Downtown Banner Program

Sponsor a Banner!

Please email Heather if you have any questions about sponsoring a banner.

Each year, we select local artists to design the downtown light pole banners which hang throughout downtown Beverly. The banners provide a visual impact, highlight the local arts community and provide sponsorship opportunities for businesses.

Call to artists - banner design submissions due Oct 5

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Selected artist wins $300 + your name on every banner
Open to artists who live, work or study in Beverly
Deadline to apply is Oct 5

2016 Summer Banner Artist

Beverly designer Renee Gannon created the colorful banners which say “Welcome to Downtown Beverly” and “Welcome to the Beverly Arts District.” Renee is a Beverly resident and downtown business owner. After graduating from Beverly High School and the University of New Hampshire, Renee went on to explore various career paths. Her talent and creativity eventually led her back to Beverly. Renee says, “My background for the last 8+ years has been in marketing and design and I have been a co-owner of Beverly's own paint and sip studio, Wicked Art Bar, for the last three years". You can learn more about Renee in her artist profile at the Beverly Arts District website.

Beverly Main Streets would like to thank Mark Reardon and the City of Beverly for installing the banners. Thank you to the many sponsors for making this program possible. 

Thank you to our banner sponsors

A & B BURGERS
ALIGNED FOR LIFE CHIROPRACTIC
APPLEBY & WYMAN INSURANCE AGENCY
ATLANTIC TOYOTA SCION
ATOMIC CAFE
BEVERLY BOOTSTRAPS THRIFT SHOP
BEVERLY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
BEVERLY HIGH SCHOOL PTSO
BEVERLY HOSPITAL
BEVERLY MAIN STREETS
BEVERLY ATHLETIC CLUB
BEVERLY BANK
CABOT STREET BOOKS AND CARDS
CCI REPROGRAPHICS
COLDWELL BANKER BEVERLY
CUMMINGS CENTER
DESIGNER BATH & SALEM PLUMBING
DOUGLAS APPLIANCE CENTER
DUNKIN DONUTS OF BEVERLY
EASTERN BANK
ENDICOTT COLLEGE
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN BEVERLY
FLOUR(ISH) BAKE SHOP
GLOVSKY & GLOVSKY
GREATER BEVERLY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
HALF BAKED CAFE & BAKERY BEVERLY FARMS
HANDLY & COX ATTORNEYS AT LAW
HENRY'S MARKET AND WINE CELLAR
INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
KOWALSKI DENTAL, PC
LESLIE S. RAY INSURANCE AGENCY
MARBLEHEAD BANK
MARIA'S PIZZA
MICRO SUPPORT GROUP, INC.
MEINEKE CAR CARE CENTER
MONTSERRAT COLLEGE OF ART
NEXT GENERATION CHILDREN’S CENTERS
NORTH SHORE 104.9 FM
OCEANVIEW ASSISTED LIVING
ORTHOPAEDICS PLUS
PURPLE DIAMOND MARKETING
R & L ASSOCIATES INC.
SEW CREATIVE
SIEMASKO + VERBRIDGE
SOUL MOVEMENT PILATES
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL
ST. MARY SCHOOL PRE K-8TH
ST. PETER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
STATE REP. JERRY PARISELLA
STERLING INSURANCE AGENCY
SUPER SUB SHOP / CASUAL CATERING - PAUL GUANCI
TD BANK 
TEMKIN FINANCIAL GROUP
TIEN 2
WAFFLE HAUZZ
WARING SCHOOL
WENHAM TEA HOUSE
WINDOVER CONSTRUCTION
ZELLOE + WEAVER ARCHITECTS


Previous Banner Artists

2015 Banner Artist for Rantoul Street

Patsy Bugden is a designer, musician and life-long resident of Beverly. She is a graduate of Salem State University and teaches at North Shore Community College. When asked about her Rantoul Street banner design, she said “I wanted to design something that was clean and super-simple, also something that would appeal to any age. The shapes look like bubbles or balloons. I thought they were festive, and would be fun to see up and down the street.” Patsy is a fan of downtown, saying “I love downtown Beverly for its diversity, but also small-town feel and history. I was born in Beverly, and have lived here nearly 50 years; we have the best of everything right here.” More of her work can be seen at www.patsybugdendesign.com

2015 Banner Artist for Beverly Arts District

Maria Peñil Cobo is a mixed media artist who was born in Spain. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University Complutense of Madrid. Maria moved to Beverly in 2009 and has since been actively involved in the arts community here. When asked about the art in her Beverly Arts District banner, she said “The piece in this design was taken from one of my first engravings completed while living in Beverly. The process involves carving my original design into a wood block and then placing the wood block into an etching press to make the print. This piece was inspired by some of the beautiful seascapes of Beverly and the surrounding areas.” The banners will be installed in the Beverly Arts District area of Cabot Street, between the 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot and the Beverly Historical Society and Visitors’ Center at 117 Cabot. Maria enjoys downtown, saying "Downtown Beverly has some of the most talented musicians and artists I've ever met. The amazing landscapes and artistic community is constantly inspiring me in my art and my life." More of her work can be seen at www.mariapenilcobo.com.

John Aruda is a freelance musician and graphic designer who lives in Beverly. John actively worked with Maria to design the banner and also to create two different layouts for the banner, for the two different size light poles on Cabot Street and at Ellis Square. More of his work can be seen at www.johnaruda.com.
 

