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2012 Encinitas Arts Alive Banners to be Unveiled Soon

The project is dedicated in memory of Encinitas City Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan.

Soon the Arts Alive banners will dot Coast Highway 101, as they have for 13 years now. The annual exhibition showcases some of our best artists, and this year’s display will be dedicated to Encinitas Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan, and was a strong supporter of the Arts Alive program.

The community can get its first peek at the banners during an unveiling on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at 1950 N. Coast Highway, the former Cabo Grill, just south of La Costa Avenue in Leucadia. The exhibition has been in the works for more than three months, and will feature 100 original pieces.

Shortly after the unveiling, 60 large paintings (nearly 7 ft. by 3 ft.) and 40 smaller paintings (about 5 ft. by 1.5 ft.) will also be mounted on light poles along Coast Highway from Leucadia to Cardiff-By-The-Sea. The banners and paintings will be displayed along the six-mile stretch of Coast Highway through May.

The Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association (DEMA) will be accepting silent bids on the artworks, which people can place by calling 760.943.1950. Bids start at $150 with half of the proceeds being directed to the artists and the other half to produce the exhibit and to support various non-profit organizations. Bids can be placed until the final auction May 20 at the Cardiff Town Center. 

Arts Alive is produced by the 101 Artists’ Colony, Cardiff 101 Main Street, Leucadia 101 Main Street along with the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA). This year’s sponsors include: Cardiff Seaside Market, UC San Diego Health System Concierge Medicine, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. 

For more information, visit 101artistscolony.com. 

Lynn Marr January 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I feel it's a real shame that Maggie's likeness was not allowed to be on the photos, thanks to the political machinations of Jerome Stocks. As she is deceased, she is NOT a political figure. Our Council races are supposedly NON-PARTISAN, anyway. It appears to me, and to so many others that our freedom of speech was violated in this obvious political determination, not to permit the banners with Maggie's picture on the back.
Lydia January 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Thanks for letting us know of the upcoming public unveiling. I didn't know that the "old" Cabo Grill location now hosts events. What a great way to use that space for local arts.

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