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Royal Liquor, at 1496 North Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, is the first site of a mural project by a new Encinitas area arts group named Paint Encinitas.

Cardiff by the Sea artist Skye Walker spent last weekend painting a liquor store. The store welcomed the project on their north wall facing the store’s parking lot.

Founded in January, Paint Encinitas has brought artists and locals together with a mission to help businesses consciously present visual arts to the public eye, says director Jax Meyers, adding that her organization is an effort to reclaim public spaces.

Paint Encinitas has yet to apply for public and grant monies, so this mural project was done with their own funds. The group is currently in negotiation with a business in Cardiff for their next project.

Skye Walker is best known as “the Whole Foods artist,” creating the colorful murals found in several of the chain’s markets.

A public unveiling of the mural, entitled Remembering California will be held on Sunday, June 29 at noon.

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