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Strathcona County Council approved its Public Art Plan in June 2014.
Strathcona County's 2014-2019 Public Art Plan (5.0 MB)

The impact of public art on a community is priceless and once experienced, the value only appreciates. Public art has the power to energize public spaces, encourage creative thought and transform the places we live, work, and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction.

Public art can make strangers talk, children ask questions, and calm a hurried life. Public art can enhance the quality of life by encouraging a heightened sense of place and by introducing works of art that can touch viewers today and generations to come.

Calls for Artists

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Public Art in Strathcona County

Ardrossan Mural "Cherished Memories"

Located at Ardrossan Recreation Complex, 80 – 1 Avenue, Ardrossan

Artists: Art Society of Strathcona County

The mural, which is 3 meters high and 30 meters wide depicts both buildings and people important in the development of the communities of Clover Bar, Bremner, Ardrossan, Uncas, North Cooking Lake and Deville. Looking from left to right, the mural shows:  an aboriginal encampment and bison roaming the prairie; a Grand Trunk Pacific Steam engine crossing the North Saskatchewan River on the Clover Bar trestle bridge; the Black Diamond Mine, today the location of the Strathcona Science Park; the original Clover Bar church and school; a steam powered thresher at harvest time; the original Ardrossan United Church; the William’ Store, the Security Grain Company Elevator and the Ardrossan Train Station; Mrs. McMenomy’s Hotel, General Store and Post Office at North Cooking Lake, a summer destination for Edmontonians; St. Margaret’s Church at Hastings Lake, built of hand hewn timbers; a pioneer family near Deville, representing the many local families devoted to building their communities.

About the Artists

Margaret Klappstein, the designer of the mural was helped by fifteen other volunteer artists including  Sherry Benoit, Janice Bonsant, Gladys Buckingham, Dot Burgess, Corinne Cheng, Sylvia Dubrule, Debbie Field, Sirkka Kadatz, Deborah Maron, Lynda McAmmond, Anne McCormick (Assistant Designer), James Ramage, Joyce Riley, Eunice Rudd, and Sharon Wareing. In addition to the almost 900 volunteer hours, funding was donated by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Alberta Lottery Fund, the Ardrossan Recreation and Agricultural Society and Strathcona County Recreation, Parks and Culture. 

A Show of Hands

Located at Broadmoor Lake Park

Artist: Community Collaboration

This project was a true community collaboration. The three large panels are comprised of 20 buff coloured sections surrounded by 475 small tiles created by local residents at the 2005 Canada Day Celebration. Sixteen of the buff coloured tiles were created by high school students. Students from Archbishop Jordan, Ardrossan, Bev Facey and Salisbury Composite High Schools were involved in the project.The artwork also incorporates the following quotes: “The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma Ghandi (1864-1948); “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” John Muir (1838-1914); “Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?” Gabrielle Roy (1909 – 1983); “The dreams which accompany all human actions should be nurtured by the places in which people live.” Charles W. Moore (1925-1993).

About the Artist

The project leaders included Rita McGie, Beate Schaumberger and Chris Munn  with invaluable assistance from the high school art teachers and staff from Recreation, Parks and Culture.

Colchester Mural

Located at Strathcona Olympiette Centre, 25 – 52029 Range Road 224, Sherwood Park

Artists: Art Society of Strathcona County

Looking from left to right, the mural shows: the Colchester School; a grain harvest, representing the importance of agriculture in the region; a native encampment and herd of buffalo, paying tribute to the first inhabitants of the region; the establishment of the railway, which helped open up the region (the station, elevator and Halfway Store in Breton); a typical scene of sawing wood for the winter; the Fultonvale school and the first Anglican church; a road with both a horse-drawn buggy and a Model A car in front of an early gas station; the Lakeview Hall, where people came to dances from miles around; Cooking Lake, which was the base for bush planes and the Edmonton Yacht Club (1923-1940).

