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 email@example.com
AIRdirondack Art Project Coordinator: Sheri Reed firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualico Communities: Iona Sentes email@example.com