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December 2013

Venice Artist Interview: Kelcey Fisher!

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So Venice Based artist and muralist Kelcey Fisher and I got together (on facebook) and I was lucky enough to get ten questions out of the guy about his inspirational artwork that was such a hit at this past Art Crawl!

And it goes a little somethin’ like this:  HIT IT!

 1. So Kelcey…your favorite artist (living or dead) invites you to their house for dinner. You want to bring them a gift. Who is it, and what would you bring them?

Kelsey Brookes, who is alive. Ironic we have the same name but huge fan of his work and his story behind it. I would bring him one of my paintings..hopefully we would work out a triad : ) Would be super pumped to own one of his pieces.

2. How old were you when you first discovered you where an artist? What was the “lightbulb moment” when you knew you wanted to pursue art as a career?

My mom was my art teacher when I was a youngen in preschool and always pushed me in that direction.. I think that definitely played a part in my art career..I never took art seriously however until I sold my first piece junior year of college. A lightbulb definitely went off when I got that first check haha. Thank you Debby Boyd for believing in me..I will always remember you as my first true fan and friend!

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3.Describe your personal Hell.

L.A. traffic combined with LAX airport security line. End me!

4. Your latest art work involves larger than life playing cards with dimensional color schemes. What was the motive behind these pieces? Are you a gambling man?

You can catch me on the wheel of fortune slot machines every once and while but definitely not a gambling man. Those pieces were actually created for a wedding in Vegas however. I worked with a good friend and amazing wedding coordinator Courtney Stone to come up with that concept. They were some of the biggest pieces I’ve created. They were 5’x8′ wood panels. We titled them, “The Royal Romantics”. One of my favorite projects by far. Thanks for getting me involved Court!

5. Define what art means to you in five words.

Passion, Commitment, Life, Love, Escape

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6. There is a lot of Hoopla going about with Performance Artist Marina Abramovic and Lady Gaga collaborating. It all started when Marina asked her: Who creates limits? How would you answer this question?

You create your own limits.

7.Morning or Night?

Night

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8. Its Friday night in Venice Beach, Where can our readers expect to be able to stalk you?

First stop- James Beach> Then off to Nikkis Beach> End with some shinanigens at TownHouse> Pizza at Santinos> Pillow to the face

9. Whats your Fantasy? We like details.

Simma down now

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10. Alright, Last question. I say a word and you name the first word that comes to your mind:

Refrigerator: Beer

Country: Ireland

Culture: Important

Destiny: Who Knows

Venice Beach: Thank you

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Thanks Kelcey Fisher for all that jazz.  Peep more of his work HERE!

 Interviewed and Written by: Gabrielle Wooden

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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program. 

Venice Art Crawl Events Part 4/4

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Continuing on with PART FOUR of FIVE of the Venice Art Crawl Events.

THE VAC IS JUST TWO DAYS AWAY!! 

HERE WE GO:

1. Venice Suites  Continued…

Where: 417 Ocean Front Walk and Dudley. 6 – 10pm
Happy to announce a newly added venue with another amazing rooftop!!
We will be having 2 ROOFTOP ART PARTIES AT THE SAME TIME!!
Grand Opening of newly added ROOFTOP will be blocks away at the sister hotel –

That means double art, music, food and drinks!! Weewhoo…..!!!

Good times are planned ahead on the Rooftop’s at the Venice Breeze – VB and Venice Suite – VS Hotels.

We have a great line up with great artists, music vibes, live art painting, creative vendors, massages, food and drinks!

Venice Breeze & Venice Suites
VB – 2 Breeze Ave (between Speedway (alley) and boardwalk)
VS – 417 Ocean Front Walk (off Speedway adn Dudley)

Check out past events:
www.facebook.com/veniceroof

VB ARTISTS line-up:
2 Breeze Ave (between Speedway (alley) and boardwalk)
Outi Outi Harma – Website – Facebook Page

Cayla P. – Website – Instagram: @CaylaPersimmon
Ross Dyer
Oshiri Hakak- Living Ink Flow – Website – Facebook  – Instagram: Living Foil

