The Coast News Group

Fine art at banner auction

ENCINITAS — Creativity and local talent are the trademarks of the Arts Alive Exhibit adorning six miles of historic Highway 101 from La Costa Avenue through downtown Encinitas that will be up for auction from 2 to 4 p.m. May 24 at the Cardiff Town Center. Each banner is an original work of art created by a North County artist and will be on display for the last time during the live auction.

For the last 17 years, the Arts Alive Program has been Encinitas’ largest annual art installation. The 101 Artists’ Colony and Leucadia 101 Main Street Association work in conjunction to present this large-scale art event to showcase local talent and provide the community with a fun and affordable way to buy original fine art. Bids begin at $150 and bidding goes up from there.

The 99 works of art have been displayed on lamp posts all along Historic Highway 101 in Cardiff, Downtown Encinitas and Leucadia since their unveiling in March. Proceeds from the sales are split in half between the artists and either the 101 Artists’ Colony or Leucadia 101 Main Street Association.

View each banner online and read the artists’ notes, at or Auctioneer Rich Houk will start the live auction bidding at 2:30 p.m. beginning with Leucadia’s portion of the banners. Silent bids can be made until 4 p.m. May 19 by calling Leucadia 101 Main Street at (760) 436-2320 and then at the live auction. Bidding can get lively, so if you placed a silent bid, come to the live auction to protect your bid.

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