Google Throws an Art Party

Posted May 18, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week

Hundreds of artists pitch in for Sunday’s fundraising Venice Art Walk & Auction

Art within reach at Google HQ Photo by Jason Kempkin / Getty Images

Art within reach at Google HQ
Photo by Jason Kempkin / Getty Images

There’s no need to Google what art looks like in Venice — it’ll be right there in front of your face on Sunday during the Venice Art Walk & Auction at Google’s L.A. headquarters.

More than 250 artists are participating in this annual charity art event to benefit low-income, uninsured and homeless patients of the Venice Family Clinic.

Sunday’s art tours (noon to 4 p.m.; $50) and party at Google (noon to 6 p.m.; free) explore a variety of art as diverse as Venice itself.

Take in street art by locals Bumblebeelovesyou and gorilla muralist Isabelle Alford-Lago, bid on art donated by Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, or contemplate the California cool aesthetic of contributing Cool School alums Ed Ruscha, Laddie John Dill and Billie Al Bengston.

See artists Chase, Heather Hansen, Karolina Maszkiewicz and Quentin Thomas do live art demonstrations, and peruse handmade goods at artisan booths such as the Lustered Walnut, Janjoon Jewelry or Mosaics by Kim.

Tunes from Venice’s jazz fusion group The Raging Bulls, L.A. singer-songwriter Shane Alexander and virtuoso guitar player Carlos Calvo provide the day’s soundtrack.

Food trucks Creativ Eats, Roll’n Lobster, The Deli Doctor, VCHOS, The Juicebox Truck, Ridges Churro Bar and The Middle Feast are also on hand, as man cannot live on art alone.

— Christina Campodonico


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