Whether you're a visitor or a resident of St Albert, Alberta, you'll immediately realize the many opportunities and benefits this city has to offer. With a history that dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, St Albert is full of historic and beautiful architecture, and offers many opportunities to enjoy great art and culture. Here are the five best places to see some of the amazing art St Albert has to offer.

The Art Gallery of St Albert

Situated at the historic Banque d'Hochelaga building, the Art Gallery of St Albert offers many exhibitions and art-related events to the community, as well as educational opportunities for the children of St Albert. The heritage building itself is a work of art in its own right, and was first built in 1920; it is the last remaining heritage building in downtown St Albert. The Art Gallery of St Albert offers free admission, and is located at 19 Perron Street.

Art in Public Places: Founder's Court

As a part of the "Art in Public Places" collection, which features 30 pieces of outdoor art for the residents of St Albert to enjoy on a daily basis, something particularly special can be found in Founder's Court. Situated at 18 Perron Street, a mural painted by artist Lewis Lavoie is featured on the side of a building. This Tribute to the Sisters of Charity Grey Nuns of St Albert is engaging, colorful, and vibrant.

Respite: Metal Art at Celebration Garden

Taking a stroll through ACT/UCT Celebration Garden in St Albert is that much more exciting now with the addition of a beautiful piece of metal artwork by Shawn Cunningham. Titled "Respite," this metal gazebo is now a landmark, and was constructed by one of Edmonton's active Blacksmiths. The beautiful iron dome is surrounded by roses in the summer months, when it is truly a sight to behold.

Aboriginal Art: Musee Heritage Museum

For a sense of heritage in its most raw and creative form, the Musee Heritage Museum is a place where aboriginal art and artifacts are kept, preserved, and displayed. With many Metis artifacts, the culture of St Albert can be explored at this Museum, which is located at 5 St Anne Street.

ArtWalk: Visual Arts Studio

Located at Hemingway Centre at 25 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue, Visual Arts Studio offers exhibitions for the public that change monthly, as well as training facilities for classes and 19 art studios. This art gallery is one of the stops in the St Albert Art Walk event, and participates in other community events throughout the year.

With many different opportunities to explore art in St Albert, both in casual, day- to-day settings as well as in structured environments, art lovers will certainly be kept busy. Whether you consider yourself to be artistic or not, you might just find yourself appreciating the value of art when living in or visiting St Albert. And with so much art surrounding you, you might just find some creative inspiration of your own!

Posted by Sarah MacDonald on

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