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First Venice Art Crawl of 2017 takes place March 16!

on 11/03/17 at 10:11 am




Venice, CA, March 10, 2017—The 7th Annual Venice Art Crawl (VAC) kicks off Thursday, March 16 with the theme: This Is Venice, highlighting what makes this beachside community unique with art, culture and entertainment from 6-10PM in dozens of venues across the city. The majority of the VAC will take place on a one and a half mile stretch of Venice Boulevard from Speedway by the beach to Beyond Baroque Literary Art Center, 681 Venice Boulevard near Oakwood Boulevard, and even on to Lincoln Boulevard. The VAC is always ticketless, free and family friendly.

There are many participants in this Spring-adjacent Venice Art Crawl. On the Venice Boardwalk, check out skate photography by Ray Rae at Paper Scissors Rock; photography by Dan Kacvinski at Sidewalk Café; and paintings by Mayon Hanania at Small World Books. Along Venice Boulevard near the beach, stop at Cave Gallery; James Beach; Canal Club; and the Sunny Bak Studio featuring Harold Cleworth, Sunny Bak, Stuart Berkowitz and DJ Todd Spero. Five minutes east, you’ll run into the Abbot Kinney Venice Library featuring Michelito Orquiola and the Night Owl Players, Leebs, Boys and Girls Club, Gary Palmer and Tim Joensen. Continue east and you’ll experience the Inaugrual LA Punk Film Festival at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center featuring the films Punk’s Not Dead and Code Blue, live performances– and more: http://www.beachdancerfilms.com/la-punk-film-festival/

Next door, the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) will be presenting their 20 Years of the UCLA/SPARC Digital Mural. Also at SPARC, trailblazer Latina and acclaimed queer writer/performer Monica Palacios will receive an Award of Recognition from City of Los Angeles at 8PM. Walk 50 steps east on the same side of the street and you’ll hit the Pacific Resident Theatre, where they will perform the play “It’s Time.” Head further east to admire handmade jewelry at 901 Venice Boulevard. Get your walk on by strolling over to local hotspot bar The Lincoln on Lincoln Boulevard.

Off the beaten path, check out the Pop Up Kitty Wine Bar, where you can mingle and cuddle with kitties, drink wine, listen to chill music and purrrchase kitty art. Other participants include photographer Walter Chism at Bank of Venice; Westside Global Awareness Magnet School’s fundraiser auction; Gotta Have It’s excellent after-party; The Rose Room; Flavio Bisciotti Studio; Late Sunday Afternoon; and many more.

Guests can experience pop-up galleries in studios, homes, parking lots, bars and restaurants that feature paintings, installations, performances, sculptures, live painting, music—the sky is the limit of what they will experience. An interactive guide to the crawl with a list of all participants and locations will be posted on the VAC website and on social media.

Enjoy the mild nighttime temperatures walking along iconic Venice Boulevard that intersects with the hip happening Abbot Kinney Boulevard and onward to Lincoln Boulevard where you can enjoy a scrumptious meal or cocktail before, during or after the Venice Art Crawl. Look for the Electric Bike Parade as these peddlers glide along the boulevard in their one-of-a-kind, brightly lit bicycles. Bring your own bike and join them.

The Venice Art Crawl takes place four times a year: March 16, May 18, July 20, and September 22 and 23. Also: Save the date for the VAC fundraiser Thursday, April 20 at the Runway at Playa Vista. For more information, art, invitations, graphics and more: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zvqss7uipbc1x8n/AAD7RXFYx8BGELxzjaivTZqFa?dl=0

The Venice Art Crawl is a Venice Chamber of Commerce Event: http://venicechamber.net.


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