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2014 Banners on Parade

#1 – Macro Dragonfly by Jamie Cola-Bersamina
Macro Dragonfly
Jamie Cola-Bersamina

#2 – 49er by Galen Ramos
Galen Ramos

#3 – Wilderness Get-Away by Marianne Kalem
Wilderness Get-Away
Marianne Kalem

2015 Banners on Parade

The 2015 Banners on Parade applications are available from February 20 – March 13! Interested in applying? You can see and download the application here.

See the new Placerville Art on Parade website here!

2014 Banners on Parade

The 2014 Banners on Parade community art banners hung on Placerville's Main Street until mid-October, 2014, when they were taken down and auctioned off at the Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, October 18. During 2014, we had 32 banners on display from Sacramento Street to Cedar Ravine. There was a walking tour brochure available at many businesses on Main Street. If you would like to see images online of all the 2014 banners, you can see the photos beginning here.

We also created on-demand different souvenir items that people could purchase. Your purchases helped us fund future Placerville Art on Parade projects. The items you could purchase were items with images of the 2014 banners on them: post cards, bookmarks, magnets, note cards, group posters (a collectible poster showing all the 2014 banners), and individual posters (posters of individual banners).

We hope you enjoyed the 2014 Banners on Parade!

Please help our Community Art Project, Placerville Art on Parade!

Placerville Art on Parade is a self-supporting, community art project that promotes the arts in historic downtown Placerville. Every year for the past 8 years, a new exhibit of beautifully painted banners is installed on the light poles on Historic Main Street. After the exhibit, the banners are sold during a silent auction at the Placerville Art & Wine Festival.

But the total proceeds from the sale often leave the project short of the necesary funds needed for the next year's exhibit. Therefore, we are looking for donations to continue this artistic, community project. How can YOU help? Consider donating some money (minimum: $25) to our cause. Here are some examples of what your donation can do (and please feel free to donate more!):

  • $25 – Pays for a portion of the bracket hardware needed for expanding the exhibit to new light poles
  • $50 – Pays for the installation of 5 banners on light poles each year
  • $75 – Pays for the production cost of one, new, canvas banner
  • $100 – Helps pay for the printing and design of the "walking guide" brochure

Thank you for supporting the arts on Historic Main Street in Placerville! Your donation to Placerville Art on Parade (a charitable organization) is tax deductible (non-profit ID number 20-2230822). Note that you can also just write out a check to Placerville Art on Parade and mail it to Placerville Art on Parade, P.O. Box 2156, Placerville, CA 95667.

More Information About Placerville Art on Parade

2014 Art on Parade logo Placerville Art on Parade is the overall name for our community art project. In 2005, the “Placerville Art on Parade Committee” started a community art project to enhance the look of our wonderful Historic Main Street in downtown Placerville. The first two years were 3D art projects (first year: Wheelbarrows on Parade; second year: Wine Barrels on Parade) and the last eight years have been large canvas banners painted by local artists and known as Banners on Parade (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). See more about the history of Art on Parade here.

See the Placerville Art on Parade website here: placervilleartonparade.org.

You can see and purchase the book, Placerville Art on Parade: Five Years here. It covers the first five years of Placerville Art on Parade (2005-2009).

A Note About Our Committee Members

The Placerville Art on Parade organization is managed entirely by volunteers who give their time out of love for the project, and they look forward to the new banners each and every year!

In 2011, the Placerville Art on Parade Committee lost a valuable member of our event committee, Geoff Boyd. Geoff was a kind and talented local artist who volunteered his time to support this special community art project in Placerville until he passed away in 2011. Geoff loved this project and was an enthusiastic member of our team. In his honor, an anonymous donor has funded the Geoff Boyd Memorial Artist Award since 2011. Each year, our donor secretly selects the winning banner artist for the Geoff Boyd Memorial Artist Award. That winning artist is announced during a special presentation near the Silent Auction table during the Art & Wine Festival and is awarded $250 in memory of our friend, Geoff Boyd. His love of art and the Banners on Parade project live on through this memorial award, thanks to our anonymous donor.

In addition, sadly, we lost yet another valuable member of our Event Committee in 2014, Charlene Young. Charlene was a retired school teacher and local artist. In addition to her committee duties, she contributed her artwork to the Placerville Art on Parade exhibits, having painted a wheelbarrow, a wine barrel, and many banners over the years. Charlene lost her battle with cancer this year and we miss her dearly. She was a kind and quiet helper who worked hard to make sure the project continued on each year. 

The Process

Artists from previous years (and interested new artists) are sent information-application packets early in the year. The artists fill out the applications and submit their designs in the early spring, spend about 6 weeks painting the banners (front and back), then they are judged by local art teachers. The winners (usually a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 3 Honorable Mentions) are chosen on a day in late May at the local community college, then the banners are hung from light poles on Placerville's Historic Main Street.

On the same day that the banners are being judged, photographs are taken of each banner and a local graphic designer uses those photos to create the walking brochure. People can stroll on Historic Main Street and view the banners while looking at the information about them in the brochure.

The banners hang on their light poles from early June through mid-October. Then, they are taken down. They are displayed for people to view up close on Main Street during the Art and Wine festival on the 3rd Saturday in October and auctioned off (via silent auction) that same evening.

As you can imagine, it takes some money to do this. In addition to the small fee each accepted applicant pays to do a banner, in mid-summer during each "banner" year, we put out an order form for folks to order posters, post cards, bookmarks, magnets and note cards. The proceeds from the applicant fee, sale of banner items and the silent auction help fund future years and we have been lucky enough to have some local sponsors. However, we can use more funds to help expand this project. Please consider donating!

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