Category Archives: Venice Beach Art

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

The Venice Art Crawl Needs You

The Venice Art Crawl kicks off another festive evening of art, entertainment, and culture on Thursday, December 17th when artists and performers team up with local businesses in a celebration of art and community throughout the streets of Venice.

Numerous businesses and Venice restaurants will be taking part in the event which is run by a group of local volunteers who are passionate about art.

“The Venice Art Crawl is an all volunteer run organization,” says VAC Volunteer Co-ordinator Andrea Tan, “we’re always looking for volunteers who are passionate about art and interested in getting involved.”

2015 marks Venice Art Crawl’s 5th year in the beachside community. Part of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the VAC aims to share, inspire and promote collaboration within Venice through mixers and art events hosted by local businesses and artists’ studios.

“The VAC’s goal is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.” says Lauren Harrison, one of the event organizers.

The Venice Art Crawl happens four times a year on the third Thursday of the quarter months, December 17 will be that last art crawl for the year.

The VAC is always looking for artists, venues, sponsors, volunteers, art lovers, and art buyers. For more information about joining the crawl visit their website.

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The Great Bear Rainforest opens today in Venice

The G2 Gallery in Venice is getting ready for the premiere of ‘The Great Bear Rainforest’ on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for a new collection of photographs from popular Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer MaHarry that includes images of the rare, white-coated “spirit bear.”

‘The Great Bear Rainforest’ is MaHarry’s sixth solo exhibition at G2.

Each of her shows has focused on intimate personification of a certain group of animals – horses, birds of prey, shelter pets, wolves and now, creatures from one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest in the world.

Photographs of cougars, wolves, grizzly bears, and the elusive white “spirit bear” will be on display in MaHarry’s characteristic style.

Located on the British Columbia Coast between Vancouver Island and Southeast Alaska, the Great Bear Rainforest became well known in 1997 after a coalition of environmental organizations gave the region its current evocative moniker.

This new name, along with a broad conservation campaign, worked; it led to 3.5 million of the forest’s 7.7 million acres receiving government protections and constant expansion of logging-prohibited areas.

Great Bear has been in the news for its wolf culls, which have been decried by various celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, who visited the rainforest in September. Like Cyrus, MaHarry took a First Nation-led tour of the area in October 2015.

“It was always a dream of mine to go to the Great Bear Rainforest and photograph the rich wildlife there,” says MaHarry. “The trip was such a great opportunity to witness life unaffected by people.”

The opening reception for ‘The Great Bear Rainforest,’ along with ‘Emerging VIII’ and ‘Friend or Fo-to,’ will be held on Nov. 21 from 6:30 to 9 pm. Admission is $10 at the door and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet in front of the gallery.

All proceeds from admissions will be donated to several nonprofit organizations, including The Bay Foundation, InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, Greenpeace and Western National Parks Association. RSVP to

The G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. For more information, call 310.452.2842 or visit

Marina del Rey Film Festival


The Marina del Rey Film Festival begins today.  A movie marathon of shorts, documentaries, and features will kick off the 2-day festival at Beach Dancer Films on the Marina Peninsula.

On Saturday the festival screenings move to Hotel MdR on MaxellaMarina del Rey Film Festival Flyer
Avenue. The festival concludes on Saturday night at the hotel with an awards show and the after party will be held back at Beach Dancer Films.

“The Marina del Rey Film Festival is proud to foster up and coming filmmakers by providing a positive and festive environment to showcase their films and artistic endeavors in the film market. We are proud to be open to all forms of artistic film expression,” say organizers.

Beach Dancer Films is located at Creative Chakra Spa, 3401 Pacific Ave., Marina del Rey. Hotel MdR by Doubletree Hilton is at 13480 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey.

Screenings are free.  For screening details check here.




Venice Art Crawl Mixer Thursday


This Thursday the Venice Art Crawl will hold their monthly mixer at gallery on Washington Blvd., in Marina del Rey.

Each month Artists, gallery owners, venues, sponsors, art enthusiasts, and the community gather together at  the Venice Art Crawl’s Monthly Mixers to collaborate and shape the Venice Art Crawl events.

The VAC is always looking for new volunteers, artists, and sponsors the monthly mixers are a great way to meet the VAC team and get involved.

The Venice Art Crawl is a local organization that aims to share, inspire, and promote collaboration within the Venice community through mixers and art events with a goal to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically and currently makes Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.

When: This Thursday, November 19 6pm-9pm

Where: 480 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey 90292

How much: $10 at the door for art and beverages.

Closing Event for Latest SPARC Exhibit


A closing event will be held today from 5pm for the latest exhibition at Venice’s Social Public Art Resource Center. New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory has been running since June in SPARC’s Durón Gallery, located in the Old Venice Police Station at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice.

With more than one million Oaxacans having immigrated to the United States, the exhibit looks at the impact of immigration on those left behind: those who are often unable to see loved ones, husbands, mothers, and children for many years.

Special guests at tonight’s closing event  include Ruben Martinez, writer, performer and academic; Gaspar Rivera Salgado, project director at UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education Yolozee Odilia Romero Xhogosh; and Xochiltl M. Flores-Marcial.

Read more about SPARC and the exhibit here on Yo! Venice.