First Ever Venice Art Week: MAY 15-MAY 22, 2016

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April 18, 2016
Art Block
Francisco Letelier
310 403 7747
Venice Art Crawl
Sunny Bak
Phone: 310-430-2214
Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions
Rachel Lichtman
Phone: 310.664.7910
Experience the first ever Venice Art Week, May 15-May 22, 2016,
through three independent events:
The Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios Sunday May 15, 11-6PM
 The Venice Art Crawl Thursday May 19, 6-10PM &
The Venice Art Walk Sunday May 22, 12-6PM
     The sixth Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios takes place on Sunday May 15 from 11-6. Offered free to the public, the highly anticipated event showcases the art and artists that make up the soul of Venice, providing a fascinating glimpse into established studios and emerging artist’s spaces. Centered in the Oakwood neighborhood and Abbott Kinney Boulevard, ARTBLOCK calls attention to the vitality and importance of the arts in Venice and the diverse art district that is undergoing rapid change.
     In their sixth event with an estimated 70 venues and many more artists, ARTBLOCK 2016 emphasizes new forms of access to the arts and invites the public of all ages to join in public arts activities and workshops along its route.
     Endorsed by a wide range of cultural and civic organizations, ARTBLOCK is a grantee of the Arts Activation Fund, created by Mayor Eric Garcetti to support creative community-benefit projects in Los Angeles.
     Pick up an ARTBLOCK route map at 1003 Art Gallery and Lounge, 1003 Abbott Kinney Blvd, Weir-Quiton Studios at 4th and Vernon Blvd, Letelier Studio at 6th Avenue and Indiana Court or anywhere along the route. Look for the Yellow flags, grab a map and explore. Shuttle buses and pedicabs will be available. For info and to download a route map:
     The Venice Art Crawl takes place Thursday May 19 from 6-10PM and it's FREE.
The VAC promotes businesses and studios opening up their spaces to share art diversity in various neighborhoods including ten homes on the one block street Park Place between Main Street and Pacific Avenue, as well as new participants on Lincoln Boulevard near Venice Boulevard. "BEAUTY is the EYE of the BEHOLDER" will be on display by international photographers Bobbi Bennett, featuring traditional color prints. This exhibit is housed at the Bobbi Bennett Studio, 1145 Harrison Ave one block north of Washington Boulevard.  There will be a unique student show of various mediums at Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Boulevard, a nonprofit arts organization committed to providing high-impact arts education for low-income youth,  The Venice Art Crawl spreads as far north as Rose Avenue and as far south as Washington Boulevard, and has a western border of Pacific Ave and an eastern border of Lincoln Boulevard. The information booths will be at Venice Arts 1702 Lincoln Boulevard, Love Shack 2121 Lincoln Boulevard and Danny's Venice 23 Windward Avenue. Hop on the Venice Art Crawl shuttle, the Rasta Bus that will transport people up and down Lincoln Boulevard throughout the celebratory evening. For more information and to download the VAC map with all the participants and pop up galleries go to www.
     Venice Family Clinic’s Venice Art Walk & Auctions is happening Sunday May 22, Google Los Angeles, 340 Main Street. Tickets for the Art & Architecture Tours, Angel events and Artist Studio Tour can be purchased online or at 310-664-7916. With the support of artists, volunteers and 6,000+ attendees, Venice Art Walk & Auctions showcases emerging and established LA artists and raises over $750,000 to fund health care for the 24,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients of Venice Family Clinic. Experience exceptional art and make a meaningful impact in your community at this not-to-be-missed annual event. Hosted at Google Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions is free and open to the public and showcases a gallery-quality contemporary silent art auction. Don’t miss the accompanying artist studio tours, artisan shops, family activities, entertainment, music, food and more. For further details
     Come celebrate art, artists, community and the spirit of Venice, May 15-May 22. 

Francisco Letelier, (310) 403-7747