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"Story of Venice" Belongs in Venice

By Greta Cobar As we continue to come together as a community to fight yet another major wave of gentrification (there have been others in the past 65 years or so), it is now worth remembering the snowball that started it all by ripping the heart out of Venice and taking away our Story of...

Let's Play House – with Dirt and Color

By Greta Cobar The Mosaic House of Venice is more of a museum than a house. It is the creation of Cheri Pann and Gon- zalo Duran, who have been living, working and loving each other inside their masterpiece for the past twenty years. Entering their nest is like stepping into another world – one...

Endangered Species: Venice Artist (Venice Selfie)

By Francisco Letelier & Marybeth Fama As co-founders of ARTBLOCK and members of the steering committee for this event, we wanted the pieces we chose for our show to reflect the current concerns of our group. The larger purposes of ARTBLOCK (aside from putting on fun open studio events twice a year) are: to create...

Activism, Art and Love in Venice

By Laura Shepard Townsend Let’s face it, Venice seems to have more than its share of artist/activists. And we are darn fortunate – Venice’s lure for such individuals not only infuses the community with a multiformity of artworks, but also endows the city with a hell of a lot of heart as people endeavor to...

"Sponto's" partied like the good ol' days

The close-out party at Sponto’s, March 15th, was so much fun! The music started with Eddie La Grosse and was followed by Suzy Williams and the Nicknamers. They were wonderful, and Suzy sang all of her signature songs, including “Dirty Old Men Need Loving, Too,” and “Moon Over Venice.” Suzy had everyone up and dancing,...

Pete Seeger: Never Gone

By Anthony Castillo On January 27th at the age of 94 iconic folk singer, folk song collector, song writer and activist Pete Seeger died in New York. As a folk musician, Seeger was a living archive, carrying on the folk tradition of trading songs in an oral musical history to pass them on and preserve...

Book Review: Art Tiles of Venice Beach

By Eric Ahlberg You may stroll in the eternal carnival that Ocean Front Walk has become. You may sit upon one of the distinctive cement and wooden benches and not even know that your ass is probably very close to some really hot Art. In 2000 two Venice artists created these tiles to depict distinctive...

Frank Strasser Reflects the Light and Fun of Venice

By Greta Cobar It’s an inescapable magnetic attraction between Venice and those who have answered their calling towards creativity. Sooner or later, in the realms of time and space, they find each other, and then, as in the case of Frank Strasser, his canvas explodes with color. “I love the challenge of sitting down with...

Using Art in the Struggle for Social Justice

By Eric Ahlberg The intrepid Venice Beachhead reporters went over to the new offices of the Center For The Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), where Venice Artist Carol Wells and her colleagues have created an archive of 80,000 political posters from around the world. Carol Wells: This project started in Venice. It started in my...

The Venice Symphony Orchestra – Good Vibrations

By CJ Gronner When I first heard there was going to be a Venice Symphony Orchestra, I thought it was just about the best idea ever. Then I heard them, and that is now confirmed. Led by founder/director/conductor/musician, Wesley Flowers, I just heard the VSO play for the first time at the September Venice Art...
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