- Published on Friday, May 18 2012
- Written by Kate Ferguson
If you're in the L.A. area and looking for something both artsy and outdoorsy to do this weekend, head over to the Westside to check out the Venice Art Walk & Auctions, an event hosted by Google that provides the rare chance to peek at the art in studios and homes that open up specifically to raise money for a great cause. You might be able to head home with some artwork for yourself and help out many others at the same time through benefitting the Venice Family Clinic.
The clinic has been around since the '70s, and it is the largest free health care clinic in the nation. It couldn’t stay afloat without the continued support and the Art Walk is an important facilitator towards its ongoing success by raising over $600,000 annually. That money goes directly to the clinic and helps to serve 25,000 local men, women, children, and teens each and every year. Over 400 artists have donated their artwork this time around. Some of the artists were patients of the clinic themselves, and their ideas of how to raise money and continued loyalty speaks volumes about it.
The entire arts community comes together for this event, which includes sellers, studios, architects, and collectors. Together they are providing studio tours, artists in residence, architecture tours around Venice, and even home tours. There will also be ongoing interactive murals that start on Friday and continue throughout the weekend. The whole family is welcome!
At the Google silent auction, you’ll have the chance to bid on some amazing original paintings, sculptures, and photographs. (You can also check out those pieces in advance on the Art Walk’s Website.) When you visit the auction live, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy music from celebrity DJs, other forms of live entertainment, and grab some snacks off the gourmet food trucks. The Google auction party is from 6-7:30 directly following the silent auction. There will also be a Surf & Skate auction with one-of-a-kind artist-created skate decks and surfboards.
Join 3,000 other locals at the Art Walk this Saturday, May 19, 12-4pm, and Sunday, May 20, 11-4pm. You can purchase tickets here.
- Kate Ferguson, YH Staff