From Trash to Treasure to Trim Tots

Karen Athens PaintingWhen I opened a recent order of reusable tote bags, I was dismayed to see 7″x13″ pieces of discarded vinyl in each one. My first thought was what a terrible waste. Then I came up with the idea of upcycling the vinyl trash into art!

I’m planning and sponsoring an interactive mural to be created at the upcoming Form & Function Holiday Fest featuring eco-friendly and artisanal vendors. Local artist Karen Athens will design and manage the garden theme mural made out of recycled materials. Proceeds benefit Coastal Community Foundation’s Healthy Day’s healthy snack program. Attendees are invited to decorate a recycled piece of vinyl at the event. When all the pieces are assembled on plywood backing they will create a finished mural. This artwork will be displayed at the DEMA office at 818 South Coast Highway 101 during the month of December. The public is invited to participate in an online auction.

About Karen Athens:
Karen is available to create artwork for corporate and private events. Please contact her at (760) 402-9877 or

About Form & Function Holiday Fest:
Wabisabi Green and other eco-friendly vendors and local artists will sell their products at Form & Function on South Cedros. There will be live music, a Pop Culture Desserts table and delicious gourmet fare available for purchase from the Alchemy Restaurant booth. This is a family fun event free to the public. For more information visit: wabisabigreen/wabisabigreen-holiday-fest.html.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 • 10am —5pm • Form & Function • 414 South Cedros • Solana Beach

Interactive Mural Paints

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About Jolee Pink

I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle.
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