Venice Art Crawl May 2018
The Venice Art Crawl is held once every three months on the third Thursday of the Month. The May it was held on the 17th. I had other events to attend so I only could see a few exhibits. I particularly wanted to see an exhibit of art with the theme of “endangered species.” I ended up getting a chance to see four of the twenty plus locations in the event. Venice Art Crawl (the VAC) typically is in one select area of Venice, but this month it was a bit more spread out then usual, though mostly up and down Venice Blvd and the surrounding side streets.
“Endangered Species: See Them While They Last” are a series of images painted in glow in the dark neon colors by Tom Goodman. The Show was held at the Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, California. Each image had a story attached of the subject matter and just how threatened they are. In addition the show contained images of surfers, the ocean, and cultural icons like David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, and Wonder Woman.
The next location I quickly visited was James Beach, 60 North Hollywood Blvd, Venice, California. James Beach is an active restaurant so not a place a group of people can walk in to see the art easily. However the point of VAC is to encourage local business and social activity. However Daniel Samakow of James Beach is one of the original creators of the VAC. The art is worth a look.
The next location I visited was an exhibition of local Women Artists. Eight were listed on the VAC Map. Leila Jean Levi, Michele Pelletier, Aly Farrow Wilkins, Mildred Rivera, Karen Gladstone, Joanne Silver, and Sage Ryza. The inside space consisted of art by the owner and curator of the space, but outside on tables were jewelry, ceramics, and some paintings by the other women artists represented.
The final exhibit I attended was “Broken Heart Repair Shop Sunny Bak Studio” 2214 Pacific Ave, Venice, California. Unfortunately some of the outside shots did not come out well as i was trying to take images in the dark without a flash. However I did get some very good images of the street artist, Renda Writer, who painted LOVE images on the front wall of the studio as well as a wall inside.