DON NOVAK, owner of Hal's Bar and Grill in Venice, California with a Mark Andrew Allen original purchased for his art collection.
Located in the heart of Venice on Abbot Kinney, Hal's is known as a popular watering hole for local artists. Ed Moses, Larry Bell, Laddie John Dill, and Joni Mitchell have works hanging on the walls and are known to hang out there. I had a studio and gallery on Abbot Kinney for three years in the 90's and the first time I went into Hal's, there sat Joni Mitchell sitting in a booth all by herself smoking one cigarette after another. (back when Keny was tending bar and telling jokes - before he went back to Scotland and came back!) I've spent a few thousand evenings there since that first time. Many many fun times and great memories. I have met a lot of wonderful people there over the years... Sadly it is closing. I am SO bummed!
"VENICE SUNSET" 24" x 24" - 2014 (Limited edition prints of this piece are available to my Hal's friends... hand signed, 24" x 24" - $95 - normally $375)