Open Studio Tour

Sunday,  October 12th  2014     11am-6pm      Free

Our fourth Open Studio Tour is getting closer. plans are being put into action for another unforgettable event showcasing  the Art and Artists that make up the soul of Venice. 

“WE’RE ENDANGERED. YOU CAN’T COVER YOUR EARS, CLOSE YOUR EYES, AND PRETEND ITS NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE.” – JURI KOLL, DIRECTOR, V.I.C.A.

The Artists

About ArtBlock

 

Mission Statement

Venice ArtBlock is a collective organized by artists for artists to create a greater sense of community, our own independent relationship to the public and to increase our city’s awareness of the vitality and importance of the arts in Venice, a unique, diverse neighborhood WHICH IS undergoing an extremely rapid gentrification that is eliminating our studios.

“This is a long overdue program for all Venice artists to be able to expose their work to our community, to meet each other, and create a more intimate community for all Venice artists.”

 Emily Winters – Co-founder, Venice Arts Council.

Vision

To forge an identity as a group through the hosting of art events, exhibitions and studio tours.

To Promote the development of the visual arts in Venice Beach by inspiring and encouraging creative endeavors within the local community.

To strengthen the bonds of friendship AMONG the artist community.

To develop ways of engaging and encouraging the development of art in the community and to make ourselves, art, and studios more accessible to the public.

 

About Us

ARTBLOCK OPENS ART STUDIOS IN VENICE

After a multiple highly successful events we are continuing and expanding their Venice ArtBlock Open Studios event to include over 70 artists and special exhibits from 11-6 centered at Fourth Street and Sunset Avenue.

ArtBlock is an artist run coalition which was created after the Open Studio Tour was eliminated from the traditional route of the annual Venice Art Walk and Auctions. ArtBlock aspires to preserve and expand access to the arts in Venice through the Open Studio tour by giving free, public access to established studios and to many new emerging artist’s spaces tucked away throughout the neighborhood.

“This is a long overdue program for all Venice artists to be able to expose their work to our community, to meet each other, and create a more intimate community for all Venice artists.” Emily Winters, Co-founder, Venice Arts Council.

It is a unique opportunity to experience local artists creative environments and personal work, allowing the public to see art where it’s made, and to meet and talk to the artists in an informal setting, developing relationships and discovering great local art.

Venice is a city that has been known for it’s strong support of its artists.

As Sandy Bleifer of the ArtBlock, says, “Venice has always been such a community with its high tolerance for diversity of origins, ethnicity, ideology, and expressions.”

This event creates a direct opportunity to solidify, expand, and experience the arts in a way that few other venues can offer. “It’s amazing how creatives are tucked away in all the nooks and crannies of Venice, invisible to the naked eye…..Come discover the hidden Venice….” -Pamela Weir-Quiton, Artblock artist.

The October 12th Venice ArtBlock promises to again be an inspiring day. Flags will mark the participating studios and plans are being made for food and drinks, parking for the event, as well maps and transportation between blocks of studios. Come on out!

Instagram: #veniceartblock

Facebook: facebook.com/veniceartblock

Website by: Ara Bevacqua

 

 

 

The Map

 

ARTBLOCK MAP 2014

 

EVENTS

Upcoming Events

Upcoming | Archive: 2014
  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2014

    Solo Exhibit of Barbara Edelstein

    4-6pm

    RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
    Bergamont Station Arts Center
    2525 Michigan Avenue, G2
    Santa Monica, CA
    310.829.3300

    Dear Friends,

    It is with great pleasure I am inviting you to the opening of the solo exhibition of my daughter, Barbara Edelstein, at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery.edelstein_at_bachofner_announcement

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2014

    Urban Underground | Made and Found

    5:30-10 pm FAB studio, 2001 main street, santa monica - (behind dogtown coffee) urban underground | made and found mark lipson | gary palmer thursday | jan 30 | 5:30-10 pm FAB studio, 2001 main street, santa monica - (behind dogtown coffee) 1013238_10151882234183372_1860735526_n
  • Sun
    04
    May
    2014

    May 4th Open Studio Tour

    11am - 6pm 4th & Sunset ave. Venice, CA 90291 The Biannual Venice ArtBlock Open Studio Tour, FREE, 11am-6pm explore over 60 artist studios in Venice and meet the people in them. Walk, Skate, Bike, Pedicab, Shuttle. Live Music, Food & Italian Ice, Live Art, and more... IMG_9493
  • Fri
    06
    Jun
    2014

    Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be

    8 p.m., Friday, June 6, @ The Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    The film appears one night only at 8 p.m., Friday, June 6, at the Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Tickets are $12, available at the box office 30 minutes prior to the screening.

    For more information call (310) 470-1508 or visit www.crestwestwood.com.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-scarborough/one-night-only-lisa-adams_b_5415266.html

    Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be, a 54-minute documentary directed by Juri Koll, presents a portrait of an artist who forged an individual, burn-the-ships path. It shows why her work is unique. It shows why it has integrity. And it shows, if you take a long-term view of things, why it will resonate far beyond the era in which it she made it.

    The film's title comes from a longer quote: "Nothing is as it appears to be." By nothing she means things fucked up or not. She's not cynical; she's a poetic pragmatist. In her aviary of a studio she conducts her examination into the imperfection of life. There, she creates miraculous images that confer beauty onto urban dystopias and personal trials. Both the inquiry and the product are noble.

