The Venice community will have the opportunity to celebrate art, architecture, music and fine cuisine this weekend during the 29th annual Venice Art Walk, benefiting the Venice Family Clinic.

Saturday’s lineup includes tours of Venice homes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a free public preview of the silent auction art pieces from 4 to 6 p.m., at Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance for the tours.

The main event comes up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18th, as artists open their studios, homes and special exhibits from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The silent art auction features more than 400 original works donated by Los Angeles-area and Art Walk artists, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include an all-day pass to the activities.

Co-chairs Leslie Adler, Mary Jensen and Alison Dockray all stress the positive impact the Art Walk has had on the Venice Family Clinic.

“The main goal of the Art Walk is to raise money for the Venice Family Clinic,” Adler says. “Even though the Art Walk has turned into a community event, for myself it’s gratifying to know that I’m helping so many people in so many different ways, whether it’s the clinic, the artists or people buying the art.”

Jensen adds, “I’m always very surprised that people who live in Venice don’t know about the clinic, and don’t know the Art Walk is a fundraiser for the clinic. That’s one of the challenges, to get people to understand that the Art Walk is for charity.”

Dockray, also the associate development director of the clinic, emphasizes the commitment of volunteers and how the Art Walk impacts the community.

“The Art Walk usually raises over half a million dollars for the clinic every year,” she says. “The money goes directly to the clinic’s operational budget, which allows us to provide medical care to serve our mission and is used exclusively for medical programs for people who cannot afford medical care.”

For those who cannot afford a $50 ticket, she says, there are other ways to get involved with the Art Fair. “This is a tremendous opportunity for community members, and we encourage people to volunteer their time, where they can get a free ticket to the Walk that way,” Dockray says.

“There is also the free preview at (Westminster School) on Saturday where the public can come to see the pieces that will be up for auction,” Jensen says. “We realize this is a family event as well, so we try to make it accessible to all.”

Information, www.veniceartwalk.info/.

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