Fall Festival & Holiday Banners

Large custom fall festival and holiday banners for downtown areas define shopping districts, mark the entrance to festivals, and advertise upcoming events in your neighborhood.

Telluride Film Festival Banners by Banner Art Studio. Photo Credit: Ralph Barnie

Hand-sewn from Dupont Solarmax Nylon Flag Fabric, custom fall festival banners and holiday banners from Banner Art Studio are superior in quality, look and appeal to canvas banners and vinyl banners. (Click here to read the backstory on the banner below, produced by Banner Art Studio for the 1990 Mountain Bike Championships – it was at the center of a 22-year international mystery!)

MTB Championships Banner by Banner Art Studio. Photo Credit: DAVID BERGELAND/Durango Herald

The artists at Banner Art Studio fabricate custom outdoor fall festival and holiday banners in collaboration with our clients. We produce grand opening banners, advertising flags and banners, outdoor advertising banners and light post banners in full color.

Farmers Market Banner by Banner Art Studio

Our banners and flags celebrate local history (like our wild salmon banners for Petersburg, AK), flora and fauna native to an area (like our summer sunflowers for Glenwood Springs, CO), showcase fall foliage (like our Normandy,  MO flag pole banners), and to mark events like Farmer’s Markets.

We produced flounder, salmon, shrimp and red snapper banners for Petersburg, Alaska, known as a fishing town and for its vibrant outdoorsy lifestyle.

Sally Dwyer of Petersburg, Alaska says:

The 20 banners on Main Street have added to the excitement and energy of shopping and visiting downtown Petersburg. We are looking forward to hanging the 16 colorful new banners at the 4 harbor areas to welcome the fishermen home and the visitors to the island.

Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Our fall festival banners, holiday banners, event banners and street banners help demarcate a downtown area, promote shopping districts, create ambiance and encourage shoppers to make a day of it. Our holiday banners are very popular around Christmastime – they bring cheer when the leaves are off the trees, advertise special shopping days and look spectacular with a white backdrop of snow.

Here are more examples of just some of the types of downtown and festival banners we have created:

See more examples of Banner Art Studio handiwork in our Custom Fabric Art Galleries.

Aspen Light Pole Banners by Banner Art Studio

Contact Us today to start the discussion about an over the street banner for your town or district. We have a broad, inspiring portfolio, creative artists on staff, and we can bring your unique idea to life.

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Suspended Art Installations: Exterior Building Banners at Kidz Therapeze in Kileen, TX

Banner Art Studio was pleased to collaborate with Kidz Therapeze in Kileen, Texas to create this colorful outdoor banner flag art that adorn and brighten the exterior of their building, welcoming children and families to the therapy center.

Kidz Therapeze helps children, people with developmental disabilities and their families achieve the highest quality of life through physical & occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical equipment evaluations and fittings, feeding therapy, pet-assisted therapy and other forms of therapy provided in a child-friendly, play-based environment.

We created the custom outdoor banners for the exterior of the Kidz Therapeze building using a butterfly motif, a symbol of change and transformation. The butteflies move gently with the breeze and serve to awaken the imaginations and lift the spirits of all who enter the center.

Our artistic process helps hospitals, universities, research centers and nonprofits create maximum impact with suspended art installations while staying within budget.

Read more about the process an architect uses when designing and decorating a space for children and adults with special needs in our full interview with Cathy Cherry of Purple Cherry Architects here.

Learn about the artistic process at Banner Art Studio here.

Contact us today to get started on your next project.

For more examples of our Suspended Art Installations and Custom Outdoor Fabric Banners, visit our Galleries.

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Built to Last: Suspended Art Installations That Stand the Test of Time

Peirce at work, fabricating butterfly "skeletons"

We often talk about the artistry and client collaboration that go into our suspended art installations, but don’t always discuss their strength and durability. Thanks to the talented and creative Andy Peirce, our welder for over 10 years, we are able to create both delicate and durable structures that withstand the elements and the test of time.

