VAC Video: Garry Winogrand

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Get a little slice of history this Thursday afternoon with with this weeks VAC Video! 

Gary Winogrand, once coined, “the central photographer of his generation” by John Szarkowski, the former director of photography of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, was a Jewish Bronx-born photographer and one of the pioneers of what is now known as street photography.

Winogrand is mostly known for his portrayal of the diversity of American life, from shooting the Bronx zoo and Coney Island in the sixties to the bohemian lifestyle of our own Venice Beach in the eighties.

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Garry Winogrand: “Venice Beach, 1982″

Check out this seven minute “mini documentary” on Winogrand shot on Ocean Front walk and learn why he hated the term “street photography.”

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden


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. 


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SO! For those of you who missed out on our Art Crawl two weeks ago, its okay. We forgive you. But next time, well… well we just hope there is no next time.  Well we hope there is a next time, obviously, we just mean that…we basically we just really want you to come.


The day  of the crawl on December 19th, started out a little scary, with grey clouds looming over Venice with weather reports threatening rain and low temperatures.  All of us thought, this is VENICE BEACH, it NEVER RAINS!

BUT! Thankfully the rain threats turned into a slight afternoon drizzle leaving the venice streets all shiny and sweet and the air dewy for us art crawlers who started rolling in as early as five pm.


The crawlers were greeted by volunteers at tables outside of restaurants who were handing out maps and other goodies.  The maps showed you what areas around you were participating in the Venice Art Crawl, and all of them were within walking distance of each other.  I know a lot of my friends were concerned about “thewalking part” but they quickly found out that there really wasn’t much walking and when your partying and buzzed with a big group of friends and people in the street walking around, the walking around became one of the highlights of the crawl.

IMG_4541First we had a drink and some pizza, and then we weaved through the crawl, seeing artwork and even a live art wall “reclaiming,” where a few artists reclaimed a previous wall of art that they painted that had later been repainted over.


Check out some of the photos of this winter’s Venice Art Crawl, and TRY AND TELL ME you don’t want to come to next one!

Photo Credits: Maria O’bry




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Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden


Gabrielle lives in SUNNY CALIFORNIA.  She only loves cheese. No one else.


The Daily Dose!

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light-painting-by-techblogstop-1Light Painting Photography is one of the modern forms of digital photography. It’s really amazing photographic technique in which mind-blowing drawings are made using light. To capture such beautiful artwork all you need to have a digital camera which has the ability of capturing photos with lower shutter speed. The smart work by Light Painters make this art look so brilliant that the photos involve you in deep thinking that how they have been captured.

Words borrowed from: Techblogstop!


Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden


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.



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


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



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



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



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





Part Three Comes Tomorrow Crawlers!  THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!


Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden

Venice Based Photographer: Steve Christensen

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Steve Christensen’s photography is reminiscent of a modern David Scott.   Like Scott, Christensen gravitates towards candidly capturing Venice Beach surfers, sunsets, ocean views, the pier, the mystery of Venice canals and also the daily lives of the people of Venice.


With a serious affection for surf culture, Steve embraces the California lifestyle and truly encompasses a love for the city that he is from— Venice Beach.


Check out some of his amazing photography and follow his journey on tumblr too!


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36 Realistically Colorized Historical Photos Make the Past Seem Incredibly Real

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Photo editors have made groundbreaking changes to how viewers perceive history. By colorizing and editing old photographs, various photo editors make the past feel like a tangible reality, proving that photo editing is truly an art form. Take a look at these photographs and see if your own perspective of historical figures and events have transformed.

That hipster-lookin’ kid in the featured image is non other than Charlie Chaplin.

See for yourself by clicking HERE.