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Banners on Parade Celebrates 20 Years

This great community art project has been going on as of this year (2024) for TWENTY years! It has been Banners on Parade for the last eighteen years (2007-2024). Before Banners on Parade, it was Wheelbarrows on Parade (2005) and Wine Barrels on Parade (2006). Click on any of the images below to view all the wonderful artwork for that year.

Banners on Parade is a major annual event sponsored by Images of Hope El Dorado. For many years, Images of Hope El Dorado has been a major sponsor of Banners on Parade. The Banner artists have completed their 2024 banners, and you can see them below!

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Keepsakes

2024 Keepsakes

Download a Keepsakes order form

As part of our fundraising efforts for Banners on Parade, we offer the following keepsakes that you can purchase to help us keep Banners on Parade alive!

  • Posters – These are 15″ W x 30″H images of the original 30″ x 60″ banner that you choose on the order form. These are printed on heavy paper and come either rolled in a plastic sleeve or mounted on a foam core or cardboard backing that is ready to mount on a wall.
  • Water Bottle – New for 2024! This aluminum water bottle is about 10″H x 3″D and fits nicely in your car or bike cup holder. It is imprinted with the image of the banner of your choice.
  • Coffee Cup – This is a coffee cup with a photo of the banner of your choice on it. There will be a photo of the front of the banner on one side of the cup, a photo of the back of the banner on the back side of the cup, and the name and artist in the middle.
  • Bookmark – This is a 2″W x 6″H bookmark with the image of a banner that you choose.
  • Magnet – This is a 2″W x 4″H image of a banner that you choose printed on a magnetic surface. It looks great on your fridge!
  • Postcard – This is a 4×6 postcard with an image of a banner that you choose on it. On the back side of the postcard is information about the banner and space for you to add a message and an address to mail it to someone.

There is an order form in the brochure, or you can download one here.

History and Background

Banners on Parade is a community art project that is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, non-profit organizations, and city government that promotes the arts on Historic Main Street in Placerville, California.

It is one of California’s longest-running community art projects, with 556 pieces of wonderful community art displayed over the last nineteen years (2005-2023).

In the first year of the exhibit (2005), artist-painted wheelbarrows were displayed (known as Wheelbarrows on Parade); in the second year of the exhibit (2006), artist-painted wine barrels were displayed (known as Wine Barrels on Parade). From 2007 through 2023, artist-painted canvas banners (30″W x 60″H) have been displayed—499 banners have been displayed on Main Street—and the event is called Banners on Parade.

Banners for 2024 will premiere at the Images of Hope El Dorado Luau in the Orchard on Saturday, June 1, and then will be installed on Main Street. They will remain displayed from June through October 2024 and be auctioned online in October 2024. As in past years, keepsakes will be available: posters, postcards, coffee mugs, magnets, and bookmarks.

Sponsors

Any endeavor like this needs to have sponsors. We have been lucky to have many great sponsors to help this effort over the years. Our sponsors for 2024 are:

  • Images of Hope – this is our major sponsor for 2023 and it is their sponsor image that will appear on the back of the 2023 banners and we thank them! Banners on Parade is now part of Images of Hope!
  • El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gold Country Artists Gallery
  • ECO Signs & Lighting Maintenance
  • City of Placerville
  • Cuppa Coffee & More
  • High Sierra Quilters
  • Geoff Boyd Memorial Award
  • Marianne Kalem Legacy Award

Several of these have been sponsors many times, and we thank them all!

Committee Members

Over the many years of this project (our 20th year is 2024), we have had a core group of committee members who are the managing board of the organization. This includes Paige VanSickle, who originated our “Banners on Parade” concept 18 years ago (along with Marianne Kalem), Lisa Crummett, and Bill Robinson, the event’s photographer and promoter. In addition, Mary Bist, Wendy Goossen, Cathie Urquhart, and Andrew Vonderschmitt are on the committee.

In any long-running event like this, there are changes and things happen. We have lost three of our great members, Geoff Boyd, Charlene Young and most recently, Marianne Kalem in the last few years. We miss them dearly.

We also have a great group of supporting folks on the committee who step up every year help set up the banners for judging at a local place and help set up for the auction in October of each year when we do that.

Volunteers

We have been lucky to have some great volunteers to help us when we needed it! So many tasks: carrying the banners back and forth to the cars and hanging them during the judging, cleaning the banners before the auction, helping to hang the banners for the auction, and taking them down afterward and so many more. In 2020, during the pandemic, we had to change how we did things and could not have many in-person meetings and work sessions. Here’s a big thank you to those who have helped us over the years:

Melissa Cowan of Placerville Flowers on Main for allowing us to use her business as a drop-off point for the banners to and from the artists up through 2022

Cherie Cornelison of Cuppa Coffee & More for allowing us to use her business as a pickup and drop-off point for the banners starting in 2023

Many others have been there to help hang, move, and take down banners during the judging and the auction (during non-pandemic years before 2020)

The many great businesses on Main Street in Placerville have distributed the Banners on Parade brochures, especially Placerville News Company.

Volunteers help to make an organization great, and we’ve had the greatest. Our thanks to them all!

Judges

Every year, we recruit one or two artists from our area to serve as judges after the banner entries have been created before hanging on the light poles along Main Street in Placerville. The judges we have chosen this year are Carolyn Cunningham and Linda Smith.

Carolyn Cunningham

A native Californian, Carolyn Cunningham has been creating art all her life. She holds a degree in Art Education, was a public-school art teacher for 20 years, taught drawing classes to adults and children, and was involved in several community art events in her previous city in Southern California. She has been involved in several art associations over the years and since moving to this area in 2020, has become a member of Placerville Arts Association, Sacramento Fine Arts, Rancho Cordova Arts, Colored Pencil Society of America, and International Society of Scratchboard Artists. She is on the Board of Directors for Placerville Arts Association and is Show Carolyn Cunningham

Chair for PAA’s two annual member shows, as well as Co-chair of the 58th National Mother Lode Exhibition. She currently shows her artwork at Art Studio 360 in Placerville. Carolyn works in a variety of media, most recently colored pencil, scratchboard, oil, and mixed media collage. She has won several awards in Southern California and locally, including two Best of Shows and an Award of Excellence at the 2021 Mother Lode Exhibition. She has had her colored pencil work in three international exhibitions and is a signature member of Colored Pencil Society of America.

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Linda Smith

Linda Smith, a retired nurse from Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento after 27 years, now lives in El Dorado Hills, CA, pursuing her passion for art. Inspired by nature’s vibrant colors, Linda focuses on western scenes, landscapes, and portraits of people and animals in a classical style. She continuously refines her technique through reading, interaction with other artists, and studying under mentors like Anita Wolff, an internationally known American Impressionist, and award-winning artist Joyce Martin. Linda is Vice President of the El Dorado Hills Art Association and a member of the Placerville Art Association. Her work has been recognized at the 37th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition and the PAA Spring Membership Show, where she received an Honorable Mention. Beyond art, Linda enjoys traveling with her husband, playing with her schnauzer, Annie, and caring for her two quarter horses, Sierra and Baily. She actively participates in community charity events throughout Sacramento and El Dorado County.