Therese Daniels and Peter Demian enjoying a Venice afternoon.
The stories are about artists, musicians, and characters who made Venice so very interesting.
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X-Swami-X, Venice Beach's first street entertainer
The paintings and photos you see on this site are some of the paintings and photos in VERY VENICE.
Venice California has increased in population by over 50%. Venice is filled to capacity with new residents who have moved there in the late '90's and the 2000's. They imagine they have arrived! They finally made it big time by being in Venice. In their fantasies they think they are "Venice Cool". They are not. There are only two ways to legitimately claim "Venice Cool": 1. You have to had lived and played in Venice from the '70's or 2. you have to read Very Venice.
You are not "Venice Cool" until you have a copy of
VERY VENICE, is a unique combination of a book about fine arts, artists, the artist struggle during a period of history about Venice California from the 1970's to the 1990's. In the discussions about art, it takes the reader through the transition of Venice, California from a slum by the sea to the highly fashionable place it is today. Venice Beach, California is now the first tourist attraction in California, today.
I lived and created art in Venice from the ‘70’s to the ‘90’s. I worked out daily at Joe Gold's World gym where Arnold Schwartzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Franco, Tom Platts, Tony Curtis and many more celebrities pumped iron. It was my pleasure to joke and banter with them all.
My friends and party partners were many of the musicians and artists of Ocean Front Walk well known today. Tibor Jankay, was an internationally known museum artist (deceased). Ray Packard, was a loved water colorist. Sonny Zorro, an artist and musician, (deceased) Harry Drinkwater, a photographer whose work is now recognized by many museums (deceased) all visited my studio. These and others were my good friends. My painting of Sonny Zorro was featured full page in the Venice Beachhead in July 2009.
Very Venice has over fifty original drawings, 17 paintings in color, and 40 photographs of life on Ocean Front Walk from the ‘70’s to the ‘90’s. Many of the graphics include advertisements of the businesses that were active in Venice in the '70's. Some of the businesses that supported us are still in business today. The photos contain such Venice icons as Peter Demian, Slavin David, Adrienne Prober, Harry and Ginger Drinkwater and more.
Within its covers is a collection of poetry, a ballad about a murder that took place on the Rose Ave. parking lot and short stories that the tourists of Venice Beach never imagined. Very Venice shares some of the secrets that made Venice what it is today. They are the stories of the real Venice artists and gypsies who passionately lived, loved and died in Venice. Like any book worth reading it includes sex and violence. All the stories are true.
Very Venice is a beautiful looking book that can be displayed on the coffee table and talked about by the most hip of the Venice elite. Available in a first edition for a limited time, it will soon become a collector’s book and will appreciate just as all things Venice appreciate.