With restrictions easing, and patios already re-opened, it seems only fitting that the Whyte Avenue Art Walk returns June 11th. While the long-time event (over 25 years) has usually occupied shop windows and back alleys on and around Whyte Ave in Old Strathcona, this year's edition will take over the Army & Navy Building for a more intimate affair, every weekend through to August 1.
Art Walk co-producer Kim Fjordbotten said the annual gathering of local artists and artwork on the Ave is a much-anticipated affair, animating the already colourful area even more with displays celebrating art-making in all its forms. "We found a way to continue the tradition this year. Each weekend a different group of 55 artists will feature onsite art-making and showcase works for sale on both floors of the Army & Navy Building," she said.
To stay socially-distanced and manage crowds, timed entry tickets for Art Walk can be bought in advance at art-walk.ca. The $5 entry fee is waived every 'Food Bank Friday' from 3-4 p.m. with a donation to Edmonton's Food Bank. Entry is also free for children 12 and under. Walk-up admission is welcome too. COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
"We are excited to see the artists in person again after watching them create on social media for 2 years," said Fjordbotten. "Edmonton has amazing talent and Art Walk is the best place to meet artists, see art and buy a piece you love for your home or office. It's the ultimate 'shop local' experience."
The Whyte Avenue Art Walk is a non-juried event attracting professional artists, amateurs, and students. Visitors are invited to buy art directly from the artists. All artists are encouraged to bring their supplies and creativity and make art right on site.
If restrictions continue to be eased, spending a summer day in Old Strathcona is an easy sell.
The nearby Old Strathcona Farmers' Market is a stone's throw away, as is the Old Strathcona Antique Mall,
Art Walk runs every Friday through Sunday June 11-August 1.
Friday hours are 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.