About the Artists

Margaret Klappstein, and her design team of Anne McCormick, Corrine Cheng, Sherry Benoit, Debbie Field, Silvia Dubrule and Lynda McAmmond, were helped by ten other volunteer artists including Shawn Beckwith,  Janice Bonsant, Dorothy Burgess,  Paula Cheng,  Audrey Josephson, Marianne Paetkau, Mona Parry, James Ramage,  Eunice Rudd and Sharon Wareing.  In addition to the many volunteer hours, funding was donated  by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Alberta Lottery Fund, the Colchester Agricultural Society and Strathcona County Recreation, Parks and Culture. 

Connection - Connotation

Located at Bethel Transit Terminal, east end, 650 Bethel Drive

Artist: Tammy Henkel

Each piece of glass in this colourful artwork was “slumped” in a glass kiln to create texture, then painted with multiple layers to make the most of the physical texture of the glass and to catch and refract the light into deep rich complicated colours. It adds colour, texture and joy to the space!

About the Artist

Edmonton artist Tammy Henkel takes inspiration from built environments as well as organic objects and rural settings. In her work, she seeks to create a visual representation of an emotion or feeling. Through the use of bold colour in this artwork, she wants viewers to feel a sense of arrival and destination, to be in a place of connection. Tammy’s glass work can be found in both residential and corporate locations. Tammy has a BFA from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Mount Royal University.  

Directions

Located at Smeltzer House, #1 Broadmoor Boulevard

Artist: Larry McEachern

Fall Approach

Located at Bethel Transit Terminal, west end, 650 Bethel Drive

Artist: Lynn Malin

Lynn Malin’s work represents, in an abstract way, a forest surrounding the transit shelter and brings life and interest to the wall of the terminal. Her choice of warm colours welcomes visitors. The work was originally painted on large sheets of Lexan using oil, graphite, pastel and spray paint, and digitally transferred to a material more suited to public locations and our harsh Alberta winters. 

About the Artist

Lynn was born and raised in Edmonton and believes that public art should engage the audience through curiosity, intrigue and delight. It should also be beautiful!  Some of Lynn’s other public artworks, in collaboration with Elizabeth Beauchamp, include “Recycles” in Beaver Hills House Park and “Pinwheel” at Prince Charles Park, both in Edmonton. Lynn received her education at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, in addition to a variety of workshops and residencies. Lynn has exhibited in Alberta, Asia and New York and has work in personal, public and corporate collections around the world.

Fallen Firefighters' Memorial

Located at Fire Station #1, 1933 Sherwood Drive

Artist: Zazo

Funding for this project came from 14 different companies, individuals and organizations.

About the Artist

Zazo is a European-trained sculptor from Hungary. His discipline includes planning and designing large scale artwork and portraiture. In Canada, he obtained a diploma in Fine Arts at Grant MacEwan College, and studied abstract painting at U of A.  He has taught sculpting for many years. Zazo has shown his work extensively both locally and abroad. He has numerous pieces in public places as well as in private and corporate locations. Zazo’s works include 14 low-relief bronze sculptures adorning the War Memorial in Ottawa, a relief portrait of former Edmonton mayor, Laurence Decor, a life-sized statue of Frank Spinelli, erected in Edmonton’s Caboto Park, and a sculpture of Senator William McMaster in Hamilton.

Family, Present and Future

Located at Ardrossan Recreation Complex, 80 – 1 Avenue, Ardrossan

Artist: Oksana Movchan

This glasswork is about Life’s most precious gifts: family, love, blue sky, sun rays, snowflakes and trees and leaves. It is also about the importance of taking care of the home we live in so future generations will inherit the beauty we have had the joy to witness. The primary colours are used: yellow symbolizing sun and joy, red for flowers and love and blue for the sky and eternity. It is the artist’s interpretation of the beauty of Ardrossan, its solitude and open spaces. 

