VAC Events

Join the VAC at Our Next Mixer at Cairo Cowboy!

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Come Join us at our first mixer of the new year at Cairo Cowboy!

What:  Local minded artists, creatives, and business owners get together to connect, discuss art, the community, and Venice Beach!  Our mixers are a great way to get involved with the Venice Art Crawl, meet like-minded individuals, eat great food, and make a new friend!

Where:   Ciaro Cowboy Mediterranean Grill on 46 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291!  Cairo Cowboy is our feature sponsor this month— Stay tuned at the VAC blog to check out our interview with this delicious restaurant/ community art supporter! 

When:  Thursday, January 23rd! 

Why:  Because were cool like that!

Time:  7pm-9pm

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. 


The Venice Story : Beth Allyn : The Venice Bike

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Check out our first featured “Venice Story” video!

“Venice California is without doubt one of the most eclectic, creative and artistic communities in the world.  An estimated 16 million people visit each year to enjoy the beach culture and to experience the artists, performers, characters and magic of Venice Beach.  What is it about Venice that makes it unique? Is it possible to define ‘The Venice Spirit’ ? ‘Venice Story’ is a new storytelling project dedicated to finding, capturing and sharing the stories and thoughts of every day Venetians.”

Beth Allyn tells us how a bike and a sign changed her life.

Recorded at Sunny Bak Studios during The Venice Art Crawl, Dec 19. 2013.

Blogged by: Gabrielle Wooden.  

Words and Video Borrowed by:  The Venice Story 


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.


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

Art Basel Has Come to an End… Whats Next?

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The Huffington Post called Art Basel the “Art Worlds Spring Break.”


So naturally us Venice Art Crawlers have been drooling over the event pictures, installations, whispered rumors, parties, and awe inspiring artwork.

But interestingly enough, behind the computer screen ‘aint that bad. Thanks to the wonderful world of technology that we live in, HD pictures, Vimeo videos, and tell-all blogs, I think I have a pretty good  sense of what really went down in Miami this week— PURE AMAZINGNESS.

The good ol’ Huff Post even pointed out “trends” in the art world— yup “trends.”

I learned that just like in the fashion world, there are trends in the art world as well.

Some trends that I found personally interesting go a lil’ somethin’ like this:

1.  Tropical Vacations


2. Classic art history nudes, re-taken through todays lens.


3. Rocks and Crystals


4. Art— Coming out of the walls?


5. Toilet Paper



There All the Rage!

Wanna know about more of these trends so you can stay hip and cool like us?

Check out the full article with all the dirty deets at the Huffington Post!

So Now that Art Basel is over, Whats Next? 


After all that fun, all the flash and glitz, and all those installation orgies, what else does the art world have to look forward to??


Well.. I can think of one thing… (INSERT PROMO HERE)







Blogged by :

Gabrielle Wooden


Gabrielle is a writer living in So Cal.  She’s thinking Paris next.

Oh Snap! Art Basel Miami, Just Days Away!

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LO and Behold!

It’s that time of the year when I am forced to realize, YET again, that I am missing Miami’s Art Basel Exhibition. Its just another year where I flip the couch upside down and re-count the last pennies added to my jelly jar of “Miami Airfare” savings, only to realize that $13.42 just ain’t gonna cut it…

Oh well. I guess I’ll just enjoy all of the larger-than-life installations, live performances, contemporary artworks, paintings, sculptures, films, photographs, and beachside parties from behind this here laptop. (That AND THEN I GET GO TO THE VENICE ART CRAWL SUCKERS!)

50,000 International visitors come to Art Basel and the exhibition has been coined the “International Meeting Place for the Art World,” with over 250 of the world’s leading art galleries participating.

There kind of our hero. (long sigh/ eyes batting)

So if by chance any Venice Art Crawlers wind up in Miami December 5th- 8th, here is a list of ten of the raddest events going down during Art Basel Miami.

Just don’t rub it in.

Join Us at the Venice Sign Holiday Lighting!

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VENICE® Sign Holiday Lighting and Windward Holiday Crawl.

Join Us! Friday, December 6, 2013 – Festivities start at 6:00 p.m. on Windward Avenue east of Pacific Avenue 7:45 p.m. Holiday Lighting of the Venice Sign

To Benefit: The Muscle Beach Toy Drive in conjunction with the LAPD Pacific Division & Pacific Area Boosters. Bring a new unwrapped toy to any participating location listed below and receive a wrist-band, good for discounts throughout the night.

Photos with the REAL Santa, Holiday Shopping, Parties, Drink & Food Specials, Egg Nog, Hot Cocoa, Art, Music & More.