2014 Winter Banner Artist - Local designer Emily Dumas created the new eye-catching owl design for the winter banners. Dumas is the owner and illustrator of Flowers in May. She graduated from Salem State University where she now teaches design and illustration part-time. She has lived in Beverly most of her adult life. When asked about the design, Dumas said, “I've learned recently through some courses I've been taking that trends sell. Owls are certainly trendy but I also want to make work that can be admired beyond the current trend. I was originally thinking only of winter scenes, which led me to the tree...Since I left my advertising job a couple of years ago, I've been making my living as a freelance illustrator and designer. I've shown my work, been published and have licensed some of my illustrations. When I'm not doing that, I'm record shopping, thrifting or riding my bike.” View more of her work at emilydumasillustration.com.

When asked about what she enjoys about downtown Beverly, Dumas said, “The young thriving art community, the entrepreneurs, the restaurants and the beach.” 

2014 Summer Banner Artist - Local artist Brett Mason’s unique watercolor design was chosen for the 2014 summer banner. Mason grew up in Beverly and graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a major in Interdisciplinary Study and a minor in Art History. When asked about the design, Mason said, “The design is from an abstract watercolor on paper piece I did 3 years ago, which was right around the time when abstract expressionism became a growing interest for me as a painter. I always admired this piece and hoped one day it would serve a purpose in some way. When I read the proposal I knew this sort of project was cut out for me. When brainstorming ideas I knew that painting would be perfect for the banner design. It is also interesting that the color scheme matches the logo for Beverly Main Streets.” View more of Mason’s work at www.brettmasonart.com.

When asked about downtown Beverly, Mason said, “There’s always something to do downtown whether it be checking out the galleries, grabbing a bite to eat or simply walking around. It’s also nice seeing the growing potential since I started college in 2008. It’s a great place to be!” 

2013 Winter Banner Artist - Local designer Lidia Szydlowska’s unique banner was chosen for the 2013 winter banner. The bold colors and graphic design are a completely new look for the 50 banners which are installed on Cabot and Rantoul Streets, along with a tag displaying the name of the sponsor.

Lidia Szydlowska has two backgrounds: architecture and interior design. She is a Principal of 3d/3 Studio, LLC, an architecture and interior design firm created with her partner Gabriel Zavala. Currently, she works on corporate planning and interior design projects, and on private residential projects with her husband Michal Szydlowski, the contractor / owner of Pionarch Design and Construction.

When asked about her design, Ms. Szydlowska said, “The inspiration came from the weather conditions of the winter season and its festivities. The abstract form of the drops and the clouds complement the playfulness of the cool, vivid colors. The theme delivers a perfect contrast with a gray, gloomy sky in December when all you want to be doing is shopping with your friends for the perfect gifts and decorations. The banner’s mission is to look inviting, inspiring, cheerful and thoughtful.”

2013 Summer Banner Artist - Beverly artist John Hall’s striking banner was chosen for our 2013 summer banner. John Hall is a resident of the Montserrat section of Beverly, and the owner of a graphic design business on Rantoul St. His business, the John Hall Design Group (www.johnhalldesign.com) specializes in customized print publications such as newsletters, magazines, books, catalogs, and annual reports for corporate and institutional clients such as The MacDowell Colony, The Urban Land Institute, Babson College and InvestorPlace Media. 

Mr. Hall is very involved in the community and says he’s “pretty much the official designer of the Hannah School,” where his children attend. He designed the school’s logo and website, and dozens of posters and flyers for school events. He also developed the panther seal that adorns the lobby floor of Beverly High School.

When asked about the inspiration for his design, Mr. Hall said, “Much of my business this time of year involves more technical projects such as financial and law school books—pretty dry stuff. This was a good opportunity to switch gears and do a more colorful, creative, freeform piece. The design is meant to symbolize the colorful, vibrant and artistic city that I envision for downtown Beverly. I hope the banners will add a splash of color and energy, and that their message encourages residents from across the city to come downtown and support local businesses.”

2012 Winter Banner Artist - Beverly artist Amanda Beard’s design was chosen for the winter banner. The banner reads “It’s All Happening Downtown.” With the new businesses, restaurants and improvements, it is all happening downtown. Ms. Beard is a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently the Staff Assistant for the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College, and is thrilled to return to her hometown of Beverly to become more involved with the local arts community. 

2012 Summer Banner Artist - After much deliberation, Steve DeGrappo's design was chosen for our 2012 summer banner. For his design he chose St. Mary's Church, First Parish Unitarian Church and the First Baptist Church for their architectural elements and incorporated daisies to represent the Garden City. When Steve found out about the contest he was excited, having just started his own photography and graphic design business, Middlebury Graphics
 

Previous Downtown Light Pole Banners

2012 Winter Banner by Amanda Beard 

2012 Summer Banner by Steve DeGrappo 

 

 

2016 Banner by Renee Gannon

2016 Banner by Renee Gannon 

2015 Banner by Patsy Bugden

2015 Banner for Beverly Arts District - Art by Maria Peñil Cobo, design by John Aruda

 

2014 Winter Banner by Emily Dumas

2014 Summer Banner by Brett Mason

2013 Winter Banner by Lidia Szydlowska

2013 Summer Banner by John Hall