The 34th annual Venice Art Walk & Auctions, featuring artist studio tours and a silent art auction to benefit the Venice Family Clinic, will take place Sunday, May 19.
Through an expanded month-long calendar of events, the 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions will encompass exclusive artist studio and architecture tours where visitors can meet with the artists, and a silent art auction at Google’s offices in Venice. The art walk also featured architecture and biking tours last month.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the United States.
This year’s art walk celebrates the achievements of two signature artists, Larry Bell and John Van Hamersveld. Bell is a contemporary American artist and sculptor whose 40 years of work can be found in the collections of many art aficionados, public spaces, major museums and cultural institutions, while Van Hamersveld is a renowned graphic designer, illustrator and artist perhaps best known for creating the iconic image for “The Endless Summer,” the seminal 1966 surf movie.
The curatorial committee for the 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions is composed of some well-known names in the art, architecture and philanthropy communities including Robert Berman, Laddie John Dill, Andrea Fiuczynski, John Geresi, David Hertz, Constance Lawton, Sam Lubell, Leo Marmol, Laura Maslon, Eliza Osborne, Barbara Schwan, Ali Subotnick and Billie Milam Weisman.
The silent art auction at Google Los Angeles, 340 Main St. in Venice, will showcase hundreds of paintings, photographs and sculptures by renowned Southern California artists including Ed Ruscha, Andy Moses, Kelly Berg, Kenny Harris, Ned Evans and Gregg Chadwick.
A Family Fun Day will include games, music and family-friendly activities outside the Google headquarters in Venice. The community celebration features food trucks, music and live performances.
Also on May 19, visitors can tour studios of local artists east of Lincoln Boulevard and west of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, including a special exhibit with Jacob Kassay and visit the studios of Guy Webster, Pentti Monkkonen and Liz Kraft.
A $50 donation grants exclusive access to participating artists’ studios, gallery exhibits, live art performances and special food and beverage offers.
For tickets, event schedules, and information, www.theveniceartwalk.org.