What is the Banner Program?
SMAL is linked to the town through our banners. The banners hang on the street poles of Talbot Street from April through November. The banners are created from 18 x 18 originals submitted by the artists to the Banner Program. The $65 registration fee covers the production costs of the banner, which will remain the property of the artist.
What are the Benefits of Participation?
No other event showcases the talent of SMAL artists to such a broad audience. The original pieces are displayed in the St. Michaels Library throughout the month of April and are available for sale. The artists can show previous year’s banners for sale at the Labor Day Show. The artists retain rights to their originals and can sell them at their discretion. The images are printed as posters at the discretion of retailers and a portion of these sales returns to the artists (see notes on retail sales).
Jan. 15 Deadline for registration
Feb. 6 (3-6) Images due at St. Michaels Library
February Banner production: Images are prepared and scanned for street banners and SMAL website posting
March (tbd) Artists pick up original images from Creative Expressions and frame them for the St. Michaels Library Show
April Banners are hung by Choptank Electric on Talbot Street
April 2 (9-11:30) St. Michaels Library Show drop-off
April 15 Award presentation at SMAL general meeting
NEW THIS YEAR: SMAL will feature juried awards to be selected from the original Banner images displayed at the Library Show. These awards will honor Best Graphic Design and Best Artistic Merit and will be presented at the April SMAL meeting.
Retail Sales of Posters
Artists can benefit from posters developed from their banner images. Kevin Snelling will continue to select banner images to feature as posters in his retail shop, Creative Expressions, but is altering his marketing to include all the banner images for on-demand availability. In 2017, this marketing has benefited sales for many more of our artists. It is important for all contributing artists to understand that the marketing of poster images has evolved in this manner and is at the discretion of retailers. Other retailers may choose to market individual banner images as posters. A portion of sales of these posters benefits SMAL and the individual artists. These proceeds are distributed through SMAL financial accounting.
For registration, click here.