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Posted: January 28, 2014

Banner Project marks 11 years

Banner silhouetteSubmit and celebrate!

For the past decade, Elk Valley artists have added their own flair to the city’s streets offering works of art for the banners that line Highway 3 and downtown. Now, in its eleventh year, we are calling out to the amazing artists the Elk Valley is home to one more time to contribute to the annual Banner Project.

In total, the Banner Project Committee is looking for 36 works of art to showcase on the 2014 City of Fernie Banners and, just as last year, lampposts along Victoria Avenue will don the various works of art, which will reflect our diverse artistic community. All selected art will be showcased on high-quality outdoor banners and will continue to bring interest to our streets while giving profile to the great artistic talent we have in our communities.

We are thrilled to again highlight various artistic mediums from artists of all ages! What are the adjudicators looking for? “Bold colours, striking imagery that stands out from a distance, variation in themes and artistic disciplines,” says Project Coordinator Donna Miller and “it has to be eye-catching to the street-level observer.”

Banners flowerWhat kind of mediums will be accepted? Submissions of paintings, quilts, stained glass, sculpture, pottery and photography are welcome. Artists are asked to submit up to two images maximum and the work must be submitted as a jpeg file on a compact disc. Also, please consider carefully the dimensions of the photographed works as the artwork will need to be cropped to a one wide by two high ratio. Images that do not fit this ratio may have to be adjusted. Please supply a 70-word bio/description – including your name – as a file on the CD.

If an artist needs assistance with creating the digital photograph of their work, they can contact Courtney Baker with The Arts Station at 423-4842 or Donna Miller, Project Coordinator at [email protected] and they can put you in touch with a local photographer who is available to help.

Submissions deadline is no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, February 17. Please drop off a jpeg file and bio/description on CD, with your name written on the disc to the Arts Station before the deadline.  Sorry, but absolutely no submissions after this date will be accepted. Further submission information and guidelines are available on The Arts Station website at under “Get Involved.”

Banners waterfallThe City of Fernie and Fernie and District Arts Council provides services to help this project but it is the sponsorship of the individual banners that make it sustainable. Each banner is available for sponsorship at the cost of $100. The banners are hung along Victoria Ave. and 4th St. for one year, and then re-located to the highway. After two years on display the sponsor will receive the banner. If you are keen to become a sponsor of one of the banners, they will be presented at The Banner Project Launch being hosted at the Arts Station.

This much anticipated annual event is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for more details on the launch!

Courtney Baker,

Fernie and District Arts Council

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