The Airdrie Street Lamp Banner Program has launched! Enjoy the 33 works of art as you stroll down “Artists’ Alley” (corner of 8th Street and 1st Ave).

VOTE on your favourite banners and you could win a $100 gift card towards the purchase of local art and a $50 Good Earth Coffee gift card.

The TOP FIVE banner artists will be rewarded with $200 honorariums.


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Street Lamp Banners UP!


ArtistsAlleyPoster2The Street Lamp Banners are up! Thanks to our partners, the City of Airdrie, Camgill (Creekside Crossing) and Airdrie Regional Arts Society we now have 33 beautiful works of art hanging on the street lamps on 8th Street and 1st Ave – now affectionately known as Artists’ Alley.

You can help pick the People’s Choice and win prizes CLICK HERE



 A partnership between the City of Airdrie, Camgill Enterprises, Creative Airdrie and the Airdrie Regional Arts Society will see a two year pilot project start this summer to beautify Airdrie by way of an art banner program.

The banners will feature local artists’ work digitally transferred to banners that will be attached to the existing banner hardware on 33 lamp posts on 1st Avenue and 8th Street. There are 66 banner spots in total.

Area artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work for consideration before May 30, 2014. Approximately 44 different visuals will be needed to complete the project. (The remaining banners are used to promote the project tentatively called “Artists’ Way”.) The call for submissions is open to any artist age 12 and over residing in Airdrie or within 20 kms. Art can be of any genre as long as a high quality jpeg is provided (300 dpi).  A jury of arts experts and local representatives from the community will review the entries and select the images for reproduction.   BANNERS COME IN TWO FINISHED SIZES: 20″ X  45″ AND 26″ X 59″. SUBMIT NOW

“We are looking forward to seeing a variety of art forms represented and we are delighted that we can showcase the talent of so many Airdrie artists, both amateur and professional,” says Creative Airdrie vice Chair Sherry Shaw-Froggatt. “This is another feather in the collective art community’s hat to bring more art to the public and we are pleased to have not only a corporate partner in Camgill, but also the commitment of the City of Airdrie.”

Glen Collins, President of the Airdrie Regional Arts Society, encourages submissions and says “To have your work juried into this outdoor gallery would be a boost to your portfolio and resume.  This could raise public awareness of your abilities and impact future job opportunities.”

Creative Airdrie and the Airdrie Regional Arts Society are working together to bring the project to life by both assisting in funding and acting as project managers, recruiting artists, coordinating production and promotion.

The City of Airdrie will install and maintain the banners for a two year time frame. The City has also contributed financially.

Michelle Lock, Director of Community Services for the City of Airdrie, commends the partnership and the project, as it “brings Airdrie’s community vision to life”. She says, “The streetlamp program leverages a combination of community resources to create an exciting sense of place, an elevated appreciation for artistic expression and contributes to Airdrie as a vibrant, quality of life community.”

Camgill Enterprises, developers of Creekside Crossing came aboard as the corporate partner, as their popular development on the corner of 1st Avenue and 8th Street will benefit directly from the colourful project.

Kent Rupert, with Airdrie Economic Development applauds Camgill’s investment in the program.    “It is always exciting to see local businesses and developers work with the community on exciting initiatives like this.” Rupert also states “the Airdrie business community is a strong and supportive community and continuously shows how generous and committed to Airdrie they really are.”

The banners will be installed in time for the Canada Day celebrations July 1, 2014. The banners will remain in place until the winter months and stored and returned to the lamp posts the following spring. A contingency budget allows for replacement of any banners damaged by extreme weather.

‘We hope this is the beginning of a great partnership,” says Shaw-Froggatt, “the lamp posts have the hardware in place, and we can keep art hanging here for years to come.”




2014 AIRdirondack Art Project Call for Submissions





Artists from the Airdrie area are invited to submit design concepts for the 2014 AIRdirondack Art Project.


Creative Airdrie (CAS), the organizing body behind the project, is looking for ten chairs to auction at the 5th annual Gala in September. All submissions will be juried by out-of-market arts experts, members of the project committee, and Qualico, the event’s major sponsor since its inception in 2010.

