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Big Thanks to Venice Arts for Another Great Gala

On Saturday, November 2, some of the Halton Pardee team attended the non-profit Venice Arts’ 26th Annual Gala for an incredible evening. The Gala was attended by both well-known artists, actors and supporters of the arts and we are proud to have been a sponsor of the event which raised money for one of our favorite local organizations.

The Venice Arts’ “campus” was packed both inside and outside. Attendees were greeted with a glass of champagne and then urged to wander and view the silent auction where stories of the many young artists whose lives were transformed through the program were exhibited along with some of their photographs. Dinner was also served with many local eateries supplying delicious eats.

The Santa Monica High School Jazz Quartet wonderfully entertained the crowd before the honoree announcements. Stepping up to the stage to host were Bonnie Somerville, Moze Kowper along with Bonnie’s friend Tom Arnold stepping up to do announcements and urge donations.

It was an honor to watch Sunny Bak, a longtime supporter of the Venice Art Crawl, receive several awards along with a $5,000 donation to Venice Arts in her name. Once a fashion photographer herself, Sunny is known for photographing the Beastie Boys, Andy Warhol and Jackie O. She is a tireless organizer, volunteer and supporter of many Venice organizations including Venice Art Crawl, Venice Chamber of Commerce, Venice Pride and the Venice Neighborhood Council. She truly works towards keeping the Venice Artist community alive.

Venice Arts also honored alum Silvia Curiel, an up and coming photographer whose photographs capturing Oaxacan life in Los Angeles have been featured at Venice Arts, Annenberg Space for Photography and Photo LA. Her unique style was discovered and fostered through mentorships and classes at Venice Arts. She is a wonderful example of how this organization impacts our local youth and encourages them to grow and express their voice through photography and film.

The Halton Pardee team has been supporting Venice Arts for years. Their mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and uses its participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.

The Halton Pardee family looks forward to supporting and attending the Gala next year, and hope that you will join us for this event to support Venice Arts. Check out some of the photos from this year right here: