Experience Art in St. Albert’s Heart
Each summer downtown St. Albert comes alive with art. ArtWalk is a collaboration between eight local venues to display work by local artists in St. Albert’s core. “Our goal is to bring people downtown and expose them to local artists”, says Michelle Steinhusen, who has been on ArtWalk’s committee for about three years. “We feature different artists each month. Some have exhibitions in venues, some set up outside. We have artists on the streets and we bring in buskers. The evening has a real festival feel to it.”
ArtWalk is free and takes place from May to September on the first Thursday evening of the month. This year’s ArtWalk venues include WARES, the St. Albert Public Library, Musée Héritage Museum, the Art Gallery of St. Albert, Bookstore on Perron, VASA Gallery, The Collective and the St. Albert Mayor’s Office. “ArtWalk is a chance for people to explore a local venue they may not have otherwise gone to. It’s great. Everything is open, people bring their kids down. It’s a really good non-threatening way to experience art.”
And what happens if you can’t make Thursday evenings? Steinhusen says not to worry. “If you can make it out [for the Thursday evening event], it’s lots of fun. But, if not, the art stays up all summer long. Be sure to keep an eye out for it when you go to the library or the museum or the bookstore.”
Not only is ArtWalk a great way for St. Albert residents to experience art, but it’s also an excellent opportunity for local artists to showcase their artwork. According to Steinhusen, the committee is always looking for artists to participate in ArtWalk. “Our committee members will recommend artists and the galleries will help. Sometimes we even have artists approach us at the event. We also have artist registration on our website.”
This year is ArtWalk’s 15th in St. Albert, and the event is still going strong. “We feature between ten and 15 artists at the events, plus each ArtWalk venue has a featured artist. In May we had at least an extra 100 people visit the library [during the event], for example”, says Steinhusen. “St. Albert has really tight-knit arts community. It’s nice.”
For more information about ArtWalk St. Albert, visit their website.
Last edited: August 28, 2017