“The outstanding results, both in the caliber of the chairs presented and the final bidding numbers, showed us we were right to go to a juried process and we will be continuing with this process for 2014,” says Veronica Funk one of the project leads.

Selected artists will receive a chair designed and assembled by the Industrial Arts Program at Bert Church High School.

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 30 and the full info package is here or by emailing

Artists will receive a $100 honorarium and two tickets to the gala evening which takes place September 20, 2014 during ARTember celebrations.


For more information please contact:

AIRdirondack Project Coordinator Veronica Funk

Creative Airdrie Society Vice Chair/Communications Sherry Shaw-Froggatt


New Mural Project in Airdrie



Airdrie is going to get a little more colourful thanks to Airdrie Pharmasave. Owners Denise and Gary Melrose are partnering with Creative Airdrie to contract an area artist to create an original work of art more than 60 linear feet on the north side of the Pharmasave building on Centre Street.

The wall space is huge and has great potential says Creative Airdrie Communications Chair Sherry Shaw-Froggatt. “The Miller Mural has proved so popular and we were looking around the city for more “blank canvases” and the Pharmasave location is perfect, especially now that the road is open across the tracks and connects the west side of Airdrie to downtown with a new link.”

Denise Melrose is looking forward to seeing the proposals from area artists. “I like what’s happening in our city with the arts – we are showcasing more talent through events and venues and we want to be a part of making that happen.”

“It’s very encouraging to see Airdrie businesses get more involved in promoting art in public places, especially in the downtown core. says Kent Rupert, Airdrie Economic Development Team leader. “It adds to the vibrancy of the community and can assist in showcasing what Airdrie is all about – that being a creative and vibrant City”.


Artists are asked to submit a proposal complete with a design concept to no later than Oct 15, 2013. Airdrie Pharmasave and Creative Airdrie will select the final proposal and award the mural contract Oct 30, 2013. Applications will be evaluated on quality of past work, artistic merit of proposed design, qualifications, and ability to execute the project.

The successful applicant will receive $2000 to cover materials and labour. It is expected the work will be ready to unveil in the summer of 2014.

For complete submission information please click here




Sept 12, 2013      call for submissions

Oct 15, 2013        deadline for submissions

Oct 30, 2013        artist selected

June 30, 2014      deadline for art to be completed (considerations for weather provided)


Submit your proposals to




For more information:

Sherry Shaw-Froggatt Creative Airdrie Society 403.807.1272


2013 Ravenswood AIRdirondack Art Project Artists Announced



More than twenty design ideas were received for the 2013 Ravenswood AIRdirondack Art Project, making the adjudication process difficult for the judges, but in the end nine local artists will be displaying their work on the custom built chairs for the September auction September 21 as part of the 4th annual AIRdirondack Gala.

The nine artists who will be busy working on their masterpieces over the next few months are: Anita Singh, Becky Kundert, Char Vanderhorst, Cheryl Todd Shergold, Kathryn Zondag, Michelle Wiebe, Paul Nye, Robyn Cooper and  Zach Abbott.  Each artist brings a unique style to the table (or should we say chair), ranging from gorgeous nature scenes to aerosol abstract design. Several of the artists participated in previous years and their work proved popular with bidders.

In a unique twist, artists were also asked to submit their names if they would be willing to work with a winning bidder on a blank chair, in effect giving the winning bidder the chance to work with the artist and create a very personalized chair.  Artist Shawnee Hoffman has been selected for this honour. Hoffman is perhaps best known in the community for her extensive face and body painting talents.

Iona Sentes, Community Relations Coordinator for Qualico and one of the judges, (Qualico is the title sponsor of the project) was pleased with the quality of submission and excited to be a part of the new process.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the adjudication of the artist submissions.  Receiving proposals in this way has given us a glimpse into the artists’ minds, and an insight into the artistic process.  We were overwhelmed with the diversity and quality of the proposals; an impressive variety that speaks of a colorful, vibrant community fabric in Airdrie.  Clearly -local talent runs deep in Airdrie!    We are excited about continuing on in this process and we look forward to the ultimate transformation of these chairs into truly imaginative artistic pieces!”

