Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Arts in Easton Banner Program

2011 Marks 10th Anniversary
New This Year - Online Bidding

Press Release from Avalon Foundation about the banner program. Come bid on my banners! or go online and make a bid

EASTON, MARYLAND – October 28, 2011 – Enjoy Easton as an outdoor gallery. One of the most distinguished art opportunities is on display again this year with fresh artwork in downtown Easton, MD. Artists, art enthusiasts, locals and visitors may stroll through downtown Easton and enjoy the original works of art hanging from the lampposts. Each banner has two sides of unique art for all to enjoy. Placards are located at eye level on the lampposts to help identify the artists and their banners.

Celebrating its 10th year, The Arts In Easton Banner Program has 45 artists participating who have created 88 pieces of fine original artwork on banners of canvas material. Whether amateur or professional, their work adds depth to the experience and enjoyment of this charming small town.

The artists who participate in the program are representative of the hundreds of working artists in the area. This year we have expanded the program to include new banner artists to better demonstrate the talent in the community. There are artworks available this year from artists who have never participated in the program as well as returning artists.

Posters with all of the banners represented are available at the Avalon Theatre (40 E. Dover St.), Banner & Auction Guides (with map) will be available November 1 at the Avalon Theatre, Talbot County Visitors Center (11 S. Harrison St.) and the various galleries in Easton. Pick up a free guide to help you identify the banners and corresponding artists.

New this year – online bidding
Banners may be bid on in advance of the auction! Visit the newly developed website, to learn all of the details about this fun and exciting community program. Follow the simple instructions to start bidding on your favorites!

The banners will be auctioned at a lively free event with light fare, drinks and music, at the Waterfowl Festival Building, on Saturday, December 10th from 7pm to 9:30pm. Most of the artists attend the auction offering a great opportunity to talk shop with the creators of your favorite works. Kathy Hanna, Avalon Foundation Events Manager, said, “This is a most exciting and fun community event with exhilarating art available for purchase…a happening you do not want to miss.”

The banners are 30” x 40” and may be displayed or framed with or without the wording at the bottom (examples on website). They can be used indoors or outdoors and make great gifts. Patrons purchase banners for many reasons, the civic pride element, a chance to own unique original artwork, they are collectors and for gifts. Don’t miss the opportunity to support the community and own one or more of these fine pieces.

The Arts In Easton Banner Program is the work of the Avalon Foundation and is designed to help promote local artists, the arts in Easton and Easton as an arts destination. Proceeds from the auction benefit participating artists and support the work of the Avalon Foundation.

Banners may be previewed in advance of the auction (see website for times). Stopping by to see the banners prior to Saturday’s bidding frenzy is a great idea. People are often surprised by how many banners they have never seen before. Silent auction bids may be made during preview hours.

For all the particulars about The Arts In Easton Banner Program & Auction, visit…open 24 hours a day!

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