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


Call for Artists for Legacy Project at Genesis Place


The Airdrie Regional Recreational Enhancement Society (ARRES) has teamed up with Creative Airdrie (CAS) to create a legacy project to enhance the new lobby area in Phase III of Genesis Place (the twin arenas).

“We want to create a strong visual focal point to recognize our founders and our donors,” says Megan Raaflaub O’Reilly, Fundraiser Support Specialist with ARRES. “We thought working with Creative Airdrie would give us the exposure to the arts community and their expertise and guidance to make this project a reality.”

The legacy project is envisioned as a large wall mounted “tree” covered in leaves that are purchased by donors. 200 leaves engraved with donor names are the target for the fall of 2013. (ARRES anticipates the sale of a further 200-400 leaves in the following year.) ARRES and CAS are looking for artist submissions on how the tree and its leaves would be designed, manufactured, and incorporated into the lobby area. Artists are asked to submit a concept for the trunk design and the individual leaf attachments in an area 10 ft high by 8 ft wide.

“The trunk could be a painting or sculpture, a carving or some other form of fabrication – we are looking to the arts community for their input,” says CAS Executive Director Linda Bruce. “The leaves themselves will have to allow for engraving and the use of multiple metallics to recognize donor levels.”

ARRES will cover all of the costs of the design and installation of the legacy tree. Artists must submit a full cost projection that includes their own design time, material costs and installation costs.

The full artist submission form and details are available online at creativeairdrie.ca. The deadline to submit a design proposal is June 15, 2013. The winning bid will be announced June 30, 2013. The successful project must be completed and installed by September 1, 2013. The ARRES Board of Directors will select the winning proposal.

For more information contact:

Megan Raaflaub O’Reilly , Fundraiser Support Specialist, Airdrie Regional Recreation Enhancement Society (ARRES)  m.oreilly@shaw.ca  403.510.8151

Linda Bruce, Executive Director, Creative Airdrie Society linda@creativeairdrie.ca

ARRES Legacy Tree Artist Request for Proposal

All proposals must be received by noon June 15, 2013. The winning proposal will be notified June 30, 2013.

Artists may be contacted for further interviews.

The approved proposal must be completed and installed no later than Sept 1, 2013.

The final artwork must be designed to be installed on a cement wall 10 ft high x 8” wide

There are two design components, the tree trunk and the individual leaves

The design must incorporate the installation of 200 individual engraved leaves and an additional 200-400 leaves early 2014.  Each leaf must be a minimum of 1 ¾” x 3 ½” to hold three lines and 60 characters.

The trunk design needs to incorporate the four major founders (roots) of the Genesis Place project: Airdrie Regional Recreation Enhancement Society, Airdrie Minor Hockey Association, Airdrie Skating Club, and Airdrie Ringette Association

Artist may choose to submit the costs of engraving the individual leaves or request a third party involvement.

Artist must submit the following:

A full description of the design and techniques used including several sketches/drawings depicting the tree from several angles.

A detailed list of materials to be used.

A budget for design, materials and installation. (Note installation may be completed by Genesis Place staff).

A detailed project timeline.

A resume and three references.

Electronic samples of previous work (jpeg or pdf).

The tree would be unveiled to the public September 8, 2013.

The final design is the decision of the ARRES Board of directors.