A different kind of Street Art occurs one weekend in mid-july along Edmonton's Whyte Avenue. The busy cousin of 124th street (where the Daffodil makes its home) Whyte Avenue has a reputation for it's interesting and independent shops and for 3 days the street gets overrun by artists - this year there's apparently close to 400 of us! 2.8m of artists, lay our work end to end and I'm sure we could shut down a highway or two!
I'm not sure why I am so attracted to the Art Walk - it's not without challenges, early mornings, late nights, last minute disasters and panic filled nights about not having enough stuff. Then you have to contend with the wind, rain, sun, mosquitos, litter throwing public, and dogs - yes some seem to think they can mark your paintings with their own special tag. Despite all this I love it! Perhaps it's the opportunity to share your passion with such a wide audience.
In true art style there is something for everyone - from quick 10 minute sketches on cardboard boxes to opulent oils on canvas. There are art students, art hobbyists, art wannabes, art professionals and unprofessionals! We may not be scaling buildings or breaking into Starbuck's with our stickers and spray paint but like street art we are taking art out the traditional gallery setting and bringing to the public. It's a great weekend.
Art Walk runs for one more day - today! Sunday July 17th. Look for me and many Daffodil Gallery artists in McIntyre Park where we'll be set up with the group from Night of Artists. And if you miss it don't panic! On Friday local MLA Rachel Notley helped us select about a dozen favourites for our holdover show Off-Whyte