Category Archives: Venice Beach Art

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


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.

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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