About the Artist

Oksana Movchan is an internationally recognized print maker and a graduate of the National Academy of Art in Kyiv, Ukraine. Working in multiple mediums, Ms. Movchan participates in gallery and solo shows in Europe and North America, as well as Southwest and Central Asia. Ms. Movchan has been creating fine art pieces, including etching and paintings, for over 25 years. More recently, she has begun creating functional art in the form of commissioned art works on glass.

Forever in Our Hearts

Located at RCMP, 911 Bison Way

Artist: Linda Stewart

Central to the design, the kneeling officer illustrates the personal impact, the loss of a friend. The standing officer illustrates the deep respect and admiration we hold for those who give their lives so we can live in peace and security. The crest of the RCMP is a reflection of the organization. Within the RCMP, animals take on a deep role of being true partners in the lives of some. This police dog, at the loss of his master, is without a leash and looking backward with concern and sympathy for those behind him. The horse, recognized for its historical role in policing is an animal capable of great emotion, trust and connectedness with his human master. This horse with his head lowered, an empty saddle on his back and nudging the back of the kneeling officer, offers comfort to those who suffer around him. Listed on the memorial are Cst. Ghislain L. Maurice, Cpl. James Wilbert Galloway and Randy Colin Dickie.

About the Artist

The original design was created by local artist Karen Clouston, who said,  “To honour the officers that have sacrificed their lives for us, my hope is that it offers comfort to others”. The bronze sculpture was created by Linda Stewart. She has been sculpting horses, dogs and cowboys in typical ranch scenes since 1979. In the summer of 1999, The Calgary Stampede commissioned Linda to create a sculpture that would portray the ranching tradition in Alberta. The life-size bronze sculpture depicts a typical ranching scene and stands at the front entry way to the Roundup Center. Linda’s work is included in a variety of collections and includes commissions for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, the 2002 G8 Summit and the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association. She has participated in the Calgary Stampede Art Show since 1981.

Games in Landscape

Located at Broadmoor Lake Park

Artists: Dawn Detarando & Brian McArthur

The Western Canada Summer Games are a multi-sport event that develops amateur athletes and helps them advance their skills in a friendly, but competitive environment. The mural depicts some of the sports that were included in the 2007 Games: diving, basketball, cycling, badminton, volleyball, swimming, soccer, field hockey, tennis, baseball, rugby, athletics, kayaking, sailing, wrestling and rowing. Participants came from the four western provinces and the three northern territories.

About the Artists

Dawn Detarando is a ceramic artist from Red Deer, Alberta who received her Master of Fine Art from Ohio State University in 1998. Dawn gives lectures, workshops and demonstrations in the ceramic arts. She won the Lieutenant Governor General Emerging Artist Award for 2009. In her studio, Dawn works on a body of sculptural art dealing with the narrative of migration. She is inspired by her prairie surroundings and distant mountains but is reminded by the migrating birds and her strong connection to the ocean. Using metaphors and a symbolic vocabulary of clay objects, she produces sculpture that expresses a need to migrate or travel. Brian McArthur is an accomplished artist and a native of Red Deer. He received his MFA from Ohio State University in 1997. Brian continues to create new ceramic sculpture that is well recognized and exhibited nationally and internationally. Brian’s work focuses upon Canadian heritage, folklore, and their importance in our identity. The use of humor and approachable subject matter creates an engaging accessibility for all viewers. To share a story while unveiling a part of our history, bringing joy, humor, and beauty into the viewer’s life is an essential goal for Brian’s artwork. Voyager Art and Tile, co-owned by Dawn and Brian, is a successful business that creates public art and art tiles that are sold across Canada.

Hockey Mom's Mural

Located at Millennium Place, 2000 Premier Way

Artist: Tania Garner-Tomas

The Sherwood Park Hockey Moms’ Association celebrated 25 years in Strathcona County by commissioning this mural. 

About the Artist

Tania Garner-Tomas was raised in an artistic family. Her father, Bruce, was a mentor and inspiration and taught her much of what she knows, including how to shape bronze sheet, stainless steel and steel bar. Alberta has been the home of the Vancouver born artist for almost 30 years. Tania graduated with a Fine Arts Diploma from Central Technical School in Toronto in 1979. Tania has many commissioned works including sculpture, painting and murals and her work is in many private, corporate and public collections.

