A few tips for attending the Venice Art Walk & Auctions

1. Arrive early — it’s a relatively short day. Studios open at 11:30 am and close at 4:30 pm. The Silent Art Auction runs 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.

2. Purchase tickets in advance if you can. This means less time in line.

3. Avail yourself of the free parking lots and shuttle buses or public transportation (more info about these at http://www.venicefamilyclinic.org/index.php?view=twentyten_artwalk) since parking can be difficult near Westminster School. Bikes welcome, too!

4. Once you receive your catalog, spend a few minutes making a plan. Venice is a fairly small area, but there are more than 50 artists’ studios and special exhibits, so it pays to get a quick idea of all your options. By the way, the catalog has been revamped this year — with color photos, shorter artist bios, fewer pages, and a tall, thin format. Much more handy!

5. Take your time. You’ll never see ALL of the artists’ studios, so don’t try. Pick a few areas to explore, enjoy all the hidden spaces you’d never see otherwise, and spend a few minutes talking to the artists. And when you need to recharge, just head back to the school, where a bunch of great restaurants will be waiting for you. Also note that the Silent Art Auction (which will include Brandon Morino’s Please jip generously, above, and more than 400 other works) is inside the school, and it will be open for a full hour after the studios close. Enjoy!

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