Welded butterfly "trees" for the Indianapolis Zoo's outdoor exhibit

Shown above working on eight-foot butterfly “skeletons,” he also fabricated the sixteen-foot tall “tree” or branch structures that support them (right) for an outdoor promotional display meant to attract new patrons for our client. Word is that the butterflies are working, drawing in a record number of visitors. They have sparked interest, serve as a reminder, create excitement and are often used as an outdoor photo opportunity.

These 3D free-standing butterflies were constructed to withstand the elements, including wind and rain, but they also had to look delicate and be easy to assemble and break down. For our indoor suspended art installations, the steel work has to be light enough to move with interior air currents and create a “mobile” effect, yet durable, elegant and simple to assemble and install.

Finished outdoor butterfly display

 

A close-up of Andy's handiwork

 

A welder by trade,  Peirce’s background in custom-welded mountain bikes speaks to his skill set: creating structures that are lightweight yet durable and functional. Over the years, he has welded the stainless steel armatures for many of our suspended art installations, and recently helped us come up with a new assembly process that allows us to ship very large pieces virtually anywhere in the world.

All of Andy’s structures are made of TIG welded stainless steel. According to Peirce, “the work is surprisingly much like bike fabrication, including lots of coped cuts, both mill cut and hand filled.”

Always a hit: our large-scale butterflies welded by Peirce. Terrebonne General Medical Center, Houma, LA

 

 

Thanks Andy for all of the great work! View more examples of his handiwork in our Galleries.

Our quality applique banners and indoor / outdoor suspended art installations are a creative, cost-effective advertising and promotional solution for businesses, downtown districts and organizations across the U.S. and the world. Contact us today – we can make your idea come to life.

 


 


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Our Outdoor Fabric Sculpture Featured in Video – See It Here

Banner Art Studio helped the Indianapolis Zoo solve a marketing problem: how to get additional patrons into its all-new Butterfly Kaleidoscope exhibit.

Our outdoor welded art sculptures were paired with a mural to bring the indoor exhibit into view for patrons entering the zoo. We built both free-standing and mounted sculpture of stainless steel and Dupont Solarmax Fabric in our durable 3D street art located near the entrance to the zoo.

In the video interview, Jo Hohlbein, Creative Director at the Indianapolis Zoo, discusses the need to remind patrons of the exhibit and attract them to the area with a bright, exciting outdoor display. The mural paired with our 3D butterfly sculptures creates both an advertisement for the exhibit and a photo opportunity for zoo patrons.

Zoos, businesses, corporations, museums and downtown business improvement districts look to Banner Art Studios to create beautiful art on the street and outdoor sculpture that attracts new clients and patrons. Click below to learn more about our creative, cost-effective and durable solution to outdoor advertising and promotion with welded outdoor sculptural art, and to see the gentle movement of our beautiful butterflies.

Read more about our work with the Indianapolis Zoo in our own Interview with Jo Hohlbein, or in our previous posts about the project.

View our Gallery of Large Scale Butterfly Art Installations.

Call us today to discuss your concept for free standing sculpture or 3D art on the street to promote your business or organization.

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Client Interview: Ami Fair, City of Cortez on City Beautification with Fabric Banner Art

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Banner Art Studio client Ami Fair, Marketing Director with the City of Cortez, Colorado, on the many city beautification projects she has done with Banner Art Studio. The City of Cortez is a long-time client, and has hired us for many seasonal and repeat banner projects.

“The City’s Tourism Office has been working with Mettje for much longer,” says Ami, “but I’ve been working with her for the past eight years.”

She recently took the time to share her thoughts on how the objectives of a city’s Marketing Department can be met with Banner Art’s hand-sewn Solarmax downtown district promotional solutions, including across-the-street banners, light pole banners and festival banners.

As Marketing Director, Fair’s mission is to promote the community of Cortez, its events and festivals, culture and heritage, quality of life, businesses and city government. She works closely with many stakeholders, including local businesses, organizations, museums, and events and cultural groups to achieve those objectives.

