of Reza Falahzadeh from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 310.837.3330; http://www.jkgallery.net.

Honor Fraser will be showing works by Annie Lapin. Located at 2622 S. La Cienega, you’ll want to park and pop into several happenings right on La Cienega. Reception is from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. (310) 837-0191; http://www.honorfraser.com/.

The Francois Ghebaly Gallery, located at 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd., 90034, will be featuring the artist Anthony Lepore (see image) in his latest show entitled “New Wilderness” from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310 280-0777; http://ghebaly.com.
On to Washington Blvd., be aware that this is east of the next few galleries. The Mark Moore Gallery is located at 5790 Washington Blvd bet La Cienega and Fairfax and will be having an opening for Cindy Wright (see image) and Mark Fox from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310 453-3031; http://www.markmooregallery.com/.

Then head straight to Corey Helford Gallery (8522 Washington Blvd., 90232) who always puts on a hoppin’ party. Tonight, Corey Helford presents Sarah Folkman, Krista Huot and Isabel Samaras. Opening reception is from 7:00pm10:00pm; Wine and appetizers. www.coreyhelfordgallery.com.

Stay in Culver City and head over to Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill) located at 11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066. Celebrate the artist reception for Louis Stanley, Jr.'s photography exhibition, LANDESCAPES, which runs from 7:30 pm till 10:00 pm. Come enjoy some fabulous art, great music by Bumtech. Wine, refreshments and snacks. 310-397-5400; http://www.therumormill.us/.

Or in Venice, stop into the Talking Stick, to hear THE BACKBONERS (Bill Burnett, Kahlil Sabbagh and Ginger Smith and Suzy Williams) featuring the songs of The Mamas and the Papas at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice 90291 from 7:00pm till 10:00pm. There is a $10.00 cover on this one. The Talking Stick offers delicious, reasonably priced salads, sandwiches, hummus & pita, tasty desserts, and an array of smoothies, coffees and teas in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net;

Sunday, May 22nd.

Back to the Venice Art Walk & Auctions. If you still have not had your fill of architecture, you can also enjoy the Sunday self guided Architecture Tour of Water and tree-lined streets in Venice from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, which will run you $125.00. Ticket also includes entrance to Sunday’s Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Now today, Sunday May 22, is the big day, when the artist studio tours happen from noon till 4:00 pm, and you won’t want to miss that. The ticket price is $50.00, but remember, it all goes to the Venice Clinic. More than 40 of Venice’s most distinguished artists open their studios for one day during the Venice Art Walk to let the public get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes! (Venice resident and Artist, Linda Fenster’s studio will be open for viewing on the Walk).

This year 15 new artists have joined the Art Walk, including sculptors Alex Andre and Stephen Glassman, painters Judy Nimtz and Michael Webber, and glass blower John Mooney. In addition to all the great studios, there will be some exciting new special exhibits along the route.

Also on Sunday, enjoy the Community Fair (FREE and open to the public). It is located on the green at Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, there will be food and drinks by local restaurants for sale, and music too.

New this year, is the Art Within Reach Limited Edition Print Store, which offers original archival digital ink jet prints in a signed and numbered edition of 20. Purchase a signed print at an exceptional price, by internationally known artists such as Delia Brown, Erin Cosgrove, Todd Gray, Dion Johnson, Mara Lonner, Renee Petropoulos, Fay Ray, Eddie Ruscha Jr. (see image), Analia Saban, Kim Schoenstadt, Samantha Thomas, Mungo Thomson, Kerry Tribe, and Jennifer Wolf.

And for the true art collector, don’t miss the chance to bid on an original piece of art from an established or emerging artist at the Auction on Sunday. All of the art for auction will be on display at Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Westminster School will be open from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm for viewing. (The preview showing is Saturday from 4:00 pm till 6:00 pm).
More information on the Artists, Auctions, Architecture Tours, Event Schedule and Tickets can be found at: http://theveniceartwalk.org/. Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, will also offer registration and on-site ticket sales.

If you prefer to see some art off the Art Walk Path, Stop into The Happening Gallery who is having a Sunday afternoon opening reception of a group show, entitled “Sweet Tooth”. The event runs from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm and the address is 4047 Lincoln Blvd. at Washington Blvd in Marina Del Rey. Wine & tasty treats will be served. 310 305-ARTS; www.thehappeninggallery.com.

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