Josephburg Mural

Located at Moyer Recreation Complex, 54569 Range Road 215

Artist: Bi Yuan Cheng

Looking from left to right, the mural shows: an abundance of wildlife before the settlers arrived, including elk and bison, similar to what you can find at Elk Island National Park today; the arrival of settlers from Austria and homesteading beginning in the 1880’s; a few of the local churches and community halls – a significant part of family and community life, both yesterday and today; the infamous Josephburg Chicken Supper was a community event for over 100 years, ending in 2012; the four Josephburg grain elevators, some of the prairie’s earliest skyscrapers; home life – fun with family and friends, harvest time, and working in the field; Beckers’ Hardware, AP Thomas & Son Garage and few other local businesses; Josephburg Presents Concert Series, the Josephburg Men’s Choir and the Elk Island Painters are just a few examples of local cultural heritage; recreation, both outdoor and indoor played a big part in the community; Agricultural events like the Country Classic, showcase the ability and talent of local youth.

About the Artist

Born in 1957, Yuan Cheng Bi’s career as an artist began in his home country of China. From the ages of eleven to 21, Bi was taken under the wing of one of China’s most prestigious art professors to learn landscaping, watercolour and oil. Bi earned a Bachelor’s of Art from ZiangXi Art University and went on to work in landscaping and sculptural design. In 1984, Bi was chosen over 100 competitors from around the nation to design the sculptural landmark for Shandong Stadium – the province’s largest sports facility. The finished product was a metal and concrete sculpture standing thirty meters high, symbolizing the unification of common people through sport. With his rising career in sculptural design, the Province of Shandong gave Bi the nation’s highly distinguished title as a Chinese Art Master. In 1989, Bi was accepted into the prestigious Chinese Encyclopedia of Art. Immigrating to Canada in 1990 he settled in Edmonton, for 18 years and presently lives in Victoria, BC. Bi started his own art studio in 1992 and works predominantly in oils and acrylics as well as mural painting. Bi has painted over fifty murals throughout Alberta.

Lake Astotin's Sparkling Waters

Locatead at Community Centre, outside Gallery @501, 501 Festival Avenue

Artists: Chelsea Boida & Mark Feddes

Lenticular printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with the illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. Walking past “Lake Astotin’s Sparkling Waters” activates the illusion; as you pass, the image will seem to be moving or changing. The water image connects to the Tindall stone wall on which it hangs. Tyndall stone often shows fossils of ancient marine life.

About the Artists

Living in Edmonton where she completed her BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of Alberta, Chelsea Boida focuses her personal art practice on photography, video, and printmaking. Mark Feddes lives in Edmonton, where he paints, draws, and designs. He received a BFA in Drawing from Alberta College of Art and Design, and also studied at Cooper Union in New York City.

Lendrum Sisters

Located North of Broadmoor Village on Broadmoor Boulevard

Artist: Marjorie Ann Davies

The Lendrum Sisters was commissioned by Sherwood Park’s Heritage Mile Society. Annie, depicted with a sheaf of wheat under her arm was responsible for running the fam and did most of the driving. Mamie holds a covered basket, and is attired as she might have been going out on one of her community nursing visits. Her twin, Mimie is seated with a butter churn, reminding us of the chores of daily life. Mimie was also a nurse and cared for their ailing uncle and their wheelchair bound cousin, Florence. The original Lendrum quarter ran north from Broadmoor Village, through the golf course to the south edge of Mills Haven. The sisters grew grain, raised chickens and kept a cow for milk. Mimie died in 1928 and Annie in 1943. Mamie sold the quarter shortly before her death in 1947. This sculpture was unveiled in 2002 by the Honourable Dr. Lois E. Hole, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

About the Artist

Marjorie Ann Davies has a particular fascination for the human figure, its variety, its expressiveness, and its beauty. She seeks to bring the emotions of life into her work. Some of Marjorie’s public sculpture includes: bronze portraits of Millie Seitz (St. Albert) and Reginald Gray (Strathcona County Museum), St. Bernadette (Beaumont), Summer Melody at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Atrium, and the 25th Anniversary show pyramid at the Muttart (Egyptian panels and Cleopatra).   For over thirty years, she has exhibited widely and her work can also be found in various exhibitions as well as private collections.

