Street Art Banner Program

The District of Sparwood is pleased to launch the Street Art Banner Program. This program is designed to capture the work of local artists for display on long lasting banners hung throughout the community. The Street Art Banner Program is designed to beautify the community, celebrate local artists, and preserve and celebrate local heritage through the display of art. 

Calling all artists! The District is requesting submissions for the 2021 Street Art Banner Program.

Find full details below.

  • The Street Art Banner Program is designed to encourage, promote and celebrate local heritage, arts and culture through the display of artistic street banners hung on community utility poles. 

    The banners, which will be composed of an aluminum composite material, will allow for digitally printed artwork to be sourced from a any artistic medium.

    The primary objectives of the Street Art Banner Program are:

    • Beautification of the community
    • Supporting the development of local artists
    • Celebrating local artists and supporting their development
    • Preserving and celebrating local heritage through art
    • Sharing the stories of Sparwood 
    • Displaying and promote the work of local artists.

    Find the full Street Art Banner Program Policy here.

  • Submissions will only be considered during the "Call for Art Submissions" period, running from January 8, 2021 to February 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST.


    In order to be considered by the Advisory Group, all art submissions must conform to the following. 


    • Art may be of any medium – including photographs but must be able to be digitally reproduced and correctly scaled to the dimension of the banner.


    • Art must fall under the scope of heritage, environment, connection to community, and love of Sparwood.

    • The use of text should be limited.

    • Artwork must have a discernible, direct link to the District of Sparwood and the Elk Valley.

    • Any banners containing information or displaying images that contain controversial, contentious, or provocative content or are deemed by the advisory group to be objectionable will not be eligible for selection. 


    • Vivid and contrasting colors and tones are preferred. Art must be clearly visible and legible under low light or when viewed from a distance. 

    • Any text shown must be clearly visible from a minimum of 20 meters.


    • Each artist may submit a maximum of two (2) pieces for consideration. Photos of the original piece are preferred.

    All artwork must be submitted with the artists name, contact information, piece title, and brief description of the art on the Street Art Banner Program Submission Form.

    • In order for selected art to be printed on banners, the art must be able to be scaled to fit a 30" x 60" dimension. A high quality / high resolution image must be provided or the original artwork must be made available to be photographed.

    • Art submissions will be considered from any resident who resides within the Columbia Basin; however, selection preference will be given to artists residing in Sparwood or the Elk Valley.

    By submitting artwork for consideration for the Street Art Banner Program, the artist warrants and represents that they are the owner of the artwork, and the artist hereby grants to the District of Sparwood the right to use the art for the designated purpose of the Street Art Banner Program. The District of Sparwood will have rights to use digital images of the art or banners in all forms of media and communications to promote the District of Sparwood. 

    Submissions can be forwarded to:

    Jenna Jensen
    District of Sparwood
    Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue
    Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0


    Street Banner Advisory Group

    The Street Art Banner Program will be administered by the District through a five (5) person Street Banner Advisory Group which shall be appointed by Council annually until the Street Art Banner Program is discontinued.  The Committee will be comprised of the following representatives:

    • A member of the Sparwood and District Arts and Heritage Council;

    • A District of Sparwood staff member;

    • A member of Council;

    • A Sparwood senior representative; and 

    • A Sparwood youth representative.

    Selection Criteria

    The Advisory Group will use the following criteria when evaluating art submissions. 

    • Submissions will be evaluated without names.

    • All submission criteria and eligibility requirements must be met.

    • Creativity, originality, and overall impression of the art.

    • The relevance and likely appeal to the community audience.

    • The ability of the art to enhance the beauty of the community.

    • The quality of the artwork submitted.


    Once the Advisory Group has evaluated the submissions, they will provide Council with their recommendations on artwork to be reproduced and used in the Street Art Banner Program.  Council will then review the recommendations and award the successful art submissions.  All artists will be notified of Council’s decision, and artists will receive a $500 honorarium for artwork that is selected for production into a street banner.

  • Kally Campbell

    Kally Campbell is currently a grade 12 student attending Sparwood Secondary School. She has been an avid art student throughout her years in school. Kally’s paintings primarily portrays her love for the outdoor environment that she is so grateful to have grown up in. Many of her pieces are inspired by the mountainous scenery of the Elk Valley, as well as by the places she has travelled to around the world. Kally’s favourite mediums to work with are acrylics and watercolours, however she is interested in exploring more with oil paints in the future. Some of Kally’s other interests include playing volleyball, basketball and hiking.

