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Monday, May 26, 2014

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk - 2014

The Venice Family Clinic held its 35th annual Art Walk auction at Google's offices in Venice last Sunday.  The event is a large silent auction of fine art combined with studio tours and architectural tours in and around Venice.  The actual event on Sunday features over 300 works of art for sale, live entertainment and a street full of food trucks for patrons to choose from.

Approaching the event - Sign in tables
Venice Family Clinic is one of the largest free medical clinics in the country with 10 facilities serving Venice, Santa Monica and surrounding communities on the west side of Los Angeles.  Their annual Art Walk is their 2nd largest fundraiser, contributing over $600,000 to their annual operating fund.

For the last three years, the Art Walk has been held at Google's Venice offices in the famed "Binocular Office Building" that was originally the home of the Chait Day advertising agency.

Google's Binocular Office Building
Works of art are on display in two areas of Google's offices, an entry corridor and a large hall with sculpture on display in an outside area near the performance area.

Large crowds mill through the exhibit, placing their bids on forms posted next to each work.  The Art Walk is free for the public to attend and each guest is given their own unique bidding number upon entering the event.

My wife Jodie has worked at the event for the last 15 years or so and her cousin Kimberle King has assisted for the last 5 years or more.
Jodie with friend and fellow collector Fala Powers

Kimberle King happily at work

The event included live entertainment from 6 or 7 bands during the course of the day.  Two bands, featured here wound up the festivities at the end of the day.

Little Galaxies

Alexandra and The Starlight Band
Some sculpture among the music
I think this was part of the sale

The audience featured fans young and old who enjoyed the music and the delightful pre-summer afternoon, which was a huge relief after scorching 110+ days earlier in the week.

An outside patio adjacent to the musical entertainment area offered guest a place to sit and enjoy beer and wine or maybe even a game of lawn chess.

Food trucks were located along the street behind the offices where patrons could grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of different styles of cuisine.

At the end of the auction, when all the patrons were ushered out of the building so the sales could be tabulated, they were greeted with a bevy of sweets to help them bide their time.

Finally, to end the event, patrons paid for their art purchases, had it wrapped up if desired and out the door.  A very successful day!

For more information, refer to the following links below.

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk: http://theveniceartwalk.org/

Venice Family Clinic: http://www.venicefamilyclinic.org/

A gallery of photos from the event: http://www.jimrea.com/zenphoto/VFC_Artwalk_2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Portraits of the Fallen Memorial

As we approach the Memorial Day holiday, I would like to take a moment to talk about a project that a friend of mine, artist Joan Horsfall Young is involved with.  Joan is one of the organizers of the Portraits of the Fallen Memorial which is a project of the Pasadena Art Council's EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.  According to their mission statement, the purpose of the program is to commemorate the sacrifice of those American military service members, from California, who have died while serving our country during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Local artists are engaged to produce portraits of fallen soldiers from California and those portraits are transferred to porcelain tiles which are presented in an exhibit that travels to communities around the USA.

Joan sent around a notice today that the Portraits of the Fallen Memorial is on display at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum through July 6, 2014.

Artist Joan Horsfall Young with Nixon Library Supervising Curator Olivia Anastasiadis on opening day
Exhibit Marquee
Major Ricardo Crocker by Joan Horsfall Young

Portraits on Display

This is a beautiful concept to honor our fallen soldiers.  Thanks to all of the artists who have contributed their wonderful talents and to all of the many museum personnel and others who make it possible for this exhibit to be seen around the country.

For additional information:
Portraits of the Fallen Memorial Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/PortraitsOfTheFallenMemorial
Portraits of the Fallen Memorial Website: www.PortraitsoftheFallenMemorial.org
Joan Horsfall Young's Artist Website: http://www.joanhorsfallyoung.com/Welcome.html
Have a great Memorial Day holiday.

Jim Rea
Sotheby's International Realty
Pacific Palisades

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Goodbye KW, Hello Sotheby's

I moved from Keller Williams to Sotheby's International Realty this week which will involve, among other things, a whole lot of work rebranding everything that I touch in my real estate practice.

I have had a wonderful time during the last four years at Keller Williams and I leave many friends whom I look forward to working with in the future.

Working in the luxury markets on the west side of Los Angeles is a challenging task where clients are increasingly focused on a select number of powerful luxury brands.  In addition,  Jodie and I regularly travel around the country attending art shows and charity wine auctions where we have developed may long-lasting friendships and relationships.  Because of those relationships around the country,  I increasingly have the opportunity to assist my friends and colleagues in luxury markets far afield of this local home base.  Another factor is the strength of Sotheby's International Realty's international network of associates and their large base of international clientele.  To successfully sell top luxury homes in today's market, it is increasingly important to be able to tap into a truly world-wide marketplace of buyers in order to stimulate sufficient demand for these properties.  The strength of Sotheby's International Realty's brand in the fine wine, fine art, and international luxury real estate presented a compelling reason for me to consider taking the leap.

I am very much looking forward to working with the international team at Sotheby's International Realty and will do my best to keep you posted not only on my progress, but also on new developments in the dual worlds of wine and art that may be of interest to you.

My new office - right at the town square