Millennium Place Murals

Located at Millennium Place, 2000 Premier Way

Artists: Rick Janzen & Garry Sawatsky

“Youth in Motion” – is a series of murals around the running track paying tribute to the strength, balance, agility and perseverance of active youth. In the gymnasium are iconic images from the past & present of “Great Canadian Games” – basketball, lacrosse, hockey & curling.  In the aquatic centre, “The Cooking Lake Moraine” depicts scenes from Cooking Lake, the bison of Elk Island National Park, the North Cooking Lake Train Station and our agricultural heritage.  “Scenes from Strathcona’s Past” surround the leisure ice – the water tower at the North Cooking Lake Train Station, an Ardrossan area farmstead, Daly’s General Store at Clover Bar, the North Cooking Lake store, a local sledding hill and the Josephburg grain elevator. Within the Children’s Edutainment Centre, you’ll find a colourful display of the flora and fauna native to this region. Overlooking the ice arenas are cut out murals of figure skaters and skaters of all abilities.

About the Artists

In addition to murals, Rick Janzen works in film and display, specializing in hand lettering, historic restoration and scenic paint work. His work can be seen in numerous feature films and on television. Rick is also very active in the advertising industry and creating specialty signs for a variety of uses. Garry Sawatsky worked primarily in the McKay Team Aquatics Centre, but had a hand in the creation of artwork in the Leisure Ice area too. 

Momentum

Located at West Plaza, Community Centre, 401 Festival Lane

Artists: Tricycle: Catherine Burgess, Royden Mills & Walter Jule

The four overlapping stainless steel screens present an organic pattern of “negative” cut-out shapes, reminiscent of small prairie ponds, drifting toward a vast horizon. The openings in the screens create complex patterns of light, shadow and reflection, animating the patio and plaza and offering a complimentary “softening” influence and counter-point to the crystalline elegance of the Community Centre. 

About the Artists

Tricycle is a collective made up of three Edmonton area artists: Catherine Burgess, Walter Jule and Royden Mills, who have worked with ISL  Engineering and Land Services on a number of large urban projects in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. Their unique approach to public art involves rejecting isolated objecthood and fixed reference in favour of a landscape-driven overview that strives to present an environment in which art occurs. Their intent is to create artwork that goes beyond merely decorating or forming distinct, unrelated spectacles. By applying a broad treatment to the entire space, their art merges with the landscape and the architecture, and in so doing, creates a rhythm of connected experiences that delight and transcend daily life.

One Hour in Time/Indigo Children

Located at Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane

Artist: Alex Janvier

Alex Janvier’s paintings are full of culturally significant themes and history. They are often inspired by nature, from the heart rather than the intellect. The colours chosen for these works best enrich the design and theme: Creating a Heart for our Community. The panel on the left, “One Hour in Time” represents time from the arrival of Columbus in North America until the present day; it is the past, and our shared cultural history, as interpreted by the artist. The panel on the right, “Indigo Children”, represents the future; it suggests opportunity, youth, and potential.

About the Artist

Alex Janvier is an internationally renowned Alberta artist. Many of Alex’s masterpieces involve an eloquent blend of both abstract and representational images with bright, often symbolic colours. As a First Nations person emerging from a history of oppression and many struggles for cultural empowerment, Janvier paints both the challenges and celebrations that he has encountered in his lifetime. Alex proudly credits the beadwork and birch bark basketry of his mother and other relatives as influencing his art.