    Alysha Clark

    Alysha Clarke is a 37 year old BCRMT, mother, wife and painter. She has lived in the Elk Valley for the last 28 years. During that time, she has pursued her hobby as a painter. She loved to take classes at the Arts Station when they were offered, but mostly just painted at home for her own enjoyment.

    Alysha has dedicated a majority of her time over the past 17 years to growing her massage therapy clinic and raising three daughters. She recently decided to spend more time painting again, which has resulted in a few art shows at local galleries, allowing her to present her work to the community. Alysha enjoys working with acrylic, oil and alcohol inks.

    Ashley Decker

    Ashley Decker is a self-taught Artist, who has been creating since day one. Her love of painting with acrylics was explored at the age of seventeen - when she really began her journey of self-healing.  

    Seventeen years later, her work has grown along with her. Acrylic paints, mediums, dried wild flowers, drift wood and anything she can get her hands on in nature expresses her whimsical, and soulful style which share some of the adventures had in her own back yard - Sparwood, British Columbia.

    You will find delicious landscapes, curious foxes and wildlife, personalized pet portraits, and anything her heart composes."

    Sue Hanlon 

    My name is Sue Hanlon and I’m a local Artist from Sparwood BC.  I have lived in and been inspired by the elk valley for the last 30 years.
    My formal art training came through the university of Lethbridge followed by and education degree from the university of Calgary. Upon moving to Sparwood I taught art at the local high school as well as evening and weekend workshops for those aspiring to create their own art. I took time off to raise three kids with my husband Bill Hanlon. I moved into mural painting and have been given some great opportunities to paint murals in the valley at schools, public meeting places and private homes.

    Creating art became a social event in the cities so I recognized the opportunity to bring “Paint nights” to the valley. These are fun social evenings where people come out with their friends and are lead step by step through a two hour beginning painting. A great way to encourage new painters to try out their creative bends!

    The best is still coming though as I wind down my teaching career and start to concentrate on my personal art career. I So look forward to taking my art to a new level and just “enjoying the process” as I tell my new artists!
    So when I saw the banner program I hopped right in and am so thankful to the district of Sparwood for providing such an opportunity and backdrop for local artists/art.

    Dani Holmgren

    I'm Dani. I've worked in the beautiful industry of body art for about seven years now and there are definitely still tines I can't believe I've fallen into this career, and I'm only just beginning. 

    I've always found art has come somewhat easy to me. I suppose growing up in lil' ole Elko my only options were build forts, ride bikes and draw. Wait...that's what I still do. 

    I first moved to Sparwood nine years ago, moved around a bit, but couldn't keep myself away. I am absolutely proud to call the 425 home. 

    The past couple of years I have gotten back into painting more than ever before, but I still have lots of growing to do (that was a short joke.) I feel thankful for my painting to even be considered. 

    "There you go again Sparwood, making me a better person." - CK

    FB: Tattoos By Dani

    Karen MacDonald

    Karen MacDonald is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist, who strives to stretch creative boundaries by applying mixed media combinations and discover what they will do together.

    Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Karen has always been creative. It wasn’t until moving

    to Fernie, that she was able to explore her artistic side. Whether working on her own, or with the Fernie Visual Artists, she has been able to continue to experiment and develop her style.

    Online learning has increased her curiosity and the need to explore.

    Karen is driven to create whimsical, offbeat imagery, with a quirky, playful sense of humour that adds a sense of delight and joy in her pieces.

    Follow her process @imagingsbykaren on Instagram

    Jolene Miner 

    Jolene Miner creates with delicious candy colors, vibrant patterns and rich textures, and her work tends to have a playful dreamlike quality. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Fine Arts program, Jolene creates in her home studio using a variety of mediums. She finds pleasure in painting and drawing but favors creating whimsical collages with handmade and Japanese papers. Each piece is an exploration of simplicity, playfulness and freehand cutting. She finds inspiration in nature, music and the colorful world inside her head.

    IG: @joeybugsuniverse

    Abryanna Storey

    Abryanna Elisabeth-May Storey is a self-directed artist who is 17 years of age, and a grade twelve student at Sparwood Secondary. She was born in Creston, British Columbia, and moved to Elk Valley with her family when she was thirteen. She has always loved art. From music to painting to drawing, she has used her artistic skills to create some wonderful works. She hopes to go on to become a high school art teacher, with her love of children and helping others along her side. Others have said she is a “bright, outgoing, bubbly spirit” who wants to go on to spread the world with positivity and help others as she goes along.