By Nicole Romero
I have always loved attending art events and meeting the creator behind the masterpiece. For me, being introduced to an artist alongside their work completes the story of the craft they created. After I’ve formed my opinion of an artist’s work,their individuality can either make or break my initial interpretation. RAW is a community of up-and-coming artists that hosts events for both artists and patrons like myself. It gives everyone the chance to learn about the newcomers’ work and mingle alongside them. The event showcases all types of art, from paintings to jewelry, to clothing. RAW hosts shows all over the world, and ensures that no two shows are the same.
I attended the RAW Artist’s Spectrum event last year, but I was even more excited to attend this year after I heard that it would taking place at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego. The event is dedicated towards helping all degrees of artists that have been in their profession for ten years or less. This requirement allows the community to be introduced to the latest new artists in the era. Each artist’s booth features a display of their work for sale.
Everyone seems to be enjoying their night, mingling with the featured artists or hanging out by one of the three bars in the venue. As I watch one of the artists dance and sip on a cocktail at her booth, I begin to think that it would be difficult to not have a good time at an event like this.
The venue is not only bright and eclectic in itself, but the artists and booths scattered throughout seem to make the room have a 3D effect. Because this two story venue is usually reserved for concerts, there is plenty of room to house artists and their patrons. A large stage and catwalk sits in the center of the first room in the event, where a female host will introduce bands, a spoken word artist, and a fashion show. She will also invite artists to come on stage and introduce themselves during the live performance breaks. Among the various booths throughout the venue and to the left of the stage a jewelry counter being hosted by two young women features a selection of handcrafted bracelets, rooster earings, headpieces, and precious stone rings. To the right of the stage is a man who has giant canvas in front of him, where he will spend the night working on his new masterpiece. The atmosphere is unquestionably a happy one, with some people even dancing or singing along to vibrant music.
I would most definitely advise anyone who has the opportunity to attend a RAW event to do so. This would especially be a fun affair to see in an unfamiliar city, just so you can get a taste of what the artistic elements consist of in a foreign place. In addition, the RAW Spectrum provides an enjoyable outing and since cocktail attire is highly suggested, it takes a night out on the town to another level. I’m interested to see where this event will take place next year in San Diego, as I will most definitely be in attendance!