In Placerville, the arrival of warm weather is accompanied by the hanging of the Banners on Parade from the light poles along Main Street.
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The annual public art project started with Wheelbarrows on Parade in 2005 to recognize the legacy of John M. Studebaker, maker of wheelbarrows for the Gold Rush miners and later the car manufacturer.
In 2006, the canvas became wine barrels to acknowledge El Dorado County’s award-winning wine industry.
The focus in 2007 went to banners to decorate Main Street and the response was so positive that it has been Banners on Parade since then.
There are more than 30 colorful Banners on Parade this year to view while strolling down Main Street.
The first-place banner was painted by Jamie Cola-Bersamina, “Macro Dragonfly.” Second place went to Galen Ramos for “49er.” Marianne Kalem took third with “Wilderness Get-Away.” Honorable mentions went to Diana Erickson, “From the Mountain to the Sea;” Teri Meyer, “On the Hike to Lake Winnemucca;” and Julia Swain, “Towhees and Quail.”
Other banners are by: Patricia Abbott, “The Lone Juniper;” Donna Bohlin-Sammons, “Wine Selfie;” Shannon Chard and Karen Baugh, “Peek at our Wilderness;” Colleen Ellos, “Watching;” Donna Ericson, “Snowy Egret;” Alena Falkenstein, “Vines;” Elizabeth Gabler, “Happy Pond;” Karen Greene, “The River;” Amanda Hartsough, “Harvest’s Eve;” Adam Klausner, “Lone Pine;” Vladimir Klovalik, “Wolfgang;” Donna McPherson, “Tranquility;” Suzie Quinell, “Healing and Hope;” Lucia Rothgeb, “Take a Hike;” Jennifer Salas, “Amongst the Mountains;” Barbara Smith, “Morning Splendor;” Wendy Smith, “Squirrel World;” Oscar Valera, “Sapling;” Nina VanSickle, “Geesein the Reeds;” Allison Wanninger, “Springs Alpine Meadow;” Amber Wild, “Fish out of Water;” Sandra Wilson, “Dears in the Wilderness;” Charlene Young, “Puffin: Wild Seabird;” and Ellery Zacharias, “Wildlife of California.”
The judges for this year’s art were Talver Germany Miller and Kolsoum Ginney.
The annual art project is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and the city of Placerville to promote the arts.
The beautiful banners will be on display until the Art and Wine Festival on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 18. That night they will be sold during a silent auction with the proceeds funding next year’s Banners on Parade.
The Art and Wine Festival is from 6-9 p.m. with more than 30 foothill wineries offering samples of their wines inside merchant locations on Main Street. Art in the galleries is also featured along with music, art demonstrations and hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets for the wine tasting will be available in September at Main Street merchants or by visiting placerville-downtown.org.
For more information contact placervilledowntown.com or 530-672-3436.