Painter Ruth Chase traces the history of Venice through the life stories of people who grew up in Venice, California, as told through large-scale paintings and audio interviews by Chase, and accompanying biographical texts written by Gena Lasko. Awarded a grant by the Carl Jacobs Foundation.
In 2017 the West of Lincoln Project opened at Venice Arts Gallery to a crowd of over 400. The project was more than two years in the making and involved over 300 participants, each of whom was chosen to convey different perspectives and a broad spectrum of experiences. Like Chase, these subjects grew up and attended school in Venice. Chase worked in ongoing collaboration with each individual to create painted portraits reflecting both the subject’s life growing up in Venice and the powerful insights that arose from this street smarts.