Venice Paparazzi – October 26, 2017

The Artist was featured in the October 26, 2017 edition of Venice Paparazzi. He was elected to respond to a series of questions about his life and time as an artist in Venice. In the words of Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen Stowell:

An information rich Venice read, from a long time local resident/artist.

Today the Venice Paparazzi “Pass the Spotlight” shines on Venice local artist Frank Strasser. Pass the Spotlight, by Venice Paparazzi’s Alex Stowell, is a transferable interview that is passed from person to person in the Venice community. Whoever is completing the interview gets to choose who goes next. The purpose is to shine a light on all the positive things being done by the fantastic folks in our town! Maybe you will be next.

View full article on: http://www.venicepaparazzi.com/2017/10/26/frank-strasser/

 

An article written by the artist appeared in the August 2017 Free Venice Beachhead.  The artists’ artwork was also featured on the cover.

After living and painting in Venice for 40 years, I’ll be leaving my longtime home in a few months’ time. I will dearly miss neighbors, friends, a few old haunts, and the gifted musicians and artists I’ve been blessed to collaborate with over the years. Mostly, I will miss the Venice of yesteryear. My beloved community has changed dramatically in four decades. Some of it has been interesting and part of a natural evolution, but there’s a point beyond which all the progress money can buy obliterates the soul of a city.
When I first moved to the Venice Canals in the 70s, the hood had a menacing edge. Folks were trepidatious to venture west of Lincoln. To maintain a respectable front, local shopkeepers used Marina del Rey zip codes to lure unsuspecting customers, who (perhaps rightly) feared overexposure to freaks and counterculture. To the majority of Venetians, that edgy, undiscovered, deviant, depraved, and twisted place was nothing short of paradise. We knew that a warm heart and gentle soul lurked beneath the gruff, intimidating exterior.
As a local artist for four decades, I’ve always been challenged to differentiate the real from the imagined Venice. Some of my art depicts “Retro Venice,” a quirky and eclectic community of renegades who party in brightly painted cottages along colorfully landscaped canals. It’s a joyful world of bon vivants who drink, gab, and shoot pool in local dives, warmly welcome strangers, offer a buck to those who’ve fallen from grace and end up on the street, off the wagon, or off their meds after losing Uncle Sam’s battles in Nam or Iraq, or who failed to keep a murderous pace set by the Joneses. (Read more…)

*NEW FOR 2017* – Christmas on Retro Canal – Frank Strasser

For the second time in three years a work by the artist was chosen by the Venice Family Clinic as an Artist Card selection to help raise funds for the clinic. According to official Venice Family Clinic literature the sale of Artist Cards helps to:

Support thousands of men, women and children in need this holiday season by purchasing Venice Family Clinic Artist Cards. All proceeds from Artist Cards directly fund Venice Family Clinic’s affordable, quality health care services for low-income, uninsured and homeless men, women and children on the Westside of Los Angeles. Featuring artwork of renowned national and local artists, your holiday greeting will not only support the clinic, but help us get the word out to friends and family – a wonderful way to drive additional support for Venice Family Clinic.

For any questions, please contact Pam Kerr at 310.664.7947.

Venice Family Clinic’s Artist Cards Program is underwritten by a generous grant from the Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation.

To Support the Venice Family Clinic you may order your holiday cards here.

---VFC-Banner-1600-A1A mixed-media work by Venice Beach, California artist, Frank Strasser was recently chosen by the Venice Family Clinic as an Artist Card selection to help raise funds for the clinic. According to official Venice Family Clinic literature the sale of Artist Cards helps to:

Support thousands of men, women and children in need this holiday season by purchasing Venice Family Clinic Artist Cards. All proceeds from Artist Cards directly fund Venice Family Clinic’s affordable, quality health care services for low-income, uninsured and homeless men, women and children on the Westside of Los Angeles. Featuring artwork of renowned national and local artists, your holiday greeting will not only support the clinic, but help us get the word out to friends and family – a wonderful way to drive additional support for Venice Family Clinic.

For any questions, please contact Pam Kerr at 310.664.7947.

Venice Family Clinic’s Artist Cards Program is underwritten by a generous grant from the Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation.

Frank’s image “April on Retro Canal” was chosen as cover art for the critically-acclaimed: “Rainbow’s End.”

