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Dozens of Arts Alive banners to be auctioned off

Dozens of Arts Alive banners will be auctioned off.
Dozens of Arts Alive banners that have been hanging up on lampposts along Highway 101 from Leucadia to Cardiff are set be auctioned off. Here, Danny Salzhandler, founder of the 101 Artists’ Colony, hangs up one of the banners.
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The Arts Alive hand-painted street banners that have been up on lampposts along six miles of Highway 101 from Leucadia to Cardiff are set be auctioned off.

More than 60 hand-painted street banners that have been up since mid-March on lampposts along six miles of Highway 101 from Leucadia to Cardiff are ready to be auctioned off.

Cathy Carey banner titled 'Swami’s' is one of 62 Arts Alive Banners being auctioned off.
(Stephen Whalen Photography)

The 62 banners are original works of art created by local artists as part of the Arts Alive program that began 20 years ago and has become one of Encinitas’ largest annual art installations. The brightly colored works are designed in a range of styles and themes from landscapes and portraits to cartoons by artists of all ages and backgrounds, including a local 102-year-old hula teacher.

Shannon Martin's 'Grace & Glory' is one of 62 Arts Alive Banners being auctioned off.
(Stephen Whalen Photography)

The art exhibit showcases area artists and gives the community an affordable way to buy original fine art. Bids begin at $150.

Half the proceeds from the sales will go to the artists and half will go to the 101 Artists’ Colony to defray administrative costs.

“The 101 Artists’ Colony has persevered throughout the shutdowns and quarantines of the COVID-19 pandemic to bring Arts Alive to the community once again,” said Danny Salzhandler, president of the 101 Artists’ Colony.

The Arts Alive banners will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2, at E101 Marketplace, formerly Seaside Bazaar, 459 S. Coast Highway 101. The community viewing is free and visitors are asked to observe social distancing and wear masks.

The 2020 Arts Alive Exhibit will also be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Cardiff Town Center, next to the Seaside Market, 2087 San Elijo Ave., which is one of the sponsors along with Hansen Surfboards. Silent auction bids will be recorded and there will not be a live auction this year.

A live auction wouldn’t work this year with concerns about spreading the coronavirus, because too many people would be together at one time. By stopping by to view and bid on the banners over a six-hour period each day, folks can spread out a bit more.

Roger Chandler's 'Murph the Surf Dog' is one of 62 Arts Alive Banners being auctioned off.
(Stephen Whalen Photography)

New this year is a video that scrolls through all of the banner creations at 101artistscolony.com.

Phone bids can be made now up through 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at (760) 473-5164.

Visit 101artistscolony.com.

— Linda McIntosh is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune


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