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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...

Our Oldest Mural Is Gone

By Greta Cobar The owner of the building housing the oldest surviving mural in Venice destroyed the mural without consulting the community or the artist who painted it. Located on Brooks at Pacific, the 15¢ wash and 5¢ dry artwork has been a part of Venice since 1969. Locals at that time, The Doors band...

A New Chapter in the History of Muralism in Los Angeles LA City Council approves new city-wide mural ordinance

By Suzanne Thompson, Co-Founder, Venice Arts Council and Chair, Endangered Art Fund In 2011 former Councilmember Rosendahl, CD 11, had proposed taking murals out of the signage ordinance and create a mural ordinance. He initially suggested a mural district for CD 11 as a pilot project. Those of us on the Venice Arts Council thought...

Banksy on a now-removed garage door in Venice

I’m going to speak my mind, so this won’t take very long. Despite what they say graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Although you might creep about at night and lie to your mom it’s actually one of the more honest art forms available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on...

Sponto Lives Art Exhibit Party

By Ronald McKinley Sponto was alive on the night of August 24. The Venice I know and love was there. The music was provided by the BACKBONERS, with Bill Burnett, Suzy Williams, Ginger Smith and Kahlil Sabbagh in the line-up. Suzy’s husband, Gerry Fialka, was the MC and the curator of the art show. The...

Sixth Annual Philomenian

By Mary Getlein The Sixth Annual Philomenian was a big success this year. You would think that after all this time, people wouldn’t be as interested in Philomene Long’s poetry, but they are. The room at Beyond Baroque, where the event took place, was filled with ardent lovers of everything Philomene. Jim Smith was the...

Artist Profile: Emily Winters

By Greta Cobar Here’s a Venice trivia question for you: What do the Venice Arts Council, the Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker, the Ocean Front Walk benches, the Poetry Walls, the Art Walls and the proposed Los Angeles Mural Ordinance have in common? The answer is Emily Winters. And the previous list enumerates only the...
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