PHOTOSTREAM: RAW Arts Showcase @ House of Blues by Dru Thompson

After a few years’ hiatus, RAW (natural born artists) returned to Cleveland to showcase local talent in visual art, film, fashion design, music, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography.

Based in Los Angeles, the organization currently operates in over 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK with monthly events to showcase artists as well as support independent artists in their creative career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.

From  “The mission of RAW is to provide the platform for these artists to be seen, heard and loved. RAW is a fun and alternative way for artists to showcase both to their local community and the world-at-large. We are not your average art show. We are loud, colorful, creative, and all about our artists. We are RAW.”

The latest installment, RAW: Magnify, hosted over 60 artists, with live music and dance performances and as well as a fashion showcase by local designers,RJ Luna, Three and Toemalee.  The House of Blues Cleveland was an excellent backdrop for this sensory-filled event.

To learn more about RAW, and to find out about the next Cleveland date, visit

Supporting local art — one piece at a time,


ABOUT THE WRITER:  Dru Thompson is a fashion designer who owns and operates Dru Christine Fabrics and Design, a design studio in Lake Affect Studios in the Superior Arts District. Thompson lends her expertise to students at the Cleveland School of The Arts as an instructor, as well as public speaking and mentorship for aspiring creative entrepreneurs. Thompson has firmly established herself in the arts and fashion community as a writer, educator and mentor for aspiring entrepreneurs.

To learn more about Dru, go to or Facebook: Dru Christine Fabrics and Design, Instagram or Twitter @druchristine.

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