Ra Ra Superstar will be in the Venice Spring Fling art show on May 12, 2012
Internationally Known - Japan - Holland - LA - Italy - NYC - Miami - Jamaica - Africa and if u really want to know about me read on : Most people want to know how I started to paint . Since its such a big part of my life . Well I was in New York trying to find my self I was sleeping on the Brooklyn Bridge with my drum and my suitcase and I met an artist. His name was Pep. I spent 7 nights on the bridge, people would come and bring me food and drinks and all kind of kind gestures .Even the people who sold fruits and cakes in manhattan 3 times a week saw me living on the bridge and they all gave me free food wouldn let me pay I would drum all day and only leave the bridge to eat and use the restroom. I got to know the joggers, tourist and the people who comute every morning and would see me still sleep with my drum in my arms on the bench it was hard but I birth myself and in my darkest moment Pep showed up and offered me a night at his house to rest and eat so I went. I was amazed from the moment I walked in his house he painted on all the walls and there was nudes hanging on the walls everywhere and he lived with his agent who sells his art to his buddys he works with on Wall Steet. It was a flash and I wanted to be an artist from that moment well I called a friend to wire me money for a bus ticket then I went to Detroit and I hit the lottery and me and my daughter bought art supplies and painted my first picture together.
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international art superstar, i sam selling on venice beach for 14 years
Michael Graham is sponsoring the art show. Bio: Michael Graham was originally from the Mid-west but now I reside in Venice Beach. In a local workshop, I design and build hand made furniture. I reclaim wooden crates from vineyards and raisin farms through out California. I build Beautiful and functional furniture that brings people together and inspires conversation.
art by sky has confirmed participation on May 18, 2013!
Painting, for me, is an expression of my connection to the universe, the present moment and all that is. My paintings express my love of nature, beauty, light, & color. Painting is where I give thanks for all the beauty, joy, & abundance of the universe. I believe in a world of joy, peace, love & good will to all beings. Painting gives this world focus for me. It is my hope and belief that this joy & love is transferred to all who see my paintings. May they touch the light in you ! EN-JOY artbysky.com
Alex Avila, originally from San Antonio, is a self-taught artist who made his start in art five years ago around the time he moved to San Diego. He quickly fell in love with the city’s raw urban landscape, and its juxtaposition to the gritty harshness of the streets and the way in which it cavorted with the utopian illusion of archetypal sunny beaches that cast a semblance of the “tourist’s playground”.
Alex Avila’s art is ironically showcased in the sense that it takes the spectator (the REAL tourist) and shows that the truth, beauty, and pulsating nerve of San Diego lies much deeper beyond the city as being a destination to witness jumping orcas, the zoo, and the beaches.
He draws his inspiration from what he sees while riding the city’s public transit, walking the streets, and cycling through the various neighborhoods. The accoutrements of humanity’s darker sides are revealed using singular and sometimes dual, bold colors against the brushings that build the bones of that humanity: pain, love, loss, monotonous toil, survival, and the grind.
Avila’s subject matter is rich in multi-cultural representations that stream through portraits as well as urban landscapes. His work is also wide-ranging in theme. An example of this is noted in his depiction of women: they are not only sensual, exotic beings, but they are also etherealized as matriarchal strongholds to their communities.
Avila’s creative spectrum extends beyond the canvas to film. This emerging photographer captures the realism and aesthetic wonderment of the streets, and utilizes shadow and natural light to convey his arsenal of emotions.
Avila’s work has gained national attention, as he showcased his artistic skills in professional sports through Pony. His exposure was further highlighted when New England Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick presented wide receiver Randy Moss with a pair of athletic shoes designed by Alex.
Ann Cohen has been a teacher, singer, artist and musician in the Bay Area for 40 years.. She has a love of life and the people that exist in this world.
She was born in Los Angeles and moved to the bay area in 1966. In the last few years she rediscovered Venice Beach and has taken a couple of trips down here to draw the scene. When asked what brings her back here to draw, Ann responds, “I love the freedom to express what ever I want in Venice. I can walk along the boardwalk singing or stop to draw the moment.”
Ann has been drawing music and people around in the Bay area since 1990. She has drawn thousands of local and well known bands in San Francisco. When she takes a moment to hear the music and dance while her hand goes to the paper and draws the music quickly as she dances to the rhythm.
Ann will show up at a coffee shop or just around and draw the people. She loves to catch the moment without the subject knowing.
Ann and her late husband Allen Cohen, a well known poet have published two books together, The Book of Hats and Like a Radiant White Dove, publisher is Regent Press. Ann illustrated the poems for Allen. Allen was the originator of the San Francisco Oracle and underground newspaper that was published in the Haight in SF in the sixties.
Ann’s art is in many private collections and has appeared in Beatitude magazine, Relix magazine and Split Shift.
artist: ok its kelly
bio: i snort when i laugh and i am good at math
Brian Mylius is the resident artist at 20 Westminster Ave. He has been selling art in Venice for more than a decade and has had shows worldwide.