    The film grounds her paintings in specific geographical locales and life decisions. It includes scenes of her at work. It includes visits to the Los Angeles River. It includes drive-bys past local scrap yards, where, hilariously, she displays connoisseurship-like knowledge. We learn of her decision at the age of ten to become an artist. We learn of her stylistic and personal affinity with Vincent Van Gogh and Philip Guston. We learn of her heroic decision to continue to develop her already-successful art. We learn of the consequences of that decision. We learn of her Sophoclean plight at almost losing her vision. We learn of her decision to take sanctuary in her painting.

     

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    The film is peppered with comments by critics/curators Peter Frank and Shana Nys Dambrot, artist/musician Llyn Foulkes, and her gallerist Clyde Beswick. What emerges is a portrait of an artist who defied what was going on around her. Why?Because her art demanded it. As she burrows deeper and deeper into her work she shows, like the canary and the miner, how nothing is as it appears to be.

    The most remarkable thing about the film is that these experiences didn't embitter her. Instead, she speaks with great serenity about what she's learned, what she's still learning. In fact, the only greater serenity is when she's painting. And there the silence is deafening.

    The film appears one night only at 8 p.m., Friday, June 6, at the Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Tickets are $12, available at the box office 30 minutes prior to the screening. For more information call (310) 470-1508 or visit www.crestwestwood.com.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-scarborough/one-night-only-lisa-adams_b_5415266.html

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e3H_2jj_as

     

  • Thu
    19
    Jun
    2014

    99 Photo Day

    361 Vernon Ave, Venice, California 90291

     

    10386959_10152483855606070_1145821599830146206_oCreate a portrait with celebrity photographer Eric Schwabel! Get the headshot you need or the portrait you want, and have fun too!

    Sessions are quick and fun. You'll leave with your final image in-hand, touched-up as-needed. Bring a thumb drive or receive by eMail.

    Tickets available at http://99.schwabelstudio.com/ . Book your time slot now! If time permits, walk-ins will be accommodated.

  • Sun
    31
    Aug
    2014

    Bergamot Station Jazz

    1:00pm - 6:00 pm

    Bergamot Station

    2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, California 90404

    Free music food and beer from 12noon to 6pm today at Robert Berman Gallery B7 at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Bring your friends and especially your family out to hear some of the best music in los angeles for free!!

    Special thanks to all the musicians!
    Estimated set times:
    12 -1 : Suntundra Moon 
    1- 2 : Milo Gonzalez
    2 -3 : Alex Emami
    3 -4: Negros Galacticas
    4 -5: Michael Jost and Speil
    5- 6: Chris Parise & his jazz band

     

    Gonna be an amazing show with so much talent... please come enjoy the music and a beer!!

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  • Tue
    23
    Sep
    2014

    Something Sketchy / Open Drawing Session

    6pm-9pm

    Alberto Bevacqua Studio

    334 Sunset Ave

    Event Page

  • Sun
    28
    Sep
    2014

    Abbot Kinney Festival

    10am - 6pm

    Abbot Kinney Blvd.

    Venice Artblock Artists will be scattered all throughout the festival creating street art, showing their work, or simply enjoying the day of festivities. Look for the ArtBlock logo while you are out.

  • Sun
    12
    Oct
    2014

    ArtBlock Open Studio Tour

    11am - 6pm

    4th and Sunset, Venice CA 90291

     

    Venice ArtBlock Artists will again be opening their studios for free to the public from 11 am to 6 pm. Walk, bike, skateboard, shuttle bus, pedicab, jog on by and visit the studios of the 60+ Venice ArtBlock artists.

     

    “Artists have come together to support and promote each others’ works in a true grassroots and awesome event that is not only free monetarily, but artistically and sociologically, in true Venice fashion. I was inspired and proud all day long.” - Blogtown

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“Every person I ran into along the way raved about how excellent this event was, and how wonderful that it was free and open to absolutely anyone, not just those who can cough up the steep admission price of the official Art Walk. It somehow felt more REAL too … like art for art’s sake, not necessarily profit, though work was being sold, and perhaps as importantly, being seen, learned and known about. The community was out in force, great conversations were being had, and every artist I encountered was beaming with the success of the day … and the FUN!”

 

“Artblock was in fact SO cool, that I have to imagine they’re already plotting the next one. And you should be there. It’s the REAL deal. Thank you to all the artists involved, for inviting us all into your creative spaces, and for being there in the first place. Venice needs you!!! Sincerely, Thanks.”

 

“We wrapped up our walkabout of art, with plenty left unseen for the future. The Art Block is pure Venice. PURE. You should stop at nothing to be there – and delighted – by the next one. I’ll look forward to bumping into you … in the name of art … under the sign of Venice.”

 

“Artists have come together to support and promote each others’ works in a true grassroots and awesome event that is not only free monetarily, but artistically and sociologically, in true Venice fashion. I was inspired and proud all day long.”

 

“Everything was walkable if you really meant it (and we did), but there were buses and pedicabs if your energy waned at all. Ours did not, and we got around. And STILL didn’t manage to see it all!” -Blogtown by C.J Gronner

 

 

 

 

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