Thursday, May 5, 2016

VENICE ART WEEK MAY 15-MAY 22, 2016


  
Experience the first ever Venice Art Week, May 15-May 22, 2016,
through three independent events:
The Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios Sunday May 15, 11-6PM
 The Venice Art Crawl Thursday May 19, 6-10PM &
The Venice Art Walk Sunday May 22, 12-6PM

     The sixth Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios takes place on Sunday May 15 from 11-6. Offered free to the public, the highly anticipated event showcases the art and artists that make up the soul of Venice, providing a fascinating glimpse into established studios and emerging artist’s spaces. Centered in the Oakwood neighborhood and Abbott Kinney Boulevard, ARTBLOCK calls attention to the vitality and importance of the arts in Venice and the diverse art district that is undergoing rapid change.

     In their sixth event with an estimated 70 venues and many more artists, ARTBLOCK 2016 emphasizes new forms of access to the arts and invites the public of all ages to join in public arts activities and workshops along its route.

    Endorsed by a wide range of cultural and civic organizations, ARTBLOCK is a grantee of the Arts Activation Fund, created by Mayor Eric Garcetti to support creative community-benefit projects in Los Angeles.
Pick up a map at: 1003 Gallery and Lounge -1003 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Weir/Quiton Studio - 360 Sunset Ave.- (4th and Sunset Ave.) Letelier Studio – 567 ¾ Brooks Ave and adjoining alley- 6th Avenue at Indiana Court 
David Tanych/ Meryl Lebowitz Studio - corner of 5th Avenue and Westminster Blvd.
The Distillery/ Artist Studios- 361 Vernon Ave. (Sunset Court)
Social and Public Art Resource Center /SPARC - 685 Venice Blvd.   
Venice, California 90291
Look for the Yellow flags, grab a map and explore. Shuttle buses and pedicabs will be available. For info and to download a route map: www.Veniceartblock.com
 
     The Venice Art Crawl takes place Thursday May 19 from 6-10PM and it's FREE.
The VAC promotes businesses and studios opening up their spaces to share art diversity in various neighborhoods including ten homes on the one block street Park Place between Main Street and Pacific Avenue, as well as new participants on Lincoln Boulevard near Venice Boulevard. "BEAUTY is the EYE of the BEHOLDER" will be on display by international photographers Bobbi Bennett, featuring traditional color prints. This exhibit is housed at the Bobbi Bennett Studio, 1145 Harrison Ave one block north of Washington Boulevard.  There will be a unique student show of various mediums at Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Boulevard, a nonprofit arts organization committed to providing high-impact arts education for low-income youth, www.venicearts.org.  The Venice Art Crawl spreads as far north as Rose Avenue and as far south as Washington Boulevard, and has a western border of Pacific Ave and an eastern border of Lincoln Boulevard. The information booths will be at Venice Arts 1702 Lincoln Boulevard, Love Shack 2121 Lincoln Boulevard and Danny's Venice 23 Windward Avenue. Hop on the Venice Art Crawl shuttle, the Rasta Bus that will transport people up and down Lincoln Boulevard throughout the celebratory evening. For more information and to download the VAC map with all the participants and pop up galleries go to www. veniceartcrawl.com.

     Venice Family Clinic’s Venice Art Walk & Auctions is happening Sunday May 22, Google Los Angeles, 340 Main Street. Tickets for the Art & Architecture Tours, Angel events and Artist Studio Tour can be purchased online www.venicefamilyclinic.org or at 310-664-7916. With the support of artists, volunteers and 6,000+ attendees, Venice Art Walk & Auctions showcases emerging and established LA artists and raises over $750,000 to fund health care for the 24,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients of Venice Family Clinic. Experience exceptional art and make a meaningful impact in your community at this not-to-be-missed annual event. Hosted at Google Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions is free and open to the public and showcases a gallery-quality contemporary silent art auction. Don’t miss the accompanying artist studio tours, artisan shops, family activities, entertainment, music, food and more. For further details www.venicefamilyclinic.org.

     Come celebrate art, artists, community and the spirit of Venice, May 15-May 22. 

Venice Clown Rekindled

 
 

A 10' x 10' cloth mural, stretched on plumbing pipe, featuring the Venice Ballerina Clown with tattoos on his arms representing homeless victims of violence this summer in Venice, homeless people at the top background, people taking selfies near a sign that says "STOP calling it Silicon Beach," drawings by evicted Venice artist William Attaway in the lower right corner and an artist working on a chalk mandala, which was also happening at the Abbot Kinney Festival yesterday. — with Francisco Letelier at On Broadway between Electric Ave. and Main St.

ARTBLOCK Open Studios- Sunday May 15, 2016 11-6pm


Contact:       
 Francisco Letelier                                                                        
  
 Ara Bevaqua



PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios
 May 15th, 20016
A journey into the heart of Venice

The highly anticipated Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios 2016 will be held on Sunday May 15th from 11-6pm.

The event is offered free to the public, providing a fascinating glimpse into established studios and emerging artist’s spaces tucked away throughout the neighborhood giving visitors imaginative opportunities to join in public art activities and other creative events. Centered in the Oakwood neighborhood and Abbott Kinney Boulevard and spreading to other locations, ARTBLOCK calls attention to the vitality and importance of the arts in Venice and the diverse art district that is undergoing rapid change.

In their sixth event with an estimated 70 venues and many more artists, Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios 2016 ARTBLOCK is included in the first cohort of grantees for the Arts Activation Fund, created by Mayor Eric Garcetti, to support creative community-benefit projects in Los Angeles.

The ARTBLOCK map, listing studios and activities, invites the public to share a sense of place and community as they guide themselves along the route on the streets and alleys of Venice.  Winding through murals, street art, live art and chalk mandalas, there is something for art lovers of all ages, including critically acclaimed exhibitions and the work of noted contemporary artists.

A wide range of cultural and civic organizations endorses the group, including Venice Community Housing Corporation, The Venice Arts Council, The Office of City Councilman Mike Bonin, The Venice Neighborhood Council, The Social and Public Art Resource Center, The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles and The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The public is encouraged to walk or ride the route on bikes; however, shuttle buses are available for transport to all locations on the route. 
Pick up a map along the route, or at:

     1003 Gallery and Lounge -1003 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Weir/Quiton Studio - 360 Sunset Ave.-
     Letelier  Studio - 6th Avenue at Indiana Court 
     David Tanych/ Meryl Lebowitz Studio - corner of 5th Avenue and Westminster Blvd.
     The Distillery/ Artist Studios- 361 Vernon Ave.
     Wndow Space -  361Vernon Ave
     Social and Public Art Resource Center /SPARC - 685 Venice Blvd. 
     Rohitash Rao Studio 1637 Electric Ave.   Venice, California 90291  
  VENICEARTBLOCK.COM



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