Eco Art Award winners announced

November 17, 2014 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Tannis Smith was awarded the top prize of $500 in the City of Airdrie’s second annual Eco Art Awards on November 17. Members of Council presented the award along with the award sponsor, Alta Innovative Manufacturing.

“These awards are important to the City of Airdrie as they demonstrate our commitment to waste reduction through collaboration, public awareness campaigns, and citizen engagement,” says Tracey Chala, Team Leader, Waste & Recycling Services.

Smith’s winning art piece is an altered book highlighting Nose Creek Park, her daughter’s vision of the world and connection/community. Through the technique of ‘Book Altering,’ the artist began with a book from the Eastside Recycle Depot and created a three page ‘book of art’ using recycled paper, plastic, Styrofoam, scrap metal, cardboard, and e-waste.

“I feel these types of awards are a great way for local artists to get connected with Airdrie and brings great awareness around the City's Waste and Recycling Services,” says Smith. “This unique initiative also exposes the culture of up-cycling, stretching artist to get creative in designing art pieces with recyclable and reusable materials.”

Second place winner Jenn Aguilar-Nguyen received $300 for her totem pole post and third place Brenna Miller received $200 for functional items made out of bread tags.

Five artists were selected to submit proposals for the Eco Art Awards. Those five art pieces were then displayed in the Environmental Education Centre during ARTember for the public to vote on their favourite. The winner was chosen solely based on those public votes.


Media contact:
Tracey Chala
Team Leader, Waste and Recycling Services
403.948.8800 ext 6296



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