SOLANA BEACH — Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail 2012 takes place between noon and 4 p.m. Oct. 6 along Coast Highway between the San Elijo Lagoon and Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The celebration, titled “That’s Entertainment,” is one of the highlights of the year and features live music, dance troupes, theater performers, artists, a bag monster, reusable bags and a fence garden.
Urban Fence Gardens showcases the work of artists, each of whom was tasked to design a piece of art to hang on a 5- to 6-foot-high and 20- to 30-foot-length of fence stretched along the 1.5-mile Coastal Rail Trail.
Artists were able to choose their media and give a loose interpretation of the theme.
Among participating artists are the mother-daughter team of Diane and Juliana Welch, who created “Soleil Ole.”
“We brainstormed together and came up with an idea that we believed was most suitable for Solana Beach,” Diane Welch said. “It represents a rhythmic, colorful harmony of sky, land and ocean, with the sun and the moon taking center stage. We hope it will brighten up the rail trail and make passersby smile.”
Daughter Juliana graduated from Canyon Crest Academy in June, and just started her freshman year as a landscape architecture major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
“It was a big project to take on so close to departing for college, but my mother and I managed to split the work evenly,” she said. “First, she came up with the concept and asked me to draw something out. After looking at my design, she simplified it and added color. Although our styles are on opposing ends of the spectrum, we have a great relationship and managed to collaborate well.”
This was not their first mother-daughter collaborative art project for Arts Alive. Two years ago, the duo created a chair sculpture that was sold at auction to Susie Bruun of Baker Ironworks. Funds that were raised benefitted the city of Solana Beach’s arts program.
Other artists to participate in Urban Fence Gardens include: Baker Ironworks (“Steel Garden”), Charles Bronson (“Fence Sitter”), Sarah Conley (“Groovy Garden”), Liberty Edman (“Indigenous in Solana Beach), the father-daughter team of Ed Eginton and Michelle Moraga (“Solana Beach Sea Garden”), Amber Irwin (“Arbol de Vida”), Cat Chui Phillips (“Shell Garden”), Sarah Melissa Ralston (“Delicate Cycle”), Carol Beth Rodriguez (“Empty Nest”), Robert Salas (“Sunflowers for Solana Beach”), Kathryn Schmiedeberg (“Sunbursts by the Sea”) and Greg “Zonk” Warns (“Naturalistic”).
“The award-winning Arts Alive event on the Coastal Rail Trail is a celebration of the arts for the community to enjoy,” said Carol Beth Rodriguez, a member of the Public Arts Advisory Commission, which organized the event.
The trail will also be adorned with decorated recyclable bags and artistic banners that will be available as souvenirs.
Entertainment will be provided by Combo Libertad (traditional Cuban music), Open for Business (rock band), Blue Grass Quartet, 2 Guys Will Move U with Rufus Perry & Don Holcomb (western music), Patrick Burke (steel drums), Alyson Tharp (singer), North Coast Repertory Junior Theatre (Shakespearean shorts), Dragon Knights Stilt Theatre, Kehulili O Kailani (hula group), Canyon Crest Academy Dance Troupe with choreographer Rayna Stohl, Steve Alan (speed painter) and Bruun Boys giant sculptures. New this year will be the Calbi BBQ food truck featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas and Korean rice bowls.
Revelers of all ages will be able to paint and personalize reusable canvas bags to take home as souvenirs and use later for shopping.