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First Venice Art Crawl of 2017 Huge Success: This is Venice

March 21st, 2017 -



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Art and community graciously collided for the first Venice Art Crawl of the year on March 16, 2017. The theme: This Is Venice, was uniquely represented at the 25 different art events happening simultaneously throughout this beachside community. The majority of the VAC took place on the iconic Venice Boulevard from Speedway by the beach to Lincoln Boulevard. The locals, artists and businesses are hoping to make this two-mile stretch an official Venice Arts District.

The Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) was presenting their current exhibit: 20 Years of the UCLA/SPARC Digital Mural, showcasing a sampling of projects that highlight instruction, community organizing, research and artistic production. Also at SPARC, acclaimed queer Latina writer/performer Monica Palacios received an Award of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for being a Latinx LGBTQ Trailblazer. A supportive crowd was on hand to witness Monica’s presentation by Councilmember Steve Bonin’s office Field Deputy Taylor Bazley and SPARC’s Executive Director Debra Padilla. Next door Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center was standing room only with enthusiastic participants for the inaugural LA Punk Film Festival. The crowd spilled out onto the sidewalk as they waited for unique films and live performances to start. Steady streams of people were floating in and out of the Abbot Kinney Venice Library where Michelito Orquiola and the Night Owl Players were creating live art and a cool vibe. Also displaying work at the library was Leebs, Gary Palmer, Tim Joensen and the Boys and Girls Club, who had a colorful variety of innovative pieces. The Sunny Bak Studio featuring Harold Cleworth, Sunny Bak, Stuart Berkowitz and DJ Todd Spero was also a packed house of art aficionados. Way out on the fringes, on Lincoln Blvd., bar patrons enjoyed a one-hour repeating exhibition of classic art films and video from Georges Méliès and Luis Bunuel to Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller and Yayoi Kusama.

Rumor has it that the Pop Up Kitty Wine Bar was a four star event where people were mingling and cuddling with kitties, listening to chill music and purrrchasing kitty art. The night was enhanced by the Electric Bike Parade, gliding peddlers that looked like fireflies along the boulevard in their customized brightly-lit bicycles. Each pop up/venue had their distinct flavor but each location honored the Venice Art Crawl by bringing together neighbors, artists, businesses and art.

The Venice Art Crawl takes place four times a year: March 16, May 18, July 20, and September 22 and 23.    Also: Save the date for the VAC fundraiser Thursday, April 20 at the Runway at Playa Vista. (Details below)

The Venice Art Crawl is a Venice Chamber of Commerce Event.

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For more info:  www.VeniceArtCrawl.com

Media Contacts: PMG – 323.337.9042
Henry Eshelman: heshelman@platformgrp.com
Sabrina Zeile: sabrina@platformgrp.com

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VIEW EVENT MARCH 16TH HIGHLIGHTS

Photos submitted by Marta Evry, Todd Goodman, Jennifer Wilson, Ray Rae, and  Venice Highschool Kids

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Venice Electric Bike Parade photo by Todd Goodman.

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11th District’s Taylor Bazley, Monica Palacios, Sparc’s Debra Padilla, and VAC President Sunny Bak.  Thank you Monica for everything you do for the Venice Art Crawl.

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Photo by Marta Evry

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Jeremy Parker.  Photo by Ray Rae

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Right: Ray Rae of VeniceBeachPhotos.com

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Join the Venice Art Crawl for their annual fundraiser on April 20th!

Music Connects Us: Photography & Art Show

A Venice Art Crawl Fundraiser Event

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The Venice Art Crawl (VAC) will celebrate its fundraiser event, “Music Connects Us: Photography & Art Show” on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Runway at Playa Vista, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd, Playa Vista 90066 from 6-10PM. VIP tickets include a sit down dinner at the new Hal’s Bar & Grill. Tickets can be purchased at www.veniceartcrawl.com for the “VIP Dinner and Art Show” package for $200 and the “Art Show” alone for $40.

The Venice Art Crawl continues its junction of art and community at Runway, transforming a 3,800 square foot live-shop-work space into an urban art installation. Photographs featuring artists of rock and roll, hip hop and jazz will be displayed throughout the building. Guests can walk through various colorful environments filled with DJs, pop up musicians, light shows, mini performances, installations, live art, fashion statements and other fresh experiences that will electrify all five senses. Featured artists include Guy Webster, Sunny Bak, Risk, Art of Chase, Julian Lennon, Lisa Rieder, Kii Arens, Jules Muck, Lindsey Nobel, Made of Hagop, Shark Toof, Unfukyourself, Narrator, Jennifer Korsen, Destin Clover, Hofmann, Thrashbird, Homoriot, Jason Humphrey, Le Fou, Priscilla Witte, Meryl Lebowitz, Shplinton, Rachel Burt, Amandalynn, Tunie Betesh, Shoko Yanagisawa, Plastic Jesus, Annie Terrazo, Daniel Dugan, Big Teeff, Ugo Nonis, Ricky Powell, Carinthia West, John Graham Bell, Bisco Smith, Gino Perez and many more. Neely Shearer from In Heroes We Trust is one of the art curators. There will also be numerous DJs including Arabian Prince, original member of N.W.A.

Now in its seventh year, the VAC’s mission is to preserve the arts in Venice, a place that has historically been known as a vibrant and dynamic art community. The Venice Art Crawl’s goal is to share, inspire and promote collaboration within the Venice community through mixers and art events. The VAC is a volunteer run non-profit organization which is a committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy a night at the Runway, come mingle with new and old friends, experience innovative fresh art while supporting the Venice Art Crawl.

For tickets and more info, visit www.veniceartcrawl.com.

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