Category Archives: Venice Beach Art

These posts are about the art, artists, and gallery events Venice Beach California is known for!

Art Supports Foster Youth at Electric Lodge


Celia Center Arts FestivalToday at Venice’s Electric Lodge,1416 Electric Avenue, the Celia Center will hold it’s inaugural Celia Center Arts Festival, showcasing artwork and workshops created by foster youth alum and adoptees about their lives and experiences. The Festival starts at 11am and is a day-long extravaganza shedding light on voices that are not often heard from adoptees and foster youth.

There will be a number of activities including healing workshops that focus on the theme of foster and adoption, musical and theatrical performances, and a visual art exhibition. As a locally organized fundraising event, all proceeds benefit Celia Center, a non-profit devoted the critical needs of the foster care and adoption community, supporting safe and healthy families.

This year’s inaugural Celia Center Arts Festival features the works of artists who use their creativity to express their experiences as individuals who were adopted, in foster care, or both, across many mediums.

The Festival, ‘Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity: The Voices of the Fostered and Adopted,’ will feature stories and backgrounds of many, and seeks to bring together the voices that are often left out of the conversation on foster care and adoption. The Festival gives the Foster Care and Adopted a spotlight with the hopes of deepening the foster care and adoption conversation in Los Angeles and worldwide.

Starting at 11am and running until the last performance at 8pm, the Celia Center Arts Festival will have activities for all ages, including an artists’ panel, children’s activities, healing workshops (you must sign up ahead of time), a book giveaway, and a celebrity book reading at 12noon with actress and former foster youth adoptee, Cassidy Mack.

For more information about Celia Center Arts Festival 2016 visit the festival site All proceeds benefit Celia Center, a non-profit addressing the critical needs of the Foster Care/Adoption community.

Celia Center addresses the critical needs of the foster care and adoption community by providing affordable mental health, education, and support services to all members of the bio-foster-adoption constellation, including professional social workers, nurses, case managers, and therapists. We utilize our innovative programs, unique therapeutic interventions and national network of allies to create a safe and supportive environment to nurture and preserve strong, healthy families in any orientation or socio-economic status.



Electric Lodge Cultural Arts Center

1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

Free Parking lot and street parking is available.

Get tickets here.

Put on Your Red Shoes and Dance the Blues


In honor of music legend David Bowie’s prolific life, Townhouse, at 52 Windward Ave, Venice will hold a Bowie Night. Spinning Bowie tunes all evening for fans wishing to celebrate his life.

Bowie died peacefully overnight in New York. A statement on the artist’s official social media accounts read Bowie passed, “surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.” For many this was the first news that Bowie had been battling cancer.

Friday was Bowie’s birthday. To celebrate he released his 25th album, Backstair. The promotional picture for the album featuring the artist laying on a hospital bed with a bandage wrapped over his eyes now hold a disturbing image in the minds of many fans.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, said Bowie “was truly a Renaissance man and visionary artist with extraordinary talent as a singer, songwriter, performer, actor and producer, and was a musical hero to millions.”

The inspirational London-born singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career.

Bowie’s survivors include his wife, the model Iman, whom he married in 1992, their daughter Alexandria, and a son from his first marriage, director Duncan Jones. The family have asked their privacy be respected during their time of grief.

Venice Art Crawl Mixer on Thursday


The Venice Art Crawl is a 100% volunteer run organization that puts together regular art events in the Venice Beach Community.

Find out more here…

The next VAC mixer is happening on Thursday, January 14th at James Beach, 60 N Venice Blvd., Venice. Running from 6pm-9pm the event is a great way to get involved with the Venice Art Community.

Entry is a $5 donation which supports the Venice Art Crawl.

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Congrats “My Venice Holiday” Poster Winners!

Congratulations to the winning artists from Venice Art Crawl inaugural “My Venice Holiday” poster contest!

Entrants were judged for adhering to the theme, originality, and for showing the spirit of Venice.

All winners received a $100 gift card from 1st Citizen’s Bank.

Jasmine Chairez Monteil, 5th Grade, Broadway Elementary School.
Jasmine Chairez Monteil, 5th Grade, Broadway Elementary School.
Dayanara Martinez, 4th Grade, Westside Global Awareness Magnet School.
Dayanara Martinez, 4th Grade, Westside Global Awareness Magnet School.
Sarit Avedon, 3rd Grade, Coeur D’Alene Elementary School.
Sarit Avedon, 3rd Grade, Coeur D’Alene Elementary School.
Savannah Tahmasabie, 2nd Grade, Coeur D’Alene Elementary School.
Savannah Tahmasabie, 2nd Grade, Coeur D’Alene Elementary School.
Jacob Masi, 1st Grade, Coeur D’Alene Elementary School
Jacob Masi, 1st Grade, Coeur D’Alene Elementary School.
Lucy Lucas, Kindergarten, Walgrove Elementary Elementary School.
Lucy Lucas, Kindergarten, Walgrove Elementary Elementary School.

‘Venice Beach Sunsets’ exhibit opens today

Venice-based photographers Danny Rice and Andrew Karl will host their first gallery exhibition starting today at Laura Korman Gallery.

The duo’s self-titled exhibition, Venice Beach Sunsets, is on view today through Jan. 6, 2016. A public reception will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 12-4 pm.

Rice and Karl began their collaborative photography project as a hobby.

Shortly after moving to the Venice Beach area in 2013, the friends and colleagues made it a routine to photograph a sunset every day, posting their daily shots to social media.

Their creative diversion quickly grew, and @Venice_Sunsets now boasts more than 88,000 Instagram followers.

With online features on the Chive’s “Instagrams That Are Worth A Follow,” Thrillist’s “15 L.A. Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow Right Now,” and Buzzfeed’s “24 Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Fall In Love With the USA,” Venice Beach Sunsets’ has a significant online presence and a popularity that continues to grow.

Most recently, Venice Sunsets has collaborated with the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as Discover L.A., sharing their images with local audiences through Discover L.A.’s “L.A. Neighborhoods Project” and contributing featured images for the Getty Center’s “Saturdays Off the 405,” among numerous others.

Currently, in Venice Beach Sunsets’ first exhibition, Rice and Karl make the transition from the digital format to printed media with photographs on wood and limited edition prints of their sunset photography at Laura Korman Gallery.  The duo will also show their works in the upcoming Venice Art Crawl later in December.

“Living in Venice, we’ve come to realize how much of a small town it can be in a big city,” says Rice. “(We) wanted to do something different, eclectic, and sustainable while also supporting the local businesses.”

Venice Beach Sunsets celebrates the natural beauty of Southern California with daily photographs of colorful sunsets from the iconic Venice boardwalk and Los Angeles Coast from every vantage point.

The reception will coincide with the Bergamot Open House holiday party from 12-4 pm.

Laura Korman Gallery is located at Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Space D2, Santa Monica.

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