Art Walk, ARTBLOCK and Art Crawl go back-to-back instead of head-to-head By Kathy Leonardo In Venice, art is abundant. Over a span of just eight days, three special events highlight a thriving creative scene: Venice ARTBLOCK (Sunday, May 15), Venice Art Crawl (Thursday, May 19) and the Venice Art Walk & Auctions (Sunday, May 22). Despite economic pressures on individual artists as once bohemian (and low-rent) Venice has morphed into a white-hot real estate market and the tech-industry headquarters of Los Angeles, local arts organizations are flourishing. About four years ago, when Google began sponsoring the famed Venice Art...Read More
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Local painters take center stage at Edgemar Center for the Arts By Kathy Leonardo Home to not just one but two performance stages, Santa Monica’s Edgemar Center for the Arts has become a local destination for theater, dance and music performances. But Edgemar’s support for local artists doesn’t stop there. The venue has also turned its lobby into a gallery for visual artists, hosting receptions in support of emerging local artists three or four times a year. “Edgemar Center the Arts was created with a vision to provide a creative space on the Westside for artists of all types...Read More
Julian Wasser’s 1963 photos of a world-famous art opening finally get their due By Kathy Leonardo In 1963, TIME Magazine sent photographer Julian Wasser to cover the opening reception for painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp’s much-anticipated career retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum). Duchamp was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Wasser, a news photographer, had little idea what he would be walking into: an art party for the ages. The soiree attracted Los Angeles “Cool School” luminaries Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston and Larry Bell (who all lived in...Read More
Santa Monica’s Building Bridges Art Exchange pairs Venice artist J.J. L’Heureux with Italian abstractionist Franco Marrocco By Kathy Leonardo It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what language you speak: Art is a universal language. For the past 10 years, the Building Bridges Art Exchange at the Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica has been working to connect artists across the globe to exchange ideas and share creative breakthroughs. On Saturday, the nonprofit launches two new solo exhibitions — one from far away and one from close to home. The main gallery space hosts international artist Franco Marrocco’s...Read More
Flagship sponsor of Saturday’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Santa Monica had a long journey to wellness By Kathy Leonardo Shane Griffin, owner of the Santa Monica holistic wellness center Whole Life Balance, seems like a guy who has it all. He spends most of his time advocating healthy lifestyles, but not so long ago a toxic addiction to hard drugs forced him to re-evaluate his life choices. Today, Griffin is living clean and sober in Marina del Rey and through his business frequently is frequently involved in fundraisers for health-related nonprofits. On Saturday, Griffin’s Whole Life...Read More
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