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Artists asked to submit designs AIRdirondack project

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am

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Creative Airdrie is calling on artists to submit design concepts for the 2014 AIRdirondack Art Project.

“As an artist it’s really nice to contribute to the arts locally,” said Veronica Funk, one of the project leaders with Creative Airdrie, the non-profit group that organizes the project every year.

Funk added that she has contributed pieces to AIRdirondack in the past and found the experience gratifying. She said she gained a lot of encouragement and feedback from the community when she participated.

The AIRdirondack Art Project has been around since 2010 and is organized by Creative Airdrie.

The project consists of artists painting Adirondack chairs assembled by the Industrial Arts Program at Bert Church High School.

Creative Airdrie then auctions off the chairs at a black tie gala held in September.

“It’s probably the only black-tie event in town and it’s kind of nice to up the level of a night out,” Funk said.

Last year was a record year for AIRdirondack with the fundraiser bringing in $23,000 for Creative Airdrie.

“Last year was the first year that not one chair sold for under $1,000,” Funk said.

All design submissions will be reviewed by a jury of out-of-market art experts including Karen Gimbel from Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alta., and Jill Yuzwa from Ayrspace Gallery in Ayr, Ont., members of the AIRdirondack Art Project committee and representatives from the event’s major sponsor Qualico.

“Having a juried event was nice last year because every chair was so different,” Funk said.

Artist proposals must be submitted by Jan. 2, and the full information package is available online at or by emailing

“It’s nice to see the high quality of local artists here in Airdrie,” Funk said.

The 2014 gala will take place on Sept. 20, 2014 at McArthurs Fine Furniture.

Submission winners will be announced in mid-January after the judges meet on Jan. 15.


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