Category Archives: Venice Beach Art

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

Venice Art Crawl Mixer at Venice Whaler This Thursday Night

Mingle, network and meet like-minded people that are passionate about Art, Venice and the Local Community this Thursday at Venice Whaler.

“Whether you’re an artist wanting to get involved in future art crawls, a local business owner offering wall space for artists to showcase or interested in volunteering, come join us at the VAC mixer,” organizers said. “Come one come all!”
The event will take place Thursday, January 15 from 6:00 pm – 9:00pm at Venice Whaler, 10 W Washington Blvd.

If you are interested in volunteering and cannot make the mixer please email:

If you are interested in sponsoring the VAC email: 

If you are interested in submitting an event or have general questions please email: or

Poetry in Motion in Venice this Saturday at Beyond Baroque

Joing Eve Brandstein this Saturday as  she presents an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities.

POETRY IN MOTION – SPECIAL EDITION at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice

Saturday, 17 January, 8:00 pm

The event features Erixc Trules who is currently a popular theater professor at USC, where he has been a faculty member since 1986.
He is also a Huffington Post blogger, an international Fulbright Scholar, and an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award winner. In
previous incarnations, he has been a modern dancer, a documentary filmmaker (The Poet and the Con), a screenwriter for
Cinemax, a theater director and producer, a solo performance writer and director, and most proudly, a professional clown.
He has two Word Press blogs, “Trules Rules” and “e-travels with e. trules”.

Find the blogs and see more about him at:

Check out Eve Brandstein’s website  and Facebook page for more information.

Special General Admission – Advanced tickets $15 on Eventbrite; $20 at the door; $10 Students/Seniors;
Members $8

Winter Venice Art Crawl returns Thursday, Dec. 18

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland in Venice Thursday, Dec. 18, along with Santa and his elves and hundreds of visitors coming together in one of LA..’s most iconic neighborhoods for an evening of art, projections, snow, design, and entertainment: The Venice Art Crawl (VAC).

From 6 pm to 10 pm, this historical beach community becomes a showplace for everyone to appreciate the art that is being created every day while getting to know the businesses that encourage it.

VAC is excited to work with and welcome their new sponsor Gallery & Showroom that will be highlighting artwork by Godard, Berberyan, Wyland, Tom Everhart, and Marvel Comics artwork signed by Stan Lee and many more.

Join for a first look at their featured artists and refreshments. is the largest fine art gallery on the Westside, 480 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey 90292. 310.405.6183.

If you want to experience snow at the beach traipse over to The Terrace Cafe and also check out their delightful installation of work by children and teens from The Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice. Bring the kids for the coloring activities. Terrace Cafe, 7 W. Washington Blvd, Venice 90292. 310.578.1530.

Outdoor projections on local buildings of character and environment designs, 3D animations, and CGI visual effects by Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation. The Agency will be presenting the work of Kwaku Alston. The Agency 310 W. Washington Blvd., Venice 90292.

Experience the all female art exhibition and bazaar, LADY: The Art of Fashion, featuring the work of Marlena McClain and other female artists. LADY will be at Venice Love Shack, a hip colorful furniture shop, 2121 Lincoln Blvd., Venice 90291. 310.306.6742.

Enjoy emerging, ground-breaking and veteran artists in a range of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media by walking from venue to venue.

Include dinner in your special evening at the numerous Venice restaurants such as: Danny’s Venice, Hama Sushi, Canal Club, The Sidewalk Café, James’ Beach, Mercede’s Grille, and The Whaler.

Pick up VAC maps at the info booths: Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Love Shack 2121 Lincoln Blvd., The Terrace Cafe, 7 W Washington Blvd. and Aust 1617 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

VAC map will be available to download on day of event at

The Venice Art Crawl is an organization by and for the people and was established August 2010. VAC is now part of the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

The VAC wants to share, inspire and promote collaboration within the Venice populace through mixers and art events hosted by local businesses and artists’ studios. VAC’s goal is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.

Check out VAC’s website at

Venice-based community arts center receives $40,000 grant for landmark mural

Venice-based community arts center Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) has been named as the only non-profit organization in Venice to receive federal-level funding through the National Endowment of the Arts to support the expansion of the longest mural in the world, the Great Wall of Los Angeles.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced Monday that SPARC was one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

SPARC is recommended for a $40,000 grant to support expansion of The Great Wall of Los Angeles, a landmark mural, depicting California’s unique history and ethnic diversity, was originally conceived in the late 1970s by artist and professor Judith Baca to address rising inner-city conflict between youth.

The original mural was completed in 1979, and at that time, it depicted California history from pre-historic times through the 1950s.

Baca will continue the work of completing new panels that will represent California history from 1960-90. The mural is located in a flood control channel in the San Fernando Valley in Valley Glen, CA.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to SPARC. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Distinguished UCLA Professor and SPARC Founder/Artistic Director and artistic visionary for the Great Wall of Los Angeles, Judith F. Baca, shared her commitment to completing the original vision to create a mile of mural that depicts the stories and contributions made by all Americans, “SPARC and the communities we serve are grateful for the ongoing support we have received from the NEA for this project. With this current funding SPARC will begin the designs of the 1960s section of the mural.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding.

Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website at

Two Venice Arts photography students named 2015 YoungArts Winners

Venice Arts advanced photography students Sequoia Canada, 16, and Zinnia Moreno, 18,  have been selected by the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) as 2015 YoungArts Winners.

Out of more than 11,000 applications, 786 young artists from 46 states are being recognized for their outstanding work and accomplishments in one of 10 disciplines across the literary, visual, design and performing arts.

Sequoia and Zinnia are two of only 10 finalists in photography selected from across the nation.

Photograph by Sequoia Canada.
Photograph by Sequoia Canada.

As finalists, Zinnia and Sequoia will have the opportunity to participate in the 34th annual National YoungArts Week, which takes place in Miami from Jan. 4 to 11, 2015.

Winners are also eligible to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, as YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor for artistically talented graduating high school seniors.

Photograph by Zinnia Moreno.
Photograph by Zinnia Moreno.

Last year, Venice Arts’ student Angela Francis was selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, after winning the Gold Award at YoungArts, which came with a $10,000 scholarship.

Venice Arts’ student Arthur Cooke took the Silver Award, which included a $5,000 scholarship. Angela is currently studying photojournalism at Boston University on a full scholarship; Arthur is in his first year at NYU.

Click here to see their award-winning portfolios and read more about the YoungArts Awards.