Venice Art Crawl Celebrates Art and Community On Iconic Venice Boulevard May 17, 2018

Here is a message from the Venice Art Crawl.

The Venice Art Crawl will hold their second crawl of the year on Thursday May 17, 2018, 6-10PM. Instead of having art events throughout the city, as past years, this year the VAC will focus on four specific areas, the second one being on Venice Boulevard, between Lincoln Boulevard and the beach. This stretch of Venice Boulevard is becoming known by the locals as the Arts District. 

In featured photo above:   Venice Beach Artist Patrick Marston talks art with Venice Art Crawl’s David Stine and Andrea Tan

About:  “Venice Canals.” Painted by Venice Beach Artist Todd Goodman

In an effort to outreach to a new generation of Venice artists, the VAC will offer free creative workshops to K-5 students from local elementary schools at the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 Venice Boulevard. The Kidz Creative Camp workshops will cater to the students school hours starting at 3PM and will promote the spirit of Venice with: painting on ceramics, storybook making, colorful chalk drawing, recycle art, and more. The workshops will be taught by Venetian artists Gary Palmer, Monica Palacios, Sandra Zebi, Cynthia Rojas and others. Children book authors will be present sharing their stories. Actor and artist Paul Michael Glaser of popular 70’s TV show Starsky & Hutch, will read from his book Chrystallia and The Source of Light. First time authors Faye Livesey and Derek Moser will be reading from their books Fezzy The Magical Fox and Creepy Little TV GuyMaria Emetti reads from her book Going H’om’e. Sandra Sandia will be leading an outdoor drum circle and outside, artist Leebs will be presenting an all in-one-carnival-like bean bag ring toss game for the students–winners will receive prizes! Sandra Sandia will organize a drum circle to kick off the evening festivities at 6 PM. Close by EAT ART featuring portraits of Venice artists in their studios by photographer Debbie Zeitman at Wabi-Sabi, 1635 Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Head towards the ocean and visit the Alkaline Water Gallery, 18 North Venice Boulevard, owner Leila Levi will be showing 7 Women including Michele Pelletier, Mildred Rivera and Karen Gladstone. A skip away and you’ll find yourself at favorite beachside eatery and bar James Beach, 60 North Venice Boulevard, actor Lori Petty of Orange Is The New Black, will have her drawings on display.

In this photo: James’ Beach’s James Evans, Lori Petty, Desiree, Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen, and friends at James’ Beach, 60 North Venice Blvd.

One block south of James Beach, visit the Sunny Bak Studio, 2214 Pacific Avenue, Monica Seggos will be presenting a performance art piece titled: The Broken Heart Repair Shop: Version One: The Doctor’s Office, giving prescriptions for your broken heart dressed in nurse attire. Come sit with Nurse Candy Frost and explore this interactive installation. Also at the studio outside in the garden, Maron Hamilton will have her fine art photography on display.

Also showing at the VAC are:

  • Valda Lake from Wallspace  curating a space at 582 Venice Blvd.
  • Canal Club showing the art of Todd Goodman and Patrick Marston
  • Beyond Baroque Requiem: Aching for Acker
  • Plancha Taco showing Tonan and Gaither Whaley’s friends

Check back day of crawl May 17 for a map of all participating businesses at    

The remaining two VAC’s will happen July 19 on Washington Boulevard and the Boardwalk for the Venice After Burn, September 21, 22 and 23. Painters, poets, performers and musicians from the community, and all over the world, will display their art in this historic beachside haven.


Calling all artists and venues! 

There is still time to get your event listed on the official VAC map.  Visit to submit your event. 

May 4th VAC Fundraiser

Besides the VAC May 17, save the date for Friday May 4, 2018 for Venice Eclectic, a fundraiser to benefit the Venice Art Crawl. The Lantern House, 745 Milwood Avenue, a space of colorful art and history, will hold this special event from 7:00-10:00 pm.  Enjoy a magical evening filled with luxurious fare from local chefs, fine wine, craft cocktail pairings, and performances by Color Tango, Mermaids on Land, Lantern Concierto, Levitation by Danny Jacobson, Alien Magic Tricks and Songbird.  Purchase tickets!

About the Venice Art Crawl: 

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. Our goal is to share, inspire and promote collaboration within the Venice community through mixers and art events. We are an all volunteer run non-profit organization which is a committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce.  For more info:

View March 2018 Venice Art Crawl video by Chance Foreman


Here is a Venice Art Crawl & Venice Paparazzi fun fact:  

Venice Art Crawl was co-founded by Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen Stowell, Canal Club/James’ Beach’s Daniel Samakow, and Mike Newhouse.  Thankfully, it is going strong into its eight year.  A big fist bump to all the folks who have participated, and volunteered through the years!   View all past Venice Art Crawl photos by Venice Paparazzi!  .


In this photo:  Council member Bill Rosendahl with Venice Art Crawl Founders Daniel Samakow, Edizen Stowell, and Mike Newhouse at the 2011 Venice Art Crawl.

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