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

FortisAlberta Art Wraps Announced

After more than 400 votes (both online and on location at theFortisAlberta Airdrie offices), five works of art have been chosen to become art wraps on FortisAlberta utility boxes in Airdrie. The five winning entries are (in no particular order):

Grain Elevators by Char Vanderhorst

Bear by Cheryl Todd Shergold

Ocean by Kathryn Zondag

Winter by Lori Presiloski

Butterfly by Olivia McMurray

Congratulations to the artists who each also recieve a $100 honouraium. Watch here for more details on when the wraps will be completed.


Vote for your favourite art!

Creative Airdrie and FortisAlberta are pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the Fortis Art Wrap Program. The public is now invited to cast their votes for the top five that will become shrink-wrap polymer canvases that are applied (similiar to wallpaper) around five FortisAlberta switching cubicle boxes in Airdrie. The top five will be announced on the last day of ARTember (Sept 30).

Note: four abstract images above are considered one entry

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FortisAlberta to Wrap Five Utility Boxes with Local Art

FortisAlberta has joined in partnership with Creative Airdrie to promote the work of local artists in the Airdrie area while helping to deal with a vandalism issue on utility boxes. Five artists’ works will be selected and turned into giant shrink-wrap polymer canvases that are applied (similar to wallpaper) around five FortisAlberta switching cubicle boxes in Airdrie.


All artists need to do is submit a previous work in a high resolution jpeg format to no later than Sept 12, 2012.

“This is similar to the Art in Motion submission process,” explains Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, Vice Chair of Creative Airdrie, “ all we need is a good quality photo of the work to turn it into a 3D piece of public art.  We encourage youth to participate as well.”


FortisAlberta will narrow the choices down to 12 and the public can then vote on their favourite by visiting the FortisAlberta Airdrie office at 15 Kingsview Road SE (7:30 – 4:30, M-F)  or by going online to and viewing the images. Voting will take place September 14 – 30 to coincide with ARTember.


FortisAlberta is “wrapping” 100 boxes across their service territory; Airdrie is the only city involving local artists. “Creative Airdrie approached us to team up and feature the work of local artists. We both win – Creative Airdrie and FortisAlberta while creatively addressing the vandalism of some of our facilities,” says Tom Janzen, Manager of Asset Maintenance for FortisAlberta.



For more information contact:


FortisAlberta  Mona Bartsfoff

Creative Airdrie  Sherry Shaw-Froggatt