SNOWMAN STUDIOS COMPANY HISTORY
1989: Scott and Tracy Snowman began doing freelance graphic design, murals and sign work out of their home in Springfield, IL. The couple moved back to their hometown of Canton, IL in the summer of 1989 after finishing their first master’s degrees at Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois at Springfield) majoring in Art and Children’s Literature.
1993: The Snowman's built a home near Canton Lake in the summer of 1993. This location was designed to include space for the corporate office as well as studios for painting, drawing, signs and murals.
2009-2011: Tracy and Scott Snowman met Mr. Bill Cook of Bloomington, IN for the first time. They were commissioned to paint four large murals for installation on the south side of Fulton Square (JCPenney building). The murals were completed in the summer of 2010 and dedicated in September. Later in 2011, the Cook group commissioned the couple again to create a 14’x20’ mural to be installed behind the new boutique hotel being built near the square in downtown Canton.
2011: Snowman Studios became Snowman Studios Inc. as of January 1, 2011 with Tracy Snowman as President and Scott Snowman as Vice-President. In July of 2011 the Snowman’s purchased 35 South Main (which also includes 35 ½ South Main) and began renovations on the one-story building. Snowman Studios Gallery, opened on November 10 with a private showing for family and friends. The first regular day of business was Friday, November 11 (11/11/11). The Canton Chamber of Commerce grand opening was held on Tuesday, November 15.
2015-2016: The corporation purchased two reindeer in August of 2015. The new venture expanded Snowman Studios Inc. into agricultural tourism with the goal being to bring more people into Fulton County to shop and explore. Snowman’s Reindeer Farm is a seasonal part of the company located at the corporate office, 25599 East Middle Lake Road. This site is home to reindeer pastures, a visitor’s center (which showcases Snowman Studios Inc. services), a gift shop and snack bar..
2017: Due to rapid growth of the sign and mural services, the downtown gallery was closed and the gift shops were consolidated to enable the owners more time to spend on art production as well as the reindeer farm. Four new reindeer were acquired during the summer of 2017 following the tragic loss of the first two reindeer in March due to an outbreak of Lyme Disease. Snowman's Reindeer Farm underwent massive changes in operations to reduce parasite exposure and improve the safety of the animals.
Snowman Studios Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution and EEO/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. Employment offers are made on the basis of qualifications, and without regard to race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
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Snowman's Reindeer Farm in Canton, IL
Snowman Studios Inc. is primarily a service-based company that provides artistic services and entertainment to central Illinois. Snowman Studios Inc. is the parent corporation of Snowman Studios Gallery (downtown Canton) and Snowman's Reindeer Farm (rural Canton). You can download and read the information below to learn more about our company. You will also find a link to the application form.
This is a year round position with 4-20 hours per week needed depending on projects going on at the farm.
Pay is $9-$12 per hour depending on experience and qualifications.
Like animals and not be afraid to work with the reindeer
Have own transportation
Be able to lift 30-50 pounds
Be able to bend, lift, climb, reach and stand on feet for extended periods of time
Be able to follow strict safety and security protocols to protect animals and self from harm
Be able to follow detailed instructions with accuracy and consistency
Be articulate and friendly to assist in educating visitors about the reindeer
Be available on weekends during the holiday season from October – December
Be available in evenings to do cleaning and maintenance
Be available during summer to help with projects
Be able to operate basic hand and power tools
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
CLEAN STALLS and VISITOR STANDING AREA: Scoop poop and bedding into designated trash receptacles – COVER when done. During warm weather, use hose to clean off.
Dump water and hose out troughs. Refill with water.
Shake rugs or sweep to clean
Use Sanitizer on stalls and rugs
Dump out, clean and refill all foot baths. 1 gallon water to 1 shot glass of disinfectant.
Use Deodorizer on stalls
Sweep sidewalks in front of and behind Visitor Center and/or hose off
Sweep Visitor Center (mop if needed)
Scoop Poops in pasture and put into cart
Give reindeer treats and do hand feed training.
Use 409 to clean areas around all door handles.
Sweep out Porta Potty and clean if needed.
If premixed can of reindeer food is empty, mix to top as directed by owners.
Refill all cans with feed from storage barn to reindeer barn.
Feed reindeer – be sure to give them probiotic in food. (1/2 table spoon per reindeer)
Use broom to knock down cob webs and dust from light fixtures and walls of barn
Check all gates and doors to make sure they are secure
Walk perimeter of pasture looking for garbage or any stray objects that could get into the pen and be a danger to the reindeer.
Organize feed and take inventory
Work with owners on yard maintenance such as mowing, pulling weeds, and raking.