Weekend Update, Pick of the Week, The Venice Art Walk & Auctions Start Tonight!

My pick of the week is The Venice Art Walk & Auctions, starting TONIGHT and going on all this 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)

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. If you are in a cash crunch, there is still time to volunteer at some of the studios and you will be able to get one free tix…see website, http://theveniceartwalk.org/.

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 by the way….that happened yesterday (it was lots of fun by the way if you missed it. (Art by Linda Fenster)

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 Paul Deters)

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.

Friday, May 20th

Get into the spirit early, by attending the FREE Art Walk kick off event tonight, 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. Be aware there is a CASH Bar.

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. (Art above by Grant Buckerfield)

Venice Mozaic presents the  " 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 and evening of Music poetry and fun. featuriing house band Zebra Party and 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 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.

Then down the street, also from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm is the opening reception for David Snyder (see image) at Michael Benevento Gallery (7578 Sunset Blvd. 90046) 323 874-6400; http://www.beneventolosangeles.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… you’ll want to park and pop into several happening right on La Cienega. Then move the car to Washington for the later ones.
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 Angles Gallery (2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.). Ori Gersht will be there early, for an artist talk from 4:30 pm to 6:00pm. Then the official opening begins at 6:00 and runs till 8:00 pm. 310 396-5019; http://www.anglesgallery.com.
Across the street, Blum & Poe is always hoppin at 2727 S. La Cienega. There you’ll 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 (see image) 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 (see image on left) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 310.837.3330; http://www.jkgallery.net.

Honor Fraser will be showing works by Annie Lapin (see image on right). Located at 2622 S. La Cienega. Opening 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 on left) 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 Mark Fox and Cindy Wrightfrom 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310 453-3031; http://www.markmooregallery.com/.
Of course, there’s Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd., 90232) who always has nice openings…From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm enjoy the opening reception for Jeff Ramirez, Pakayla Rae Biehn (see image) and Kevin Titzr. 310.403.8549; http://www.thinkspacegallery.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. The opening reception is from 7:00pm10:00pm and it's gonna be a great one. A new set of our commemorative mini-giclee fine art prints being given away FREE to attendees at the reception.150 prints of a piece from each of these artists' exhibitions will be given away during the evening, with a different artist each hour. Wine, refreshments and treats will be served. 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. Refreshments and snacks will be served. 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.  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. (Art by Peter Alexander)
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. (Image on right by Kim McCarty)
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 this one is NOT on the Art Walk path, but jumping in on the party, offering wine, this looks like a fun one.

OutiArt and several of her neighboring artists will be celebrating at their open studio (located at 361 Vernon Ave Venice, Studio # 6 back studio) from 5:00 pm till 9:00 pm. http://www.outiart.com/.

Another one off the Art Walk Path, is 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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