The Venice Arts Gallery will present Venice Family Dog, an exhibition of over 50 new portraits by 36-year Venice resident Susan Rennie, beginning Saturday, Aug. 25 through Sept. 22.
An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.
A longtime Venice Arts supporter, Rennie said she used the Venice community as her subject matter and aimed to capture the uniqueness and variety of the area through the family portrait, a gallery spokesperson said. Through her photographs, Rennie strives to represent all the critical elements of Venice’s demography, although she admitted that the selection of families – limited to a few dozen households – by necessity, has been subjective, the spokesperson explained.
The dogs pictured along with the families represent 30 breeds, from teacup Chihuahua to Newfoundland.
“Venice has not been nicknamed Dogtown for nothing. That moniker may have originated with early skateboarders, but it is also a valid descriptor of the variegated dogs that populate Venice, and who, I have noticed over the years, reflect the rich mosaic of its human inhabitants,” Rennie says.
“For Venice is surely one of the most diverse, heterogeneous communities in a nation that prizes its pluralism: people who are rich and poor; artsy, funky, glitzy; brown, white, black; bourgeois and homeless; young and old; the famous living among the ordinary; artists and visionaries alongside mow and blow gardeners and political activists.”
The photographer said the project grew out of her walks through the neighborhood with her own dog.
“Since dogs are integral family members, devoted to their people as their people are devoted to them, I undertook to portray the dimensions of family variety with the dog as the lynchpin,” she said.
This will be Rennie’s third exhibition at the Venice Arts Gallery.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Gallery and public programs are free and open to the public.
Information, (310) 392-0846, or www.venicearts.org.