October 11–November 1 | Venice Arts celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a Gala Celebration & Exhibition, featuring work by professional photographers and VA students.
Accents Jewelry Design Giveback Day
October 18 | Shop for a new treasure, snack on cheese, sip some wine, and meet emerging local designers at this event benefiting Venice Arts. 20% of all sales go to support Venice Arts’ programming. This event takes place at Accents Jewelry Design, 2900 Main Street, Santa Monica • 310.396.2284
21st Anniversary Preview & Live Screenprinting Event with Junk Food Clothing Co.
October 11 | Get a sneak peak of our Gala exhibition featuring professional and student photographs and get your bids in early on this year’s fabulous raffle & silent auction items. Then design your own t-shirt featuring graphics by Venice Arts' students during a live screenprinting event courtesy of Junk Food Clothing Co.
The Community Story Lab: Rock, Stumble, and Roll
October | Rock, Stumble, and Roll Participants mastered the art of gesture used in storytelling and photograph a sequence of images that show motion. These images were used to create a digital flip book.
The Community Story Lab: What You Think You Need
September | Participants created “Lost” or “Missing” flyers that represented real, perceived or embellished upon physical or internal attributes. They used found or personally shot photos to incorporate into their flyers. The flyers were printed in multiples and distributed into the community. Each student created an alias email address and set up accounts to receive replies from the community.
The Community Story Lab: The Real Me
August | Participants created a selfie using a handheld digital camera or camera phone. Images were superimposed into a secret landscape using Photoshop.
August 8 | Based on the notion of “ecotone,” derived from the Greek word for tension, this show features seventeen artists, each exploring and documenting in-between or transitional spaces through photography or video. Investigating interactions caused by human migration or displacement, urban encroachments onto nature, or environmental strain, these works question how we relate to borders and places of transience. See more images of the exhibition here.
The Community Story Lab: In Relationship To
July | Participants created small sculptures from various materials, shot the sculptures on a green of screen, imported the image into photoshop, and superimposed them into photographs spaces/places from the community.
Drop-in Community Story Lab: Photo Detour
June | In this workshop, participants explored the outdoors and performed site specific actions to engage in the community. Working in teams, they documented their partner’s actions using a hand held digital camera. Participants were given a kit that included materials and color coded instructions prompting them to do, take, or touch.
June 21 | Hear from two long-time Venice Arts teaching artists, Mike Cersosimo and Mike Jasorka, and support a nonprofit arts organization helping low-income youth ignite their creativity though multi-media workshops.
2014 Student Culminating Exhibtion
May 17–July 25 | Each year, over 400 students participate in our award-winning Art Mentoring workshops, exploring their creativity and learning about visual storytelling through after-school, weekend, and summer workshops. See more photos from the opening reception here.
The Community Story Lab: Rewriting My Story
May | Participants investigated their relationship to their community. Using elements of poetry, spoken word and textbased constructions/deconstructions participants created an audio work representative of their personal story in relationship to the community they call home. The final audio recording was presented online.
The Community Story Lab: Common Threads
April | Participants explored how artists use embroidery as a tool in storytelling to apply new meaning to found photographs. Participants collected images of the local community through online sources. Images were printed onto iron on transfers and placed onto fabric. Participants added their own voice by applying words and/or images to the photographs to reinterpret the image using colored embroidery thread. Students learned basic embroidery skills, how to navigate through the web to download free images, and collecting, storing, sharing, and printing images.
Six Shooters: A Photographic Conversation
March 1–May 3 | The Six Shooters: A Photographic Conversation exhibit represents the narrative project of the photography collective, Six Shooters. The exhibition presents 22 weeks of this ongoing project, featuring both work from the founding six shooters and the current Six Shooters.
January 21–February 25 | An exhibition of over 50 new photographs, all taken with an iPhone, by Susan Rennie and Marta Evry.
Monday: 9am–5pm Tuesday–Friday: 9am–6:30pm Saturday: 9am–5pm (closed Saturdays in July & August) Sunday: Closed