150 banners, 150 years

It’s a sesquicentennial celebration in watercolours.

“150 Banners for 150 Years by 150 Citizens,” is the first of a series of events and activities devised by Festivals Kelowna to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

“‘150 Banners’ is one of about 11 projects we will be rolling out this year in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial,” said Festivals Kelowna executive director Renata Mills.

“We are inviting 150 citizens to paint 150 banners depicting Canadian imagery and their own interpretation of My Canada, it’s past, present and future.”

Artists will have a chance to select from several themes, including our provinces, agriculture, technology, prominent people, diversity and more. There will be 11, three-hour workshops held at OPUS Arts Supplies, where people will craft their creations.

Finished banners will be hung at different local Canada 150 events scheduled throughout the summer. Banners will be returned to participants in late September.

“This is going to be such a fun project that we are encouraging people to come on their own or sign up a group of friends or family and make a night of it,” said project co-ordinator Lisa Brown.

“As an artist myself, I love the idea of encouraging people to explore their inner artist in a way that isn’t intimidating or daunting.”

The event is free to participate in. Click here to register.

Painting supplies are provided courtesy of Canadian Heritage, the City of Kelowna and OPUS Arts Supplies.

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