Venice Art Crawl, a seasonal collaboration between local artists and merchants, celebrates its third anniversary with a party on Aug. 16.

Venice Art Crawl, a seasonal collaboration between local artists and merchants, celebrates its third anniversary with a party on Aug. 16.

By Michael Aushenker
Like the best pieces of art, it all started with a simple idea.
Suddenly, Venice Art Crawl is rounding its third anniversary with its event from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.
The public is invited to celebrate this homegrown coordination of artists, bars and restaurants at the Cadillac Hotel and Dudley Gallery, 8 Dudley Ave., Venice.
“We aim to inform and excite the people of Venice that we are still very active in the community,” said Venice Art Crawl board member Nicole Muyingo. “And to let artists know that there is still a place for them to go if they are truly passionate about showcasing their art and exposing their talents to people from all different walks of life.”
Event co-founder and Venice Paparazzi photographer Edizen Stowell, said, “Three years ago, the VAC was just an idea; a conversation between Daniel Samakow, Mike Newhouse and myself. Now, 36 months later, with the help of so many volunteers such as Sunny Bak, Lisa Ramsay, Isabelle Lago, Michael Mullen, Nicole Muyingo, Mark Rojas, David Stine and many more, we have more than 30 VAC events under our belt, 7,500 Facebook fans, and hundreds of artists have showcased their work.”
All that volunteerism has paid off, say organizers.
“The Venice artist community has become a family and more,” Stowell said.
Currently in the works are two more art crawls for 2013 – on Sept. 19 and Dec. 19. Prospective artists, volunteers and committee members can contact organizers via their Facebook page.
“The Venice Art Crawl brings Venetians closer,” said event president Michael Mullen. “By pairing up artists with local restaurants and galleries, we are able to achieve a great deal of awareness in the community.”
Or, as Muyingo put it succinctly, “We want Venice to get excited about art and community.”
Information, freshbakedbakery.com; facebook.com/theveniceartcrawl.
Michael@ArgonautNews.com

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