Category Archives: Venice Beach Art

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

Mural Proposal Meeting Tomorrow – Have Your Say On Westminster Ave

Venice Mural Proposal Meeting
Wednesday Feb. 25, 4 pm – 5 pm 

 Mural Description: Brick street pattern painted onto the asphalt. Westminster Ave. between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk was once brick as can be seen on various side streets where it is still in place off OFW.

Mural Address: Westminster Ave. between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk asphalt

Artists: Community Designed.

Date: February 25, 2015

Time: 4-5pm

Place: Westminster Ave. between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk in front of 3 Westminster Ave. Venice, CA 90291 at proposed mural location site

For more information Email Melissa Diner.

Chicano Photo Exhibition in Venice Opens With Reception Saturday

ChicanoThe Durón Gallery at SPARC, Venice,  will present A Short Essay on Chicano Photography, with a reception Saturday, February 21, from 5pm-8pm.

The exhibition is showcasing works from the collection of Mary and Armando Durón that will feature a survey exhibition on Chicano photography that has not been mounted in any venue large or small since in many years.

“One can argue that Chicano photographers took their cue from their quest to create their own reality admitting that it was not objective but reactionary to the few quite negative images that existed about Chicanos and their ancestors,” according to organizers.

The exhibit reveals that the aesthetic and formal concerns were never ignored as Chicano photographers sought to make their mark on their terms. The works in this exhibition will attempt to go beyond photojournalism and to demonstrate that aesthetic, formal and social concerns were ever-present and together often formed the resulting images by the artists.

The Durón Family Collection consists of hundreds of works, together with an extensive library of books, catalogs and ephemera collected over 30 years. Armando Durón has spoken and written widely as a knowledgeable collector on Chicano art of Los Angeles. His unique perspective as a collector, long-time friend of Chicano(a) artists and avid student on the subject is widely sought from Los Angeles, to the Smithsonian, from high school students to professional appraisers.

Durón writes an occasional column for Brooklyn & Boyle newspaper, “From the Living Room Couch” on Chicano art. Works from the collection are regularly shown throughout the country. The Mission of the Durón Gallery is to present socially relevant and politically conscious art, weather visual or performing, especially for underserved audiences, by established and emerging artists, artists’ collectives and student projects.

SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by distinguished UCLA professor and artist Judy Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is rooted in Art, Education, Community and Social Justice. For more info visit:

SPARC is located at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, the old Venice PoliceStation, SPARC’s historic headquarters since 1977.

Venice Art Crawl Mixer at Thursday

ART.COM Gallery and Showroom will host the next Venice Art Crawl Mixer and Meet-up.
See the works of Tom Everhart, Berberyan, Peter Max, Iman  plus Venice Artist Jules Muck.
“Come mingle, network and meet like-minded people that are passionate about Art, Venice and the Local Community,” organizers said.
“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! Come one come all!”
QART.COM Gallery and Showroom
480 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90291
Date/Time Information
Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 pm
If you are interested in volunteering and cannot make the mixer please email: tyler.uhlenhake@gmail.comIf you are interested in sponsoring the VAC email: If you are interested in submitting an event or have general questions please email: or

Venice Arts Presents: Iron Ladies of Liberia Free Film

Venice Arts is presenting a free documentary screening series in conjunction with its current exhibition “One Person Crying: Women and War.”

This week, Thursday Feb. 12,  “Iron Ladies of Liberia” (Dir. Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge) will screen at Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

The event starts with a reception at 7pm followed by the screening at 7.30pm.

The screenings will connect the themes in Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Marissa Roth’s exhibition with powerful stories of women in three different communities as they confront war and its aftermath, according to organizers.

The screenings are free and open to the public & will be followed by discussions.

Background on “Iron Ladies”
After surviving a 14-year civil war and a government riddled with corruption, Liberia is ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President—the first freely elected female head of state in Africa.

Having won a hotly contested election with the overwhelming support of women across Liberia, Sirleaf faces the daunting task of lifting her country from debt and devastation. She turns to a remarkable team of women, appointing them in positions such as police chief, finance minister, minister of justice, commerce minister and minister of gender.

With exclusive access, directors Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge follow these “Iron Ladies” behind the scenes during their critical first year in office as they tackle indolent bureaucracy, black markets and the omnipresent threat of violent riots. Highlighting the challenges that African countries currently face, this film provides an uplifting example of women who have become the backbone of change.

For free tickets click here to register