Arts council, old town board to sponsor banner contest

The Shenandoah Arts Council and the Old Town Development Board have announced they currently are taking artist applications for the 6th annual ArtScape in Old Town banner program. The applications are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014.

Artisans age 5 and older are encouraged to participate, including artwork from children and emerging and professional artists. The Call for Entry can be found on the Shenandoah Arts Council’s website at www.shenarts.org. Artists do not have to be residents of Winchester. Artist may submit up to three pieces of art for jury consideration. The banners are vertically oriented so artwork should accordingly correspond and be taller than wider.

Started in 2009, the Arts Council and the Old Town Development Board have collaborated on this “outdoor art gallery” experience for the Old Town walking mall. The colorful, creative two-sided banners – each based on a piece of art – will grace the downtown for eight months on the downtown light polls.

Once artist applications are received, a jury of professional artists will select the images to be used for the 2012 banners. They will be produced and installed in time for the Apple Blossom’s Wine Festival in April and will remain up until the end of the year. Businesses interested in this marketing opportunity should fill out a corporate sponsorship form located on the council’s website.

The jury for the 2014 ArtScape banners will be artists Kay Layne of Washington and Teddy Johnson of Baltimore,

For more information, call Tracy Marlatt, executive director of the Shenandoah Arts Council at 540-667-5166 or email tmarlatt@shenarts.org.

The Shenandoah Arts Council is a non-profit arts organization serving the diverse communities of Winchester, Clarke and Frederick counties and the rest of the Shenandoah Valley by cultivating the visual, performing and literary arts through promotion, instruction and exhibition.

The Old Town Development Board’s commitment to our community is to maintain and improve the unique visual quality of Old Town; continually develop the right business mix; and promote our positive image.