The nine pieces of artwork that were selected to go up on display around the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood champions local art

Another round of local artists are having their work featured on street banners around town

Sparwood streets will soon be adorned with the latest additions to the districts community street banners program, with submissions from 2020 and early 2021 due to be installed.

The program, which celebrates and features local art as part of community beautification was made possible through a $20,000 public art grant from the Columbia Basin Trust to purchase custom-printed aluminum banners to showcase the work of local artists.

Mayor David Wilks said he and the council were pleased to see what had been accomplished through the program.

“Sparwood is known for its beauty and well-kept spaces, and the addition of street banners will certainly add appeal and character to our streets,” he said.

It was important to Council that these banners stand the test of time, which is why we went outside the box from typical fabric mesh banners and opted for UV coated aluminum. We know these pieces of art are not just paint or pencil, but expressions of what the artists love most about the community and environment.

“We thank everyone who participated in this program and submitted art for consideration. It is clear we have a great deal of talent within our community and region.”

To view the submissions and selected pieces being installed around town – either go for a tour of town or visit the District of Sparwood website to view the pieces and read about the artists behind each colourful creation. The banners will be installed on Aspen Drive, Sparwood Heights, at the Rec Centre and on side streets.

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