“The Art of the Game” Mar Vista Art Walk from 6-10 pm tonight!


Thursday, June 1st, from 6-10P.

Parents! cancel the babysitter and drop off your child at 

Light on Lotus who is offering FREE kids Yoga 6pm till 7.30.












More About the Mar Vista Art Walk:
The first Mar Vista ArtWalk was held in December 2015, when the environmental non-profit Green Communications Initiative and local artists came together to encourage community members to stroll their sidewalks and explore their neighborhood “Main Street.”

Now over a year later the ArtWalk continues to bring lovers of all the arts together to support one another and the community. Our mission is to grow, learn, and improve the strength of our community of neighbors, artists, galleries, and small businesses.

This free quarterly event transpires the first Thursday of March, June, September and December from 6-10 p.m. The ArtWalk is organized in 3 clusters along the 1-mile stretch of Venice Bl. Between Inglewood Bl – Beethoven St.

The Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) founded by Lenore French and the community of local artists curated by Mitchelito Orquiola, with the enthusiastic support of these partners and sponsors.




Full Circle Pottery – 12023 Venice Bl.
Atmosphere Café – 12034 Venice Bl.
Celeste’s Tailoring – 12028 Venice Blvd.
Lighthouse Stained Glass – 12102 Venice Blvd.
The VCA Venice Blvd. Animal Hospital – 12108 Venice Blvd.
Louie’s of Mar Vista – 3817 Grand View Blvd.
Status Kuo – 3809 Grand View Blvd. Light On Lotus – 3807 Grand View Blvd.
Timewarp Records – 12204 Venice Bl.
Grand View Market – 12210 Venice Bl.
Vintage on Venice – 12218 Venice Bl. LA Brakeless – 12220 Venice Bl.
Venice Grind – 12224 Venice Bl. Soaptopia – 12228Venice Bl.
CAMP on the Ranch – 12240 Venice Bl.
School of Rock – 12300 Venice Bl.
A Kid’s Place (Preschool) – 12306 Venice Bl.
Coffee Connection/Vineyard Fellowship – 3838 S. Centinela Ave.


Mar Vista Art Department – 12513 Venice Bl.
826LA/Time Travel Mart – 12515 Venice Bl.
NEW!!! The Mar Vista Murals – 5 new walls Venice Blvd. near Boise and Wasatch. Also 1 new wall at Grand View Blvd and Pacific.
Peach Tree Pottery Studios – 3715 Boise St.
Jeff Ho/Zephyr Studios – 3719 Boise St
Promenade Eco Car Wash- 12571 Venice Bl.
C. Nichols Project – 12613 1/2 Venice Bl.
The New School-West Preschool** – 12731 Venice Bl.
Peter Scherrer – Mousetrap Studios – 3791 Wade St.

Veganics Catering – 12809 Venice Bl.
The Moving Joint – 12813 Venice Bl.
Hurry Curry – 12825 Venice Bl.
Westside Center for Independent Living – 12901 Venice Bl.
The “Do Good Bus”
Trunk Gallery – 12818 Venice Bl. Buckwild Gallery Art & Supplies – 12804 Venice Bl.

More about the Mar Vista Art Walk:

On December 3, 2015, from 6 pm to 9 pm, Mar Vista had its smash hit inaugural art walk. Our first art walk was selected as a participant in the VisionLA 2015 Climate Action Arts Festival, held in conjunction with the Paris talks on Climate Change in December 2015. More than 500 people came to the celebration of local arts on the one-mile stretch of Venice Boulevard between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street. Designated as one of Mayor Garcetti’s “Great Streets” of Los Angeles, the nine-block strip celebrates all the arts – visual, musical, spoken and movement – as well as its history as one of Los Angeles’ oldest artist colonies.

Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the local arts community — its galleries, studios, artists and musicians — with enthusiastic support of CD-11 councilmember Mike Bonin and the Mar Vista Community Council.
The Mar Vista ArtWalk is made possible in part by grants from the City Of Los Angeles, Department Of Cultural Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The M & R Vest Foundation, and the Mar Vista Community Council, and with the support of Community Partners, and sponsors Michelle Pine Rappoport – KW Realty, and Gravlax Restaurant.