LIVE BODY PAINTING ART BY:
Daniel Galindo – Website – Facebook

Ricardo Garcia – Website 

Music Energy by Venice Art Crawls Favorite –
Dj Pistolpete – Website

Amazing Chair Massages by Cara
Cara – Facebook

VENICE SUITES ~ 417 Ocean Front Walk & Dudley
Venice Suites – VS ARTISTS Line-up:

Dana Troy & Pete
Excited to have back Dana Troy and Pete with their amazing Black light art …they will be setting up an amazing art light installation at both rooftop locations!!
Facebook – Vimeo

Yori Hatakeyama – Website
Bernadette Rodriguez – Facebook
Sonji Mariposa – Facebook
Neal – Website
Amber Jamgirl – Delicious Homemade Jam – Website

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE SPONSORS
World Famous Tacos – Website

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2. Small World Books Pop Up Gallery presents New Work
Where: 1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

When: 6 – 9 pm
New Work by a local artist!!
Facebook Event page: Coming soon!

3. Birds of A Feather
Where: 1501 Main Street, Suite 103

When: 6 pm-10 pm
What: 3-D Mixed Media of Musicians Incorporated with Feathers…thats right, MUSIC AND FEATHERS PEOPLE. MUSIC AND FEATHERS. 3
Artists involved; Richard Glass 
Facebook event page: 

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4. Gravitational Autonomy 
Where:1510 Main St Venice CA 90291

When: 6-9PM
what: Insight Presents Gravitational Autonomy, a show by Brandon Lomax. Will include FREE DRINKS, multiple art pieces and a VIDEO of the artists painting process.
Artists involved; Art by Brandon Lomax
Facebook event page

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5. Venice West Salon
Where: 1501 Main Street.

What: Come to view collage, drawings, and photographs by various venice based female artists. Girl power!!

Artists involved: Christine Fulbright (mono print collages). Marcia Gross Miller(Drawings) and Felice Willat (Photographs)
Website:

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Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program. 

Venice Art Crawl Events Part 3/4

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Everyone!

THE VENICE ART CRAWL IS JUST THREE DAYS AWAY!!!  (People Screaming in background, cars on fire, lamp posts falling on buildings)

Its Pandemonium!!!!!!

Nah but for real, we chillin’ over here, finna roll through this art crawl on Thursday and turn up.

ARE YOU?

Introducing Part 3 of 4 of the events going down on Thursday:

 

1. Cairo Cowboy

Where: 46 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

When:  7 – 10 pm

What:   You Know Cowboys, they love there food.  Thats why theres going to be heaping amounts of it at Cairo Cowboy.  Bring your full stomach and big eyes here for some good food and great art.

Artists Involved:  Theresa Holiday.  Jon E. Nimetz – Website

Cairo Cowboy – Website

2. Venice Stories
Where: Sunny Bak Gallery 2214 Pacific Ave Venice, 90291

When:  7 – 9 pm

What: Are you a great storyteller?  Were you the one at the birthday parties giving all the kids nightmares for weeks?  Do you have an interesting, funny or poignant story of your experience living or working in Venice?  WELL DO WE HAVE THE PLACE FOR YOU!

Venice Story is a new storytelling initiative devoted to collecting the stories of Venice. The best stories will be featured on our website. Please come and visit our Video Booth at the next Venice Art Crawl on Dec 19th. All welcome!

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Facebook Page

3. Moments
Where: Particle South, 1317 Innes Place, Venice, CA 90291

When:  6pm – 10pm

What: Featuring the Elemental Line works of Alice Batliner ‘Moments’ is a one woman show centered around captured moments, portraits and subconscious cartoons drawn then put to paint in a graphic, colorful aesthetic. The night will feature music, libations and a raffle for a free portrait in Alice’s Elemental Line style!
Artist involved: Alice Batliner – website

Facebook event page

4. Venice Art Crawl Innovation, Collaboration & Reception
The Terrace Beachfront Restaurant

Where: 7 Washington Blvd. Venice, CA 90292

When: 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

What :  A collaborative holiday celebration which includes equestrian theme artwork, gift selections and a showcase of representative artwork from thirteen Venice area schools and organizations. This event also truly welcomes children, includes an open ³color book page ³ opportunity with crayons provided and the showing of a brief animation about a little pony who has a wish and works to make it come true. So bring your kid’s folks!

