Trendy Tabletop Centerpieces with Heart

Laird Plumleigh Ceramic Scallop BowlThe upcoming Encinitas Foodie Fest features an unique Art to Table project: eleven local artists/designers collaborated to create sensational succulent centerpieces in support of the Coastal Community Foundation’s Healthy Day Fund. These incredible functional works of art will be displayed in local restaurants. The public will have 
the opportunity to bid on the centerpieces online or at the festival.

What makes this project so engaging is the array of materials used in the creative process combined with the individual style each artist literally brings to the table. Examples are:

Shaun Michael’s urban sensibility shines through in the bold modern construction of his steel piece, Boomerang.

Shaun Michael Steel Succulent Centerpiece

Marcus Papay’s Succulent Vessel explores the relationship between nature and man, “By evoking nostalgic elements from mankind’s past that is applied with modern materials to embody living ingredients, the succulent vessel develops a unity of product and nature.  The carbon fiber strands that make up the form are extremely rigid, providing a safe haven for the succulents to flourish.  The wooden Walnut trim element brings a warm and humble feel to the once smooth curves of the vessel form.”

Marcus Papay Succulent Centerpiece

Cheryl Tall found inspiration while studying abroad in Japan for her beautifully textured, sumptuously glazed ceramic piece, Senchel Vessel.

Cheryl Tall Ceramic Succulent Centerpiece

Participating local restaurants and tasting rooms are graciously supporting the project by displaying works for two weeks prior to the festival:

Artist/Designer Restaurant/Tasting Room
Ariane Falkner, Form & Function Temecula Olive Oil Company
Falling Waters Viggiluci’s Trattoria Italiano
Marialuisa Kaprealian, Succulently Urban St. Germain’s Bistro & Café
Shaun Michael Union Kitchen & Tap
Tara Nel, Lemongrass Spa Carruth Cellars
Marcus Papay Fish 101
Jolee Pink, Wabisabi Green Hapifish, Solace & The Moonlight Lounge
Laird Plumleigh Masuo’s Sushi Restaurant
Danny Salzhandler Café Ipe
Cheryl Tall Robbie’s
About the Encinitas Foodie Fest
Saturday, June 23rd • 10am-5pm • Pacific Station, Encinitas
A free family fun event bringing the community together to elevate public awareness about sustainable foods and products while promoting the arts, local business and the Coastal Community Foundation’s Healthy Day fund. Plus superb artisanal food vendors, food trucks, amazing live music, an entertaining children’s cooking booth and fun for all!
Jolee Pink Fish Planter
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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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