VCC Chamber in Action Committee Partnered with Marston + Brunt Art Studio for an Uplifting Virtual Art Workshop with CLARE|MATRIX Residents

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July 31, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29th, The Venice Chamber of Commerce Chamber in Action Committee partnered with Marston + Brunt Art Studio and CLARE|MATRIX to offer program residents an uplifting and entertaining virtual art workshop via Zoom. Patrick Marston and Michael Brunt led 10 participants, which included residents at two CLARE|MATRIX facilities and a few Venice Chamber members, through an abstract art workshop using color blocking techniques. The workshop, intended to help raise spirits and brighten pandemic living, left the residents with their own unique pieces of art to be used as decoration in their facilities, to ideally provide a lasting positive impact on the space and its inhabitants. 

CLARE|MATRIX program residents following Marston’s guidance on Zoom


This event kicked off CLARE|MATRIX’s virtual Inspiration Series which invites skilled volunteers to virtually lead an activity or workshop for residential participants receiving treatment.  To inquire about volunteering to lead a workshop, please contact Jen Maduko at 


From Jen Maduko, Development Director at CLARE | MATRIX:

“For 50 years, CLARE | MATRIX has been a resource for individuals with substance use disorders experiencing homelessness in the Santa Monica & Venice communities. In the wake of a global pandemic, we understand that the communities we serve are at greater risk and have restricted access to our residential treatment programs. The launch of our Inspiration Series will allow volunteers to teach a skill virtually to help reduce the stress experienced by participants during this time.”


CLARE|MATRIX was formed in 2018 upon the merging of two long standing partners in saving lives through recovery, CLARE Foundation and Matrix Institute on Addictions, bringing over 80 combined years of successful experience in providing compassionate and evidence- based treatment, education, research and training services for substance use disorders and behavioral health issues to people and the community. First developed in the 1980’s, the Matrix Model has become a successful treatment approach recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), and listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.  Building on the CLARE Foundation’s founding principle of 12 steps, CLARE | MATRIX offers a continuum of care to transition people from SUD to living vibrant healthy lives. 

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Marston + Brunt Art Studio combines Patrick Marston's talent in painting and planting with Michael Brunt's passion for devising unforgettable concepts and ideas to form the Marston + Brunt Art Studio, the perfect place to find a personalized piece that generates impact. Past creations by Marston and Brunt include the rainbow lifeguard tower in Venice Beach and murals for local companies such as Google and Snoot Entertainment. 

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The VCC Chamber in Action Committee brings Chamber members and the community together to work on improving local businesses and communities through service and facilitation in an attempt to make lasting, positive change. 

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The Venice Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business leaders who actively serve as advocates for the ever-growing Venice business community. Through dynamic networking events and diverse committees, we support the interests of area businesses and contribute to improving the vitality of the local economy; positioning Venice as the “creative soul” of Los Angeles. To learn more about the Venice Chamber, visit