Born of Dene Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of eight, when he was uprooted from his home and sent to the Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, AB. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. Unlike many aboriginal artists of his time, Janvier received formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and graduated with honours in 1960.

As a member of the commonly referred to “Indian Group of Seven”, Janvier is one of the significant pioneering aboriginal artists in Canada, and has influenced many generations of aboriginal artists.

In 1992, Mr. Janvier was commissioned to produce a large mural, “Morning Star”, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) in Hull, Quebec. His works, including many murals, are in public and private collections throughout Canada. In 1992, Alex became the second native artist to be inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.  In recognition of his success, Alex Janvier received three prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (2002), The Tribal Chiefs Institute (2001), and Cold Lake First Nations (2001). He was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007, received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary in 2008, was named a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2010 and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

Janvier’s passion and natural talents for creative expression remain strong to this day.  In 2012, the new Janvier Gallery opened on Cold Lake First Nations 149B. His most recent large project a 45 foot diameter circle mosaic of his artwork titled Tsa Tsa Ke K’e (Iron Foot Place) is located at the new Rogers Place arena in Edmonton.

Ottewell Sculpture

Located at AJ Ottewell Community Centre, 590 Broadmoor Boulevard

Artist: Marjorie Ann Davies

Richard P. Ottewell arrived in Edmonton from Ontario in 1881. He homesteaded in what is now Edmonton’s Ottewell subdivision, but soon moved to Clover Bar. Their original log house now sits on 1885 Street at Fort Edmonton Park. Ottewell became wealthy from farming, custom threshing, coal and gold mining, flour and lumber mills and other business ventures and in 1910, built a 17 room mansion on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The mansion was destroyed by fire in 1972. R.P. Ottewell was also involved in the community, as a school trustee and in organizations such as the United Farmers of Alberta. One of his sons, Arthur, bought the land which is now the Woodbridge Farms subdivision and made his home on the current site of the Ottewell House and Barn.

About the Artist

Marjorie Ann Davies has a particular fascination for the human figure, its variety, its expressiveness, and its beauty. She seeks to bring the emotions of life into her work. Some of Marjorie’s public sculpture includes: bronze portraits of Millie Seitz (St. Albert) and Reginald Gray (Strathcona County Museum), St. Bernadette (Beaumont), Summer Melody at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Atrium, and the 25th Anniversary show pyramid at the Muttart (Egyptian panels and Cleopatra). For over thirty years, she has exhibited widely and her work can also be found in various exhibitions as well as private collections.

Park, Land, Home

Located at Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane

Artist: Manola Borrajo Giner

Inspired by the prairie landscape of Strathcona County, this glass wall recreates the Parkland Region of Alberta, painted with an abstract and transcending approach that gives joy and inspiration. It aims to evoke a strong sense of place, inviting visitors to take a break and embrace a Library full of fantasy and knowledge. The idea of surprise is the key in the design of the glass wall. The prairies invade the space and create a warm surrounding. The gold in the fields and in the ornamental grasses, the amber and green in the trees, the tones of orange and red in the wild flowers contrast with a translucent blue sky.

About the Artist

Manola Borrajo-Giner was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She was introduced to glass after moving to Edmonton in 2000. Manola’s various glass and painting techniques make her work unique. Her art encompasses the properties of light, the texture of glass and the art of bold designs using palettes of vivid colour. Nature, such as poppies, trees and organic forms have been the primary theme in her glasswork. Her work is housed in a variety of private and corporate collections. Manola Borrajo-Giner passed away in 2014.

Sadie

Located at Fire Station #6, 915 Bison Way

Artist: Craig LeBlanc

Dalmatians and the fire service have been linked for centuries. Before motorized fire trucks were used, equipment and firefighters arrived at the scene of a fire by horse-drawn carriage. Dalmatians were known to run alongside the horses, defending them from other dogs or animals that could spook or attack the horses during the ride. At the fire, these loyal companions would keep the horses calm and guard the equipment, horses and responders. Inspiration for Sadie came from the 19th century architecture of the station, and represents the community and history of Strathcona County Emergency Services. The artist has taken a classic symbol of fire services and made it contemporary through size and materials. 

