A private piano lesson with Dudley Moore, a walk-on part in television's Murphy Brown and a billboard message in Los Angeles for two weeks are among the hot properties to be auctioned off this weekend during the annual Venice Art Walk.
The silent auction and a tour of the homes and studios of more than 50 artists are among the events planned from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday as a fund-raiser for the Venice Family Clinic.
The event, now in its 13th year, also includes a showing of Chiat/Day's private art collection and a food fair with dishes from 12 Los Angeles restaurants.
The $45 ticket price includes admission to the behind-the-scenes art world of such artists as Laddie John Dill, Al Bengston, Martha Alf, Charles Arnoldi and E.F. Kitchen. The tour is a chance to gain insight into the personalities, working habits, methods and inspirations of some of the nation's most highly respected contemporary artists, according to organizers.
Chefs from 12 premier restaurants, including Arnold Schwarzenegger's Schatzi's, will prepare samples of favorite dishes such as lobster taquitos from Ocean Avenue Seafoods and grilled chicken pancakes from DC3. The samples will be available at booths and grills along the walk for $5 to $7.
The silent art auction from noon to 5 p.m. will auction off 300 pieces by such artists as Joe Goode, Ed Ruscha, Tony Berlant, Jonathan Borofsky and Jill Giegerich, as well as a weekend in New York City with two nights at Loews Hotel and a penthouse suite for a weekend at a Los Angeles hotel.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the starting point for the tour, Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (310) 392-9255 or 392-8630.
Shuttle buses will be available to ferry art walkers from three parking locations in Venice and Mar Vista to Westminster School from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The parking locations are at Walgrove Elementary School, 1630 Walgrove Ave. in Mar Vista, Broadway Elementary School, 1015 Lincoln Blvd., in Venice and Coeur d'Alene Elementary School, 810 Coeur d'Alene in Venice. The Art Walk is a benefit for the Venice Family Clinic, a nonprofit clinic founded in 1970 to provide free health care for low-income and homeless children and adults.