Sheri Reed project coordinator will be out this week delivering the chairs and paint supplies to each artist.  “The concepts submitted were absolutely fantastic.  To narrow the field to 10 concepts was very challenging; it may have been easier to build more chairs!”  The chairs themselves were built by the Bert Church High School wood shop, another new component of the project.

“The teacher/student volunteers have built beautiful, HEAVY chairs for the artists to work on.  I’m excited to see the artists concepts come to life with all the different mediums they have presented.  This year I am privileged to deliver the chairs to all these creative people, I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Project founder and previous chair artist, Veronica Funk coordinated the addition of three jurors from the business side of the art world.   Arlene Westen Evens of Evanescence Gallery in High River, Michel Arseneau of Inglewood Fine Arts in Calgary and Cheryl Webster of 4 Cats Art Studio in Airdrie.  Funk says the final decisions were difficult for the jurors as everyone wanted to make sure to select a variety of subject matter and methods of application.  “I really hope that next year the submissions that weren’t selected will be resubmitted.”

Because BCHS produced an extra chair, the chair committee decided to extend an invitation to a Calgary based artist in order to expand the reach and attention for the project.

“We were extremely fortunate to receive a submission from Amy Dryer, a Calgary artist whose work is exhibited nationally and who has been featured on the cover of Avenue Magazine as one of Calgary’s Best Artists,” says Funk. “Because our focus is on the talent of our local artists, we decided not to include her as one of our nine selections but didn’t want to pass up on this opportunity to receive her support for our growing arts community.”

Updates on the Ravenswood AIRdirondack Art Project will be available at and on Facebook under Creative Airdrie and AIRdirondack Art Project

For more information please contact

Sheri Reed, AIRdirondack Project Coordinator


Eco Arts Awards Now Accepting Submissions

The City of Airdrie is proud to host the second annual Eco Art Award, sponsored by Alta Innovative Manufacturing and with support from Creative Airdrie. The award coincides with ARTember and will showcase both the creativity of local artists and bring attention to waste and recycling in Airdrie.

How does it work?

Overview: Artists will submit a proposal explaining the piece they will create from recycled materials. Five proposals will be chosen and artists will create their works. The five pieces will be on display at the Environmental Education Centre during ARTember. Public will be able to vote for their favorite piece during this time. The top 3 pieces will receive a cash prize.

The winners will be determined based on the number of votes received.


Artists will be required to use recycled and/or repurposed materials. Materials from the Recycling depot will be available for the artists to use in their project.

The theme of the project must also align with the City of Airdrie’s AirdrieOne plan.

Artists will be required to tour the depot, develop their concepts and submit a proposal.

The Environmental Advisory Board (EAB), along with the working team, will select five of the submitted proposals to move on to the final round.

Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply.

Awards are open to Airdrie and Rocky View County residents.

After the artwork has been displayed and prizes have been awarded, the artwork will remain the property of the artist who created it.

2014 Eco Art Award Judging

The five proposals chosen to move on to creation will be chosen by the EAB and the Eco Art Awards planning team. Judging of the five finalists will be done by public voting in person at the Environmental Education Centre during Artember.The public will be encouraged to visit the Environmental Education Centre at the Eastside Recycle Depot to view the five pieces and cast their votes. The winners will be selected solely on the piece that receives the most votes.

Selection of Artists

The EAB and Eco Art Awards planning team will review all submissions and make a recommendation for five selected artists to create their pieces. The board evaluates applications based on the following set of criteria:

Artist’s demonstrated commitment to resource conservation and recycling through art

Experience in art education and/or environmental education

The quality of previous work

Project proposal

Direct impact on waste reduction/avoidance messaging (the art work must convey to the viewer the net benefit gained by waste reduction/avoidance

Alignment with the AirdrieOne plan

Proposal includes a range of unique upcycled and/or recycled material for their projects.

Display of Artwork

The pieces will be displayed at the Environmental Education Centre during ARTember from September 12 – 28, 2014.

This sustainable building features green building initiatives such as photovoltaic cells (for electricity), straw bale walls

(insulation), and solar tubes (for heating) etc.

