The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is excited to congratulate artist Maxine Wolodko for having her theme selected for the design of the 2021 and 2022 fall and winter street banner series.
Called “Birds of Winter”, Wolodko’s theme features four different designs for the street banner series featuring local birds common to Whistler during the winter. Featured birds include Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, Grey Jay (commonly referred to as Whiskey Jack) and Steller’s jays.
“The new banners are eye-catching and a lovely reminder of the wide variety of wild animals we share this place with, even in the depth of winter,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “I encourage everyone to check out the new banners that are on street light posts throughout Whistler Village, in Creekside, and at Meadow Park.”
Wolodko’s work will be fully installed by Monday, December 13, 2021.
Wolodko is a Vancouver-based artist who was born and raised in rural Alberta. She has been drawing and painting since childhood. The influence of her rural upbringing can be found in her paintings of small towns, farms, landscapes, and animals. Her artwork expresses a strong sense of community as well as an appreciation for everyday experiences.
“Whether in a town or city, in the forest or countryside, birds surround us,” said Wolodko. “No matter where you are, you can almost always hear birds and, if you take a moment, probably see some as well. These banners encourage everyone to take a moment to notice and appreciate these amazing little creatures that inhabit our everyday surroundings, especially those hardy enough to stay for the winter.”
Wolodko’s selection resulted from an open competition earlier in 2021. The RMOW plans to issue another call for artists for spring and summer banners early in the new year.
Whistler’s street banner art program has been in place for almost thirty years. Each series is displayed for two seasons, then sold to the public. Revenue from the banner sales contributes to future public art projects.
To learn more, visit whistler.ca/banners