Art Gallery of Golden to develop six new community inspired posters

The six posters will be in addition to the 12 posters created just under 10 years ago.

These original 12 posters were inspired by early 1900s efforts to get Canadians to head west. The next six will be based on community adventure photos, with the Art Gallery of Golden soliciting photos for inspiration. (Contributed)

These original 12 posters were inspired by early 1900s efforts to get Canadians to head west. The next six will be based on community adventure photos, with the Art Gallery of Golden soliciting photos for inspiration. (Contributed)

Back in 2011, the Art Gallery of Golden (AGOG) released 12 posters as a part of the art exhibit “GOLDEN. We Call This Home.”

Nearly 10 years later, AGOG is creating an additional six poster images to add to the original dozen.

The posters will be inspired and based on photo submissions from the Golden community.

Locals will have an opportunity to submit their photos for a chance to win a framed poster upon completion of the project.

From those ideas, six concepts will be developed and made into final digital artwork ready for reproduction.

“This is an opportunity to engage in an art project that depicts and honours aspects of our community life,” said Bill Usher, who served as art director on the original 12 posters and will resume his role for the updates six that are to come.

“The original images in the series resonated with the community who proudly display them in businesses and homes all over town. AGOG is constantly asked when we will create new images.”

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Usher and artist Lia Golemba will reunite as the creative team to imagine and create these additional six art posters.

The original series of 12 art posters were made possible by a grant-in-aid provided by CSRD Area A. In 2012, the Town of Golden commissioned two more posters to celebrate the community effort to restore the Golden Civic Centre.

“The original 12 posters have done really well and they are ready now for more, so they’re teaming up again,” said Alsyha Saville, who is helping with the community outreach portion of the new project.

“Their process is inspired by some of the original marketing campaigns to get people to come west when they were building the railway.”

In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific created posters that promoted the dream of the Canadian west to tourists and home seekers from around the world. Following in the footsteps of these classic posters, AGOG undertook a 12-month project in 2010 to imagine and create a series of art posters that depict this place we call home.

“This time around they wanted to tap into the residents of Golden and tourists as well to find out what they think should be the next few posters,” said Saville.

AGOG will be accepting photo submissions until Sunday, May 10, at 11:59 p.m. To date, almost 100 submissions have been received.

People are welcome to submit their Golden adventure photos either on the AGOG Facebook page or through Instagram at @artgalleryofgolden. For those who don’t have photos, people are encouraged to help vote on photos or offer ideas and suggestions.

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