101 Artists’ Colony to unveil 2014 Arts Alive Banners

101 Artists’ Colony to unveil 2014 Arts Alive Banners
Fans of the Arts Alive Banners enjoy last year's unveiling event. This year, the Feb. 15 event will be Cabo Grill in Leucadia. Photo by Julie Ann Stricklin

The 2014 Arts Alive Banner unveiling celebration will be held in the former Cabo Grill building at 1950 North Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, Feb.15 from noon to 4 p.m. The multifaceted community event is now in its 15th year.

Silent bidding will begin on 103 original works of art that will soon be on display along Coast Highway 101 throughout downtown Encinitas, Leucadia, and Cardiff, as well as in the Cardiff Town Center on San Elijo Avenue.

The culminating Banner Auction will be held on June 8th in the Cardiff Town Center Courtyard, where the bids on each banner will begin at $150. This is an opportunity to acquire original works of art by professional artists for a fraction of the actual value.

The Arts Alive exhibit is organized and produced by 101 Artists’ Colony, Cardiff 101 Main Street, and Leucadia 101 Main Street Associations, and partially funded by sponsors including Cardiff Seaside Market, San Dieguito Art Guild/Off Track Gallery, Scripps, SPY Optic, and media sponsor The Coast News Group.

The Arts Alive Banner project exemplifies giving back to the community. Each year, half of the sales proceeds are received by the banner artists, who often generously pledge their share to a charity of choice. The other half goes to the organizing nonprofits in order to fund ongoing work in the community.

Initiated in 2000 by the 101 Artists’ Colony, the Arts Alive Banner project is the Colony’s only fundraiser that supports community projects such as the Full Moon Poets’ poetry slams at La Paloma Theater, Halloween children’s games and music for Encinitas Safe Trick or Treat at the Lumberyard, and concerts featuring local musicians at the Encinitas Library.

The all-volunteer 101 Artists’ Colony was formed in 1998 to foster awareness of all forms of art and encourage the interaction between artists and the community at large, and was deemed “an indispensable part of civic culture in the city of Encinitas,” by Peder Norby, former Highway 101 Coordinator.

In search of a permanent location since 2007, the Artists’ Colony recently established The Arts Alive Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit fund of the Coastal Community Foundation. The Foundation facilitates donations from those who wish to contribute towards securing a site in Encinitas that will serve as a permanent venue for visual and performing arts events and artist studios. For more information on donating to the Foundation contact Danny Salzhandler at info@artsalivefoundation.org.

The public is invited to attend the 2014 Arts Alive Banner Unveiling Feb. 15. The online banner auction guide will be available for viewing Feb. 16 at artsaliveencinitas.com.



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