Wasted is an annual charity art show and auction to benefit environmentally focused non-profit The 1 to 1 Movement (1:1). For the third year running, a host of San Diego artists donated their time and talent decorating reusable tote bags meant to be both functional and fashionable. This year’s event was held Saturday, March 28th at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room nestled in beautiful Rose Canyon just outside of Pacific Beach. An energetic crowd packed the place for a night of art, activism and delicious brews.
1:1 was started with a simple goal, “To help each person find their own way to change the world.” The organization’s approach is unique in that it is both top down and bottom up; meaning they work directly with people on an individual basis as well as government organizations and other businesses. Through a combination of education and engagement, 1:1 strives to build a more sustainable and responsible community. A great way for people to get involved is through their hands-on initiatives and events like Wasted that make eco friendly choices accessible and attractive.
Over 60 bags were included in this year’s auction representing the full spectrum of styles and images from fine art to street art. Guests were able to bid on their favorites via text while enjoying cold beer, empanadas, and vegan treats in the beautiful, breezy outdoor courtyard. Karl Strauss’ tasting room provided the perfect backdrop to remind the crowd what they were all there for; preserving the environment we all live in and enjoy. Select participating artists had the chance to represent themselves with booths in the tasting room’s main space along with their painted bags. This year those artists included: painter Sharlene Garcia, illustrator Krystal Dyer, thread artist/professional treasure hunter Daryn Bellinsky with Little Light Vintage, and members of the San Diego based Black List Krew: GMONIK, Diabolical Minds and Optimus Voltz. Fair trade accessories line Malia Designs was also present and a crowd favorite, selling quite a few bags and wallets handmade from repurposed cement bags The auction continued strong into the night with some pieces quickly climbing towards the $200 mark and beyond. Excited guests stayed till the very end to see who would place the winning bid and walk away with their own piece of custom artwork.
1:1 is proud to produce events like Wasted, helping the community connect for a very worthy cause. August 8th the organization is hosting America’s Finest Film Festival at Irwin Jacobs Hall in Sorrento Valley. It will be a night of 20 short films highlighting the beauty and diversity of San Diego. Those interested should get their tickets quick! The film fest was a hit last year and they are expecting upwards of 900 guests. For more information on 1:1’s mission and programs, check out their website at www.1to1movement.org.
Wasted art show coverage