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Panagiotis Douvos is the Pano we all Love

By Greta Cobar A visit to Pano’s apartment is a visit to Pano’s museum: all vertical and horizontal surfaces are covered with sculptures, paintings and drawings that he’s been creating for most of his ninety years. Beachhead readers might be familiar with his poetry, which has been published in this paper in the past. But...

Venice Artist Stephanie Visser…Still Standing and Thriving in the Venice Art Community

By Tina Lynch Artist Stephanie Visser has submerged herself in the Venice Art World. Her studio is located in a shared artist warehouse on Vernon, which keeps her involved in the Venice arts community. “I find Venice an exciting and vibrant place to work,” said Visser. “I love the exposure to other artists and am...

Endangered Species Mural, by Emily Winters

By Greta Cobar Recently cleaned and restored Endangered Species mural by Emily Winters, long-time Venice resident and artist, and Chair of the Venice Arts Council. Originally painted in 1990 and restored in 2009, the mural illustrates how the misuse of technology can destroy the quality of our lives. The cleaning process was done by Social...

Lawsuit Filed over "Brooks Avenue Painting"

By Greta Cobar Following the destruction of Venice’s oldest mural, which had been located at 55 Brooks, a lawsuit was filed April 21 against Ralph Ziman, owner of the building, and John Roe, the contractor who pressure washed the mural from the wall. The plaintiff is Victor Henderson, who along with the late Terry Schoonhoven...

"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...
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