The Venice ArtBlock Offers Free Studio Tour This Sunday

Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013, 9:28:00 AM

Special To The Mirror

Nick Busco's 'Freddie Mercury' will be one of the works that can be viewed as part of the annual Venice Art Walk.
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Nick Busco's 'Freddie Mercury' will be one of the works that can be viewed as part of the annual Venice Art Walk.

By Henry K. Long

A free art tour will be offered this Sunday, Oct. 13 to the public featuring Venice artists.

The Venice ArtBlock evolved this past May, when the annual Venice Art

Walk excluded well-known artists after years of participation.

Many

local artists have opened their studios to guest artists, such as Marty

Katon, a painter for more than 40 years.

Known as the “Crocodile Dundee

of the art world,” Katon has invited artists to show at his studio

located at 324 Sunset Avenue, Venice (www.katonart.com).

One such noted guest is rock photographer Nick Busco featured on the back patio.

Busco has had a successful career in the music business. He has toured with legendary bands as well as

premiere rock and roll road crews and lighting companies.

"We worked with some great bands back then, Rod Stewart,

Queen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Chicago, Donna

Summer, James Taylor and Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Toots and the

Maytals," Busco said.

He

is currently working on a rock documentary.

The film features “the

business” from the crew’s perspective. It starts in 1969 at Woodstock

and features the personalities of the touring and road crews, as well as

designers, managers and creative and tech types too.

The documentary

will feature how the business has changed.

“What

we, as a creative team, brought to the business, before it really

became a big business,” Busco said.

Busco has recently shown at Trunk Gallery, Santa

Monica Art Studios, and more. His work can be seen at Mouche Gallery in

Beverly Hills (nickbuscophotography.com).

Helen

K. Garber is a 20-year member of the Venice Beach Art Community and

was involved with the Venice Art Walk for many years before the new

producers came in. 

“My work was featured on their poster and the cover

of their catalog in 2006,” Garber said. “I enjoyed a number of

special installations after I moved my studio to a location that is not

on their route. Alison Dockray, the former producer was a big supporter

of my work.”

Visit 801 Ocean Front Walk, Suite 9 (helenkgarber.com).

Gary

Palmer, a painter from Belfast, Northern Ireland moved to Venice

fifteen years ago and is looking forward to the event.

“We want to show

the creative action in all the nooks and grannies of our precious town,” said Palmer.

Visit 361 Vernon Avenue (garypalmerart.com).

Artist

Juri Koll will be showing his frescos. Also one of the organizers, Koll

explains, “It's a legit, non-confrontational alternative to the status

quo - meaning the Venice Art Walk. It also differs from the Venice Art

Crawl in that its only artist studios that are open - not galleries,

restaurants, pop up spaces - just the real thing.”

Visit 536 Sunset Avenue (veniceica.org).

The

ArtBlock Studio tour will feature 50 artists on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 12-5 pm, from Rose to Abbott Kinney Boulevard between Lincoln and Ocean

Front Walk.

Parking will be available at the Venice Skill Center on 4th

and Sunset, maps of studio locations and shuttles will be provided. The

event is free.

For more information, visit veniceartblock.com or facebook.com/events/600931316609004.

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