Trunk Gallery will host “Real Talk,” a silent art auction to benefit Oakgrove, a human relations retreat program based at Venice High School, on Saturday, March 30 from 6-9pm.

Works of 3.30 TrunkGallery Benefitart donated by Venice High students and community artists, including Nick Busco, Raffaello Grimaldi, Scott Tansey Michael Temple, Lili Raygoza, Keiden Oguri and Joshua Hernandez, will be on view for four weeks.

The work includes painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media. The opening night reception will feature live music and refreshments.

There is a $5 suggested donation. The auction will conclude with a closing reception on Friday, April 26, from 6-9pm. Highest bidders do not need to be present to win.

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Photographer Nick Busco’s work (see image) will be on view. He has had the chance to work with many legendary musicians through the years.

He has toured the world as part of rock’s most infamous road trips with access to stars that many can only dream of. Working closely with renowned performers such as Freddy Mercury, Bonnie Rait, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and more, he has captured classic images.

Busco currently has his work featured at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Scott Tansey is also donating a piece of his work….as part of tonight’s benefit. Tansey’s most recent trip to Patagonia inspired him to capture incredible images of mountain ranges, icebergs and rarely captured landscapes.

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A dedicated photographer, Tansy has traveled the world in search of magnificent landscapes.  On expeditions, scott is always the first one up and last to return. Scott Tansey’s panoramic phototgraphy is currently on view at Figtree’s Cafe.

Artist Michael Temple, aka Mike Tempo…creator and percussionist of the World Beat band The Bondaddys also has agreed to donate one of his paintings to the cause.

Temple paints everyday. He explains, “Although I began to develop my visual language 40+ years ago (Lower-glyphics), it took me a while to develop enough confidence to trust it. Now I do trust the shaman within; and with my visual vocabulary, the rhythm in the performance and the alchemy of paint, I create my view of the cosmos.”

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Oakgrove is a human relations camp at Venice High School that was founded in 1972 in response to the Watts riots of the 1960s. It is a place for Venice High students to speak freely and openly about themselves and their feelings without fear of judgment. The Oakgrove retreat is organized and run by students of Venice High. This unique approach is an integral part of Oakgrove’s model of sustainability. (

The exhibition will be on view: March 30 – April 26, 2013

$5.00 suggested donation

What: Benefit and Opening reception
Where: Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., LA 90066
When: March 30 from 6-9pm  Closing Event…April 26th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-483-7221