For more than 40 years, Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction has been an iconic community tradition in Los Angeles, harnessing the power of the local, national and international art community to advance greater health equity. Since its inception, Venice Art Walk has raised more than $23 million to provide vital health care to people from across Los Angeles County who might otherwise not have a medical home. This year’s event incorporated both in-person and online ways to engage with the artworks and support the Clinic’s mission.
As always, the centerpiece of the annual event was a contemporary art silent auction, which was live at artsy.net/veniceartwalk from April 15 to May 1. The auction featured over 200 art works by established, mid-career and emerging artists, including Gary Baseman, Andrea Bowers, Rosson Crow, FriendsWithYou, Lauren Greenfield, KAWS, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, Brenna Youngblood and many more. Click here to view all of our 2022 participating artists.
We also proudly offered an in-person experience to view and bid on art works at our first-ever Venice Art Walk Gallery at Santa Monica Place (395 Santa Monica Pl – Level 1, East Court, Santa Monica, CA 90401). The Venice Art Walk Gallery was open daily between April 15 and May 1 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
As another exciting addition to this year’s event, artists from the NFT market were invited to participate in the first-ever NFT auction to benefit Venice Family Clinic. On May 13, new works dropped on Nifty Gateway by Tomaso Albertini, Bryan Brinkman, Ninocence, Parin Heidari and Waambat.
There’s no better time and no better way to invest in art and invest in health.
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Dates: Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Santa Monica Place, Venice Art Walk Gallery, Level 1, East Court
Visitors enjoyed a complimentary coffee brew and checked out the artworks on display. As our special thank you, the first 50 people to visit each day received a complimentary gift.
Date: Saturday, April 30 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Santa Monica Place, Center Plaza
Vistiors joined local artists for an afternoon of mass muraling for all to enjoy. Canvases were themed around the sun, sand, surf and sky, signature to the beachside communities Venice Family Clinic serves, as high-energy DJ beats buzzed in the background.
Participating artists included Jules Muck (Muckrock), Eric Junker (Junker), Stephen Carballo (The Los Angeles River), Alina Carballo, Cloe Hakakian and Gigi Allen.
For the kids, the Cayton Children’s Museum hosted The Ocean, inviting all young artists to create their own ocean artwork inspired by the Santa Monica shoreline.
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Check out the complete collection of 2021 Virtual Art Talks featuring artists and art experts sharing their favorite works.
Renowned artist Alison Saar and Dr. Joy Simmons, physician and prominent contemporary African-American art collector, discussed the therapeutic nature and healing power of the arts.
The event also launched La Curandera, a benefit edition created exclusively for Venice Family Clinic by Saar in collaboration with Mixografia.
Shana Nys Dambrot, Arts Editor at L.A. Weekly, had a conversation with artists Amir Fallah, Alexandra Grant, Bettina Hubby and Gregory Siff. Each of these artists draws references from history, memory and popular culture in exciting, diverse ways in their works – from elements of personal and literary text and a celebration of life’s small details, to larger themes of knowledge, love and enlightenment. Grant’s meditations on chaos and control, Fallah’s interest in systems of becoming one’s self, Hubby’s witty mindfulness in community culture, and Siff’s emotional poetry of Americana all speak to the charms and frights of human experience.
Watch arts manager, writer, and the founder of Dominique Gallery, Dominique Clayton, share in a conversation with first-time Venice Art Walk participating artists Hasef, Alicia Piller and Trotter. Together, they’ll discuss the evolution of art and activism. They also discussed the power and allyship community organizations, local artists and patrons can create as they strive to address social and racial justice.
Photo credit: Texas Isaiah
Lindsay Preston Zappas, artist, writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), and artists Andrea Chung, Alex Olson & Analia Saban discussed materiality, surface, and the ways in which mark-making translates into meaning in their works across painting, collage, and sculpture.
Terry R. Myers, arts writer, curator and educator, hosted a dialogue with artists Kim Fisher, Jennifer Moon and Mario Ybarra Jr. As former students of his who have gone on to international careers as artists while also becoming important arts educators, they joined him for a lively discussion about their work as well as the relationships between art, teaching, and community.