She has commissioned Banner Art Studio to produce across-the-street banners, large event banners, and specialty items including promotional banners for the Ride the Rockies bike tour, farmers markets, rodeos, cultural Native American banners, balloon rallies and flag pole banners every year for the summer season including at least 40-50 side street banners. Here is our interview with her.

BA: What keeps you coming back to Banner Art for your city beautification projects?

AF: “I have never found anyone else who can compare to Mettje and her team at Banner Art Studio. The beauty of her work is that it can be so personalized, yet the process is surprisingly simple.”

BA: What types of rules, regulations and codes do you have to work within when commissioning banners?

AF: “We have to work within specific state rules that govern our main street, which is a state highway. Regulations require that we use a certain percentage of mesh, and across-the-street banners that are quite sturdy. Our across-the-street banners can only hang for two weeks at a time, and must be placed at specific locations on the downtown highway. Even the messaging must meet certain standards. The state requires that they be event-specific, which keeps them fresh. General messaging, for example, ‘Welcome to Cortez’, is not permitted. We give Mettje these rough ideas and restrictions she runs with them. She does the research, comes with up with concepts and presents our options via sketches and color palettes. We have always been so pleased with her work. She’s beyond comparison.”

BA: How did you choose (and continually choose) fabric banners as opposed to the alternatives?

“Downtown beautification has so many different aspects, and includes everything from trees to planter boxes. Banner Art Studio fabric art and banners bring so much vibrancy, color, and even movement to our downtown without a lot of maintenance. We install them at the beginning of the season, then take them down at the end of the season.”

“Banners from Banner Art Studio also give us a way to promote events going on all summer long. They are a communication tool, but they’re beautiful. The look is unexpected, colorful, and draws the eye. They do a great job of communicating to visitors and reminding locals about what’s coming up.”

“We haven’t deviated from Banner Art products because of the diversity of needs they meet in such a beautiful way. We don’t have to order in great quantities, we can replace or add different designs each year, pricing is reasonable, and the repair and replacement program helps keep costs down too. It’s an investment that makes sense for us.”

“Banner Art Studio always works with us if the banners need changes as festival dates change through the years. They also have an excellent repair program for the banners as they age. Mettje’s staff is excellent, and the turnaround is quick. She has earned our trust over the years because we know we’re going to get a beautiful product.”

BA: Are there any creative ways cities can budget and pay for banners? 

“An idea for cities everywhere who want beautiful banners like this is to co-op with other organizations or businesses. Instead of a cash sponsorship, they can “sponsor” a banner, which becomes a marketing tool for them as well. Banner Art Studio banners can serve a purpose for a lot of different stakeholders, and bring a community together.”

Ami Fair, Marketing Director, City of Cortez, Colorado

Thanks so much Ami for all of the great feedback! It is always a pleasure working with you.

About the City of Cortez

The tree-shaded town of Cortez is a beautiful place, offering over 300 acres of parks, trails, and open space. Cortez, known as the archaeological center of America, is home to Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument and Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. Locals and tourists visit Cortez for the diverse hiking, biking, golfing, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities that abound between the high plains deserts and awe-inspiring mountain rages of southwestern Colorado.

From rodeos to mountain bike races, Cortez is host to a variety of annual events.  Celebrating local heritage and culture, the community produces a myriad of events throughout the year.  Hot air balloons, car shows, wine and art festivals, concerts, Indian dances and gallery exhibits. Featuring a historic shopping district with boutiques and trading posts, restaurants and art studios.

About Banner Art Studio

Our event banners and street banners help demarcate a downtown area, promote shopping districts, create ambiance and encourage shoppers to make a day of it. Our holiday banners are very popular around Christmastime – they bring cheer when the leaves are off the trees, advertise special shopping days and look spectacular with a white backdrop of snow.

