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Sponsor and media wrap report for 2013 Venice Art Walk and Auctions


  • 2013 Wrap R


  • 2013 Sponsors

    THANK YOU 2013 Sponsors!

    Your support was


    to the success of the

    34th Anniversary

    Venice Art Walk &


    which raised over


    to fund

    Venice Family Clinic's

    health care services to

    people in need!

  • David Bohnett Foundation (T-shirts)


    Gary Steinborn (Blue Dog sculptures)

    2013 Sponsors

    Tern Bicycles

    Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Back Cover)

    Whole Foods Venice


    Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Back Cover)


    Tern Bicycles Mobile Mural Lab

    Gary Steinborn (Blue Dog sculptures)


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    Photos by John Salangsang

  • Mia Tyler. John Salangsang for Venice Family Clinic.

    Venice Art Walk and Auction Draws Artists Larry Bell and Kelly Berg 7:10 PM PDT 5/20/2013 by Christopher Wyrick

    The annual walk, plus a silent auction held at Google's Main Street offices in Venice, raised over $650,000. Last week, a painting by Los Angeles painter Mark Grotjahn sold for an astounding $6.5 million at Leonardo DiCaprios charity auction at Christies in New York. The auction, which had artists (and hence their galleries) from around the world donating their works, was staged to raise funds for conservation of endangered species through the DiCaprio Foundation. Auctions for charity have been some of the biggest art events of the springCAAs Angel Art auction recently raised $1.1 million for Project Angel Foods work bringing meals to homebound people fighting AIDS, cancer and other diseasesand on Sunday, an art-hungry crowd flocked to Venice, Calif., to bid on works and help improve the life of that homeless person just passed on Abbot Kinney Blvd. The silent auction portion of the event raised over $300,000.

    The 2013 Venice Art Walk and Auction was the 34th installment of this annual fund-raiser. The event, which featured exclusive art studio and architecture tours with meet-the-artist opportunities, is always popular due to the work of the beneficiary Venice Family Clinic, but adding to the excitement was the events location at Googles Main Street offices. This years event celebrated artists Larry Bell and John Van Hamersveld. Both artists have a deep connection to the Venice art community. Bell is a contemporary American artist and sculptor whose 40 years of work can be found in the collections of many of the worlds top art aficionados, public spaces, major museums and cultural institutions, including MoMA, MOCA, the Whitney and the Guggenheim. Bell seemed fairly nonplussed about the goings-on, but spoke very passionately about the work of the clinic and said simply of his years of support of this event, Its the least I can do.

  • Van Hamersveld is a renowned graphic designer, illustrator and artist perhaps best known for creating the brilliant and instantly iconic image for The Endless Summer, the seminal 1966 surf movie by Bruce Brown. Van Hamersveld created the signature imagery and logo for the 2013 Venice Art Walk and Auction. Scanning the garden atrium as the crowd starting streaming in, Hamersveld reflected on his years of involvement with this art community: If you were there then, then youre here. You know all these people. You get to have this interaction with these artists who are always clever, sort of neurotic, reclusive -- you get to see their kind of secrets, what they do.

    Steven Tylers daughter Mia Tyler was at the event Sunday. She donated a photograph entitled The Red Queen to the silent auction. Other major contemporary artists donating to the silent auction included Chuck Arnoldi, Billy Al Bengston, DJ Hall, Marc Fichou and Ed Ruscha. Arnoldi strolled over from his studio across the street to support the event and to see what the Google thing is. Looking back, he said, This thing has gotten so huge -- it has so much momentum. Its kind of overwhelming.

    Artist Kelly Berg was live painting at the event. When asked who she would most like to see walk in and buy her work, Berg replied: Madonna. I am inspired by music. You know, actually David Bowie would be my top choice.

    One of the biggest celebrities at the Art Walk and Auction this year hasnt even been born yet. Downtown screen-print operation Intellectual Property Prints was selling prints of Daniel Edwards Special K (Fetal Portrait of Baby Kimye). The print depicts a sculpture imagining the future child of Kanye and Kim; it will be unveiled on the same day the child is born. Other vendors and an avenue of food trucks were available to the auction-goers behind the Google building.

