Banner by Will Heron. Photography by Erin Shumate.

In October, the Deep Ellum Foundation installed a series of banners made by local artists to celebrate the holidays.

The banners were inspired by all the end-of-year holidays, everything from Halloween to New Year’s Eve. They are placed along Elm Street, Main Street and Exposition Avenue, and they’ll be there through January 2022.

The Deep Ellum Foundation asked the artists to create designs based on their perspectives on the holidays and the Deep Ellum neighborhood.

Eight artists were selected: William “Bubba” Flint, Dani Waldorf, Will Heron (whose mural was featured on our July 2021 issue cover), Madison Gowins, Taylor Peterson, Nick Anderson (who did the mural at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church), Hunter Moehring and Janie McGuffee.

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There’s also a competition happening now, Deck Deep Ellum. More than 20 businesses, including Buzzbrews, are participating by decorating a bright pink Christmas tree. Neighbors should vote for their favorite tree on social media. The winning business and one patron will each receive $100.

Enter to win by tagging two friends on a tree post and follow the foundation on Facebook or Instagram as well as the business mentioned.

Vote by posting a photo with the holiday tree and tag #DeckDeepEllum and the business.

“This is the best time of year to shop small and support our local businesses,” Stephanie Keller Hudiburg, the executive director of the Deep Ellum Foundation, said in a news release. “While many feel the hold of the pandemic waning, our local businesses are still struggling to make up losses incurred during the past two tough years.”