I am going to start this blog with a travelling art gallery created by Photographer Hayley Marie Colston who is part of a movement to create a VENICE ART MUSEUM. I think that would be beautiful. Her photos caught my eye because of the images of the BUDDHISTS. I really like her stuff. Makes me want a new camera. She has a travelling art gallery in a trailer. See photos below.
From the 4th and Sunset intersection. My journey with the Venice Art Block took me to Indiana Court to see the art art work of Francisco Letelier, MaryBeth Fama, and Leonoardo Ibanez.
Rita Lux and Eoin Colgan were kind enough to open their artist home to the Block. This brilliant Duo's art work truly compliment each other. They asked me not to take photos of their work but see the links.
Rojelio Cabral is a street artist and multi talented.
John Mooney on Hampton Drive is a talented glass maker who gave demonstrations.
Melissa Herrington opened her home and kitchen to the event with flavored water and cocktails and art.
the next group of artists were in a group of what appeared to be condo spaces. Sandy Bleifer is a painter who works sometimes in 3D, however even her 2D work has depth. Bee Colman is a Textile designer. Helena Jones Elbing a jewelry maker. Natasha Prosenc Stearns is a Slovenian born filmmaker and showed some of her multi media art work and installations on the walls of the basement. Her work explores the lines where humanity meets cyber.
Jean Edelstein makes what are called Chinese accordian books that look like what they sound like, story books in length. Her work has a Asian flavor on crisp white.
Aurelia Dumont I have met as she runs a photo group on Meetup. She is a very nice and brilliant photographer from FRANCE. This was the first event I was able to make it to. Unfortunately I am very upset with the games being played with me on TWITTER. This is AMERICA. You do not have the right to make me get a husband or follow the religions of my FATHER. I chose my path. I AM AN ACTOR. I have been an actor since I was 19 in college. YES I STUDIED ECONOMICS. To keep my father from abusing me, but I also quit the honor program at my school because I CHOSE ACTING over that program. I fought to WALK. I fought cancer. I CHOSE TO LIVE TO LIVE MY LIFE and no one has the right to abuse me or make me mentally ill anymore. I was not CRAZY when I was working on sets. I was and am determined to fight to be GOOD at ACTING period. You take that away from me I am not going to want to have anything to do with HUMANITY. I do not understand people who want to see others in PAIN or who want to destroy the fact that I LIKED BEING HAPPY. I liked being on sets. ACTING MAKES ME HAPPY and who ever has been accusing me of wanting a RICH HUSBAND, SIGNING ME UP FOR THE GOP, and I am also getting emails in my spam that indicate someone may be signing me up for sights that are basically porn or date sites, you are VERY Very SICK and actually breaking the law. I hope you get caught.
Diana Hobson. Her work is actually in a store on Abbot Kinney that sells very nice crafted i-phone cases, the kind you may see that look like hand crafted wood. Apparently her studio is above the story.
Olivia Ward was for me what I thought was the half way point on the map as her home was the center. This nice British artist and her friend were willing to give me a drink to quench my thirst. Very lovely pottery. I would have liked to have had one of the bright green ones in my home.
Amy Kaps is a performance artist of sorts. I listened to her tell a guest of her photo project of having herself wrapped in tape and then unwound.
Rohitash Rao had a bright green space with art to match. It had a modern graphic novel quality. Apparently he is known in the Juvenile world for books that can be found on Amazon. His art work had a tongue in cheek humor as can be seen in the photo "Yes I know I am drowning."
Harry Gundersen I did not get to see, which was a shame. He apparently is brilliant. His blog appears to not work on my computer. I am wondering if he is an FX artist.
Michele Castagnetti I do not believe I got to meet or see her work either.
Flavio Bisciotti I met as he was closing up his space. I only got to get a peek.
Los De Abajo Printmaking was closed by the time I got there.
Emily Van Horn I actually spent some time at this space. There were three artists. Ms Horn and Mardi De Veuve Alexis. I did not get the name of the third artist. I missed the last few artists because by the time I got to the space on California Avenue I was exhausted. I sat down and drank some nice flavored water and listened to a discussion about a documentary film. I was so tired. My feet had become numb. This should really be a two day event.
Teresa Accardi we had an interesting conversation about the police and the state of the nation. We agreed on many points. Her art has a flower child 60s psychedelic quality.
Overall if you like to see art and be exposed to a variety of styles, VENICE ART BLOCK is an event not to missed. Art INSPIRES ART. EVEN ACTING. A good acting exercise. Go to art gallery when you are working on a character and think what paintings would your character chose to admire and WHY? I think it is also a good writing exercise. Put yourself into someone else's shoes. Maybe if the police in the US were given empathy training, and acting training, they would know when someone is surrendering and when they are actually a threat.