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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Venice Art Walk & Auctions VIP Preview At Google To Benefit Venice Family Clinic


The iconic Endless Summer poster from the movie created by John Van Hamersveld. (Photo credit: www.post-future.com)

Venice Family Clinic – which supplies care to over 24,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless individuals in the community — celebrates its 34th year of the much-loved Venice Art Walk & Auctions with a special VIP Preview.  Mingle with artists, influencers and collectors and be the first to purchase one-of-kind art from the 350+ piece collection in the Silent Auction.  Enjoy music, food trucks, live art installations and more.

The 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions proudly celebrates the achievements of two signature artists: Larry Bell and John Van Hamersveld. Larry Bell is a contemporary American artist and sculptor whose 40 years of work can be found in the collections of many of the world’s top art aficionados. John Van Hamersveld is a renowned graphic designer, illustrator and artist perhaps best known for creating the brilliant and instantly iconic image for “The Endless Summer,” the seminal 1966 surf movie by Bruce Brown.  As signature artist, Van Hamersveld created the graphic imagery and logo for the 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

CEO of Venice Family Clinic Elizabeth Benson Forer, Mia Tyler, Chelsea Tyler, John Van Hamersveld, Larry Bell, Laddie John Dill, David Hertz and more will be in attendance.  Live performances will include my favorite singer songwriter Tom Freund who I think epitomizes SoCal life, as well as Keaton Simons, Leftover Cuties, Nyco, Shane Henry, and Lots Of Love.

There will also be live mural painting by artist Robert Vargas, live art installation by Kelly Berg and Print Pop Collection’s of hand-pulled screenprints featuring exclusive new works by artists in genres as diverse as fine art (Jason Shawn Alexander), pop surrealism (Bob Dob), subversive art (Gary Baseman), illustration (Christine Wu), sculpture (Daniel Edwards), street art (Gregory Siff), and vinyl toys (David Flores). All of the artists based in Southern California will be painting directly onto transparencies. Thus, creating the purest form of screenprint possible, since no computers will be used in the formation of their prints. Working in this type of analog format is a first for many of the artists and so it is expected that their prints will sell out quickly due to their unique properties. The Print Pop Collection has been curated by Daniel Rolnik, the world’s most adorable art critic.


Contemporary American artist Larry Bell (Photo credit: www.contemporaryartdaily.com)

Also, there will be family-led art activities for kids. Artist Gary Steinborn teaches kids how to make miniature versions of his famous Blue Dogs and Utrecht Art Supplies will sponsor arts & crafts projects. Moo Moo Musica will also engage the kids with songs and dancing.

The Venice Art Walk & Auctions was established in 1979 by philanthropist Irma Colen and a group of friends and local artists to create a signature event to raise money for Venice Family Clinic, the clinic many uninsured and low-income artists on the Westside relied on for their health care needs.  To date, Venice Art Walk & Auctions has raised over $10 million in support of Venice Family Clinic. 100% of all Venice Art Walk & Auctions proceeds support Venice Family Clinic’s mission of providing quality health care to people in need through seven clinical sites in Los Angeles County (Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Inglewood and Culver City). Venice Family Clinic is the medical home for thousands of low-income and uninsured families on the Westside of Los Angeles. In 2012, with the support of Silver Circle donors and over 2,000 volunteers, including 500 physicians, Venice Family Clinic, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, provided quality medical, dental, mental health, vision and specialty care to 24,000 men, women and children with nowhere else to turn.


Local LA artist/mural painter Robert Vargas. (Photo credit: www.facebook/downtownartwalk)

WHEN:   Sunday, May 19th, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


340 Main Street,
Venice, CA 90291


*Complimentary parking is available at Walgrove Elementary School, 1630 Walgrove Avenue, LA, CA  90066

and paid parking is available at Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, with shuttle service to event from both locations.

All proceeds from Venice Art Walk & Auctions benefits Venice Family Clinic.













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