Category Archives: Venice Beach Art

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


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.

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Photos: Venice Arts celebrates 21st anniversary at gala

Venice Paparazzi was on the scene at Venice Arts’ 21st anniversary gala on Nov. 1, 2014.

The Venice Arts’ mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs.

Highlights from Venice Arts' 21st anniversary gala celebration. Photos courtesy Venice Paparazzi
Highlights from Venice Arts’ 21st anniversary gala celebration. Photos courtesy Venice Papparazi

Venice Arts also serves as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low–income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi–media.

Click here to view more photos from Venice Paparazzi!

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Venice Arts celebrates 21 years of transforming young lives with anniversary gala

Venice Arts will celebrate 21 years of transforming young lives through its award-winning art mentoring and education programs for low-income youth with a celebratory gala this Saturday, Nov. 1.

The event honors community angels Tiffany Rochelle and Paul Hibler, both long-time supporters of Venice Arts and the Venice community, as well as dedicated artist-mentors Michael Cersosimo and Michael Jasorka.

For the past 21 years, Venice Arts’ program of free media arts instruction, mentoring, and internship opportunities has opened windows of possibility for thousands of poor and low-income children.

This year alone, students have received 25 prestigious national, state, and local awards, including: Presidential Scholar in the Arts; YoungArts Awards; California Scholastic Arts Awards; and the Music Center’s Spotlight Award. Graduating seniors this past spring went off to colleges including Boston University and NYU, some on full scholarships.

Describing the impact of his four-year involvement with Venice Arts on his life, current student Rickie Bautistia, age 18, said “When I started at Venice Arts … it took time for me to get out of my shell. I’ve changed … I can speak to people now. I can allow myself to take photos. Going to Venice Arts helped me to form a family that … can help me with any problems that I have. I’m really thankful for having this family.” Rickie is just one of the thousands of low-income young people whose lives have been transformed through their involvement with Venice Arts over its 21-year history.

In addition to its primary youth programs, Venice Arts also serves as a vibrant arts center and gallery connecting audiences of all ages with contemporary documentary photography and film. The organization expands the impacts of its work beyond the local area by consulting and training foundations and NGOs in participant-media, storytelling for impact, and artist and curriculum development, nationally and internationally.

To celebrate 21 years of exposing underserved young people to new opportunities, developing their creativity, and transforming their lives, Venice Arts will host its 21st Anniversary Gala on November 1, 2014, 5–8pm.

The fun and festive evening will include delicious food from the best local restaurants, exclusive wine from Kitá Wines and Sapere Aude Sparkling, beer from Lagunitas, and spirits from FAIR Vodka and Revel Spirits; a silent auction of work by renowned photographers and Venice Arts’ talented students, as well as numerous enticing items and services from local businesses; music by Santa Monica High School Jazz Combo; and fabulous raffle prizes.

Guests will be able to have their portrait taken and caricature drawn by Venice Arts photography and comics students, and can go home with one of four custom t-shirts featuring Venice Arts students’ photography, live screenprinted by Junk Food Clothing Co.

This is a great opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to purchase a beautiful piece of original artwork, or goods and services generously donated by local businesses, while supporting a local nonprofit organization.

Information on tickets and sponsorships can be found at

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Venice Art Crawl mixer at Danny’s this Thursday evening

A Venice Art Crawl mixer will be held this Thursday, Oct. 16 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Danny’s, 23 Windward Avenue.

The community is invited to attend to mingle, network, and meet like-minded people that are passionate about art, Venice, and the local community.

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 the mixer.

The Venice Art Crawl is by and for the people. Its goal is to strengthen communication and collaboration within the Venice community through quarterly art events and fundraisers.

Its ultimate aim is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.

For more information, visit

A photo from Sunny Bak's exhibition. Courtesy of the artist.

Funding call to help Venice Art Crawl artists

Venice based celebrity photographer Sunny Bak is looking for angel donors to bring Venice Art Crawl artists on tour with her for “Beastie Bak and the VAC”.

Included in this rare Beastie Boys exhibit are artists Isabel Alford Lago, Bill Dambrova, Todd Goodman, Bobbi Bennett, Mark Saterlee, Constance Brantley, Lindsey Nobel, F CK and Cey Adams, all who have shown at the Venice Art Crawl.

Currently Ms. Bak is president of the Venice Art Crawl, a Venice Chamber of Commerce-hosted event that shows in pop up galleries in Venice four times a year.

VAC’s goal is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.

It is with this spirit that Sunny has included the nine VAC artists for this special Beastie Boys exhibit.

The VAC in just four short years has brought art back to Venice and created a community of artists and art lovers. Bak discovered Todd Goodman on the Venice boardwalk.

Historically Venice has been a long time haven for artists but in the last 15 years the gentrification of this once home to Jim Morrison and Dogtown Z boys has driven the artists away, Bak said.

“There is more art to see in Venice than the boardwalk,” she added.

“Beastie Bak and the VAC” will go to Miami, Washington DC and London if funded by the Kickstarter campaign that has already garnered support by Beastie fans across the world.

To add your support check out the Kickstarter campaign here.

The exhibition at Studio 18 runs until October 16 and then to  Miami, Washington DC and London if funded by the campaign.