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Dale Hartman

Christmas Ladder

Venice Paintings by
Pat Hartman

Artists Roster

Arielle Haze

Arielle Haze views
beach art

Scott Shellstrom
Venice art

Jack Chipman

Steven Ehrlich

In the Old Days:
Windward Avenue

Night Scenes

Canals, Bridges


the Lagoon

Miniature Railroad

Market Street

Mecca Buffet

Scenic Railway

1921 Amusements

Cabrillo Ship Cafe'

Venice Pier

Bath House or Plunge




Unpainting the Town:
lost murals

Helen K. Garber photos

Chris Burden

Jeff Verges

Lance Diskan

Avid Brickman

Art at the Rose Cafe'

Robbie Conal

Venice-based Art

Ferus Gallery

Mario Barrios

Gary Steinborn

Earl Newman

St. Charles Mural

Spoons of Venice

Rena Small



The Iconic Venice Sign



When Venice of America opened for business and fun back in 1905, there was the Venice Sign, glowingly strung across Windward Avenue. Now, thanks to the efforts of a whole bunch of people, it's back.

What happened to the original electric trestle sign? Nobody knows. It seems to have dematerialized in the late '40s or early '50s.

How many Todd von Hoffmans does it take to screw in a light bulb? Only one, when he's the Project Manager.

The project took 3 years and $20,000, and was inaugurated with a celebration on June 24, 2007.

Thanks to Todd von Hoffman for the photos!

Here's the famous sign on the Born and Raised album cover. Recorded by the band Venice, produced by Michael Lennon. At the festival for the lighting of the sign, Mark Lennon was on the scene with live music.

People and Organizations
who Had a Hand in It

Ralph Corrado
Daniel Samakow
Jose Bunge
Mark Wurm
Bill Rosendahl
Mark-Antonio Grant
Cindy Miscikowski
Sandy Kievman
Michael Espinoza
Anthony Munoz
Ann Everest
Simone Scharff
DesignTown USA
Heaven And Las Vegas
Venice Chamber of Commerce
Venice Community Trust
Garacochea Family
VENICE the band
Venice Boardwalk Association
Historic Windward Avenue business owners
Venice Neighborhood Council
Venice Arts Council

Lighting of the Venice sign on YouTube posted there by YoVenice

Poet Laureate of Venice
Philomene Long
The Switch:
Come On, Venice, Light Up!

from Santa Monica Mirror

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