Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction Art Talk series presents

Art + Healing”
featuring Alison Saar & Dr. Joy Simmons

Watch Now: Alison Saar + Dr. Joy Simmons

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. La Curandera is inspired by ideas of health, strength and community, themes central to the Clinic’s mission to bring health and justice to people in need. The work depicts/portrays a traditional healer who brings strength, guards against disease, anguish, and blight and ensures the community’s peace and protection.

To purchase La Curandera benefit edition click here. The edition numbers that will be available are 1/40 through 16/40.

All proceeds support Venice Family Clinic in providing quality health care to people in need.

From now until January 8, 2022 you can also view Alison Saar’s exhibit SeenUNseen at LA Louver.

Alison Saar
La Curandera, 2021
Mixografía® print on handmade paper
Edition of 40
24 X 18 X 0.5 in

Meet the Speakers

Alison Saar

Alison Saar’s sculpture, prints and paintings address issues of race, gender and spirit.  She studied art and art history at Scripps College and received an MFA from the Otis Art Institute.  Her awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment Fellowships, and the United States Artists Fellowship. Alison has exhibited at many museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Her art is represented in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is represented by L A Louver Gallery

Dr. Joy Simmons

A recently retired physician at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center for 37 years, Joy masterfully juggles her passion for patients with her love of art. She has been an avid collector of contemporary African-American art for three decades. In addition to serving on boards for Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) (now ICA-LA), Stanford University, and The Mistake Room, her extensive and growing collection has been featured in exhibitions around the world from the Tate Modern in London to the California African American Museum and the Broad in Los Angeles. Furthermore, her eye for spotting talent has earned her recognition in NY Magazine’s The Cut, W Magazine, a Frieze London video, and most recently, the Financial Times. Whether traveling to Cuba, Berlin or Harlem to visit artists’ studios and art biennials, Joy is deeply committed to supporting the work of both established and emerging African-American artists.

Joy is currently working as the Senior Art and Exhibition Advisor for Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3 mile public art corridor down Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, where she is working with several artists including Alison Saar. Alison’s project will debut in fall 2022.