Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Venice Contemporary Gallery

Venice Grind Coffee House

On Saturday, Larry and I attended the grand opening of a new gallery on Venice Blvd. in Mar Vista. The Venice Contemporary Gallery consists of 3 storefronts in one building on Venice near Grandview. The center store is Venice Grind, a coffee house. On either side of the Grind are galleries. They share a large backyard. This first exhibition featured a group show of paintings, a swingin' d.j., a "live" painter actually doing a performance painting, vintage prints, drinks on the patio, etc. It was happenin'.

Mear One - Painting Performance

Many of our artist friends were showing their work and in attendance, including Dennis Larkins, Joe Vaux, Jenny Lens, etc. We arrived on the early side, around 7:30 pm. By the time we left at 9, people were positively streaming into the space. Apparently, art shows are the new hip hangout.

The Artist Smiles @ Ellen thru the window

Notice Mr. Larry, right, checking his digi-cam

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At 1:30 PM PST, Blogger Ana said...

Right in my back yard and I missed it! Shish that looked like an interesting evening but you always go to interesting and fun events.

See you Thursday.

At 3:52 PM PST, Anonymous christine g. said...

Oh, this is my dream, to have a cool hangout place, with coffee. Someday, god willing!!

At 12:47 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for covering this..
It's a real
Good write-up but the artist
in the photo
is actually Mear One,
not Shahid Brown....


At 2:20 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

OK, Mear! Thanks for the correction. Best of luck with your career. Your artwork is a standout!


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