Escondido, CA

EAA Paint-Out brings life back to Grand Ave.

Kazuaki Uehara & Suzanne Nicolaisen.

On Monday, May 3 a handful of members from the Escondido Art Association (EAA)  held an informal paint-out on Grand Avenue in an effort to bring back some life into the community after the long lock-down this past year.  

The activity was planned by EAA Ambassador Suzanne Nicolaisen and led by prominent portrait and landscape artist, Kazuaki Uehara (Kazu).  Some passers-by stopped to join in the fun and contribute their talent by painting some repurposed election signs collected in an effort to recycle and revitalize the community.  

Kazu was born on the Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan as the youngest of nine siblings.  He came to the United States after finishing High school and his first job was in a Japanese restaurant.  After 20 years he decided trying a career as an artist, with the first attempt being portrait sketches of visitors at Disneyland.  Kazu is now a member of the Portrait Society of America and the San Diego Portrait Society. His works have won many awards.  He is one of the EAA’s favorite demo artists.

This was the first of many paint-outs that the EAA anticipates conducting this year.  New members are invited to join the EAA and can obtain more information by visiting the Artists Gallery at 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondido, calling (442) 317-0980, emailing or visiting our website 

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