Encinitas in RAW Form

Published in The Coast News

Encinitas, CA (May 16, 2002)– Encinitas artist Ron A. Wickersham, aka RAW, is taking performance art to a new level at the 101 Artists’ Colony in Encinitas.

“Encinitas in RAW form” will feature the artist and his son Lawrence Thomas in the process of creating as many as 15 paintings. The show opens June 3 with an Installation Party scheduled for 6 p.m. and runs through June 16 at 25 East ‘E’ Street in Encinitas.

The father son team will not be painting the typical Encinitas scenes of Swamis and Moonlight Beach. Instead, they will paint the character of the town.

“Encinitas is kind of an abstract city. I want to capture the people, the RAW character of Encinitas,” Wickersham says with a chuckle.

Though born and raised in the area, 22 year-old Lawrence Thomas now lives and works in San Francisco as an artist. Wickersham hopes his son’s mixed media, graffiti style work will bring a youthful vitality into the mix.

“I want to bridge the gap between the older, long-time residents of Encinitas and the younger surfers and skaters,” Wickersham says.

The show will culminate with a Completion Party, scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on June 15.

“This is going to be a high energy party. I want people to feel the creative energy it took to create the show.”

Wickersham’s creativity extends beyond painting. He has garnered the sponsorship of Peter Grimm Ltd., Fitness Elite and Detours Salon whose contributions will fund the show. Gutz Productions will provide live music for the Completion Party, and Rosanna’s Italian Deli will cater the event.

The 101 Artists’ Colony is a volunteer-run arts center supported by the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association and the Encinitas Commission for the Arts. The Colony features a performance venue, visual art gallery, and working studio space for artists. The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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