The Venice Veterans Wall Restoration Effort: You Are Not Forgotten

The Venice Veterans Wall Restoration Effort: You Are Not Forgotten

Venice veterans wallThe Venice Veterans Wall tagged on Memorial Day needs your help to be restored. For many years the mural served as a memorial for all of our fallen heroes. The Venice Chamber of Commerce leads the way to restore the mural, a part of the community for 19 years.

Artist and Vietnam Veteran, Peter Stewart developed the mural to commemorated every POW/MIA from the southeast Asia conflict by inscribing their names all over the mural. The mural was completed and made possible with the help of Vietnam veterans and POW/MIA families. By 1997 his mural took its place in the Venice community.

The purpose of mural was to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country. Shortly after the mural was completed Peter Stewart passed away, leaving his mark and legacy in the Venice community. The restoration of the mural will help bring back what was lost in the damage and regain its original purpose to honor our brave soldiers.

The restoration project is moving forward with SPARC (located in Venice), who have generously offered to help with the project once funds are raised. 

veterans-wall-flyerFundraiser & Mural Restoration Event
Every supporter who donates $100 to the Go Fund Me page will be invited to an exclusive sunset dinner on Veterans Day at Venice Beach Suites and Hotel.
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How to Make a Donation
A little can go a long way. Anything to help make this project become a reality will be very much appreciated. Make a donation through the Venice Chamber of Commerce website or through their Go Fund Me page.


Venice Art Walk Returns to Google on Sunday, May 22, 2016

Venice Art Walk Returns to Google on Sunday, May 22, 2016

The annual Venice Art Walk is a festive fundraiser for Venice Family Clinic that’s also a celebration of Venice Artists with the famous Silent Auction at Google, the central area for  all ages, free activities, in addition to Artist Open Studios.

Venice Art Walk-2015-Google-mainentranceThis amazing annual event started by a Venice Artist Laddie John Dill, (in addition to to others) still opens his studio most years for the Venice Art Walk. The studio tour is a favorite of this Editor and worth the $50 ticket price, which allows the opportunity to  meet local artists while touring their studio, view their art and ask questions. Get Venice Art Walk Tickets >

A small sampling of the artists on the studio tour with 50+ studios which takes place from 12 noon – 4pm: Flavio Bisciotti, Sandy Bleifer, Jean Edelstein, Mollie Favour, Helen K Garber and Alejandro Gehry.

Venice Art Walk-2015-Google-mural paintingStart at Google for the Silent auction, featuring art donated by local artists, including well known artists such as Charles Arnoldi and Andy Moses) that you can bid on for very reasonable pricing. It’s also a great way to get an art collection started. There’s a community celebration in the outdoor courtyard with live music and other festivities and outside on Hampton Av (in back of Google building) booths, food trucks and Venice Art Walk t-shirts and collectibles for sale. If you purchased Open Studio tour tickets, go to the Will Call table on Hampton, between Rose and Sunset for your wristband.

Venice Art Walk details >

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
  • Noon–4PM: Artist Studio Tours
  • Noon–6PM: Silent Art Auction / Community Celebration / Imagination Station for Kids
340 Main St. Venice, CA 90291
Enter on Hampton, between Sunset and Rose – shut down to trafficVenice Art Walk-2015-silent-auction-dog

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In Memory of Bill Rosendahl 1945-2016

In Memory of Bill Rosendahl 1945-2016

Beloved Councilman to Venice and West Los Angeles, Bill Rosendahl passed away Wednesday morning. Bill had a great positive spirit that affected everyone he met. He was involved in the social and political fabric of LA to help the homeless, Veterans and give many people a voice that needed to be heard. He will be missed by all.

See this wonderful article from the Venice Neighborhood Council on the life and career of Bill Rosendahl plus his many accomplishments.

Gorilla Apparel by Isabelle Alford-Lago, Venice Artist, Now Available in Limited Edition!

Gorilla Apparel by Isabelle Alford-Lago, Venice Artist, Now Available in Limited Edition!

