On Sunday, May 15, the Venice ARTBLOCK is back for its sixth event. The artist run group has evolved into a thriving art organization. The free event takes place twice a year and features over one hundred Venice artists exhibiting their work in over seventy venues. All types of art will be on exhibit along with live painting, live music, poetry and more.
Helen Garber’s studio is located at 801 Ocean Front Walk and has participated in ARTBLOCK since it began. Garber is most known for her night urban landscapes taken in cities all over the world. “I will be presenting the first six pieces of my new series of photo-based mixed media collages containing numerous views of decaying gas stations found during road trips in CA and the southwest.” 801 Ocean Front Walk; http://www.helenkgarber.com
Rohitash Rao creates works out of found objects. “My pieces are a reflection of our mass-consumerism Not only in our waste materials, but also in our pop culture. The materials I paint on have all been thrown away. You could say I talk "trash" on trash.” Rao will be exhibiting guest artists at his studio. Paintings by Alexandra Dillon; Photography by Marlena Elise and Illustrations and Paintings by Jack Herzog. Rohitash Rao studio is located at 1637B Electric Avenue; http://www.rohitashraopaintsontrash.com/
Artist Leonardo Ibáñez will be participating in the event for his fifth time and will be showing his drawings and masks. He explained, “I am working on a series of drawings inspired by the medieval era, featuring a female figure combined with my own poetry in calligraphic writing. The name of the series is Illustrate Manuscript/Manuscritos Ilustrados.” Ibáñez will be showing his works at Letelier Studio at 6th Avenue and Indiana Court. http://45leo.blogspot.com/
The Letelier Studio will also feature art by Franciso Letelier, Marybeth Fama, Hagop Belian, Maude Tanswai, and Martha Ramirez Oropeza. An exhibit titled “A Place Called Venice,” will also be on view. Curated by Franciso Letelier, the group exhibition will feature Venice new realism artworks by artists by Ruth Chase Boudreaux, Marybeth Fama, Jason Hill, and Meryl Lebowitz.
The Venice ARTBLOCK takes place on Sunday, May 15, from 11-6pm and is centered in and around the Oakwood neighborhood as well as on Abbott Kinney Boulevard and its environs. Pick up a map along the route. For info and to download a route map: www.Veniceartblock.com