What is the Banner Program?

“St. Michaels Creek”
by June Hock

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.

Retail Sales Opportunity

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.  Kevin Snelling will continue to select banner images to feature as posters in his retail shop, Creative Expressions.  All banner images will be available on-demand and the artists and SMAL receive a portion of the sale.

Banner Calendar

Jan. 21                        Deadline for registration – DEADLINE extended!

Feb. 11                         Unframed artwork to St. Michaels Library between 3 & 6 p.m.

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                         St. Michaels Library Show drop-off between 10 a.m. and noon

April 15                       Award presentation at SMAL general meeting

April 30                      Library Show pickup

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.

Click here for Complete Banner Program Rules.

For registration, click here.