The Venice Art Walk & Auctions benefiting the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the country, will feature more than 50 artists’ studios and special exhibits, a 400-piece silent art auction and art and architecture tours of area homes Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd.

The three brand new, separately ticketed Art & Architecture Tours include one exploring Rustic Canyon, another involving architects’ own homes in Venice and Santa Monica, and a third taking visitors through Venice’s famous walk streets and canals.

All proceeds from the art walk benefit Venice Family Clinic’s free health care services for low-income and uninsured people.

Activities scheduled May 22nd include the Art & Architecture Tour “Rustic Canyon: the Sequel,” which takes visitors into this “architecturally bountiful” neighborhood, stopping to tour a fresh collection of homes representing the old and new, event organizers said. The tour is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $175 per person and includes lunch at the home of architect Melinda Gray, a VIP cocktail reception at Marmol Radziner on Friday evening, May 21st, and a VIP cocktail reception at Dogtown Station Lofts in Venice Saturday night, May 22nd.

Another Art & Architecture Tour May 22nd explores homes that architects and designers built for themselves along the border of

Venice and Santa Monica. The self-guided walking tour is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $100 per person and includes a VIP cocktail reception at Dogtown Station Lofts in Venice May 22nd.

A free silent art auction preview of 400 original works by Southern California artists is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. May 22nd.

A third Art & Architecture Tour on the life and style of Venice’s walk streets and canals will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23rd. The self-guided walking tour costs $100 per person, which includes admission to the May 23rd Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Tickets to the art walk and auctions cost $50 per person and include admission to the artists’ studio tours, a silent art auction of 400 original works, a food faire and an artful living silent auction. More than 50 artists’ studios and special exhibits will be displayed during the studio tours from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the silent art auction from 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., original works by Southern California artists including paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics and cartoons will be exhibited at Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

This year, there are more than a dozen new artists in the studio tours and special exhibits, as well as many new artists in the 400-piece silent art auction, event spokesperson Tim Smith notes. Among the new artists are Hagop Belian, Jay Mark Johnson, Geraldine Neuwirth, Alan Shaffer and Pontus Willfors. Some of the new studio artists have been in Venice for years but have never appeared on the art walk, while others are relative newcomers to the area, he said.

There will also be a food faire from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an artful living silent auction featuring deals on upscale home and lifestyle items from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Live music will be performed on the main stage from noon to 6 p.m.

During a raffle drawing at 5:45 p.m. one lucky person will win an original bronze dog or cat sculpture by acclaimed artist Gwynn Murrill, whose work also adorns the official Venice Art Walk & Auctions 2010 T-shirt.

Information, (310) 392-9255, or

www.veniceartwalk.info/.

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