VENICE FAMILY CLINIC’S 40th ANNIVERSARY ART WALK & AUCTION RAISES OVER $1 MILLION
Annual Fundraiser Was Hosted at Google Los Angeles
Link to download: 40th Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction
Title: 40th Anniversary Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction
Location: Google Los Angeles
Photo credits: David Crotty for PMc/Getty Images and Becky Sapp/Getty Images
VENICE, Calif. – Contemporary art, tech, and entertainment industry leaders gathered over the weekend at Google’s LA headquarters to raise money and awareness for Venice Family Clinic. Guests included Gary Baseman, Ivy Kagan Bierman, Rosson Crow, Laddie John Dill, Timo Fahler, Kim Fisher and Florian Morlat, Flea, Honor Fraser, John Geresi, Jane Glassman, Kellie and Jeff Hepper, Cathy Konrad, Kelly Lamb, Paul Lieberstein, Alice Lodge, Camryn Manheim, Jamie Manné, Yassi Mazandi, Shulamit Nazarian, Soraya Nazarian, Jason Olive, Kristi Paulson, Simon Pegg, Krista Raine, Dr. Bill Resnick and Michael J. Stubbs, Ronnie Rubin, Leslie Rubinoff, Ry Rocklen, Molly Shannon and Fritz Chesnut, Azadeh Shladovsky, and Billie Weisman.
On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction celebrated its 40th anniversary community event and fundraiser, hosted at Google Los Angeles. Raising $1 million, Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction proceeds help fund quality health care services for more than 27,000 people in need at the Clinic’s 12 locations and through street medicine teams across Los Angeles, regardless of patients’ income, insurance or immigration status.
“When Art Walk started in 1979, the founders had a vision to ensure that everyone in our community had access to affordable and quality health care. We are proud to have a community of artists, collectors and supporters stand with us as we provide comprehensive and innovative care to people in need, especially during times when we must fight to protect their access,” said Elizabeth Benson Forer, CEO of Venice Family Clinic.
This year’s art auction was generously supported by over 200 contemporary artists including Kelly Akashi, Chuck Arnoldi, John Baldessari, Gary Baseman, Billy Al Bengston, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Brandt, Rosson Crow, Laddie John Dill, Sam Durant, Piero Golia, Ramiro Gomez, Joe Goode, Alexandra Grant, Amir H. Fallah, FriendsWithYou, Haas Brothers, Ben Jackel, Jacob Kassay, Toba Khedoori, Kelly Lamb, Dash Manley, Mike Miller x RETNA, Andy Moses, Laura Owens, Vanessa Prager, Ry Rocklen, Ed Ruscha, Alison Saar, Analia Saban, Kim Schoenstadt, Gregory Siff, Alexis Smith, Vasa and Austyn Weiner.
This year’s signature artist was Laura Owens, who recently had a mid-career retrospective at MOCA. Owens donated an artwork to the auction as well as loaned another artwork image to benefit the Clinic for a limited edition poster and merchandise, still available online.
This is the one day every year that Google opens their doors to the public. Thousands supporters of the Clinic attended the annual community event and art auction on site at Google and explored the studios of over 40 Venice-based artists including Laddie John Dill, Jean Edelstein and Alejandro Gehry, to name a few.
Since its inception in 1979, when a group of Clinic supporters gathered with local artists, many of whom were patients, Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction has raised over $20 million to help the Clinic provide comprehensive primary health care for people in need. Venice Family Clinic’s services include pediatric and prenatal care, care for teens and adults, dental, vision, behavioral health, women’s health (including breast and cervical cancer screenings), domestic violence intervention, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, health education, early childhood development services and substance use treatment.
For more information on Venice Family Clinic, please visit venicefamilyclinic.org. Support for this year’s event was provided by WeRise.LA, The California Mental Health Services Act and The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.