Street banners on display

You may have noticed some new splashes of colour around Summerland lately.

You may have noticed some new splashes of colour around Summerland lately.

This year’s banner project had 49 kids and 15 adults take part in designing and painting banners to beautify the streets of Summerland.

The banner project started in 1998 at the request of the District of Summerland and is now in its 17th year.

Over the years participants have ranged in age from six to more than 80 and have included novice artists as well as well-known artists in the area.

All banners are available for purchase by bid and if a banner is not bought it is saved to be hung up again the next year.

Bids start at $50 however families are able to purchase their child’s banner at cost if they do not go for full bid.

Our banners have been purchased from people visiting Summerland from around the world. There are approximately 150 banners that can be found around downtown Summerland, along Prairie Valley road and along Lakeshore Drive in Lower town.

Location pamphlets, as well as the bid book, can be found at the Art Centre 9908 Main St.

The Summerland Community Art Council would also like to wish the graduates of 2015 congratulations.

A special congratulations to our very own 2014 Blossom Pageant Candidate Miss Summerland Community Arts Council — Jordan Bendixsen and musician extraordinaire’s from last year’s Wednesdays on the Water concert series Daniel Raitt and Rachael Smith.

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” — Danny Kaye said.

“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” — Michelangelo.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” —Vincent van Gogh.

And finally, never stop learning or trying new things.

“I am still learning.” — Michelangelo at age 87.

We are proud of all you have accomplished and look forward to seeing what you do next.

Don’t forget to register for the Summer Arts Program starting July 13. Classes are filling up quickly.

We are still looking for Wednesdays on the Water sponsors. If you or your business would like to sponsor the summer concert series contact Carmen at 250-494-4494 or

Carmen McDowell is the Summer Arts Program coordinator with the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9908 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.