Gorilla Apparel-gorillazenbaseball_frontThe Gorillas are everywhere in Venice! For real – seen on many walls such as those inside NextSpace Venice and outside of Gjusta Bakery for example. Now you can wear one!

The Bodhi Gorilla mural seen on the walls at Gjusta inspires yogis and dancers alike, encouraging human nature to be openly interpreted and embraced along the way.

Isabelle Alford-Lago says:

“My gorillas are the uncensored human, laying bare a primitiveness we can all relate to. Despite their large hairy bodies and prominent nostrils, the gorillas redefine super star. Poised in the nude, they greet you with genuine self-confidence. This is why I also take my work to the public space, painting gorillas on exterior walls, so they exist within our “civilized” environment and remind us to be at peace with our own human nature.

Get Your Limited Edition Shirt >

gorilla-mural-Isabelle-Alford-lagoThe Bodhi Gorilla mural that inspired the Limited Edition Tee Shirt – get your shirt show your support to a Local Venice Artist!
Follow on Instagram: @bodhi_gorilla
To be featured on @bodhi_gorilla wearing the shirt, use hashtag #bodhigorilla 



Art Happenings in Venice + Santa Monica

Aloe-Slava-Fokk-ArtistArt Opening at ETC Gallery in Santa Monica, Saturday, April 9

Solo Art Exhibition by artist, Slava Fokk,  Stolen Moments.
Featuring an entirely new 2016 collection of his most exotic work to date.  Slava is highly sought after by collectors around the world and it’s a great opportunity to see his art. His recent portraits of women inspired by his wife and women he meets all over the world. 2009 Main St., Santa Monica, CA

#AKFF #abbotkinney1st #theotherroom Art at The Otheroom + Call for Artsists

A month to month rotation of local artists will be shown at The Otheroom on Abbot Kinney.  April will feature Jean C. Wheat. An artful summer is in storeon AK! 🙂 

 Open Call for Artists in May 2016: Email  submissions to

Good Food for a Great Cause: Join Us for a Taste of Venice!

Good Food for a Great Cause: Join Us for a Taste of Venice!

Bring your appetite to Taste of Venice on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 to help support the P.S. ARTS education programs! All proceeds from ticket sales support the P.S. ARTS award-winning arts education program.


Adam Gertler from the Food Channel at a Taste of Venice 2014

Join AKFF for an afternoon of delicious snacks, drinks and a VIP tasting tour with Venice Beach’s own top chefs. The VIP tasting tour begins at 3pm, followed by the general admission event at 4pm. The main event participants include some of our favorites: Flake, Groundwork Coffee, Kreation Kafe & Juicery, mytable, N’ice Cream, Poke-Poke, Primitivo Wine Bistro, Whole Foods Market + more!




P.S. ARTS’ dedicated mission is to provide arts education programs to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS makes dance, music, theater and visual arts accessible to communities that have dealt with budget cuts in art programs. By engaging children in cognitive and creative learning, P.S. ARTS aims to level the educational playing field to overcome economic, ability, and literacy barriers.

When: Sunday, August 30th, 2015. VIP Tasting Tour Entry @ 3pm. General Admission Entry @ 4pm.
*Must be 21+ to attend. 

Where: Lincoln Place Apartment Homes. 1050 Frederick Street | Venice, CA 90291

To purchase tickets, please visit

Hotlist for Hotspots!

Hotlist for Hotspots!

Looking for a new happy hour, cafe or brunch joint to add onto your summer bucket list? Check out these hotspots in Venice & nearby.

6 Spots to Get Your Brunch on This Summer in Venice Beach, Santa Monica & Hermosa Beach


Because what else are Sundays for? From bottomless mimosas to a pork belly benedict, AKFF knows best about brunch. 



Happy Hour HOTspots in Venice & NearbyHappy-Hour-Venice

You can never go wrong with happy hour specials and these hotspots do 5pm the right way. These gems are perfect for date nights or casual dinner & drinks. 


 Get Caffeinated – Top 5 Coffee Spots in Venice!


While you’re exploring these trendy spots in Venice & nearby, stay awake! Be sure to try out these coffee shops between brunch, happy hour, and (of course) the beach.