Artists: Lizi Ruch – Artfully Equestrian – Website

Venice Schools and organizations: Facebook Page

Antigone Vastakis – Antigone Jewels – Facebook page – Etsy/Website

5. Venice Art Show
WHere: Ballroom at the Twentieth Church of Christ Scientist 132 Brooks Ave. Venice, CA

At the end of Abbot Kinney – Corner of Brooks & Main

When: 5-10 pm
What: Venice Art Show is an art gallery event that takes place in the majestic 100 year old Venice Ballroom in the heart of Venice. Take a step back in time at this art show, flapper dresses encouraged but not required.
Artists involved: Sande Sisneros –  Jhoseph King – Vladi Sytnik –  Sandra Zebi –  DCASTROARTS
Facebook event page:

6. Venice Suites
Where: 417 Ocean Front Walk and Dudley.

When: 6 – 10pm

What: TWO WORDS:  ROOFTOP PARTIESs!  Happy to announce a newly added venue with another amazing rooftop!!
We will be having 2 ROOFTOP ART PARTIES AT THE SAME TIME!!
Grand Opening of newly added ROOFTOP will be blocks away at the sister hotel –

That means double art, music, food and drinks!! Weewhoo…..!!!

Good times are planned ahead on the Rooftop’s at the Venice Breeze – VB and Venice Suite – VS Hotels.

We have a great line up with great artists, music vibes, live art painting, creative vendors, massages, food and drinks!

Venice Breeze & Venice Suites
VB – 2 Breeze Ave (between Speedway (alley) and boardwalk)
VS – 417 Ocean Front Walk (off Speedway adn Dudley)

Check out past events:
www.facebook.com/veniceroof

Join Us Banner for The Venice Art Crawl

 

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

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 Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Southern California. Currently she is a blogger for the Venice Art Crawl and is working on her first novel entitled Blue Barcelona at UCLA’S Extension Writers Program. 

 

 

Venice Art Crawl Events!! Part 2/5

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Hello Again Crawlers!

So If you missed the first part of the events series, were basically posting about all of the VAC events in five parts.

THERES THAT MUCH COOL SH*IT.

 

Heres Part Two of the Events:

1. Stephanie Vovas in FLANNEL 
Where: FLANNEL, 1223 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice 90291   6 – 9 pm
What:  Fettish for Flannel? Check out Artist Stephani Volvas flannel photography— with unique personal style and a serious talent behind a camera, viewers come to see the awesomeness of flannel in a totally different light.  Visit the store and its beautiful backyard courtyard and never look at flannel the same.
Artists: Stephanie Vovas – Website

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2. Nidor Vapor Gallery  – Soul Portals  /  Portraits and Mural by Gilmore
Where: 74 Market St., Venice, CA   6:00 p.m. – 10:00p.m. (and later)

What:  Come to Nidor Gallery and smoke shop and feel ritzy and intellectual as you weave through and view “soul portals,” as well as murals and portraits by these two talented featured VAC artists. Check out Nidor’s juice tasting bar and check out their high end vapor products.

Artists Jesse Kramer a/k/a Seas Over Seas; David Gilmore

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3. Pet Portraits by Christian
Where: Sunny Bak Studio 2214 Pacific Ave.
What: Come to Sunny Bak studio and don’t forget to bring your pet!  Christian will be shooting free pet photos, so you can finally fill that living room wall with a photo of your furry friend!  A Pet portrait exhibit will also be featured— beware, it gets really cute in there. Ar

Artist : Christian. Facebook

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4. Le Cellier Wine Bar
Where: 417 W Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey 6-10 pm
What: Sip wine and connect with what we all love most about Venice Beach and So-cal— the beach.  Painter Todd Goodman truly encapsulates the essence of the pacific ocean in his acrylic paintings, highlighting some of his beach and surf scenes and Santa Monica Pier sunsets.  Also featured will be the incredibly talented Joel Harris and his acrylic paintings on canvas— pairs best with Merlot or Sangria.

