Arts and Craft Drinks at Townhouse

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Venice Locals Support Venice Arts

On Saturday night Netty and Louie Ryan opened the doors to Venice’s historic Prohibition Era Speakeasy, The Del Monte downstairs at Townhouse on Windward Ave., to host a benefit for Venice Arts.

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Brian Pitt, Pascale Nyby, Mike Newhouse, and Ruthie Seroussi

Venice Neighborhood Council President Mike Newhouse was the evening’s MC. He and his wife Ruthie Seroussi have been long-time supporters of the organization. Seroussi serves as Board President of Venice Arts.

7 Venice Arts Board Member Brandell Davis center with her Sister Chelsey Bruce right and friend Canielle Benoit from InsperityJPG
Venice Arts Board Member Brandell Davis center with her Sister Chelsey Bruce right and friend Canielle Benoit from Insperity

Guests admired photography by Venice Arts’ students, while Among Savages performed live music. Spotted amongst the crowd were, Venice Arts Board Member Brandell Davis, Ira Koslow of the Venice Neighborhood Council, and Gail Rogers from the Ocean Front Walk Committee, along with Jin Park, who has attended the event for the past 10 years.

Venice Arts Associate Director, Elysa Voshell said the organization is thankful to have the support of the Venice community and local businesses and that she was, “thrilled so many locals were able to come and enjoy the evening.”

All money raised from the evening will go directly towards sustaining the organization’s programs. The night included complimentary fine whiskey tasting and appetizers from local Venice hotspots, Baby Blues BBQ, Larry’s, Wholefoods, and Blue Star Donuts.

Venice Arts has been providing free, high-quality media based arts education to low-income youth for the past 23 years. Their mission is to ignite imagination, mentor creativity, and expand a sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs.

For a look at some of the locals who came to support the cause get your copy of the Yo! Venice paper – out Friday!

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