The Cowrie Street Banner Project began in 1994 as a joint venture between the Sechelt Chamber of Commerce and the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. In approximately 2003, the priorities of the Chamber of Commerce changed, and the project is now sponsored entirely by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. From 1994–2014 the banners decorated Sechelt’s Cowrie and Wharf streets. As of 2014, the banners are hung in Sechelt’s Civic Square creating their own outdoor gallery.
From the time that the theme for the year’s banner is decided upon in September to the hanging of the banners in February there are a number of steps and variety of people involved. After the theme for the current year is chosen, elementary school students are asked to submit a design. Total entries from the various schools usually range from 300–500.
After all the entries are received, they are put on exhibition in the gallery of the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre for three weeks in conjunction with the Young Artists Awards exhibition. A committee selects the 20 finalists, and those selected are honoured at an awards ceremony on the final day of the exhibition where they are presented with a certification of appreciation and a T-shirt. Each of the chosen designs is then projected, traced and hand painted onto a 6-foot length of fabric by volunteer artists. The banners hang from February to November in Civic Square.
2019 Banner Selects
2018 Banner Selects
2017 Banner Selects
2017 Banners on display now in Sechelt’s Spirit Square.
“My Cultural Heritage”
West Sechelt: Annalisa Achee, Owen Allen, Lola Pratt & Lama Saleh
Gibsons: Annabelle Autry, Kennedy Vanderwoerd
Roberts Creek: Madison Berg
Cedar Grove: Jade Bergman
Madeira Park: Marshall Curtis, Lily Mackay, Emma Thornton
Ecole du Pacifique: Beatrice Doig
Davis Bay: Hadley Laviolette, Chase Stelter, Rose Boden-Blinn
Kinnikinnick: Jada Mielke, Jennifer Quach
Spider: Erin Payne
Langdale: Aloa Shinkai, Lyra Silver
2016 Banner Selects
2016 Banners are available for purchase at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre (604.885.5412).
“Sunshine Coast The Way It Was”
Gibsons Elementary: Asha Ghag, Violet New, Izzy Chartrand, Yvonne Cao
Kinikinnick Elementary: Callie Baptiste, Ayden Biglow
West Sechelt Elementary: Carly Kennedy, Isabella Paolozza, Emma Fawcus
Madeira Park Elementary: Rowan Goodsell, Arabella Rogers, Julie Sieben
Davis Bay (Nest) Elementary: Logan Biel, Alex Nicols
Langdale Elementary: Jack Marshall, Ruthie Stewart, Jon Schooner
L’Ecole du Pacifique: Maya Rodriguez
Roberts Creek Elementary: Megan Kraus, Piper Goerzen
The Dog on the Leash was a 2014 banner entry submitted by a student from Pender Harbour Secondary School. It was an outstanding but very complicated design which had to be transferred by several volunteers to the banner fabric and then be painted. Elizabeth Ficko-Blean from Roscoff, France, who was visiting her parents during her Christmas holidays, earnestly picked and painted her way through the leaves and tree trunks. After all the efforts by various volunteers, it was disheartening to discover the Dog on a Leash had been split in two during a November gale.
Jill Sullivan, an expert quilter, did a fantastic job with repairs. The banner was sent off to Elizabeth who decided to show the Dog on a Leash a bit of Brittany. He was carried through the ancient streets of Landerneau in order to visit an art gallery, stopped over at the Station Biologique de Roscoff, wandered around a French lighthouse and an old mill, and presented at a wedding in Carnac. He now hangs in Elizabeth’s living room with a fine view of the English Channel. All of his journeys can be seen on Facebook.
Bella Attlesey, age 12 – West Sechelt, Elementary School
London Allcock, age 7 – Halfmoon Bay Community School
Sahara Brown, age 7 – Halfmoon Bay Elementary School
Zoe Banjamin, age 6 – Gibsons Elementary School
Byron Brampton, age 12 – Langdale Elementary School
Sara Davison, age 12 – West Sechelt Elementary School
Matthew Douglas, age 10 – Kinnikinnick Elementary School
Joshua Funk, age 7 – Halfmoon Bay Community School
Garrett Horsman, age 12 – Gibsons Elementary School
Miguel Joe, age 8 – Kinnikinnick Elementary School
Ella Kennedy, age 11 – Kinnikinnick Elementary School
Katherine Kennelly, age 10 – Roberts Creek Elementary School
Tanner Lobb, age 6 – Davis Bay Elementary School
Grant Pednaud, age 8 – Ecole du Pacifique
Olivia Rose, age 7 – Halfmoon Bay Community School
Hana-Lulu Shinkai, age 12 – Langdale Elementary School
Rayne Verhulst, age 11 – Halfmoon Bay Elementary School
Findley Whyard, age 11 – Langdale Elementary School