Surf & Skate Auction
The Venice art, surf and skate community came together for an art auction to benefit the Venice Family Clinic Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif. The silent auction featured artwork by 85 artists including photographer Craig Stecyk III, painter Kevin Ancell, skateboarders Pat Ngoho, Steve Olson and Lance Mountain, surfer Ned Evans and more. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the film "Endless Summer" with an original poster signed by the film's director, Bruce Brown, and the graphic artist who originated the iconic image, John Van Hamersveld. The show's curator Robert Havassy said, "With this being a Venice-centric deal, it was like, 'How many of my friends and my friends' friends and favorite artists can I get to do this?'" Fortunately, Havassy pulled in Zephyr's own Jeff Ho, Venice royalty and a massive part of surfing and skateboarding's history.
The Endless Summer Poster
One of the original "Endless Summer" posters signed by the films director Bruce Brown and the graphic artist John Van Hamersveld.
Tony Hawk and Lance Mountain
Held in conjunction with the monthly Venice Art Walk, the Skate and Surf Auction brings together artists and legendary skateboarders like Lance Mountain and Tony Hawk for a once in a lifetime exhibit and opportunity to purchase these custom surf and skateboards.
"Rise Above Skateboard" by the artist FLAN.
Clark Davis, who grew up skating in the local Marina Skatepark said, "I knew that I had a blank board, but other than that I didn't have much direction and I came to the conclusion that I could saw it with a band-saw in spirals and I could use a wire coat hanger to separate it in an elegant fashion. I went out there with a compass and a pencil and laid it all out and ran it on a band-saw, sanded all the edges, drilled the holes and clear coated it and four and half hours later it was done."
Fine artist Andy Moses said, "My current home of Venice Beach definitely inspires my work. Venice is the perfect marriage of an energetic urban environment that still has a connection to nature, the ocean and surfing. Both sides of my brain get stimulated here."
Designer Jay Brett explained how he became involved in the auction, saying, "As one of the Design Fabricators for Tesla Motors I happened to have a close connection with one of the Venice Family Clinic board members, Bruce McHugh. He casually asked if I knew any artists and his request blossomed to include all the designers, fabricators and engineers that work in our building, hence there will be quite a few Tesla team member made boards. This board is a one off custom Carbon Fiber epoxy resin infused wave, titled 'Black Art – Wave,' which encompasses the technology, material, methods and processes that we us in the automotive design world."
Los Angeles artist and avid surfer Skullphone approached his surfboard in the same way he'd hit a wall, explaining, "I was working with what I had, I wheat pasted it with posters that I've had left over from the last couple years from the street. I had two separate images -- I worked with one for the bottom of the board and then one on the top and a stripe in between to separate it. And viola! I had a board. The point of the show is to bring a bunch of artist together for a good cause, and I think we're all psyched to be a part of it."
Legendary professional skater and contemporary artist Steve Olson said, "I like all the guys from Venice and I love the energy in Venice, so that is why I'm doing it. if Venice needs help, I'm there!"
Artist Ned Evans' take on the modern surfboard.
Birdhouses and Jackalopes
Venice Beach feels like a small town in a big a city and the residents tend to take care of their own, as Elizabeth Benson Forer, Venice Family Clinic's executive director and CEO explains, "What makes Venice Family Clinic special is the incredible partnership it has with the people who live and work in the communities we serve." Forer said that The Surf and Skate Auction is an extension of the clinic's volunteer program, saying, "We have the capacity to really use volunteers in all kinds of ways based on their interests. Every day, there are new people and folks who know us well walking into the clinic with wonderful ideas of how we can help people in our community." Birdhouse by Sue Neuhauser; Jackalope skateboard by Mark x Farina.