Mar Vistians have waited patiently for this high end micro roaster to open and the day has finally come! Finally get behind the velvet ropes on May 20th, 2017, 9-1 pm . No more, peeping in the window, and smelling those tantalizing coffee beans.

Experience it for yourself on May 20th, 9am-1pm at the grand opening!

More about the  Alana roasters:

Eric Stogsdill and Erin Ward. Eric has been involved in the specialty coffee industry for over 10 years. He honed his roasting skills and thoughtful bean sourcing over years working in farmers markets around Los Angeles.

They roast in house, almost daily and only roast beans that are in season.  They also make our their own syrups, keep our powders simple and low on sugar and have sought out the best milk and milk alternatives to compliment our coffee and espresso. Sooo… You better watch it,  Intelligentsia. Looks like you’ve got some stiff competition.


Announcing the LIGHT-themed One-Year Anniversary of the Mar Vista ArtWalk on December 1st, 2016 from 6pm–10pm. This FREE, one-night-only event, which happens four times a year, has grown into an all-inclusive celebration of art, local business, performance, music and food. The December ArtWalk

(its fifth art walk) will delight spectators and participants with seasonally appropriate holiday art. The purpose of the Walk is to encourage community members to explore their sidewalks—specifically the one mile stretch down Venice Boulevard between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street— one of Los Angeles’ “Great Streets”.

The Mar Vista ArtWalk is a joint effort of local environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists curated by Mitchelito Orquiola, with the enthusiastic support of CD-11 councilmember Mike Bonin and the Mar Vista Neighborhood Council.

What you will see:
*NEW—Holiday Light Contest—Local businesses will compete for the best holiday light display.

*NEW—the Art Mart—a brand new venue showcasing local artisans, craftspersons & designers. This is a great place to buy unique gifts for the holidays!

*“dark & LIGHT,“ poetry readings with Jack Adam Weber at Full Circle Pottery. (

*Festive Lights & Holiday Video Art Projections at Veganics (

*One Man Exhibition—Mike Temple, oil painter at Trunk Gallery (

* Eddie Aparecio, painter at Buckwild Gallery (

*Out of the Shadows—bridging relationships among the marginalized citizens of Mar Vista at New School-West. Utilizing light, shadow and images of community. (

*Live indie bands, including Westerner, The Jelly, Boyfriend Material, Break-up Hospital, Johns Landing, and Runson Willis III.

*FIRE Dancers at the Grand View Fine Arts Studios After-Party!

* Spoken word by emerging artists and volunteers at 826 LA. (

Also a capella carolers, film/video installations, food trucks, live painting & other live performance.

Already Coined, "Progressive Los Angeles Cuisine."

What’s New and exciting on Venice Blvd…

The Mar Vista

The Mar Vista is created by  Jill Davie, former chef at Josie, and D. Brandon Walker, a  chef at Bread and Rose Cafe, a philanthropic restaurant that serves over 750 homeless people weekly and a Program Manager and instructor of the Culinary Training Program,  Not even open yet, and already the restaurant has been called, “Progressive Los Angeles Cuisine.” In other words, multicultural culinary influences.

 The Mar Vista team knew that they had their work cut out for them when they had  undergone a former divey music venue. But aftercouple of months of intense work, the The Mar Vista is beginning to see the light- literaly. There will be an indoor-outdoor space, communal tables, booths, and lots of open space. And live music!

We’re looking forward to the opening expected to happen next month.

The Mar Vista
12249 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

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Have you ever wondered how Tattoo Parlors get their ink?

Apparently it’s not from the UPS man.

Neither have I until I saw the exciting transaction take place outside of the S.T. Tattoo Studio
off of Venice Blvd and Boise Ave.

Here ‘s how it plays out:

1.  A van shows up outside of the parlor.

2. An employee of the parlor runs out of the parlor and greets the driver.

3. The driver then opens up the side door of the van.

Ok, now this is where it gets good:

When he slides opens the car door, there are shelves of ink bottles everywhere!


Christmas inside a van!


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Then the tattoo parlor employee picks out the colors, signs and invoice and voila!

The driver slides the door shut and zooms off to his next tattoo parlor.

And that is how tattoo ink gets transported to tattoo parlors.