2014 AIRdirondack Artists Announced

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 info@creativeairdrie.ca

AIRdirondack Art Project Coordinator: Sheri Reed  sheri@mckeehomes.ca

Qualico Communities: Iona Sentes isentes@qualico.com


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 info@creativeairdrie.ca

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  info@veronicafunk.com

Creative Airdrie Society Vice Chair/Communications Sherry Shaw-Froggatt info@creativeairdrie.ca


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 info@creativeairdrie.ca 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 info@creativeairdrie.ca




For more information:

Sherry Shaw-Froggatt Creative Airdrie Society info@creativeairdrie.ca 403.807.1272