A “DOGTOWN” skater takes in the pop art at the Venice Art Walk’s silent auction gallery inside Google’s Venice headquarters May 19.

A “DOGTOWN” skater takes in the pop art at the Venice Art Walk’s silent auction gallery inside Google’s Venice headquarters May 19.

By Michael Aushenker
Lively art, an iconic venue, and perfect weather marked the return of the Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions May 19.
This year’s silent art auction was (appropriately) stationed at the Frank Gehry-designed “Binoculars Building,” prefaced by the cartoony, oversized binoculars sculpture created by Claus Odenberg. The Main Street building, recently vacated by Gehry’s firm, now serves as Google’s Los Angeles home base.
Now in its 34th year, the art walk, in support of the clinic’s vital medical services addressing the needs of some 24,000 uninsured and low-income Angelenos, offered food trucks, live music and, yes, even live art by artists such as Karen Berg, who painted a whimsical abstract at her easel for the entire day. The gala raised more than $650,000 for the organization, which is the largest free clinic in the U.S.
“Venice is a great place to work,” said Berg, who is married to fellow artist Andy Moses, son of famed abstract expressionist and Ferus group alum Ed Moses. Berg relocated to Venice four years ago from Echo Park.
There was no shortage of area artists involved as the art walk offered walking tours of the studios of Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, E.F. Kitchen, Kwakushop, Karen Baker, Shulamit Gallery, and CAVE Gallery.
The silent auction featured everything from the serene, spacious and predominantly ochre canvas by Kaoru Mansour, a Japan native who moved to California in 1986, to Gavin Bunner’s whimsical ligne claire rendition of a marathon, peopled with eccentric runners that even included DC Comics superhero The Flash (who, incidentally, was not leading the race).
Allan Cameron, a graduate of Chouinard Art Institute (today CalArts) who, for many years, worked as an art teacher and counselor at Fairfax High School, came down with friends to see “the latest variety of work produced here and to support a really worthy cause. But mostly, it’s where I can meet old high school students.” Including this reporter! § Michael@ArgonautNews.com