About the Artist

Craig LeBlanc is a Calgary-based artist who was raised in Strathcona County. Craig has exhibited extensively throughout Canada as well as the United States and Europe. His public art installation, “Henri”, was recognized by the Americans for the Arts “Public Art Network’s Year in Review” as one of North America’s top public art pieces 2011. Upon receiving a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, LeBlanc embarked upon a professional career as an artist, design and technical specialist and post-secondary art and design instructor.

Salute to Volunteers

Located at south east corner Baseline Rd & Broadmoor Blvd.

Artist: Marjorie Ann Davies

Created to commemorate Alberta’s centennial in 2005, this sculpture rises eighteen feet from the elevated plaza and is a source of both soaring inspiration and humble pride to the tens of thousands who pass by daily. The six foot diameter cast bronze ring of community features silhouetted representation of community members and recognizable community feature and buildings. The two volunteers are “lifting the community”. It was Commissioned by Sherwood Park’s Heritage Mile Society and unveiled by the Honorable Premier Ed Stelmach in 2007.

About the Artist

Marjorie Ann Davies has a particular fascination for the human figure, its variety, its expressiveness, and its beauty. She seeks to bring the emotions of life into her work. Some of Marjorie’s public sculpture includes: bronze portraits of Millie Seitz (St. Albert) and Reginald Gray (Strathcona County Museum), St. Bernadette (Beaumont), Summer Melody at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Atrium, and the 25th Anniversary show pyramid at the Muttart (Egyptian panels and Cleopatra).  For over thirty years, she has exhibited widely and her work can also be found in various exhibitions as well as private collections.

Spirit of the Future

Located at Broadmoor Lake Park

Artist: Tania Garner-Tomas

The figures are shaped of stainless steel bar with inset verdigris bronze.  The reflection in the stainless steel symbolizes the past and present, while the bronze insets in the figures show a link to the future. The three figures, looking up and holding hands symbolize the spirit of cooperation and what can be accomplished when we work together. The child, made of hammered bronze, is being lifted skyward toward the future, like a bird being released, symbolizing energy flowing from one generation to the next. 

About the Artist

Tania Garner-Tomas was raised in an artistic family. Her father, Bruce, was a mentor and inspiration and taught her much of what she knows, including how to shape bronze sheet, stainless steel and steel bar. Alberta has been the home of the Vancouver born artist for almost 30 years. Tania graduated with a Fine Arts Diploma from Central Technical School in Toronto in 1979. Tania has many commissioned works including sculpture, painting and murals and her work is in many private, corporate and public collections.

Super Summer Sunday

Located at Broadmoor Lake Park

Artist: Maureen R. Harvey

This massive mural measuring 34 meters wide and almost 5 meters in height, took 6 months to complete, with 207 living characters depicted on the 28 aluminum panels. The project involved 2 years of fundraising efforts, with contributions from 27 individuals, businesses and organizations.

About the Artist

Born in Edmonton, Maureen Harvey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Los Angeles, California. With many years experience as a painter and muralist, her multi media art works convey a delightful sense of humour and fun in a fanciful and highly personalized style. Unexpected colours, lyrical composition and lively painting energize all of Maureen’s creations. Her work is part of numerous private and public collections including many mural commissions.

Tribute to Beaver Hills

Located at County Hall, 2001 Sherwood Drive

Artist: Alex Janvier

Alex Janvier, originally from Cold Lake and an internationally renowned Alberta artist, completed the County Hall staircase mural in 1976. At this time, he was a resident of Sherwood Park.

Mr. Janvier’s painting shows familiar tribal symbols painted in a flowing, calligraphic style. Although he prefers to leave the interpretation of this mural to the viewer, the following will provide some insight into its creation:

The mural tells the story of thousands of years of Alberta history.