Here are more examples of just some of the types of downtown and festival banners we have created:

Contact Banner Art Studio today to start the discussion about a banner for your downtown, festival or shopping district. We have a broad, inspiring portfolio, creative artists on staff, and we can bring your unique idea to life.

 

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Large Scale Suspended Art Installation: Atrium Mobile for the Hussman Institute for Autism

Our team was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit and photograph this large-scale suspended art installation, a fabric atrium mobile we created for the Hussman Institute for Autism in Catonsville, Maryland.

Banner Art Studio was commissioned by the Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects in Annapolis, Maryland to create this colorful suspended art installation based on the Hussman Institute’s mission, logo and colors.

“When our client does not occupy an entire building, we need to find creative ways to convey their message. A large scale hanging art mobile in a space like the one we had at the Hussman Institute is an incredible way-finding tool,” says Cathy Cherry, Principal at Purple Cherry Architects.

Located on the campus of Catonsville College in Maryland, the Hussman Institute for Autism provides a continuum of resources to serve the needs of individuals with autism. The Institute works to translate research findings into interventions that will change how people with autism are supported day-to-day.

Banner Art Studio’s large scale suspended art installations are fabricated of the finest quality transluscent Dupont Solarmax nylon and welded stainless steel armature to react with both man-made and natural light like stained glass. They are designed to catch interior air currents and both natural and manmade light so that they move slowly, spark visual interest, complement interior decor and reflect a client’s core values, spirit and aspirations. They hang in education centers, museums, schools, universities and adorn corporate work spaces and atriums worldwide.

This suspended art installation contains the Hussman Institute’s logo symbols, the dove, heart and the autism puzzle piece, and creates a focal point in an otherwise empty architectural space. It helps brand the space as part of the Hussman Institute, welcoming staff, guests and families.

The fabrication, shipping and installation process Banner Art Studio has developed for our large-scale suspended art installations and fabric atrium mobiles means we can ship even a large piece like this from our studio in Del Norte, Colorado anywhere in the country or the world. Our clients repeatedly tell us:

“It was amazing how easy Banner Art Studio made the mobile to install. One person could handle a piece of the mobile easily, and they do an incredible job of marking things so it’s obvious for anyone to see how they fit together.”

Our artistic process helps hospitals, universities, research centers and nonprofits create maximum impact while staying within budget.

Read more about the process an architect uses when designing and decorating an interior space for children and adults with special needs in our full interview with Cathy Cherry of Purple Cherry Architects here.

Learn about the artistic process at Banner Art Studio here.

Contact us today to get started on your next project.

For more examples of our Large-Scale Art Installations, visit our Galleries.

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Large Scale Suspended Art Installation: Monarch Butterfly Mobile for Corporate Client in Mexico

We recently delivered this large scale suspended art installation of monarch butterfly atrium art for corporate client Polaquimia, part of the Polak Group in Mexico City. The mobile tells the story of a company that has been working on agricultural and water treatment innovations since 1919, today with a renewed emphasis on ecology and sustainability.

The large scale suspended art installation hangs beneath skylights in the atrium of Polaquimia’s corporate offices, suspended beneath 18 foot ceilings, catching natural and man-made light. The art mobile is 11 feet wide by 7 feet high, and its inspiration came from Greg Polak, member of the Polak Group’s founding family.

“I was tasked with the challenge of re-inventing my group of companies in processes, technology and facilities,” says Greg. “This included updating one of our company’s logos, and its slogan. As a lover of visual art for its use in motivating people, I was looking for large scale art to represent the modern direction our company is taking, and to inspire our staff.”

Every year, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies travel the length of North America to spend the winter in Mexico. Monarchs have been symbolic for the people of Mexico through the ages. The indigenous people called the monarchs the “souls of the departed” because their arrival in early November coincided with festivals honoring the dead. Central Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve near Mexico City is a conservation area, a World Heritage Site and an important hub for tourism. In recent years, the Mexican government has taken steps to help preserve the monarch and its habitat, making the butterfly synonymous with environmental protection.