Artists: Todd Goodman and Joel Harris

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5. Drew Blood – Pool Paintings
Where: 417 Rose – Please enter in the alley behind Venice Ranch Market   6 – 9 pm

What: Come check out Drew Blood’s newest work on canvas and paper. As a rollerblader growing up in the Midwest, the Southern California skate lifestyle was always a huge influence on his “Pool Painting” series, a series he has been dedicated to for four years.  The artist states  “These empty vessels serve as reminders of the post war idea of the backyard as an oasis; Areas of former opulence that have fallen to shambles; Accidental sculptures with unknown kinetic potential; Southern California 60 years later.”

Artist: Drew Blood
Website:  www.DrewBloodArt.tumblr.com

 

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Part Three Comes Tomorrow Crawlers!  THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

 

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

Venice Art Crawl Events! Part 1/5

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There are so many events happening at the Venice Art Crawl on December 19th that we have to describe them to you in five posts. (We don’t wanna overwhelm ya’ with all the jazz and nastiness were gonna to bring to ya’)!

So get your notepads out kids.

Heres the first five:

 

1.  Venice Symphony Orchestra Art Show and Fundraiser
Where: The Containers @ 1410 Main Street 6 pm – 12 pm

What: Here you can find a collection of LA’s best artists displaying works that reflect on the season and will also have performances by the Venice Symphony Orchestra!  Feel classy and get amped for the holidays and check out this fundraiser. All funds raised will go to support the VSO’s 2014 music education program for local at-risk youth.

Artists: Jules Muck, Annie Preece, Benjamin Alejandro, Daniel Silvas

Curated by: Jules Muck

 

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2. Danny’s Venice
Where: 23 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

What: Come to Danny’s Venice to check out living painting, artwork, and jam out to acoustic set of Mic D of Zen Robbi!
Artists:
Kristina Simonsen – Photographer
Booleep Artist  – Live Painting!
Deborah Medina – Painter
Kaycee b. – Painter
Stephanie Michele – Painter Rafaela
Hess Photo – Photographer
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When: Event time: 6 pm-9 pm
Facebook event page

 

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3. UNIQUE BOARDWALK ART

Where: 1504 1/2 Main Street, Venice
(parking lot just east of Hama Sushi, at the Windward Circle)

What: Come to Unique Boardwalk Art to check out artists from the boardwalk and beyond! There will be raffels, music, food, and drink specials at Hama Sushi. Key word: SUSHI. Sponsored by Venice Beach Bike Tour!

Artists:
Sculpture by Ben Allanoff  – Website
Fractal art by Anders Hjemdahl – Website

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4. Just Magic And Sandwiches
Where: 1003 Abbott Kinney blvd.
What: Live Painting and Sandwiches = Magic.  Come to Just Magic And Sandwiches to see work as well as live paint at Venice metal works on Abbot Kinney blvd.

Artists:
Portfolio www.JustMagicAndSandwiches.com
Facebook page: – Facebook.com/JustMagicAndSandwiches

 

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5. Waves, Trains & Graffiti Girls 
Where: 40 20th Place, Venice, CA (Pacific & North Venice)  6 – 10 pm
What: Come and witness a live collaborative street art mural project and watch as artists reclaim a street wall as their own!  Live performances will also be at this event!

Artists involved: Gretta & Kelly & Gonzo & Obaro
Facebook event page

 

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Keep stopping by to find out more about the 20 other events that will be going down at the Venice Art Crawl, coming up December 19th!! 

 

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

Get to Know Venice Beach in 15 minutes: A Documentary on Venice Beach

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Check Out this 15 minute video on Venice Beach and get to know the city that is a constant day party!!

“Situated in southern California is the 2.5km long world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk, known for its rich and diverse atmosphere, beautiful landscapes, beaches, and hundreds of street vendors and performers. It is home to ‘Muscle beach’ where Arnold Schwarzenegger started his career as well as a major filming location for theTV series ‘Baywatch. ‘This is a short Documentary on the people themselves, and the vast amount of talent, personality, diversity, culture, and ‘feel good vibe’ that this inspiring location offers.”

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden