Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Used materials get a second life as art Kaleido Festival to roll out tire sculptures along the Ave

At this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival, you might find an alligator lurking along Alberta Avenue. Moulded out of old tires, the treaded reptile will be one of a handful of community art projects created from reused and recycled materials. Continue reading Used materials get a second life as art Kaleido Festival to roll out tire sculptures along the Ave

Take in an action-packed Kaleido Festival Local festival brings artistic treats to the Avenue

You’d think that after 12 years of running Kaleido Family Arts Festival, organizers would run out of new ideas, but happily there are plenty of new features to experience from Sept 15-17.

This year, the festival starts at 5 pm instead of 7 pm. Christy Morin, artistic director, describes it as a “soft start” and said food trucks will be on site. Continue reading Take in an action-packed Kaleido Festival Local festival brings artistic treats to the Avenue

Great public art inspires and becomes iconic Become involved and educated before forming an opinion

Recently, Bowfort Towers, a piece of public art installed in Calgary, caused an uproar. The first theme of criticism was that the cost, $500,000, was wasteful in this economic downturn. The second was aesthetic and cultural, that the art was unattractive. A secondary argument to that was that it resembled Blackfoot burial structures, and that a non-indigenous American artist created this work using indigenous influences without understanding the symbolism. Continue reading Great public art inspires and becomes iconic Become involved and educated before forming an opinion

Eleven sculptures installed in Borden Park Public art event showcased four women sculptors

On Aug. 24, over 40 people huddled under the shelter at Borden Park to wait out the storm that turned a balmy afternoon into a cold, wet gale. They were there to meet some of Edmonton’s most prolific women sculptors whose 11 pieces of artwork are installed in various locations of the park. Continue reading Eleven sculptures installed in Borden Park Public art event showcased four women sculptors

Taking in the variety of local public art Neighbourhood art inspires conversations and feelings

In our neighbourhoods, we have a variety of city-funded public art as well as neighbourhood art. People have strong feelings about this kind of art in their community, but whether you love it, hate it, or feel ambivalent about it, public and neighbourhood art makes a community stand out and inspires conversation. Continue reading Taking in the variety of local public art Neighbourhood art inspires conversations and feelings

Turning city walls into fantastic murals Edmonton festival draws in artists from all over

The walls of the neighbourhood just became more alive with art. From July 21-31, Alberta Avenue was graced with two more murals, part of Rust Magic 2017, a festival of mural creation. Edmonton’s Justin Moose and Jade Jordan and Victoria’s Relfy created the artwork. Continue reading Turning city walls into fantastic murals Edmonton festival draws in artists from all over

Pilot program helps newcomer young women Global Girls provides a safe space for participants

Sherivan Ali, 18, has lived in Canada for over a year. She was 11 when the Syrian war started, and Ali and her family fled to Turkey.

“We were safe in Turkey, so I was grateful, but I wasn’t able to go to school (due to money), and missed my friends and family. I wanted to learn more and feel happy for my future,” she said. Continue reading Pilot program helps newcomer young women Global Girls provides a safe space for participants

Processing triumph and trauma through art Artist Marcie Rohr draws inspiration from the Avenue

Art, and by extension artists, help build community. That was the insight that inspired the Arts on the Ave initiative over 10 years ago and that continues to bring energy to the transformation of our community.   Continue reading Processing triumph and trauma through art Artist Marcie Rohr draws inspiration from the Avenue

Marking up the sidewalk at Chalk It Up Try your hand at creating sidewalk chalk art

Sidewalk chalk is temporary, but Art on the Ave’s Chalk It Up event has been going strong for four years! What started as a simple concept—bring in some chalk artists and let visitors try it for themselves—has turned into a popular, free event with a pancake breakfast and art. Continue reading Marking up the sidewalk at Chalk It Up Try your hand at creating sidewalk chalk art