“Polaquimia received the ‘Clean Industry’ award from SEMARNAT, Mexico’s EPA, and our new slogan is ‘Ecosustainable Chemical Innovations.’  I believe that with Mettje’s help, we were able to use this art installation to convey our direction and purpose as a company.”

We at Banner Art are pleased to add Polaquimia to our growing list of international clients, including Ceide Fields Archeology Museum in Dublin Ireland, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and more.

Learn about the artistic process at Banner Art Studio here.

Contact us today to get started on your next project.

See more large-scale suspended art installations in our Galleries.

 

 

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Large-Scale Suspended Art Installation: Architect Interview, Cathy Cherry

Cathy Cherry, Founder, Purple Cherry Architects in Annapolis MD

Banner Art Studio was recently commissioned to create a large-scale suspended art installation by the Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects in Annapolis, Maryland  for the Hussman Institute for Autism, also in Maryland. Banner Art Studio was also able to collaborate with John Hussman, who really involved himself in the artistic process. The completed art installation features the autism awareness puzzle piece, and the doves and hearts of the Hussman Institute.

We followed up the successful installation by interviewing Cathy Cherry, Principal at Purple Cherry Architects, about the process an architect uses when designing an interior space for children and adults with special needs.

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BA: How does commissioning a large-scale suspended art installation fit into your overall process as an architect?

Architectural rendering of the Hussman Institute

CC: From the very beginning, we knew we wanted large-scale art inside the Hussman Institute. We were working within an existing two-story lobby inside a business office in which our client took two of three floors. Because the vertical volume was larger than the horizontal volume, it was immediately apparent that center of the volume needed to be filled.

When our client does not occupy an entire building, we need to find creative ways to convey their message. Explaining to people that our clients exist, and what they are all about can take many forms. Digital photography of people and faces is often the most straightforward, but signage on the outside of a building is normally restricted by jurisdictional codes. Signage on the inside of a building is usually restricted by the landlord. We can get around all of this with art. A hanging art mobile in a space like the one we had at the Hussman Institute is an incredible way-finding tool that is not code-restricted.

BA: How did you find Banner Art Studio?

CC: Once we decided to fill the space with large scale suspended mobile art, I went online. I searched “mobiles” and was most impressed with Banner Art’s use of organic shapes and fluidity. The long leaves and monarch butterflies of their artwork was breathtaking to me, and the quality was evident through the photography I saw.

BA: Thank you Cathy, we are so glad we were able to work with you. How did Banner Art’s mobiles fit into your goals with the Hussman Institute’s goals?

CC: We knew we needed color and light to reference the Hussman Institute’s commitment to autism. Banner Art’s large scale hanging art installations take the next step and help convey emotion, using colors and shapes that are familiar to a person, like doves, hearts and the autism puzzle piece. I was looking for a hanging art mobile that was large scale. The fact that Banner Art Studio mobiles are fluid and move continuously with interior air currents was very interesting to us. We saw that this would create excitement within the space. My goal was to take that excitement to an emotional level for the viewer.

BA: Why did you choose Banner Art Studio?

Suspended art can be made a thousand different ways, and there are studios across the country producing it. But because the Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects works with many nonprofit clients, we have to be budget-sensitive. I immediately recognized that working with Banner Art Studio’s fabric and steel armature art rather than the alternatives would create maximum impact while remaining cost-effective.

Founder of Purposeful Architecture, Cathy’s role as caretaker for family members with autism and Downs Syndrome inform her awareness of the needs of both individuals with special needs and their caregivers.

A wholly-integrated design firm, Purple Cherry Architects provide architecture, interior design, space planning and programming, construction administration and graphic support for marketing and fundraising. The Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects is committed to creating spaces that foster thoughtful learning and inspire creativity and individuality in children and adults with special needs.

