Old Venice used to be a hippie artist's paradise. Today Venice is still a paradise, but only for those working artists who made it.
I came to Venice in the spring of 1973, when, as a Masters degree student, Otis Art Institute wanted us to open our own studio to see what it was like to be a working artist.
A friend of mine at Otis said "let's go down to the art colony in Venice and open a studio there". So Lynn and I drove down in her Jaguar looking for a space. I had never heard that there was an art colony in Venice, which at that time was a messy, dirty little part of Los Angeles. One short block from the beach on the corner of Speedway and Clubhouse I met Nick, a film maker who later made a movie of me and my work as an artist (available on YouTube), who told me about a studio for rent right on that corner for only $125 a month, I took it.
As the months passed, Venice came alive with the kind of activity I had only seen
before in a Federico Felinni movie. Music on the roofs of buildings, snake charmers, belly
dancers and people - people everywhere. And I was in the middle of it all. I thought
"there is a life going on in Venice" and here I am living in the suburbs
and attending art school. I moved into my studio full time.
The space that became my studio was located among various businesses on the Boardwalk right across from the merry-go-round next to and below the pier.
I moved in with Blackhawk and my son David, and we proceeded to clean up the studio.
Still and all, I was homesick for Venice, and used to roller-skate down there everyday. By this time I had a boyfriend Anthony, who had started to sell my
oil paintings and murals from my studio, just to people who walked in. I was beginning to support myself as an artist, along with some teaching at Otis
Art Institute, Brentwood Art Center and the University of Judaism. But, I wanted to be a working artist along with being a teacher.
The Boardwalk in Venice was all about roller skaters and bicycle riders, kids selling stuff, and people, people everywhere.
I hope you have enjoyed this Walk thru Venice that lead to Infinity Studio. This is only part of a Boardwalk Retrospective by watercolor. I now invite you to Walk Thru Santa Monica. I hope you will be captivated by what you see, as I was and still am.
Boardwalk views are available here. Visit my Neighborhood.
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