A community of creativity
A visit to Airdrie would not be complete without stopping to experience its vibrant arts and culture community, supported by the efforts and guidance of the Creative Airdrie Society and Airdrie Regional Arts Society. Explore and enjoy colourful works created by both local and renowned Canadian artists.
Airdrie Public Library
Along with its regular services and programs, Airdrie Public Library (APL) provides a venue for art in the community. Throughout the year, APL plays host to local, regional and travelling art, with six exhibitions a year of approximately 70 pieces each. With nearly 175,000 visitors coming through the library’s doors each year, the APL art gallery is an important cultural stop in the community.
The corner of Eighth Street and First Avenue is where more than 30 colourful banners fly proudly during the spring/summer and fall. The banners are the works of Airdrie and area artists and students who submitted their art for adjudication. The joint project of the Creative Airdrie Society, Airdrie Regional Arts Society, the City of Airdrie and Camgill Developments brightens the streetscape brilliantly. To match artists to their banners go to
Bert Church Theatre – Applause
The newest public art in Airdrie appears inside the Bert Church Theatre. Chosen by the community, the series of applauding hands by Ontario artist James C. Smith is a clear demonstration of the newfound enthusiasm for the arts in Airdrie.
The Centre Murals
The Boys & Girls Club Mural in Airdrie is home to an awesome series of three art pieces created by local artists Michelle Pickering, Zach Abbot and Jessica Bennett. The display is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Centennial Sphere sculpture outside City Hall on Main Street was a community-driven art project created to celebrate Airdrie’s Centennial in 2009. The piece was created by Cochrane artist Honsun Chu. The main foyer and meeting rooms at City Hall also feature local art displays.
The Collaboration Project
Drop by the Chinook Winds fire hall’s main foyer between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and enjoy the work of abstract artist Koos de Jongh. Organized into three distinct panels, the installation of paintings takes advantage of the hall’s unique open design.
FortisAlberta Utility Cubicle Art Wraps
Talk about thinking outside the box! Airdrie hosts the only artist-designed wraps in the province, with 15 separate pieces to enjoy. To find them all, visit creativeairdrie.ca
Six handcrafted totem poles stand in Gwacheon Park (part of Nose Creek Park), donated by Airdrie’s sister city, Gwacheon, South Korea. The totem poles were received as a gift to commemorate 10 years of sister-city relations and friendship between Gwacheon and Airdrie. Gwacheon artisan Kim Ji-Moung crafted the totems.
Honouring the Ancestors
The traffic utility box was turned into a work of art in September 2012 by local artist Veronica Funk as part of the Awesome Airdrie initiative. The design was selected by businesses near the intersection and the finished art piece has enhanced the streetscape tremendously. creativea irdrie.ca
Iron Horse Park Mural
At the clubhouse inside the park, an impressive mural by artists from the Airdrie Regional Arts Society is underway. Currently visitors can see a dramatic full-wall-length painting of a steam engine powering its way across a wooden trestle over a deep mountain gorge. When complete the mural with span all four walls. You can see the work in progress during regular visitor hours. ironhorsepark.net
Main Street Art Project
At Centre Avenue and Main Street, discover the work of hundreds of Airdrie residents along a 300-foot mural on an empty lot. The Main Street Art Project combines the talents of more than 30 artists and 1,100 eager volunteers. Each panel of the mural contains a curving grey line which represents the pathways that connect Airdrie residents to each other. The Main Street Art Project is a temporary exhibit. It will remain at its current location until construction begins at the site. creativeairdrie.ca
McGillivray Park Sculpture
The developers of the Creekside Crossing shopping area installed a twisted stainless steel sculpture by metal artist Dan Hlus as part of the park space which is dedicated to fur trader Duncan McGillivray, who actually travelled just northwest of present-day Airdrie.
What was once just an old metal storage facility has since become art. The owners of the property, Miller Trucking, hired area artists Zach Abbott and Graham Masters to make the transformation. The colourful piece is becoming a popular backdrop for wedding photos and is worth exploring up close. See how the artists worked with corrugated metal to create ‘waves of art’ for all to enjoy. creativeairdrie.ca
Miller Street Art Gallery
Located at the entrance to Nose Creek Park on Main Street, this is one of the few free spaces for aerosol art in the province and gives artists the opportunity to share their talents. Artists come from far and wide year round so the artwork is always changing. creativeairdrie.ca
Ravenswood AIRdirondack Art Project
From June through September discover a dozen original works of art on Adirondack chairs displayed around the city. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces are auctioned off Sept. 29 at a gala fundraiser for Creative Airdrie. Learn more at creativeairdrie.ca
Beside a traffic circle off Ravenswood View, discover a 30-foot metal art structure dedicated to its namesake feathered friend. The flock of the large black birds in flight frames one side of a sitting area and gathering place. The installation’s Moiré effect (two sets of repetitive lines, or dots, in this case) causes unique, shifting patterns depending on the angle of view, and thanks to artificial lights, can be enjoyed no matter the season or time of day.
Two of Airdrie’s northwest neighbourhoods boast sculptures for all to enjoy. Both are by Cochrane bronze sculptors Don and Shirley Begg. The Reunion statue honours the Bowen family, which originally farmed the land. The image of the little girl and the picnic basket reflects the Bowens’ family values, and recalls the fact that they were often seen enjoying picnics together in the early 1900s.
The Sagewood statue’s theme was chosen because of Airdrie residents’ love of soccer and the neighbourhood’s close proximity to the Monklands soccer fields. The statue of a young soccer player is based on a local boy named Gordie, and the Airdrie Soccer Association logo is immortalized on the statue.
Genesis Place – Out of the Blue
In the windows of Genesis Place, near the indoor soccer fields, discover the stained glass work Out of the Blue by Heinz and Patricia Demes. Whimsical in design, it features the contemporary treatment of images on vibrant, colourful modern glass, created with classic techniques and modern construction.
While at Genesis Place, check out the metal tiles created in Phase One by Airdrie school children to create a lasting legacy. Be sure to stand back; the tiles represent a panoramic view of the landscape of Airdrie.