Voting will take place during the following hours:

Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Voters will use bottle caps to vote for their top artwork.

The winners will be selected solely on the votes received from visitors to the Environmental Education Centre.


An award presentation will be held in council chambers. Media and local officials will be invited and encouraged to

attend. The top three artists will be presented with their cash prize of $500, $300 and $200 for first, second and third

place respectively based on public votes.


Artists wanting to apply for the 2014 Eco Art Award can do so starting July 21, 2014. Entries will be accepted until

August 8 at 4:30 p.m. All entries must be submitted to:

Education Coordinator

Waste & Recycling

21 East Lake Hill NE

403.948.8800 ext. 6291

Artists are encouraged to attend a tour of the Eastside Recycle Depot before they apply. A guided tour can be arranged

by phone or email with the above information.

Please include the following information with your application:

Describe your goal and the specifics of your project

Describe any special support you may require to help your project succeed

Resume (will accept proposal without)

Proposal (2 page maximum)

Please Note: Applications will not be returned. Please do not send newspaper clippings, letters of recommendation etc.

You may mention them in your cover letter and we will ask to see them if needed.

Thank you to Alta Innovative Manufacturing for their generous sponsorship.

2014 AIRdirondack Artists Announced.

FEB 13, 2014


The Creative Airdrie Society and Qualico Communities are pleased to announce the selection of artists for the 5th annual Ravenswood AIRdirondack Art Project.

This year 23 unique designs were submitted and from this group 12 have been selected to provide their talents to create original works of art on chairs designed and built by the Bert Church High School Industrial Arts Program.

The successful artists are from Airdrie, Carstairs and Calgary and in no particular order include: Paul Nye, David Sharp, Amanda Tozser, Brenna Miller, Char Vanderhorst, Jenny Pyykonen, Karen Pedersen, Robyn Cooper, Shawnee Hoffman, Tracy Laxten, Karen Pennifold and Zach Abbott.

“The quality and variety of this year’s submissions were extremely impressive. We are so fortunate to have such a talented community of committed artists who step up to share their gifts with the community,” says co-coordinator and original 2010 chair artist Veronica Funk. “Our biggest challenge was narrowing down the final selections, so we are extremely grateful for the gallery directors and other committee members who share their valuable time and experience in order to make the experience the best it can be. We’re very excited to unveil the completed pieces in and around the city this year.”
The artists will receive their chairs and paint supplies in the coming weeks. The finished chairs will be revealed June 21 during the Empty Bowls Festival in Nose Creek Park.

“We are again lucky to partner with the groups within our community who make this project a success every year. A big thank you to the teachers and students of the Bert Church High School shop class and everyone at Fulton’s Home Building Center,” says co-coordinator Sheri Reed. “They provided us with the materials and their time to create beautiful chairs for our selected artists to work on. Everyone is anxiously awaiting the delivery of the chairs to get started.”
One chair however, will not be complete until July. Artist Shawnee Hoffman will be working with visiting South Korean exchange students during the month of June on her design incorporating the maps of Airdrie and our sister city Gwacheon South Korea.

The selected artists represent an excellent cross section of design styles including nature, abstract, antiques, medieval, Haida culture, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and even the Calgary Flames. CAS received approval from the Flames organization to use official insignia in a design that includes player autographs .

Each chair will definitely have a “wow” factor,” says Creative Airdrie Communications Director Sherry Shaw-Froggatt. “We anticipate a very strong bidding frenzy during the Gala Sept 20 at McArthurs Fine Furniture in Airdrie.” Money raised from the sale of the chairs goes to Creative Airdrie for their ongoing development of arts and culture projects in the city including the 4th annual ARTember festival.

“This is our fifth year supporting the project and we are once again proud to support the AIRdirondack Art Project,” says Iona Sentes, Qualico Communities, Community Customer Relations Coordinator. :We are committed to supporting programs and events that showcase the spirit and creativity that helps strengthen communities and the 2014 AIRdirondack Art Project does just that.”

For more information please contact:
Creative Airdrie Society: Sherry Shaw-Froggatt
AIRdirondack Art Project Coordinator: Sheri Reed
Qualico Communities: Iona Sentes