One of my favourite weekends of the year is quickly approaching – Whyte Avenue Art Walk! Woop woop. I always have the best time at this outdoor arts festival – hundreds of artists take to the streets to showcase their pieces. It’s pretty amazing. However, the sheer volume of artists participating can be a little overwhelming to navigate. So, to help ya’ll out, I’ve listed ten of my favourite artists to check out by area. Part of the fun is discovering new artists and meeting new people, but I always like a bit of a plan of attack before heading into a big festival like Art Walk.
The lovely folks at The Paint Spot organize all of the artists by "block", so that’s how I’ve outlined my list too (see map above). Click on artist name for a link to their website. Conveniently (and totally not intentionally), all my "recommendations" are clustered in the same general area. I’ll be in my usual spot, on block C on 105th street, near Chapters on Whyte Avenue – so make sure to pop in and say hi!
Janet's work is so ethereal and calming. I love her textured, colourful abstracts and florals. Actually, I pretty much fall in love with every piece she makes.
Jen paints really funky, mixed media portraits. The people she paints look so....cool. Like, I want to be the girl in these portraits, they look so damn cool. I have one of Jen’s pieces up in my place from my first art walk trade four years ago and I still love it!
Shelby creates stunning pieces inspired by nature. She has a really unique style and her use of colour (i.e. lots of it!) just makes me happy. She painted a ginormous hot pink/turquoise/purple bison that is absolutely amazing. Don't take my word for it - go find it on her website!
Jessica paints really beautiful abstracts - a lot of them incorporate pink and metallics, two of my fave things. She also paints abstract nudes... but probably not in the way you're thinking of :)
Crystal makes the loveliest painted relief carvings. She's an illustrator and carver, so her pieces have a really unique look. My favourite piece of hers is this amazingly adorable Star Wars carving.
I'm always left wondering what the story is behind Marcie's work. It's so detailed and intricate and once I take a peek, I can't seem to look away. Her new series of smaller works is so nice!
I just love Giselle's flower paintings - they're so colourful and vibrant. I've seen Giselle do some 'live painting' around the city quite a few times, and watching her paint is just so fun. Seeing her create live is definitely worth checking out!
This is Dallas’ first year at Art Walk and she’s totally going to kick-butt because her paintings are gorgeous. I especially love her floral and barn paintings. And bison paintings. And cow paintings. Ok, maybe I just love all of them. :)
Kas makes mixed media photographic art. She combines her love of photography and painting into one - it’s really neat to see in person!
Natasha is a landscape painter - she's been working on a series of Edmonton based paintings for Art Walk (that I've been following on IG!) and all of her pieces capture the city and surrounding landscapes so perfectly.
I can't wait to see all of your lovely faces at Art Walk!