Daniel Militonian ( Dunkees ) - My artistic goal is to bring imagination back into art. Ideally, I want to reach a success level that will allow me to do art exhibits all over the world. I want to push my talent as far as I can, to see what’s possible at the very far limit of imagination. I see my work as innovative inkblots triggering the right parts of the brain to inspire positive thoughts. I would like to encourage and motivate today’s youth to embrace and maximize on their natural artistic talents, despite of the school cut-backs on art programming and the society’s fear of the high risks associated with being an artist. I would like to serve as an example and show that art is not just a hobby, but can be a career and a fulfilling lifestyle. As an artist, I strive to dig deep into my inner self and draw not only what I see, but also what I imagine. I love to explore the dream world where anything and everything is possible. I enjoy drawing detailed images, full of color, meaning and story. Pulling images from deep within the subconscious, I push myself to create unique works of art every time.” -Daniel Militonian
It was on a journey on The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, where I understood clearly that I am an artist. Seeking clarity in my life, I had quit my job, sold everything I owned, and traveled to France and Spain to volunteer on organic farms. While there I hiked 350 miles across Northern Spain along this ancient pilgrimage route. I had time to think about my life without distractions and I realized how much I loved art. I had been drawing since I was a child and always loved looking at art, learning about art, and using my imagination. It gives me a feeling of freedom when I am involved in creativity. Upon returning from Spain, I moved to Portland, Oregon where I started experimenting with watercolor and acrylic paint. In 2003 I began showing my artwork in cafes and restaurants. Within the year, I had paintings on display in several galleries in Oregon and Northern California. After several years of success in the art world, I had the opportunity to take another transformative journey. Once again, I sold everything I owned, and traveled to Peru where I lived in a native Shipibo community near Pucallpa on the edge of the Amazon. After this 1-year break from painting, it was time to head back to America, where I currently live In Venice, CA. My landscapes reflect my experience while traveling in Europe and South America. They express the stillness, presence, and peacefulness that I feel within. In 2008, when I became a father, I added small child-like houses, making my paintings light-hearted, playful, and whimsical. They help me reconnect with my own inner-child. My most recent body of work is a shift to painting from a deeper level of subconscious, unspoken inspiration and I enjoy sharing this with others
Audrey McNamara-Garcia: Born in Denver, Colorado in the summer of 1982, Audrey McNamara showed signs of a talent for art at a very young age. as a child, drawing was pure play for Audrey and she spent many hours up at her drawing table, tool in hand. during her teenage years the artist nonchalantly won school awards and baffled her instructors, but she cared little for school and, as soon as Audrey could leave the confines of formal education, she did. In 2003, Audrey had her first solo art exhibition at Mutiny Now Gallery in Denver. Many more shows were to follow as she tirelessly pursued her path up the ranks of showing her art in bookstores and coffeeshops, and doing menial jobs such as interior painting and technical sketches to pay the way. By the time Audrey was enrolling herself in Denver's Emily Griffith Institution of Vocation and Design, she was a working full time as a freelance artist. Her Education in fashion design helped mold the signature style Audrey's art carries today. at the dawn of 2009, Audrey moved to Los Angeles to expand her pool of opportunity. She, now, holds a curating position in Venice, California while she travels the United States with her art, doing, by majority, illustration, street vending and murals.
Jayne kondo Japanese born part-time artist (painting, performance) live in Venice and Santa Rosa She carries and inherited an avant garde *Gutai* group founded in the mid 20 century in Japan.
Martha C. Wilson Woodhouse
Life is what it is, sometimes short, sometimes long, we all are here
and one day we will all be gone...so while we're here, be happy!
I named my art studio The Laughing Volcano because there's no
sense in erupting, just laugh it out! And laugh out loud!
I love Venice Beach, I loved working on Venice Beach 2001, 2002,
and 2009. I love being part of Milton's Venice Beach Spring Fling.
It just keeps getting better and better. Lava Love Forever, and Venice Beach Peace. Always.
martha aka Art Girl www.LaughingVolcano.com
Believe in the magic of life.
Joe Hernandez is a California native artist who works in Los Angeles. He has taught at high schools and universities throughout southern california. He works in many mediums and genres but specializes in paint. Recently his work has been consumed making “acrylicks” which are paintings you can wear as bracelets or use in other ways. His work tries to embody the union of technology and nature in a sort of technatural offspring. Using flowers, leaves, found objects , gems and minerals set in the bracelets embraced by the paint. Joy and wonder have often influenced his work which has included installations and performances and combinations of the two creating a complete environment for the audience to engage in at multiple festivals and galleries. For Venice Spring Fling he will be creating an interactive installation involving balloons and bananas that will be fun for all ages.
JELLOPOP mixed media with mixed messages. hard to pin her down, but you may ﬁnd her galavanting amongst the wood elves of topanga or appreciating the surf groms of laguna beach. ongoing previous lives include europe and the east coast. the latest
series inspired by playa del carmen, mexico. sometimes a master of quirk, but above all, an empathic devilʼs advocate.
Venice Spring Fling 7, A Free Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11am - 7pm
Windward Plaza Park, between the boardwalk and the bike trail at the west end of Windward Avenue in Venice, CA, 90291
Free music and arts festival to kick off spring at the beach in sunny Venice, California!
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