The Bold and the Beautiful

Waving brightly along the North Coast Highway 101 are over 100 banners, each detailed with an artist’s devotion and love for Encinitas, Cardiff and Leucadia. They boast of the many talents found in 92024, and now residents will get a chance to purchase these banners in a live auction. At the end of May these banners will be taken down, cleaned up and auctioned off. The Encinitas Arts Alive Live Auction will take place on June 8 at 2 p.m. in the Cardiff Town Center Plaza. Silent bids can also be taken up to the final auction by calling Leucadia 101 Main Street at 760-436-2320.

Since the first banner auction in 2000, Danny and Norma Salzhandler have continually organized the successful auctions, which has provided the funds needed for 101 Artists Colony to continue their programs. Half of the proceeds from sales will go to the artists, and the other half to Encinitas Arts Alive. Julie Ann Stricklin, a bookmark maker for 101 Artists Colony, has cited that many of the artists who have displayed a banner are very well-known and want to keep their community “artsy and colorful.” But quite a few are first time artists, just breaking onto the scene. “We are all artists,” said Julie, “It is a journey we all share.”

All of the banners for auction are available to view online at Each banner, organized by Encinitas, Leucadia or from Cardiff, lists the artist, auction number, name of the artwork and a short summary of the work.