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Venice Art Walk & Auctions 2010

By Patricia Meisels

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Venice Art Walk and Auctions is a fabulous weekend filled with art and architecture all benefitting the Venice Family Clinic.  This is no ordinary art walk. their biggest annual fundraiser and is happening on May 22 and 23, 2010. The centerpiece is the Venice Art Walk & Auctions itself – which the Los Angeles Times calls “the granddaddy of them all” – features more than 50 artists’ studios and special exhibits, as well as a 400-piece silent art auction. It’s complemented by three separately ticketed Art & Architecture Tours – one exploring Rustic Canyon, another focused on architects’ own homes in Venice and Santa Monica, and a third winding its way through Venice’s famous walk streets and canals. All proceeds benefit Venice Family Clinic, providing free, quality health care to people in need while bringing light to many of Los Angeles local artists and their works.

There are four ticketed events:
    •    Art & Architecture Tour: Rustic Canyon: The Sequel, Saturday, May 22 (SOLD OUT)
    •    Art & Architecture Tour: Architects’ Homes in Venice and Santa Monica, Saturday, May 22
    •    Art & Architecture Tour: Life and Style on Venice’s Walk Streets and Canals, Sunday, May 23
    •    Venice Art Walk & Auctions, Sunday, May 23

Over the last 31 years, the Venice Art Walk & Auctions has raised millions of dollars for Venice Family Clinic. One of the main attractions is the Silent Art Auction, which offers great deals on original and limited-edition works by many of the biggest and newest names in the Southern California art scene. Following are some of the more than 400 works up for bid at this year's Silent Art Auction, on Sunday, May 23.  


Shepard Fairey, Jaws, 2009, screen print on paper, 20” x 26”


Bill Barminski, Untitled, 1999, enamel and ink print on wood, 24" x 24", courtesy of Robert Berman Gallery


Ed Moses, Untitled, A.P. IV/X, 1989, lithograph done in Barcelona, 30" x 22"


Jeff Bridges, Peter Bogdanovich Lines Up a Shot, 1993, silver print photograph, 11” x 14”


Gus Harper, Dripping Citruscape, 2006, oil on canvas, 60” x 48”

The separately ticketed Art & Architecture Tours on Saturday, May 22 explore homes that architects and designers built for themselves in these self-guided walking tour along the border of Venice and Santa Monica.  The homes are open from noon to 4:00 pm and there are 3 different tours to choose from and certain tours include VIP cocktail receptions at different times.



Skywave House
Coscia Day Architecture + Design
A hovering sculptural form emerges from a single, articulated plane that contorts to produce unique interior spaces over a tall glassed in first level in this award winning home Tony Coscia built for himself and his wife Grace.



Marine: A Private Art Salon
Whelan/O’Neill Architecture
A husband/wife architectural team designed these two adjacent single family homes to accommodate not only their growing family and business, but also, with open, light-filled, flexible spaces, a broad range of live/work arrangements, including an art gallery, such as the Claressinka Art Salon.

All Proceeds Benefit Venice Family Clinic
Venice Family Clinic’s mission is to provide free, quality health care to people in need. Established in 1970, the Clinic has grown from a small storefront operation into the largest free clinic in the country. With the help of more than 2,000 volunteers, including nearly 500 physicians, Venice Family Clinic provides a medical home for over 24,400 patients through eight sites in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, and Culver City.

If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket, which includes admission to 50+ artists’ studios and special exhibits please click here or call 310.392.9255.  Please note that Registration opens at 10:30 am.
Artists' studios and special exhibits close at 4:30 pm.

Venice Family Clinic
604 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Appointment Line: 310.392.8636
General Administration Number: 310.392.8630
General Fax Number: 310.392.7875



Published on May 21, 2010

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