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.
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.
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.
will feature how the business has changed.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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
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.
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