FUELED BY A LITTLE COMPASSION AND A LOT OF INGENUITY, THE VENICE ART WALK HAS AN ARTISTIC TAKE ON PHILANTHROPY
Dr. Mayer Davidson and philanthropist Irma Colen have a running joke. One of them founded the Venice Family Clinic; the other one saved it using chutzpa, charisma and her love of art.
Today Davidson’s dream and Colen’s succor have helped provide life-saving medical care to thousands of Angelenos whose annual income is so far below the poverty line medical insurance isn’t an option. Davidson and fellow physician Philip Rossman conceived of the Venice Family Clinic 36 years ago. It was the late 60’s, an era when charitable grass root groups were not just talking about the ills of society but trying to right the wrongs as well.
L.A. is no exception to the art fair trend. Here’s a look at two January fairs that had Santa Monica in a state of Stendhal syndrome
For the past seventeen years, Photo L.A. has been one of the most exciting and comprehensive venues for viewing and collecting fine art photography. The 2007 edition, held January 25th-28th at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, was no exception.
Alexis Hubshman, Owner and Manager
A large tent blows in the wind of early spring outside Lincoln Center. Is it construction or de-construction? Actually, it’s an architectural gesture—signature SCOPE, according to Alexis Hubshman, a self-dubbed “entrepreneurial artist” and owner and manager of all six SCOPE global art fairs, including the one here.
Paul Morris, Founder and Organizer
The Gramercy Art Fair may be a footnote in New York’s funky downtown art scene history for some, but for Paul Morris, who now runs six international art fairs, it meant more. It was his first foray into art shows.
George Billis, Founder
Although George Billis has owned a reputable art gallery in Manhattan and Los Angeles for some time, he is a relative newcomer to the art fair world. Three years ago, though, he ventured forth, founding two up-and-coming art shows: Red Dot and Art Now. Both occupy a unique niche: they provide an avenue for artists and galleries excluded from other art shows.