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Tuesday, December 4, 2007, Venice, CA--The Venice Community Trust packed a tent with Venetians supporting the institutionalization of the area's contributions to art on Saturday night, December 2.

A plethora of locals showed up to partake in the bodacious cuisine, esoteric and excellent musical acts, a chance to win fine art care of a killer raffle, and chill en famile before the ugly mad dash to Christmas begins in earnest. Hey, there was a great vibe even though we are positive that the raffle was rigged to prevent us from taking home that Ed Moses lithograph we coveted. Though Mr. Moses was there himself, (accompanied by the ever well-mannered Larry Bell), which we suppose almost made up for it.

Amidst all this revelry, however, there was one excruciating logistical snafu: In a room full of artists, alcohol was prohibited from the gallery displaying work up for grabs in the raffle.

"It's a pain in the ass," noted artist Peter Lodato chatting with one of the evening's honorees--Pat Squires Hamilton.

Hamilton, a partner at Hamilton Press which contributed many lithographs to the evening (and the smartest woman in the room) knew better than to disagree.

Lodato had to improvise, shuttling in and out of the gallery, between sips of his affectionate bourbon. But hey, at least, he shared.

Many congrats to the Trust for warming plenty of Venice hearts during the evening and prolonging the lives of at least a couple of livers.

--Isabel T
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