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Eco Art Awards submission deadline looming

By: Sara Wilson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 10:23 am

Last year’s Airdrie Eco Art Award $500-winner Jaye Benoit received her prize on Nov. 18, 2013. Submissions for this year’s competition closes on Aug. 8.
Last year’s Airdrie Eco Art Award $500-winner Jaye Benoit received her prize on Nov. 18, 2013. Submissions for this year’s competition closes on Aug. 8.
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The City of Airdrie is calling all artists to submit their work to the second annual Eco Art Awards.

The deadline to submit all original work is Aug. 8.

Awards are open to all Airdrie and Rocky View County residents. The theme of the project must align with the City of Airdrie’s AirdrieOne plan.

Airdrie’s Sustainability Plan is a made-in-Airdrie plan that is designed by Airdrie citizens and community leaders.

It outlines 10 common goals to guide actions over the next five to 10 years as council creates a more sustainable community and works towards the shared community vision.

The Plan’s goal include promoting community activities that encourage: economic prosperity, built environment, socially sustainable communities, arts, culture & recreation, sustainable natural environment, water, waste management, energy, sustainable transportation and governance.

Artists will be required to use recycled and/or repurposed materials.

“These Eco Art Awards present an exceptionally unique opportunity for local artists to win cash prizes by ‘upcycling’ discarded items into pieces of art,” said Tracey Chala, team leader, Waste & Recycling Services.

“We had a fantastic number of proposals in 2013 and the selected artists gained great exposure to the community, especially to those Airdrie residents who voted on their favourites during ARTember and attended the inaugural awards.”

The inaugural Airdrie Eco Art Awards was presented to local artist Jaye Benoit on Nov. 18, who grabbed the top prize of $500 for her winning piece that was created using recycled materials including: newspaper, cardboard, plastic, metal and paint.

The piece was entitled “Airdrie in Perspective” which depicted a two-dimensional, frontal view of the city and works its way into a three-dimensional, aerial view of the city.

“(The artwork) follows the notion that the City of Airdrie is intrinsically interconnected with the natural environment and it is built upon and stresses living in harmony,” said Benoit back in November at the awards ceremony when she was announced as the winner.

Shayne Hartin, team leader with the City of Airdrie’s Waste and Recycling Services, presented Benoit with the awards.

A total of 10 entrants took part in last year’s competition. Rounding out the top three were fellow Airdrie artists Brandi Penrose, who received second place and Meghan Martins, who won third place.


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