My life back then was one long rush of surfing, skating, and drinking cheap malt liquor, bought for us by any number of street dwellers willing to trade a shard of their shaky morals for a Kool or a cold can. It was exhaling Marlboro’s by day and inhaling drugs by night. It was summer living year round, skipping school with the scent of salt air, hippy incense, and coconut oil never really washed far away. It was tar in the tides and on the soles of your feet. It was a cold forty at ten in the morning. It was a way of life all held together with Mr. Zog’s surf wax, beach cruisers, and drum circles. And it was living with sand and insanity in everything you owned. And when the sun went down… it was Venice nights… but that’s another story, for another day. Yet happily, in time, there were also many like me who made the mayhem into something good. We survived and we thrived, and now we have an indelibly tattooed spirit, a tie dyed soul that found its heart from growing up in Venice.
by Michael Cramer for the West of Lincoln Project
Exhibiting in Venice, CA summer 2017


 Black and white image was the last image of  Dylan taken by David Scott


W e s t  of  L i n c o l n  Project


August 5 – September 1

Opening Reception | Saturday, August 5, 4 – 8pm
13445 Beach Ave., Venice Marina, CA



About the Author Ruth Chase

Ruth Chase is primarily a project based artist whose award winning series, West of Lincoln Project, probed into the lives of individuals who grew up in Venice, CA. She is a California-based painter that uses biographical portraiture to communicate stories of compassion, and valuable insight that promotes positive social change. Her work includes the use of social media in her creative process to stimulate conversation around human value, as well as engaging the public to actively participate in the final outcome of her work.