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Advertures Along the Venice Art Crawl

By CJ Gronner Last month was the second Venice Art Crawl, and everyone absolutely adored it. I kept hearing, “This is how First Fridays USED to be!” all evening, and they were right. Crowds of people walking around, and I recognized MOST of the faces. People opening up their spaces to celebrate ART and our...

Art Walking

By CJ Gronner This past weekend was the big annual Venice Art Walk, (to benefit the Venice Family Clinic) where we remember that Art is what made Venice so special to us in the first place. As the popular T-shirt goes, “Venice: Where Art Meets Crime”. Crime was somewhat in effect, with a rumored mugging...

SPARC and Beyond Baroque Host Event for Cuban Political Prisoner and Artist

By Diana Block How do you break through the 12-year blockade of silence that has kept five Cuban political prisoners invisible to the American public? How can art transcend U.S. prison walls and present the truth about these men, locked up in five distant prisons scattered across the United States, to a Southern California community?...

A Labyrinth Grows in Oakwood

By Krista Schwimmer On a small lot next to the Bethel Tabernacle Church, corner of San Juan Avenue and 6th Street, there is now an ancient symbol marked on the earth itself.  Found in a multitude of cultures as early as 4,000 years ago, this circular design invites you to pause, to look and to walk....

Save Beyond Baroque and SPARC from Money Grubbing City Bureaucrats

A proposal by the Los Angeles City Administrator’s office would eliminate the $1.00 per-year leases for Beyond Baroque and SPARC as well as 116 nonprofit organizations (approximately 16 arts organizations) working in the interest of the public. No economic analysis was conducted on the long term costs of this short-term fix and no non-profits were...

The Return of Myrna Loy

Nearly 1,800 Venetians and former Venetians turned out at Venice High School, April 10, to see the new statue, Inspiration, better known as the Myrna Loy statue, unveiled. Most were alumni of the school who had spent their years of study near the old cement statue which suffered from  70 years of vandalism and the elements,...

Myrna Loy Statue Returns to Venice

Noon Saturday, April 10 Venice High School Rededication of Myrna Loy statue Noon: Ceremony; 1-3pm: Souvenirs, Reunion Court, Myrna Loy Films in Auditorium, Live Music, Food Booths. Free The Myrna Loy Statue is a remnant of the golden age of art from 1917 to 1933. During this period Mr. Harry Winebrenner, a nationally recognized sculptor,...

Back to the 60s at Surfing Cowboys

By C.J. Gronner The front of Surfing Cowboys is painted with a sign that says “Purveyors of Beach Culture & California Lifestyle” and that pretty much sums it up. Owners Wayne & Donna Gunther have created a bright, happy space filled with all of the items that make the feeling of California living obtainable, wherever...

Artists Protest Commercial Vending on Ocean Front Walk

By Barbara Ransom I attended the Venice Beach Boardwalk Lottery, July 21, as an observer. A fascinating eclectic mix of people stood around chatting, drinking coffee, and waiting, waiting for their chance to claim a ten by ten spot on the Venice Boardwalk for the coming week or weekend. Each person put their seller’s card...

Gale Goldman, Jazz Musician & Street Artist of the Venice Boardwalk, 1980 – 1996; Partner with Sonny Zorro

She just passed on into the ethers – A lover of life A life of lovers A lover of art An Artist of the Streets of Venice Beach We remember you Gail & Sonny & David Your unicorn horses & gypsy images Thank you for supporting all the Venice Boardwalk ______ — the Musician, Peter...
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