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.
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.
SEASONAL (October – December) Employees of Snowman Studios Inc. hired to work at the Reindeer Farm may be cross-trained to work in any or all of the following positions:
Greeter/General Admission Cash Register: Greets visitors and takes money for admission
Flying Reindeer Snack Bar: Prepare, serve and clean up drinks and snacks for visitors. Must take basic food service class for certification.
Jolly Old Elf Shoppe: Handles cash register and works with customers in gift shop
Reindeer Educator/Activities Director: Talks to visitors about reindeer and assists visitors with games or activities as needed.
Reindeer Handler: Talks to visitors about reindeer and is present with the reindeer to help with feeding and petting.
Reindeer Farm Assistant: May include cleaning pastures, animals or grounds.
Each person employed at the Reindeer Farm must be:
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.
Return Applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OR MAIL TO:
25599 E. Middle Lake Rd.
Canton, IL 61520
Applications are held on file for review when positions become available.