Arts On The Ave

While out and about this morning I came across a fabulous painting in an unexpected place. It was painted on a billboard in an otherwise ordinary convenience store parking lot and it took my breath away. I stood and looked at it for a long time. The image reminded me of rock formations I have seen on the east coast, and its mood evoked an optimistic look ahead.

I suspect this must have been created as a contribution to the local Arts on the Ave celebration. Every year, 118 Avenue in Edmonton hosts the Kaleido Festival in conjunction with Arts on the Ave.

This year, because of Covid-19 the street festival was cancelled but some of the arts and music activities continued. It is always a fun and entertaining celebration of the cultural diversity here. I do not know the name of the artist, but here is their signature.

Just about a couple of blocks away I saw another product from Arts on the Ave. It is a chalk drawing of flamingos and the artist even provided a spot on the sidewalk for picture-taking. I dutifully stood on the star to take a picture.

artwork by @alixandrajade
artwork by @alixandrajade

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Edit on October 2, 2020 to add:

I have just discovered that the painting on the billboard was inspired by the Lovers’ Arch rock formation in New Brunswick, Canada. It is part of the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy. I am thankful to the blog 100 Country Trek for revealing this to me.

7 Comments

  1. The neon pink chalk is very cute. I’ve been into neon pinks recently. Can’t wait to relax so I can get some painting done. Definitely canvases, not sidewalks.

    1. Whether it is on canvases, faces, windows, or walls, get some painting done! I’m saying this to you because I can’t get myself to do it. I have lots of paints and canvases just waiting for me to get my act together.

      1. Hey! Let’s both get our acts together. I paint my face every morning, if that’s any consolation (war paint). So I’m collecting some points for that.

  2. 3-D chalk art fascinates me, thank you for doing your “duty” and standing on the star for the best perspective. đŸ™‚ Both pieces of art are wonderful discoveries.

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