Thursday, September 17, the Venice Art Crawl Celebrates Art by Taking Over Rose Avenue

The Venice Art Crawl celebrates Art every three months. On Thursday, September 17, it hosts a special VAC event…celebrating the Afterburn from Burning Man. VAC will close Rose Avenue between 3rd and 4th street for an evening of art, performances, art cars, installations.  Full Circle, and niteSpa located at 305 Rose Avenue will be a big part of this month’s Crawl. Both the upstairs and downstairs (niteSpa) will be hosting art events. Artist set to be featured are: Sona Mirzaei, Gus Harper, Vittoria Colonna, Aazam Irilian, Wendell Wiggins, Eva Montealegre, Matt McMahon, Louise Taylor, and more. Artists Sona Mirzaei and Eva Montealegre will also be painting live at the event.

 

Julia Lolita Martin-Wrobel and Andrew Keegan

niteSpa recently returned to Venice…after rising rents forced owner Julia Lolita Martin-Wrobel in search of an affordable location. Full Circle has made it possible for her to return along with other local businesses. Community is why Full Circle exists, explained Andrew Keegan co-founder of Full Circle.  “Each of us is on our own journey in life, and it's the people we meet and develop friendships, relationships, and partnerships along the way with who truly allow us to grow. At Full Circle we provide a space for people to do the inner-work while connecting with like-minded individuals who are also on a path of forward motion. There are many components to community, too. In this instance we're focusing on a space where people can come together to embrace their own beauty, both internal and external. Beauty and wellness are very much in alignment with our spiritual practices that keep self-care and self-growth at the forefront of life's journey.” 

 

Contemporary artist Sona Mirzaei has been busy making waves in both the U.S. art scene as well as the international scene. The self taught artist has exhibited her works in London, Singapore, Copenhagen, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Paris, Miami, Hong Kong, New York City, Dubai, San Francisco, and numerous venues and galleries all over Southern California. Mirzaei will be participating in the Beverly Hills artSHOW this October.

Fantasia by Sona Mirzaei

Contemporary artist Sona Mirzaei has been busy making waves in both the U.S. art scene as well as the international scene. The self taught artist has exhibited her works in London, Singapore, Copenhagen, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Paris, Miami, Hong Kong, New York City, Dubai, San Francisco, and numerous venues and galleries all over Southern California. Mirzaei will be participating in the Beverly Hills artSHOW this October.

 

“Fantasia was created during my blue period in 2014 and it has a lot of tranquility and motion that gives you a calming sensation with euphoric robust energy due to the pink and bright hues against the blue and dancing rhythmic figures that makes one feel as though they're at Disneyland. The magic that you can imagine, feel and create that embodies this emotion and abstract patterns in Fantasia has innocence, passion, Zen and Zephyr qualities that make it a joyful experience to behold.” You can catch Sona doing some live painting in front of Full Circle and niteSpa (downstairs) at this special VAC event. Visit Sona' website here.

 

Vittoria Colonna has been creating art as long as she can remember. She started early on doodling on her mother’s walls. “My recent foray SOURCE explores the meaning of consciousness through a non representational yet abstract delivery where ideas form a dance. Painted under auspicious cosmic forces, I fell into a trance with this set with these paintings.Visit Vittoria's webiste here.

 

Gus Harper lives for his art. Currently he has two studios where he actively creates. Raised in Santa Monica, his mother was his earliest inspiration. “My Mom exposed me to art at a young age,” recounts Harper. “I can remember her taking me to LACMA when I was so young that I was learning my ABCs.” Harper’s mother imparted her love of art to her son at an early age…teaching the fundamentals of art and the importance of balance and color while they explored museums and galleries together. Harper recalls the irony of seeing the work of renowned portrait painter Don Bachardy on one of his museum trips with his mom. Years later, when Harper was 27, he would pose for the famed artist. See Gus' website here.  

Gus Harper Blue Vision oil on canvas

Artist Aazam Irilian has painted as long as she can remember. “I have been an artist and art educator for over 25 years. However, it has been the last five years that I have decided to focus more on my passion and feed my desire of being an exhibiting artist. Dedicating more time to creating bodies of work that completely are aligned with my point of view and life purpose —healing my soul and hopefully others as well. See Aazams website here.

 

Eva Montealegre grew up in an artistic family. Writing conventions, theatrical musical venues and small art exhibit events were often held in her home.  Her mother was a journalist for St. Louisan Magazine and her father was a restauranteur and artist. From the moment she first applied paint to canvas something resonated deep in the core of her being and she knew she was destined to become what some people call a mad crazy painter.  It was a match of spirit and the world - she sold that first painting even before it dried. visit Eva's website here.

 

Wendell Wiggins is a full-time artist in Los Angeles. Having studied at the California Institute of Art, he has enjoyed a successful career creating book illustrations, storyboards, print advertising design, broadcast graphics and more. See Wendell's FB Page here

VAC Attendees

Also taking place on Rose Avenue, between 3rd and 4th....Venice resident Ivo Vergara will debut a thirty-foot cardboard sculpture. Don’t miss the art cars on Rose Avenue created by local artists. The “Charlie the Unicorn” art car will be on view with its happy music vibes and revelers dressed as unicorns. Altervision 3D will showcase its 3D art experience along with Space Harp entertaining art lovers with its interactive sound installation.The event runs from 6-midnight. Full Circle upstairs and downstairs (niteSpa) will host events. Both niteSpa and Full Circle will continue the festivities for the after party through 1:00AM!! There is a $10 suggested donation. At midnight enjoy a sound healing at Full Circle! For additional info stop by these websites Venice Art Crawl, Full Circle or niteSpa.

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