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Bristol Slogan Sign Posters Available on Monday!

March 10, 2010

The committee organizing the 100th anniversary of historic Bristol Slogan Sign announced that the commemorative Sign Posters will be available to the public on Monday, March 15 at the Bristol Public Library between the hours of 5pm and 8pm. For this initial offering limited edition numbered and signed posters will be available, which is limited to a run of 100.

The Bristol Slogan Sign commemorative poster has been produced from the original artwork of Bristol artist Sheryl Theriault of S.B. Paul Art Gallery. Her art is an oil painting depicting Bristol’s famous Slogan Sign, known also as the Bristol Arch. Other contributing elements include the recently renovated Bristol Union Railroad Station, the First Baptist Church and a period Norfolk and Western Engine, which crosses in front of the sign. In recent years Theriault has also created other works of art based on other Bristol landmarks, including the Bristol Guitar and the Bristol Union Train Station. The collectible poster was designed by Jon Bailey of John Bailey Productions, an upcoming graduate of Virginia Intermont College.

In February the committee announced that the primary celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bristol Sign will be held on Friday, April 30. Events will include a gala reception at the Bristol Train Station featuring an anniversary cake produced by Chef Richard of the Southeast Culinary School, followed by a celebration in front of the Bristol landmark prior to dusk and an exceptional musical variety show at the Paramount Theatre. According to Tim Buchanan, chairman of the centennial committee, “there will be many highlights to the events on April 30th and it will be a fitting tribute to the most notable and unique landmark in the Twin-Cities”. Buchanan added, “It will not be a usual Bristol event and the emphasis has been to make the celebration memorable”.

Among those participating in the events of the day will be John Rose, the official creator of cartoon character “Snuffy Smith”, one of the longest running comic strips in history. He will be presenting original artwork of his characters with the Bristol Sign and will make several presentations for the Friday event. Also, the director of the American Sign Museum, Tod Swormstedt, will speak on the history and significance of vintage American signage. All events and activities will be presented in the upcoming weeks.

Following the initial roll out of the Bristol Sign poster on Monday March 15 they will be available at the following retail outlets across Bristol:

Blowfish Emporium, 529 State Street, Bristol Virginia, 276-644-1428

Bristol Chamber of Commerce, 20 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol, Tennessee, 423-989-4850

Carl B. Jessee Art & Frame Shop, 1010 Commonwealth Avenue, Bristol Virginia, 276-644-9950

Cranberry Lane, 623 State Street, Bristol Virginia, 276-669-9899

Gla-Mar Galleries, 624 Carter Street, Bristol Virginia, 276-466-3236

You may visit the new Facebook page, BRISTOL TN/VA SIGN 100th ANNIVERSARY, for details and discussion on the history and anniversary of the historic Bristol Slogan Sign. The committee is currently searching for vintage sign photos, renderings or any image bearing the first slogan, “Push, That’s Bristol”. You are invited to loan them for the celebration by dropping them off at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, 20 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol Tennessee.