The Hussman Institute for Autism provides a continuum of resources to serve the needs of individuals with autism, including training materials, model programs, and evidence‐based practices, centered around principles of positive, naturalistic, humane support, and the presumption that individuals with autism are competent – even if they face significant challenges demonstrating it through communication and initiation. The Institute works to translate its research findings into interventions that will change how people with autism are supported day-to-day.

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Each beautifully translucent large scale suspended art installation by Banner Art Studio is designed by our artists to catch a building’s air currents and natural and artificial light. We design in collaboration with our clients to create truly unique, one-of-a-kind artwork and banners that represent the spirit of a community or place. We have developed an assembly process for our suspended installations that makes them easy to pack, ship and install. We have a broad and inspiring portfolio and a talent for bringing your idea to life, and we work with clients all over the country and the world.

Get started today by Contacting Us.

For examples of our Large-Scale Suspended Art Installations, visit our Galleries.

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Bright Butterfly Ceiling Installation in Tornado Alley Elementary School

Our first delivery of butterflies to Grove Valley, Oklahoma happened on the same day of the first tornado in May 2013, which devastated schools and communities on the south edge of Edmond.

Still, our contact there provided this testimonial about the installation process:

“The maintenance men from administration had no problem installing the butterflies and leaflets. The hardware provided by your company is the key to seamless installation.” -Kathleen, Grove Valley School, Edmond OK

It was with heavy hearts that we received the news of the devastating tornadoes. The symbolism of butterflies, chosen by the school, connotes new beginnings and transformation. It seems an appropriate choice, offering hope and light to this community.

The suspended art installations are fabricated from translucent Dupont Solarmax, which catches ambient light, giving the mobiles a stained glass-like quality. They are like jewelry for architectural interiors, adding color, movement and light to any space illuminated by natural or manmade light.

Banner Art butterfly art mobiles brighten architectural interiors, and their slow turning movement is meditative and calming. Students’ creativity, perspective and thought processes are awakened when new angles of the same piece are seen. Schools, museums, youth centers and recreation centers use our kinetic mobile art for kids to reinforce core values, create a sense of community, and ignite a child’s learning process and imagination.

Our hanging fabric art sculptures animate spaces, adding light and color. See examples of our work in our Galleries.

Fill out our Contact Form or give us a call to get started. Banner Art Studio will work with you to design a completely new, custom art mobile that meets both your organizational objectives and enhances your building’s architectural style. Get started brightening up your interior space and creating a symbol for your community by contacting the artists at Banner Art Studio today.

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Bring the Outdoors In: Leafy, Botanical Suspended Installations

Bring the outdoors in with leafy, botanical suspended sculpture art from Banner Art Studio.

Waterfall, river and stream imagery brings a sense of peace and tranquility to your office atrium, zoo exhibit, nature center, hospital or education facility. Dentists offices love our work because it gives patients an uplifting focal point.

A leafy art sculpture paired with modern skylights brings to mind a relaxing forest retreat or garden bower for all who enter your space. Create a relaxing, meditative environment and bring balance and comfort with our custom commissioned art mobiles.

Founding artist and artistic director of Banner Art Studio Mettje Swift says, “Colors affect the psyche. The color green has to do with growth, becoming and transformation, perfect for school and medical center settings, Dark blues are royal, and connote higher being. Light blues are spiritual.” The suspended art installations are fabricated of translucent Dupont Solarmax, which catches ambient light, giving the mobiles a stained glass-like quality.

Our botanical art mobiles move subtly with interior air currents, and the slow turning movement is meditative and calming. The viewer’s creativity, perspective and thought processes are awakened when new angles of the same piece are seen. Clinics, cancer centers and hospitals have especially found that our art mobiles bring a tranquility to what can be a stressful environment.

The art sculptures animate spaces, adding light and color. See examples of our work in our Galleries.

Fill out our Contact Form or give us a call to get started. Banner Art Studio will work with you to design a completely new, custom art mobile that meets both your organizational objectives and enhances your building’s architectural style. Get started brightening up your interior space by contacting the artists at Banner Art Studio today.

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