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 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)  403.510.8151

Linda Bruce, Executive Director, Creative Airdrie Society

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.



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


Call for Artists for 2013 AIRdirondack Art Project

DECEMBER 9, 2012



The 2013 AIRdirondack Art Project is undergoing some changes to enhance the experience for both the artists and the guests of the gala event where the chairs are ultimately auctioned off.

Creative Airdrie (CAS), the organizing body behind the project, has decided to jury the chair selection by announcing a call for proposals from area artists to produce one of nine chairs for auction in September. A tenth chair will be auctioned off unfinished – with the opportunity for the buyer to work with a selected artist to create a personal memento of the project.

“As this event grows both in stature and caliber, we want to provide the guests and ultimately the bidders and future owners of these works of art, the opportunity to chose from the best of the best,” says project coordinator Sheri Reed. “The AIRdirondack Art Project is becoming recognized across the province and the gala itself is the only black tie event in Airdrie. It’s only appropriate that we keep the caliber of work created at the highest level of creative and artistic value.”

Selected artists will receive a chair designed and assembled by the Industrial Arts Program at Bert Church High School. “We are working with the school to design a chair that the artists will enjoy working with,” says Reed. Home Hardware will continue to provide the materials (wood and paints) for the chairs.

The proposals will be juried by two out-of-market arts experts, members of the project committee, a local arts related business owner and Qualico, the event’s major sponsor since its inception in 2010.

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 31 and the full info package is available online at or by emailing

Artists will receive a $100 honorarium and two tickets to the gala evening which takes place September 21, 2013 during ARTember celebrations.

Click here to see the proposal criteria and submission form