This page is for those who have been chosen by the Placerville Art on Parade Committee to participate in the 2018 Banners on Parade. Congratulations!

The Overall Process

Banners will be placed in areas fully accessible to the public. The banners will be located outdoors in public spaces without any covering. Proper preparation of the surface after painting and the use of appropriate acrylic paint will be the artist’s responsibility

The canvas banner (approximately 30” wide by 60” tall) is provided to you upon the acceptance of your application. The banner has been prepared with primer on both sides—one blank side (FRONT) for your original art, and the other side (BACK) pre-printed with the Images of Hope information. We request that artists who are selected to paint the banners apply paint to both sides of the banner—FRONT and BACK.

Please ensure that the FRONT of the banner is top-side up (turn the banner over to make sure that the logo pre-printed on the BACK is not upside down) before you paint! Also, please do not alter the banner in any way—cutting, changing or modifying the shape and size—as the banners are designed specifically to hang on our light poles. Please ensure that the opposite side of the banner (BACK) is protected on your work table/easel from any paint smudges, etc.

Artists must use artist-grade acrylic paints only. Do not cut, pierce or make dye-cuts, holes or slits in the banner. Do not use appliques or attach foreign objects (jewels, sequins, bark, feathers, dried plants and flowers, etc.). When dry, loosely fold the banner (not for a long period of time). Make sure your name and the title of your submission are clearly printed on a piece of note paper or a recipe card and attached to the banner (clothespins work great) when you turn in your completed banner.

Make sure paint is dry before sealing. Your artwork MUST be sealed—it will be displayed outside and exposed to the elements for several months. You must use a UV protective sealer/varnish to protect both sides of your image. Use UVLS gloss—one brand suggestion is Golden Brands Polymer Varnish, which is available at art and craft stores. This step is critical to the ultimate durability of your banner. Banners which are received unsealed or not correctly sealed cannot be exhibited.

All art supplies must be supplied by the artist. The Placerville Art on Parade committee may provide further guidelines to the artists, but it is up to the artists to secure their own painting materials.

Judging Process

The judging process will take place in late May at the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center in Placerville. Directly after that, the banners will be taken to be premiered at the Images of Hope White on White event at Rainbow Orchards on June 3. After that, they will be installed on the light poles on Main Street in Placerville.

Installation and Removal of Banners

The Placerville Art on Parade committee will be responsible for the installation and removal of the banners. The position of the banners will not be location specific, except for the First Place winner (which will be displayed on the light pole at the corner of Main Street and Sacramento Street).


Artists will receive exposure and publicity through all available media.

  • There will be a Banners on Parade brochure produced that will provide photos and locations of all the displayed banners in the form of a “walking tour”. These brochures will be available in Main Street businesses during the months of the event.
  • The banners will be displayed on the Placerville Art on Parade website (this website).
  • There will be a link from the Placerville Downtown Association website (
  • There will be items about the banners on the Placerville Art on Parade Facebook page.
  • There most likely be an article about the 2018 Banners on Parade in the Mountain Democrat newspaper.
  • The Banners on Parade auction will be a highlighted piece of the Placerville Wine & Art Fest (October 20 2018).
  • The Geoff Boyd Memorial Artist Award ($250) will be presented at the Art & Wine Festival to the artist chosen by the anonymous donor.
  • The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention ribbons will be displayed on their respective winners during the auction at the Art & Wine Festival

The Legacy of Placerville Art on Parade

You have joined 169 individual artists and 7 art groups who have created a total of 392 community art pieces over the span of the previous thirteen years! These art pieces have included wheel barrows (2005), wine barrels (2006) and banners (2007-2017).

The public looks forward every year to the wonderful, colorful banners that grace our Historic Main Street in Placerville. We are glad you are now part of this wonderful legacy!