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ARTBLOCK Returns to Venice

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After the success of last yearʼs overwhelming community response ARTBLOCK is
presenting an expanded Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios including over 60 artists, studios
and special exhibits across Venice on Sunday May 4, 2014 from 11am-6 pm.
The event is free to the public.

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ARTBLOCK is an independent artist-run organization offering collectors and art lovers free access
to established studios and emerging artist!s spaces rarely open to the public.
Culturally diverse, multi disciplinary and inter-generational, the group is endorsed by a wide range
of cultural and civic organizations, including The Office of City Councilman Mike Bonin, The Venice
Neighborhood Council, The Social and Public Art Resource Center and The Mural Conservancy of
Los Angeles. Most importantly they have popular support from the diverse local community of
Venice. Since last years event, ARTBLOCK artists have won worldwide photographic competitions,
completed mural commissions, and taken part in International Art Fairs, Biennials, and exhibitions
nationwide. As development continues to bring changes to Venice, ARTBLOCK calls attention to an endangered arts community that continues to contribute enormously to the beach side of Los Angeles.

"ARTBLOCK open studios are an experience that reflects the bohemian soul that made and is
working hard to preserve, the Venice you know and love.”
Shana Nys Dambrot LA Weekly

"It's so great to get to see inside the studios of artists that you may just know
socially, or have heard of. What a treat to have them share so much of not just their art, but
themselves. ARTBLOCK is excellent and free!” C.J. Gronner Blogtown

“Captivating events that bring out classic Venice culture.”
Liz Spear Editor Venice Mar Vista Patch

The public can pick up a map at 4th Avenue and Sunset Avenue 90291, where many studios are
centered or anywhere along the route. Flags will mark participating studios. Free parking is
available at Westminster Elementary School located at Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Westminster Ave
and at SPARC (The Social and Public Art Resource Center) at 685 Venice Blvd. The public is
encouraged to walk or ride the route on bike, however Shuttle buses will be available for transport
to all locations on the route. Along the route look for murals, live art, readings, live music and
opportunities to participate in public art. A Catalogue of Artblock Artists, designed by Michele
Castagnetti, allows participants to preview work or to design their route ahead of time.
You can watch a Venice Artblock 2013 Video Recap to see what is in store for the May 4 event.
More information is available at: http://www.veniceartblock.com
or visit us at: http://www.facebook.com/veniceartblock

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