The first novel by JB Bonds received 4.5 stars from readers on Amazon, among with the following review: :Joanie O’Hara and Rosalind Powell, widowed sisters in their seventies, decided to move to Rainbow’s End Retirement Community in Pelican Key, Florida to be together at this stage of their lives. Pelican Key is a perfect location to retire, since it is only about twenty miles north of Key West, where the sisters go often for a day’s outing or a night of fun at one of the local bars. Even if Joanie and Roz are in their seventies, they still enjoy the night life. This is especially true when their friend Burton, who was once on Broadway in New York City, entertains the entire bar by standing on the table in his stilettos and mini skirt, singing for all he’s worth. (Read More…)

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An interview with the artist, appeared in the February, 2014 Free Venice Beachhead:

Frank Strasser Reflects The light and Fun of Venice :

By Greta Cobar

It’s an inescapable magnetic attraction between Venice and those who have answered their calling towards creativity. Sooner or later, in the realms of time and space, they find each other, and then, as in the case of Frank Strasser, his canvas explodes with color.

“I love the challenge of sitting down with a naked, blank canvas and giving birth to another world,” Strasser told the Beachhead.

After visiting nine countries throughout Europe over a few months, Strasser came to Venice in ’79 to “do for the Venice Canals something similar to what Monet did for the French landscape,” he said.

Drawing inspiration from the European museums and nature itself, Strasser’s paintings came to life when he came to Venice. “Venice was and is one of my biggest influences because of its free spirit, the realm of possibilities, the eclectic mix of people, the zest for life, and the fun. Venice is what I exhale as an artist,” Strasser said. (Read more… {click here and scroll down} )

 

 

Local Color for a Cause” appeared in the February 5, 2014 issue of  The Argonaut.

Veteran Venice artists Frank Strasser and Margaret Molloy team up at Hama Sushi in support of a memorial for Japanese Americans imprisoned during World War II

By Michael Aushenker

From Strasser’s colorful, quasi-surreal tributes to Venice — paintings such as “Blue Canal,” in which the bridge and its reflection formulate a kind of third eye, and “Eclectic Avenue,” alive with caricatures of Venice denizens — his connection to the neighborhood is apparent.

A self-taught artist, Strasser grew up in Culver City and got the art bug as a child after receiving a paint set for Christmas. After earning his degree in English literature at Loyola Marymount University, Strasser headed for Europe, where he was inspired by Impressionist works, and then Mexico, where he sang in a house band at an outdoor club in Puerto Vallarta. (Read more…)

Upon his return to Los Angeles, Strasser said he “lucked into a little place in Venice on the canals” and wound up singing for the canal-inspired band The Canaligators, which performed during the 2005 Venice Centennial. Speaking of a mystical connection with Jim Morrison, Strasser has twice landed singing gigs for his ability to belt out songs by Venice’s The Doors.

While in Mexico, “I missed funky book stores, diverse people, intellectual stimulation. More than anything, it’s the diversity of culture here,” he said of what brought him back to L.A.’s Westside.

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Creatives You Should Know” appeared in the September 4, 2014 edition of Studio Vox.

Artist, Frank Strasser is a native California boy in every way. Inspired by the laid back California culture of the beach, he has lived and worked in Venice, California for 35 years capturing with paint the local color and vibrancy of the beach town he loves and its neighboring communities that make up the sprawling city of Los Angeles.

A self-taught artist, who spent years traveling around Europe and the UK studying the masters, his paintings, are bright, colorful, fun and capture the free spirit of Los Angeles, especially Venice Beach (one of the leading tourist attractions in California).

“I paint a child’s world as it might be seen through an adult’s eyes … or vise versa,” says Frank. You can see that in the whimsical yet honest portrayals of the people he captures enjoying the California lifestyle in all of his paintings.

His originals are collected all over the world. His most recent sale was to a client in Rome, Italy. His work has been featured on the covers of The Venice Historical Society Journal and in the Free Venice Beachhead. (Read More…)

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The work of Venice Beach, California artist Frank Strasser was featured four times on the cover of the Free Venice Beachhead:

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Date: February, 2014 | Date: June, 2012 | Date: June, 2009. | Date: December, 2006.

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Frank’s art has been featured three times as the cover art for the Venice Historical Society Journal.

SUMMER 2009. Volume 23

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Ray Bradbury’s Venice
By Delores Hanney

Ray Bradbury is, of course, most revered for his ingenious fiction of the speculative sort; some of it – most notably The Martian Chronicles – was created while he was a resident of Venice between 1941 and 1950.

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Miss Muscle Beach 1948 Honored in Venice

By Delores Hanney

At 77, all petite and pink and perky and topped by a little halo of spun-sunlight hair, Sara Hirsch Clark may seem an unlikely inductee into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame. But, there she was this past Labor Day, taking her place amongst other Muscle Beach legends.

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Venice Post Office Dedication

The Venice Post Office mural, titled “Story of Venice” by artist Edward Biberman, was never formally dedicated in 1941. A special program took place in November of last year to finally dedicate this wonderful depiction of Venice’s first thirty years.

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