ARTSY SPEAKS WITH TESSA BLUMENBERG, EVENTS & PR MANAGER FOR GAGOSIAN AND MEMBER OF VENICE ART WALK’S CURATORIAL COMMITTEE, REGARDING HER PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE ORGANIZATION, THE PROFOUND IMPACT OF THIS AUCTION on THE ARTS COMMUNITY, AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS, AND MORE.
Artsy: How did you become involved with the Venice Family Clinic?
Tessa Blumenberg: Two years ago, a friend had invited me to join him on the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction studio tours. (Venice Art Walk was postponed this year due to COVID-19 and the auction moved online). I was managing the studio of Enrique Martínez Celaya at the time and I was intrigued how other artists modeled and organized their studios. In addition to seeing the work, I was most curious about what books they had in their bookshelves, what mementos they had lying around or hung on their walls, how they arranged their flat files, etc., so it wasn’t a hard sell to get me to go. As we went from studio to studio, chatting with the artists and fellow art walkers, I learned more about the art auction and the Clinic’s mission. It was then that I made the vow to volunteer with the auction the following year. I kept my promise.