Placerville Art on Parade is a community art project that is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and city government that promotes the arts and tourism on Historic Main Street in Placerville, California. It is one of the longest-running community art projects in California with 416 pieces of wonderful community art displayed over the last fourteen years (2005-2018).
The first year of the exhibit (2005), artist-painted wheelbarrows were displayed; in the second year of the exhibit (2006), artist-painted wine barrels were displayed. From 2007 through 2018, artist-painted canvas banners (30"W x 60"H) have been displayed.
Banners for 2019 will be displayed on Main Street from June through early September, 2019, and auctioned at Winederlust on September 7, 2019. As in past years, there will be keepsakes available: posters, post cards, coffee mugs, magnets and bookmarks.
Placerville Art on Parade began in early 2005 with the formation of the Placerville Art on Parade Committee, headed up by the idea’s originator, Barbara Holmes. She and the dedicated committee decided to focus the art efforts on wheelbarrows during that first year, since wheelbarrows had historic significance for Placerville (John M. Studebaker, who was one of the founders of the Studebaker Automobile Company, began his career in Placerville making wheelbarrows for miners). Placerville’s 2005 Wheelbarrows on Parade was a success with 28 artistic wheelbarrows created by artists in the community and displayed on the sidewalks of Placerville's Historic Main Street.
In 2006, wanting to do something different, yet wanting to reflect one of our area’s strongest assets and industries, the committee decided on wine barrels. That year, 29 artists used wine barrels for their “canvas”. The 2006 Wine Barrels on Parade display on the sidewalks of Main Street was a great success.
In 2007, largely due to the input of one of our great committee members, Paige Vansickle, we tried two-dimensional artwork for the first time. We solicited local artists to paint 30” by 60” canvas banners that would be displayed on light poles along Main Street. 27 beautifully-painted banners were displayed for the 2007 Banners on Parade.
The success of the banners in 2007 helped the committee decide on canvas banners again for 2008. We had 30 beautiful artistic banners displayed along Placerville’s Historic Main Street during the 2008 Banners on Parade and in 2009, we again had banners that 34 artists created and were displayed on Main Street for the 2009 Banners on Parade.
We had 32 banners for the 2010 Banners on Parade and 31 banners for the 2011 Banners on Parade. In 2011, we dedicated the 2011 Banners on Parade exhibition to one of our beloved committee members, Geoff Boyd, who passed away about the time the 2011 exhibition went on display. That fall, an anonymous benefactor donated money for an annual award (the Geoff Boyd Memorial Award) that is presented each year to one of the artists during the Placerville Art and Wine Festival in October.
For the 2016 Banners on Parade, we had 23 Banners displayed on Main Street. For the 2017 Banners on Parade, we had 27 Banners displayed on Main Street.
Each year the banners have been more beautiful and creative and all of us involved in the committee and many local artists look forward to viewing this beautiful community art project on our Historic Main Street. We look forward to more wonderful banners in 2018!
(2018 Banners image coming soon!)
In addition to the 28 wheelbarrows the first year (2005) and 29 wine barrels the second year (2006), we have had a total of 359 banners displayed on Historic Main Street over the last 12 years, for a grand total of 416 pieces of community art all created by our wonderful local artists. It’s people that have made this endeavor work—artists, sponsors and the Placerville Art On Parade committee members!
If you would like more information about Placerville Art on Parade, contact Bill Robinson at 530-306-3615 or send an email to Bill here.