Our Pick of the Week on LA Art Party….is the Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

CeleVAW13 logo s2brating its 35th anniversary, this legendary Art Walk was founded by artists and volunteers in 1979 to raise funds for Venice Family Clinic. This is a GREAT way to give back to the community and enjoy a fun filled day of art and community!!!

Here’s some info about the event straight from the organizers: This annual event is the Clinic’s largest community fundraiser, raising over $700,000 in critical funds for 24,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless people throughout the Westside of Los Angeles.

Taking place on May 18th, the Venice Art Walk & Auctions will feature a 350 piece silent art auction, artist studio tours and community celebration. Enjoy meet and greets at artists’ studios, live art exhibitions, music, food and drinks.

The event has also helped cPOW-VAWAatalyze Venice’s legendary arts scene. This milestone anniversary serves as a retrospective and commemorates the artists that have supported the Clinic and this event over the past three decades and are now some of the most iconic contemporary artists in the world. The event also showcases work of some of the hottest emerging artists like: Michelle Andrade, Natalie Arnoldi, Clara Balzary, Douglas C. Bloom, Allison Cortson, Liz Craft, Sam Durant, Sam Falls,Rebecca Farr, Marc Fichou, Brendan Fowler, Erin D Garcia, Tierney Gearon, Alejandro Gehry, James Georgopoulos, Rives Granade, Cameron Gray, Kio Griffith, Danny Heller, Larry Hirshowitz, Cooper Jacoby, Mark Jenkins, Matt Lifson, Summer Mann, Miltos Manetas, Pentti Monkkonen, Lauren Marsolier, Andy Moses, Max Neutra, Jason Olive, Robert Olsen, Ana Prvacki, David Allen Peters, Joshua Petker, Sidney Pink, Rohitash Rao, Bryan Ricci, Roxene Rockwell, Bert Rodriguez, Liza Ryan, Analia Saban, Debra Scacco, Sharktoof, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Skount, Lisa Soto, Ben Tours, Nathanael Turner, Alison Van Pelt and Jessica Williams.

The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today.

TPOW-VAW-JohnPhotography-kidshis auction part of the event is free and open to the public and features the anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that the Clinic holds throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Don’t miss your chance to bid on work from LA’s hottest established and emerging artists. Including: Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Don Bachardy, Tony Berlant, Billy Al Bengston, Gregg Chadwick, Greg Colson, Allison Cortson, Liz Craft, Laddie John Dill, Guy Dill, Sam Durant, Carlos Estrada-Vega, Fred Eversley, Erin Falls, Sam Falls, Marc Fichou, Brendan Fowler, Joe Goode, Nick Gottlund, Alexandra Grant, Cameron Gray, Lynn Harris, Charles Christopher Hill, Cooper Jacoby, JOW, Lauren Marsolier, Kim McCarthy, Robin Mitchell, Andy Moses, Martin Mull, Judy Nimtz, Max Neutra, Renee Petroupolis, Raymond Pettibon, Pam Posey, Astrid Preston, Ana Prvacki, Ed Ruscha, Liza Ryan, Debra Scacco, Judy Stabile and Gary Steinborn.

Can’t make it to Venice? Peruse selected art pieces on Paddle8.com starting May 1, 2014.

This year’s commemorative poster and t-shirt showcase the work of legendary artist Don Bachardy and emerging artist Cameron Gray.

The sigVAW-1JohnPhotography 023rnature poster showcases portraits created by Don Bachardy of the supporting Venice Art Walk artists over the last 35 including: Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Don Barchardy, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Guy Dill, Laddie John Dill, Robert Graham, David Hockney, Ed Moses, Gwynn Murrill, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha, and Tom Wudl.

The word “Venice” is repeated in this year’ year’s collectable t-shirt, designed by Cameron Gray. Each letter features a different portion of artwork from the posters created for the event over the last three decades. Inside the letters you’ll discover work from Venice Art Walk supporting artists like: Lita Albuquerque, Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Tony Berlant, Jonathan Borofsky, Karen Carson, Mark Di Suvero, Laddie John Dill, Sam Francis, Gajin Fujita, Joe Goode, Kenny Harris, David Hockney, Ed Moses, Astrid Preston, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Kenny Scharf, David Trulli, Tom Wudl and John Van Hamersveld.

The Art Walk takes place Sunday, May 18th and runs from noon till 6:00 pm. The will call booth is located on Hampton Drive, outside Google’s Headquarters on 340 Main St. Venice, CA 90291. For more information about the Venice Art Walk & Auctions and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.veniceartwalk.org/