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Venice AfterBurn — The Last Art Crawl for Year, 21 September

By Sunny Bak

Coming off a successful third Venice Art Crawl, the VAC is now preparing for their fourth event of the year on the last day of summer, Thursday, September 21, 6-10 pm throughout the vibrant seaside community along the mighty Pacific.

The city is still buzzing from the July 20 Art Crawl, a summer spectacular. Highlights included events at the Venice Abbot Kinney Branch Library, where Brazilian artist Sandra Zebi displayed her unique ceramics and gave ceramic lessons to enthusiastic children. Also at the library were exciting demonstrations of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art (as sharply contrasted with the caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink).

A ten-minute walk north from the library, the popular pedestrian street Park Place was a hub of community art events as neighbors opened their doors offering food and pop-up galleries. Dynamic songstress Apryll Aileen and Friends sang their hearts out. The newly opened Mystic Journey Gallery was packed with guests interested in crystals, meditation and yoga. Way out on Lincoln Bl., new Art Crawl artist Rae Adsila showed her paintings and primitives at craft cocktail bar The Lincoln.

The September art crawl will host almost three dozen events. Among those confirmed to show so far include: the G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd; Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave; Venice Abbot Kinney Branch Library, 501 Venice Boulevard; iPhone Photo Art Show at the Sunny Bak Studio, 2214 Pacific Avenue; “Cop Art” at George Francisco’s Compound Entertainment; ARTravenous, live performance, poetry, paintings, rants and music at Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Avenue; photographer/performer Nolitsa (www.nikolitsa.com) at The Lincoln, 2536 Lincoln Bl. and many more locations to follow.

The Venice Art Crawl is still seeking artists and venues for the September 21 event.

Help the VAC get the word out. If you know artists, businesses, Venetians who want to continue promoting the spirit of artistic expression in Venice, please let them know. At the Art Crawl, guests can experience pop-up galleries in studios, homes, parking lots, bars and restaurants that feature paintings, installations, performances, sculptures, live painting, music—the sky is the limit for what they will experience. Pop-up galleries can feature one or many artists such as painters, performers, poets, singers, dancers, or multi-media artists; the sky is the limit. September 1 is the deadline to get your event listed on the Venice Art Crawl map. Go to www.veniceartcrawl.com to submit your event.

An interactive guide to the crawl with a list of all participants and locations will be posted on the VAC website www.veniceartcrawl and on social media: https://www.facebook.com/theveniceartcrawl; @veniceartcrawl, #veniceartcrawl.

As always, VAC will host info booths with VAC maps at the Canal Club, Surfside and the Abbot Kinney Memorial Library on 501 Venice Blvd.

The VAC monthly mixers are a great way to connect with artists, merchants and neighbors to exchange ideas and let each other know who has available space for shows and artists. The most recent mixer took place last evening at The Canal Club; there won’t be a September mixer owing to having the Art Crawl that month.

The last Venice Art Crawl of the year is the popular Venice AfterBurn, taking place Friday and Saturday September 22 and 23 at the Venice Boardwalk between the skate park near Windward Plaza and the police station. For the first time, the Fourth Annual Venice AfterBurn has earned the title of an official Burning Man Regional Event. Enjoy all-day art cars, theme camps, interactive installations andmusic from Burning Man. Come check out one-of-a-kind, fearless radical art.

The Venice Art Crawl is a Venice Chamber of Commerce Event: http://venicechamber.net. Facebook Venice Art Crawl; Twitter @VeniceArtCrawl; Instagram @VeniceArtCrawl; MeetUp.com VeniceArtCrawl

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