“Thoughtfully integrating art into community development creates a thriving city.”

According to local artist Ashley Hunt, advocating for continued artistic development will greatly impact our community as a whole.

Hunt graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design (now AUArts) in 2008 and is a 2-D mixed media artist, who primarily works with acrylic on canvas.

She utilizes a variety of industrial finishes in her work including varnish, latex, powdered pigment and enamel, which are all combined and layered with acrylic and artist mediums to create depth and texture.

“I love the ability to create something out of nothing,” she says.

“I love the ability to step outside of myself and really reflect on my surroundings and bring that new perspective to the viewer.”

Hunt has been the secretary of the Airdrie Regional Arts Society since January 2019. She is also a Community Arts board member and an active member of Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC).

“As art making can sometimes be a solitary practice, developing a sense of community and building connections is so important,” she says.

Theresa Shaw, Hunt’s mother and nominator, says Hunt has a way of inspiring everyone around her to be their best.

“She has purpose inspiring other to forge ahead with confidence, to embrace life and all the changes and challenges that come along the way.”