On May 3, the Venice Arts Council (VAC) Endangered Art Fund is celebrating the completion of the Jaya Mural Restoration Project by honoring donors at a champagne brunch. The brunch will be held at Switch Studios where the Jaya Mural is located, near the Venice Canals at Dell Avenue and South Venice Boulevard.
The event is by RSVP and includes comments from major donors such as; Paul Racs, Office of Community Beautification; Linda Lucks, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners; Jonathan Zeichner, Abbot Kinney District Association, Don Geagan, Beachhead Collective Member; and Grace Godlin, Voice of the Canals.
Artist Emily Winters will give an overview of the mural’s history. Other speakers include Steve Clare, Venice Community Housing Corporation and Suzanne Thompson, Endangered Art Fund.
Emily Winters is a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute majoring in figure drawing and painting. She moved to Venice in 1963. Winters raised two daughters while working in commercial art as a billboard painter for record companies and then outdoor advertising. She was the first woman painter hired by Foster and Kleiser. She was a union activist in International Brotherhood of Allied Trades, Local 831, elected to the executive board and served as shop steward. Winters, co-founded and chairs the Venice Arts Council.
See the Feb. 2006 Beachhead at <www.free venice.org> and <www.venicearts council.org> for more of her art.