There will be an air of urgency to the annual Venice Art Walk next Sunday.
The art walk is the principal annual fund-raising event for the Venice Family Clinic, the large clinic on Rose Avenue that provides free health care to the poor and the homeless. Because of the recession, the clinic's needs this year are particularly acute. It is serving 25% more patients than it did a year ago, but is turning away 100 people a day, according to clinic spokeswoman Ellen Robinson.
To keep pace with the clinic's current caseload, the 12th annual event must bring in $600,000. For the clinic to make health care available to those who are now being turned away, an additional $100,000 would have to be raised.
As is its tradition, Art Walk '91 will offer docent tours, walking tours of 50 Venice artists' studios and a silent art auction. Chefs from 12 Westside restaurants will sell their favorite dishes for $5 to $7. They include Campanile, Trattoria Angeli, Remi, 72 Market Street and Michael's.