By Michael Aushenker
Actress Lucille Ball, paintings of voodoo dolls and people on stilts in the middle of a living room.
These are just a smattering of the eclectic sights to be witnessed at the penultimate Venice Art Crawl of 2013, taking place at a series of galleries, restaurants and home studios throughout Venice and bordering Marina del Rey on Thursday, Sept. 19.
At the core of this Venice-centric event is the cheekily titled “Obey-thoven,” a Venice Symphony Orchestra-toplined fundraiser at 1410 Main St., billed as “a night of food, drinks, art and music’ and featuring art by the creators of the 1400 Main St. Mural, including Jules Muck, Daniel Silvas, Kelcey Fisher, Jonas Never and The WLA Crew. Proceeds will support the orchestra’s music education program and free concerts. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first show beginning at 8 p.m.
“Off the Wall,” an evening of performance art, will bounce from 6 to 10 p.m. at Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd. The curated evening promises a series of presentations, video work and performances by various regional artists.
Described as one last “Aloha Party” bash for the departing Kiki Designs/Street Craft L.A., “Aloha Nui Loa” will take place at 100 Market St., Suite B, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Windward Circle’s Hama Sushi restaurant and bar on 213 Windward Ave. will display works by photographer Dan Wecal and American primitive art practitioner John Christensen.
“I Really Love Lucy,” an exhibit of 3-D mixed media images from the “I Love Lucy ” show by Richard Glass of Glass Hair Design, will air live at 1501 Main St. from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Canal Club at 2025 Pacific Ave. will feature artist Todd Goodman. Gotta Have It on 1516 Pacific Ave. will also have a show running from 6 to 10 p.m. Danny’s Venice at 23 Windward Ave. will host the musical improv group One Night Only, which features comic talent from the Second City, Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and 10 West improve groups, will perform “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”-style improv games from 7 to 8 p.m.
There will be an art show on the back patio of Cairo Cowboy restaurant on 46 Windward Ave. that will feature artists Duke Santiago, Cody Brown and Cayla Penenberg, with music by DJ Niceman and the live band Metaphors.
Small World Books Gallery on 1407 Ocean Front Walk will feature fiber artist Sherry Kleinman, 6 to 9 p.m.
Venice Art Show at 132 Brooks Ave., from 5 to 10 p.m., will feature the art of Lesa Noelle, Jhoseph King, Sande Sisneros, Sandra Zebi, and photography by Vladi Sytnik.
C.A.V.E. Gallery Presents: A Group Exhibition, featuring local artist John Park, Randy Noborikawa from Costa Mesa, Mexican artist Bayo and Pure Evil from the United Kingdom will be held at James’ Beach, 60 N. Venice Blvd., where DJ Bu$r13r will provide the music. Venice Breeze Suites at 2 Breeze Ave. will feature Dcastro, Sandrea Zebi, and Portfolio with DJ Pistolpete from 6-10 p.m.
Unique Boardwalk Art on 1500 Main St. will be the site of a sponsored Venice Beach Bike Tour from 6-10 p.m.
Piroc Media will host an art exhibit by Jean S. Kim of Short Stories Real People at Big Bill’s automotive repair shop at 630 Venice Blvd., from 6-10 p.m. with live music by JPS.
Brian Mylius will host an event at his home studio at 20 Westminster Ave., Venice, from 6-10 p.m. Pieces by Juan Carlos, Munoz Hernandez and Ernie Miranda of Venice Glassworks will be open to the public at 49 Westminster #1 Studios. Nicholas Malinowski will hold his opening from 6-10 p.m. at VB, 38 Washington Blvd.
Sunny Bak Studio at 2214 Pacific Ave. will host “Burning Child,” a happening with art installations, film, live art and performance art elements (Tickets: $4.) At the home studio of photographer Bak, Monica Palacios will perform excerpts of Queer Chicana Soul, “bold and provocative stories about love, life and the pursuit of a good bra.” Pili Valdes will perform beat poetry, with Steven Avila on percussion. Onscreen, Nana Ghana will star in “The Last Mango in Venice” by Bak. Mary Pat Green will appear as a special guest, and stilt walkers will traipse through the living room.
The Moon Scribe Mixer at 1320 Main Studios will showcase Hawaii-inspired art by Sarah Haywood and illuminated art by Sarah Engelhart. Susanne Buck will be the featured artist at The Terrace restaurant, 7 Washington Blvd., where complimentary appetizers and drink specials will be offered.
Located above Mao’s Kitchen at 1514 Pacific Ave., Gumbo Kinney Vintage Upstairs will display paintings of voodoo dolls by Brook Bergeron, a recently arrived artist from Lafayette, La.
All day long, rohiTRASH at 1637B Electric Ave. will show off Rhoitash Rao’s repurposed trash culled from the streets of Venice. Over at 20 Grill on Washington Blvd. from 6-10 p.m., Michelle Page curates 18 sign painters from Nepal.
Works by Omar Odeh, Alaa Ismael, Khalid Alaani and Wadhah Madhi, four Iraqi artists representing seven years in exile, will be shown at Café Man Sour, 308 Westminster Ave. from 6-10 p.m.
Feel The Love, a group show at the recently reopened Venice Love Shack on 2121 Lincoln Blvd., will hold its reception from 4-9 p.m. Jules Muck, Christina Angelina and VOVA are among the participating artists.
Described by the artist as a mash-up of Cubism and Piet Mondrian, informed by advertising such as “billboards in Third World countries with heavily distressed surfaces,” Zach Touchon’s latest paintings can be seen at 925 Howard Ave.
Gender stereotypes are explored in the exhibit In Between & Outside: Photography by Sara Swaty, which takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Art of Studio, 1346 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; and the group show Mirror, Mirror, which features 30 area artists paired up with at-risk kids from Safe Place for Youth for a collaborative art show at 8 Dudley Ave.
Eco Heads Salon on 306 Westminster Ave. will hold a reception for artist Merika Pilato at 6 p.m.
Photo stories by Yoko Morimoto and Ilona Bicevska will punctuate Who Cares About Jefferson?, a show at 248 Main St. dedicated to capturing the Mexican, Japanese and Creole cultures paralleling Jefferson Boulevard’s jaunt from runs through Culver City to downtown LA.
Curated by Eric Czar at 15 Brooks Ave., 15 Brooks Show, from 6-10 p.m., will feature artists Laurel Holloman, who took part in the 55th Venice Biennale, Tadeusz Torzecki, a Warsaw-born master metal sculptor and furniture maker, and Simone Drucker, an explorer of Nature Surrealism who began her career creating pieces for Joep Van Lieshout at his Rotterdam studio.
Painter Sean Boyce will set up an easel at the corner of Pacific and Windward avenues from 7-9 p.m.
A couple of bordering Marina del Rey sites will also join the mix. Via Dolce Salon at 330 Washington Blvd., Ste. A, will hold its Venice Art Crawl mixer, featuring photographer Kay Erickson, from 6-10 p.m.
uWoWi at Yoga’s Nest Venice, 38 Washington Blvd. will host its first official showcase from 6-11 p.m. Artists will include Amy Goalen, Matthew Moore and Richmond Knight, along with musicians Alpine, Satellite Empire, Eion and Kendra and Ice Cream Fire.
Night galleries: Venice Art Crawl returns with its fall season of art happenings
By Michael Aushenker