Top Ring: Represents nomadic, prehistoric times in this area of Alberta

Large Inner Ring: The fur trade era – a tribute to the Indians of the Beaver Hills area, now known as Strathcona County and Elk Island Park

Lower Ring: A tribute to the pioneers of the County, representing the first sod busters and the beginning of people settling in permanent homes

Lower Staircase: This is a depiction of the present day industrialization and suburban living in the County

At one point in his career, Mr. Janvier signed his paintings with his Treaty Number.  Tribute to Beaver Hills is one of these paintings. His Treaty Number, #287, may be found below his signature on the lower ring.

About the Artist

Many of Alex’s masterpieces involve an eloquent blend of both abstract and representational images with bright, often symbolic colours. As a First Nations person emerging from a history of oppression and many struggles for cultural empowerment, Janvier paints both the challenges and celebrations that he has encountered in his lifetime. Alex proudly credits the beadwork and birch bark basketry of his mother and other relatives as influencing his art.

Born of Dene Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of eight,when he was uprooted from his home and sent to the Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. Unlike many aboriginal artists of his time, Janvier received formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and graduated with honours in 1960.

As a member of the commonly referred to “Indian Group of Seven”, Janvier is one of the significant pioneering aboriginal artists in Canada, and has influenced many generations of aboriginal artists.

In 1992, Mr. Janvier was commissioned to produce a large mural, “Morning Star”, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) in Hull, Quebec. His works, including many murals, are in many other public and private collections throughout Canada.

In 1992, Alex became the second native artist to be inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.  In recognition of his success, Alex Janvier received three prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (2002), The Tribal Chiefs Institute (2001), and Cold Lake First Nations (2001). He was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007, received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary in 2008, was named a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2010 and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

Janvier’s passion and natural talents for creative expression remains strong to this day.  In 2012, the new Janvier Gallery opened on Cold Lake First Nations 149B. His most recent large project, a 45 foot diameter circle mosaic of his artwork titled Tsa Tsa Ke K’e (Iron Foot Place) is located at the new Rogers Place arena in Edmonton.

Untitled

Located at Ardrossan Recreation Complex, 80 – 1 Avenue, Ardrossan

Artist: Oksana Movchan

About the Artist

Oksana Movchan is an internationally recognized print maker and a graduate of the National Academy of Art in Kyiv, Ukraine. Working in multiple mediums, Ms. Movchan participates in gallery and solo shows in Europe and North America, as well as Southwest and Central Asia. Ms. Movchan has been creating fine art pieces, including etching and paintings, for over 25 years. More recently, she has begun creating functional art in the form of commissioned art works on glass.

Youth Art Legacy

Located at Millennium Place, 2000 Premier Way

Artist: Tammy Henkel & Youth Council

During brainstorming workshops, Youth discussed how they could depict the difficult concepts of respect, pride in self, and pride in place through word and visual or pictorial representations, to express their interpretation of what it means to be a positive youth role model. They also unanimously agreed to the text element being the word YOU. They wanted the mural to be dynamic, complex, substantial, colorful, fun, energetic and multi-dimensional. It needed to engage the viewer and could not be digested in a single glance but had to retain the interest of the viewer over multiple viewings. The youth were encouraged to express their personal artistic style and reveal their unique artistic talent. The Group Frame concept allowed the diverse Youth Council membership to retain their individuality while representing the youth group identity. Diversity was a goal of the young artists.

About the Artist

This project was led by artist Tammy Henkel. Youth Council members who participated in the project were Devan Gaudon, Maya Hernandez-Franklin, Annastasia Jickling, Miranda Jickling, Alisha Karim, Nicole Kaufman, Elise Renchko, Nicole Renchko, Suzie Thorpe, Taylor Wagar, Catie White. Funding was provided through the Strathcona County Cultural Initiatives Grant Program.

Public Art Questions?
780-449-1139
barbara.chapman@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Thursday, November 10, 2016
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