If you love the arts and have a home in Encinitas, the 101 Artists Colony is a must visit! Known as “a jewel in the community”, the 101 Artists’ Colony was founded in 1998 and provides space for artist studios, a central space for exhibitions including their highly acclaimed “Children of Chernobyl” Art Exhibition, book signings, and a venue for musical and spoken word performances. In addition, the Colony supports Full Moon Poets, with its increasingly popular twice yearly poetry slams at the historic La Paloma Theatre, and open poetry readings that are held once a month on the full moon. The organization is run solely on volunteers and there are no paid staff members. The signature activity of the 101 Artists’ Colony is the Arts Alive banner program. 2010 marks the eleventh anniversary of the Arts Alive Banner program in Encinitas. Each artist paints an original work of art on banners that are displayed on street lights along Coast Highway 101 throughout downtown Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff’s Restaurant Row and the Seaside Market parking lot. It’s a wonderful event and last time I went I ran into my Encinitas real estate agent, Linda Moore, so I thought I’d share a little about the place here!