THE FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS CELEBRATES 125 YEARS WITH ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
LINDA WILDER (February)
ROD PROUSE (March)
WENDY WACKO (April)
MICHAEL DOWNS (May)
GAIL JOHNSON (June)
ROY HINZ (July)
JIM VEST (August)
ALICE HELWIG (September)
RANDY HAYASHI (October)
JOHN WEBSTER (November)
BANFF, Alberta (MAY 14, 2013) - The Fairmont Banff Springs celebrates 125 years of world-renowned hospitality and service in Banff National Park with an ‘Artist in Residence’program in partnership with Mountain Galleries. The program allows art lovers the opportunity to paint and interact with a famous Canadian artist one weekend per month. This month guests can book the ‘Artist in Residence’ package with Michael Downs from May 17-19. For the 125th celebration, artists will create work inspired by their week spent at The Fairmont Banff Springs, following the Canadian Pacific Railway’s vision in the early 1900’s to have artists paint scenes of Banff for brochures that were used to sell the destination to travelers around the globe.
May’s artist, Michael Downs, makes it his goal to draw viewers of his art into life’s everyday extraordinary wonders constantly surrounding us. The natural-born artist was sketching as far back as he can remember, giving him an unmatched perspective on how he views the world around him. Using these skills he masterfully captures the physical attributes of scenes, simultaneously infusing a deeper spiritual essence. Since February, art-inspired guests have taken part in the ‘Artist in Residence Package’ on the third weekend of each month. The chance to paint alongside and get to know favourite Canadian artists is now within everyone’s reach. These month’s guests will join artist Michael Downs from May 17 – 19.
The weekend packages include two night’s luxury accommodation, welcome reception on Fridaynight and an artist led seminar on Saturday afternoon. The package is suitable for all levels of aspiring artists and all supplies are included. Rates start at $249CAD per night with a two night minimum.
June’s artist from June 16-23 is Gail Johnson, package available to book from June 21-23.
July’s artist from July 14-21 is sculptor Roy Hinz, package available to book from July 19-21.
Each month the artist chosen by Mountain Galleries will live and paint in the hotel for one week. Guests and visitors can interact and watch them paint in the front lobby, Mt. Stephen Hall and the Sir William Wallace Room in the Rundle Lounge. Interviews with artists in residence throughout 2013 can be arranged through The Fairmont Banff Springs Public Relations office.To keep up to date on all special events and offers for The Fairmont Banff Springs 125 celebrations click here
ABOUT THE FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS
Nestled in Canada’s first national park The Fairmont Banff Springs was built in 1888 as a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) hotel. Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, appointed General Manager of the CPR was one of the first to realize the connection between rail travel and tourism and stated. Since we can’t export the scenery, we’ll have to import the tourists.” In the past 124 years, The Fairmont Banff Springs has hosted numerous royals, heads of state, celebrities and stands as a world renowned symbol of Canadian hospitality. A breathtaking one-hour drive from Calgary will bring you to the “Castle in The Rockies”. Other activities to enjoy while staying at the castle include the Willow Stream Spa, games and bowling centre, a dedicated Kids Club, eighteen shops and boutiques, tennis courts, and horseback riding. The hotel is in close proximity to three world-class ski areas and the charming town of Banff.