Thanks for checking out our post about art in Edmonton. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be discussed in detail right here.
We will try to get right to it because we know your time is valuable. The best Edmonton Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibits in Alberta seem like a natural starting point.
You may want to know about the best art stores in your area where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire so they will be listed. We also don’t want to forget about the best shows and events this area has to offer.
If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures the city has to offer. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Edmonton can be a great way to improve your skills quickly.
Renting out an art studio near you when you are ready for your next project could be wise. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be covered.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Edmonton
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Edmonton you can head to:
- Art Gallery Of Alberta at 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq
- Centre D’arts Visuels De l’Alberta at 9103 95 Ave
- Peter Robertson Gallery at 12323 104 Ave
- Carfac Alberta at 10215 112 St
- Alberta Craft Gallery at 10186 106 St
- Harcourt House Artist Run Centre at 10215 112 St
- Bugera Matheson Gallery at 10345 124 St
- Snap Gallery at 10572 115 St
- Mitchell Art Gallery at 1110 104 Ave
- West End Gallery at 10337 124 St
- Latitude 53 at 10242 106 St
- The Works Gallery at 10635 95 St
There are over 6,000 unique works at the Art Gallery of Alberta which include numerous pieces by local artist H.G. Glyde. Some of their pieces are available for sale or rent, they have art classes for kids and teens, and kids under 18 always enter the gallery for free.
Not only can you check out the nice collection at Peter Robertson Gallery but they also provide services like appraisals and installations plus you can buy many of their displayed pieces. One of the best monthly events in this town is pARTés which is hosted by the Centre d’arts Visuels De l’Alberta.
In addition to putting on this great event they also have instructors who teach art classes to students of all ages and skill levels. You may not know that Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is one of 4 publicly run galleries and one of three artist-run centres near you.
Anyone can take their instructional and life drawing classes, plus they rent out studio space. Every month the Bugera Matheson Gallery holds an exhibition to show off their latest works, most of which is available for purchase.
They also provide a variety of services ranging from onsite consultations, leasing, and even interior design. At Snap Gallery you can try one of their free printmaking workshops or buy some of the art prints.
West End Gallery also has a location in Victoria and provides free shipping across Canada. The Works Gallery hosts the very popular The Works Art & Design Festival which we will be mentioning more in a future section.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores near you should have all of the materials and supplies you need:
- The Paint Spot at 10032 81 Ave
- Delta Art And Drafting Supply at 11116 120 St
- Colours Art at 7359 104 St
- The Gilded Rabbit at 10104 149 St
- Plainsman Pottery Supply at 9517 41 Ave
- Deserres at 8882 170 St
Not only can you buy all kinds of supplies and materials at The Paint Spot but they also put on popular art classes and workshops plus you can rent out their Artelier Studios. Plainsman is a great place to go to buy clay and other pottery making supplies.
The Gilded Rabbit and Deserres are known to provide high quality custom framing.
Shows & Events
Some of the best art shows and events held in your area are:
- Annual Art Night in March
- The Works Art & Design Festival in the Summer
- The Whyte Avenue Art Walk in July
- Strathearn Art Walk in September
- pARTés held monthly
Every March you should head to the Convention Centre for the free to enter Annual Art Night which is a celebration of local artists. Another free event is the Strathearn Art Walk that goes down every September.
This family-friendly art and music festival can be found on the parkland along Strathearn Drive between 89th and 91st Streets. Every July over 500 local and regional artists from various media gather for three days along Whyte Avenue between 101st Street and 108th Street for the The Whyte Avenue Art Walk.
We mentioned before that the Centre D’arts Visuels De l’Alberta hosts the pARTés events each month to check out developing artistic works in visual arts, music, dance, theatre and more. The largest free outdoor art and design festival on the continent is The Works Art & Design Festival which takes place in late June and early July each summer.
This huge event lasts for 13 days and takes over one square kilometer of the downtown core.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are trying to find a new piece for your collection or to figure out the true value of something visit one of these art dealers and appraisers in town:
- Editions Gallery at 8882 170 St NW #2596
- Lando Gallery at 10310 124 St Ste 103
- Scott Gallery at 10411 124 St
- Bearclaw Gallery at 10403 124 St
- The Art World at 11918 127 Ave NW
You will be able to look through a wide selection when visiting Editions Gallery who also has another location in Calgary. In addition to selling artworks they also provide appraisal and custom framing services.