    The Venice Family Clinic provides care to more than 24,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless individuals in the community. It is the largest free medical clinic in the country, and there are seven locations on L.A.s Westside in the Venice Beach/Santa Monica/Culver City areas. According to the clinics CEO and executive director Liz Forer, the annual art event does two things. It brings the artists and the community together to support Venice Family Clinic, and it also exposes all of L.A. to Venice and the artists of Venice. It generates $650,000 for the clinic and is a major boost to the businesses of Venice that day. Forer recalled the year that Tobey Maguire volunteered. No one recognized him because he was wearing a hat and he was just picking up and moving tables at the end. Someone said, Hey -- thats Spiderman, but he just kept helping clean up like any other volunteer.



    Mosaic tile house open for Venice Art Walk

    By Lisa Boone 9:02 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

    Every surface is a canvas for artists Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran, who have covered the walls, floors and landscape of their Venice home with mosaic tiles, broken plates, figurines -- even teacups. See it for yourself Sunday when the artists open their home -- the subject of an L.A. Times piece in 2003 -- for the annual Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

  • Other artists on the tour include Corrine Chaix, whose live-work studio is located on a Venice canal; the Winward Street live-work space of Jacob Kassay, who will host a pop-up show of works by Cooper Jacoby, Todd von Ammon and Steven Baldi.

    Tickets to the event are $50, with all proceeds benefiting the Venice Family Clinic. Some tours will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; others will run from noon to 4 p.m. A silent art auction will be held at the Frank Gehry-designed Google Los Angeles, sometimes called the Binoculars Building, 340 Main St., Venice.

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  • Daniel Rolnik. Photo by Rainer Hosch

    May 8, 2013

    Daniel Rolnik: The worlds most adorable art critic by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    Daniel Rolnik bills himself as The Worlds Most Adorable Art Critic, and if you speak to him for even a minute, its easy to see

    why. Animated, passionate, whimsical and delightfully upbeat, Rolnik, 24, has made it his mission to introduce people to new and exciting artists, and more recently, to Judaism as well.

    Rolniks journey toward becoming an art critic was a decidedly unusual one. He was studying audio engineering in college when he decided that hed like to interview some of his favorite artists for his blog.

    I would just e-mail people and say, Hey, youre awesome. Here are my questions.

    Surprisingly, the bold approach worked, and Rolnik soon found himself interacting with artists such as Gary Baseman, whom hed looked up to as a kid and who is currently the subject of a major exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center. The college kid with no background in art started making a name for himself; soon he was writing stories for magazines like LA Weekly and Artfetch

    Recently, Rolnik and his friend Ryan McIntosh, a non-Jewish printmaker who frequently attends artists Shabbat dinners at Rolniks mothers home, discussed how they might spread the joy of Jewish art to the wider community. The idea of doing a series of screenprints for the May 19 Venice Art Walk came up, and McIntosh volunteered to make the prints.

    I call him the wizard, Rolnik said, because he makes these things seem so easy, and its so hard.

    Screenprinting is a technique that involves using woven mesh stencils to fill particular areas of a blank surface with ink. When working with multiple colors, this requires multiple stencils to achieve the desired effect. Its a process thats done by hand, something that was important to Rolnik, who is dismissive of the many digital prints sold today.

    We assembled a list of dream artists, and most of them agreed to take part, he said.

  • Besides McIntosh and Baseman, some of the artists whose screenprints will be available include Jason Shawn Alexander, Bob Dob, Christine Wu, Daniel Edwards, Gregory Siff, Eric Joyner and Michael Sieben.

    Screenprints are what I collect and what a lot of my friends collect because we can afford them, Rolnik said. And theyre cool. Theyre made by hand.

    On top of purchasing pieces of artwork for themselves, buyers also will be giving to charity. Rolnik and McIntosh are donating some of their profits to the Venice Family Clinic.

    Rolnik, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, frequently travels around the globe looking