In 1998, the municipality of Summerland priced out the cost of silk-screened street banners. They turned out to be expensive, so the municipal council gave the Arts Council the funds for the first banner project. Our banners have been purchased by people visiting Summerland from around the world, however over the years the banners that don’t get sold fade, tear or get so fragile that they can no longer be hung.
Some retired banners have been converted to aprons and beach bags but this takes many volunteer hours. This year the number of retired banners increased substantially to over 30 and the gallery committee decided to challenge local artists, both professional and amateur to re-work a banner and create a new piece of art.
The show is an eclectic mix of media and styles with the youngest artist being in elementary school and the oldest being a professional. We hope that you enjoy what the banners have become.