The Ottawa Hills Foundation has announced the list of individuals whose artwork will adorn the Foundation's upcoming series of street light banners. The new series, "Welcome Home," will feature the works of various Village artists. The new banners will replace the 30 black, white, and green banners the Foundation installed in December 2014, to celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Village in 2015.
The main field on the new banners will feature a photo of the selected artist's work, along with their name. The color of the surrounding border will be taken from the featured artwork.
In addition to Village artists Steve Wipfli, Todd Kime, Cindy Bodziak, and Katie Limburg, artwork by ten Ottawa Hills students has also been selected.
Kindergartner Sylvia Musher-Eizenman is the youngest artist who will be featured. Fifth graders Ali Sediqu and Griffin Best, along with sixth graders Joseph Sweeney, William Sherman, Camey Jay, Nathanael Jun, and Emma Shimborske, will also have their artwork featured on their own individual banners.
From the high school, works by Caelan Carter and Isabella Brandstatter were also selected.
Kime, who is also Vice President of the Ottawa Hills Foundation, said the new banners will not "go stale" as quickly as ones that mark an anniversary or event, and the design would allow the Foundation to rotate certain banners out, possibly yearly, as other artists and exceptional artwork comes along.
"It is a great way to show pride in our community and let people know Ottawa Hills is a welcoming place," Kime said.
The new banners will be installed later this summer. The cost of the project is $2,000, and is being paid for by the foundation.