County art acquisition celebrates 30 years

May 8, 2017

County art acquisition celebrates 30 years

In 1987, Strathcona County Council approved the creation of the County’s very own art collection. Beginning with seven art pieces in its inaugural year, the collection has grown to include over 320 different works of art including: pottery, handmade paper, watercolour, oil and acrylic paintings, sculptures, photographs, fabric, ink drawings, large public artworks, glass and more.

In celebration, residents are invited to visit the Gallery@501 for the Strathcona Salon Series exhibit featuring local artwork submitted for consideration in this year’s acquisition. Both adults and high school students were invited to submit artwork, which was juried by an independent panel with different strengths and backgrounds in the visual arts. The jurors examined and selected artwork based on authenticity, quality of materials, presentation, aesthetic value, innovation and technical competence.    

Until June 7, visitors to the Gallery@501 can vote for their favourite artwork. A “People’s Choice Award” will be given out at the unveiling reception based on the highest number of votes.

The Strathcona Salon Series runs until June 25 with a special unveiling reception on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. where the public will find out which pieces have been selected for the County’s art collection.

To celebrate Canada’s 150 years of confederation, the Gallery@501 is featuring a year of Canadian inspired exhibits. The Strathcona Salon Series is the third exhibit in this line up.  

Gallery@501 is located at #120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


- 30 -


Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595