More than 5,000 people are once again expected for the 13th annual Venice Art Walk, benefiting the Venice Family Clinic. The walk and silent auction take place next Sunday from noon-5 p.m., with the auction preview and special docent-led tours beginning on Saturday.
More than 50 artists are scheduled to open their studios and homes this year--including new participants like Billy Al Bengston, Robert Graham and Renee Petropoulos, and such Art Walk mainstays as Martha Alf, Charles Arnoldi, Laddie John Dill, Fred Eversley and Jean Edelstein.
Works by nearly 300 established and emerging artists will be featured in the silent auction, and the docent tours will visit artists' studios in downtown Los Angeles and other areas, as well as the homes of private collectors including Peter and Eileen Norton.
The Art Walk begins at Venice's Westminster School at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Free parking and shuttle service is available at Walgrove Elementary School (1630 Walgrove Ave.), Broadway Elementary School (1015 Lincoln Blvd.) and Coeur D'Alene Elementary School (810 Coeur D'Alene Ave.). Tickets are $45, $95 if a docent tour is included. Information: (310) 392-WALK.
AUCTION: "MOCA Art Auction '92," the Museum of Contemporary Art's biennial major fund-raiser, will be at the Temporary Contemporary on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Nearly 60 items will be up for live auction, ranging from pricey works by Roy Lichtenstein and Edward Ruscha to more affordable works by Tony Berlant and Manuel Ocampo. Up for grabs in a silent auction are an additional 180 works by artists including Nicholas Africano, Chuck Close, Jill Giegerich, Lari Pittman, Robert Rauschenberg and Alexis Smith.
Tickets are $300 and include dinner and dancing. Information: (213) 621-1738.
STATE CONFERENCE: "Creative Capital for California's Future: Economic Development and the Arts" is the focus of the Governor's Conference on the Arts II, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. Presented by the California Arts Council and CalArts, scheduled speakers include Joanne Kozberg, Steven Lavine, David Lizarraga, Henry Mello, Frederick M. Nicholas, Anne-Imelda Radice, Peter Sellars and Peter Ueberroth. Registration fees are $150. Information: (805) 253-7814.
EVENTS: About 40 downtown artists will participate in the LACE Open Studios Tour on June 6 and 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The self-guided driving and walking tour begins at LACE at 1804 Industrial St. Tickets are $10, and two-day passes are available for $16. Special rates are available for students, seniors and groups of five or more. Information: (213) 624-5650.
El Centro de Accion Social will hold a free "Festival Latino" at Memorial Park in Pasadena, across the street from the Armory Center for the Arts, from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday. Various performing groups will be presented. The festival coincides with the exhibition, "Mexican Traditions in Contemporary Chicano Art," on view at the Armory through next Sunday. Information: (818) 449-3689.
DEADLINES: LACE will accept submissions through June 1 for inclusion in "Issue of Choice," a July 3-Aug. 2 exhibition focusing on the debate over abortion rights. Proposals and completed works in any media will be accepted, but all work must be no larger than 11x17-inches. A jury will select entries for installation in the gallery, and all other submissions will be bound in volumes that will also be displayed. Information: (213) 624-5650.
Slides are due Thursday for "Metals Now 1992," an open competition for sculpture and other metal works, that will result in a June 28-Aug. 9 exhibition at the Downey Museum of Art. Information: (310) 861-0419.