Art acquisition and divestment, leasing, appraisals, collection management, custom framing, and art restoration are some of the services available at Lando Gallery. The Art World is happy to provide consultations and appraisals to businesses or collectors.
Art World is also known for good custom framing and printing services. Art Gallery of Alberta, Peter Robertson Gallery, Bugera Matheson Gallery and West End Gallery from the best gallery near you list also sell art.
Art walking tours in your area can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice:
- Edmonton Gallery Walk at 10337 124 St
- Strathearn Art Walk at Strathearn Dr 89-91 St
- The Whyte Avenue Art Walk at 10032 81 Ave
The Edmonton Gallery Walk usually only happens a couple of times a year around the 124th Street area of downtown. However they are always happy to help plan gallery walks for schools or other groups.
The other two art walks near you were already covered in the shows and events section.
Sculptures & Statues
You may also want to take some photos of these statues and sculptures:
- Talus Dome at Quesnell Bridge and Fox Dr
- Past & Present at 7000 143 St
- Star Gazer at 9974 Capital Blvd NW #10064
- Ukrainian Centennial Pioneer at 109 St & 97 Ave NW
- New Life New Beginnings at 9330 Groat Rd
- Paskwamostos at 9797 Jasper Ave
The best place to view the Talus Dome is the adjacent trail along the city’s river valley system. Past and Present was sculpted by Kryzstof Zukowski in 2010 and can be found at the Fort Edmonton Administration Building.
Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur teamed up to create Star Gazer which is a tribute to David Thompson. Check it out at the Alberta Legislature Building, and while you are there you can also see The Ukrainian Centennial Pioneer Monument which is a little to the northwest.
Provincial architect Allan Merrick Jeffers created it and dedicated it in August of 1991. New Life New Beginnings was sculpted by Richard Tosczak and you need to visit William Hawrelak Park if you want to find it.
And then there is Paskwamostos which was created by Joseph Fafard in the late 1990’s and can be found on the south side of the Shaw Conference Centre today.
Edmonton Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Edmonton would be:
- The Pro’s Art School at 16524-111 Ave
- The Artra Art School at 15011 118 Ave NW
- Victoria School of the Arts at 10210 108 Ave NW
- Masters Art Academy at 16415 83 Ave NW
- Native Studio Art at 11828 66 St NW
At The Pro’s Art School anyone 14 or older is welcome to take their art classes which sometimes include live model drawing and are available on weekdays and weekends. The classes at Arta specialize in teaching drawing and painting with a focus on realism.
They have seasonal art classes for adults and summer classes for kids available. Victoria School of the Arts is an alternative arts program from the Edmonton Public School system. Kids can learn art from a variety of media like visual arts, music, dance, drama, and digital media. Native Studio Art offers customized art courses and one-to-one instruction.
Art Gallery of Alberta, Centre D’arts Visuels De l’Alberta, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, The Paint Spot, and Eye-C Custom Picture Framing also offer art classes.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can try to rent art studio space at:
- PageMaster Artstream Project at 11340 120 St
- The Orange Hub at 10035 156 St NW
- McLuhan House at 11342 64 St NW
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre and Artelier Studio at The Paint Spot also have art studio space for rent.
For art framing services in Edmonton try out:
- Jake’s Picture Framing at 10441 123 St
- Riverbend Art N Frame at 552 Riverbend Sq NW
- Mister Frame at 12220 107 Ave NW
- Mill Creek Picture Framing at 9609 82 Ave NW
- Eye-C Custom Picture Framing at 4920 Roper Rd NW
Mister Frame can provide custom framing and also sells needlecraft supplies and home décor items in your area and at their other store in St. Albert. Canvas stretching, picture hanging, and consultations are just some of the services provided by Mill Creek Picture Framing.
Eye-C Custom Picture Framing shop can help with appraisals plus they put on art classes. Other venues we have listed throughout the post that also do framing include The Gilded Rabbit, Deserres, Editions Gallery, Lando Gallery and The Art World.
In the past we have also discussed:
- Calgary Art Museums & Schools
- Winnipeg Art Museums & Schools
- Vancouver Art Museums & Schools
- Seattle Art Museums & Schools
Have Fun Enjoying The Edmonton Art Scene
At the moment that is all we have to share about the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Edmonton Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.