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Arts Alive banners to be auctioned off

Bids begin at $150 for the 99 works of art have been displayed since their unveiling in March along Highway 101 from Leucadia to Encinitas.

Arts Alive Banners will be auctioned off May 21 in Cardiff. Pictured is last year’s auction in Encinitas. (Courtesy photo)

The nearly 100 artsy street banners that have been hanging on lamp posts along six miles of Highway 101 from Leucadia to downtown Encinitas, will be auctioned off May 21.

The banners are original works of art created by area artists as part of the Arts Alive Program that began 17 years ago and is billed as Encinitas’ largest annual art installation.

The art exhibit is a collaboration between and Leucadia 101 Main Street Association to showcase local artists and give community members a way an affordable way to buy original fine art. Bids begin at $150.

The 99 works of art have been displayed since their unveiling in March. Proceeds from the sales will be split evenly between the artists and either the 101 Artists’ Colony or Leucadia 101 Main Street Association.

The live auction is 2 to 4 p.m. May 21 at the Cardiff Town Center, 2007 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff.

Banners and artist descriptions can be viewed online before the live auction at artsaliveencinitas.com or 101artistscolony.com. 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.

Visit artsaliveencinitas.com or email Kellie@leucadia101.com.

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