|ACCEPTANCE - Mosaic collage in shadow box frame|
|COURAGE - Not yet framed mosaic collage|
|EMERGE FROM THE MIST - Plaster on burlap mounted on wood|
|Close of texture|
Abbot Kinney, Venice, 11 years ago when Ten Women Venice first leased the space, was a run down artsy area that you almost couldn't rent for free. Over these past 11 years, we watched it slowly develop into "THE" place to be seen, eat and hang out. It's about a 5-6 block strip of now mostly new hi end retail stores and very new residential loft type buildings. The rent has sky rocketed to $7 a square foot and the average retail space is around 1,000 square feet. The new buildings are renting for $15,000 per month. They will be building a parking facility behind one side of AK on the next block north and planting trees and discontinuing parking on the street itself. This to be completed by 2012. After searching hi and low for another affordable space of AK we came up so short and one year too late.
What will happen and where Ten Women Venice Gallery ends up is anyone's guess. For me, the possible loss is heart breaking. But, for the last month, I decided to create as much as possible and fill my space with all fresh new art. Not much time so I better get back to the studio...