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

Buck Mason

Venice-based Buck Mason running charity drive to help LA Mission

Venice-based American made menswear company Buck Mason is currently running a charity drive to donate pants to the LA Mission.

Its goal is 250 pairs by Christmas. Now until the end of December, anyone can bring an old pair of pants to the store and it will donate them to the LA Mission.

For the donation, the store will give the person $25 off any new pair of pants.

The store is located at 530 Venice Blvd., Venice.

L.A. City Council votes to make Airbnb hosts pay hotel taxes to city

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to notify people and companies who list properties for rent on short-term lodging sites like Airbnb that they are required to pay hotel taxes to the city.

The council instructed the Office of Finance to issue letters to hosts who use such short-term rental sites, detailing the applicable laws, including the transient occupancy tax hotels must pay to the city.

City officials plan to work with the various short-term rental companies operating in the city — such as VRBO and Homeaway — to put together a list of hosts who operate in the city, council aides said.

The most prominent of the companies, Airbnb, released a report last week saying its site was used by about 4,490 Los Angeles hosts during a 12-month stretch from May 2013 to April 2014.

The action today came as some city leaders are calling for additional measures to regulate and tax short-term rental companies.


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

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