• On the Spot Pop Ups

    Michelle Chapman - May 1, 2018


    Where does function meet art? To find out the answer to this question, visit the bustling pop-up market located on the parking lot in front of Southside Memorial Chapel (corner of 104th Street & 84th Avenue). This market showcases more than 30 booths of handmade crafts by your favourite local artisans making both practical and pretty works.

    Since 2014, we've partnered with On the Spot Pop Ups to expand representation of other artists, designers & makers at the Whyte Avenue Art Walk. Now makers of unqiue and functional items made by hand have great spot to showcase their wares! It is thanks to our friends at On the Spot Pop Ups and Southside Memorial that this opportunity can take place. 

    Click here to apply

    *The Paint Spot does not handle any of the administration of this market.  Please contact On the Spot Pop Ups for all application information*

  • 2017 Registration Starts May 14, 2016

    Kim Fjordbotton - January 29, 2017

    Locations are assigned on a first come first serve bases by our team of experienced coordinators. Please no bribes.

    NEW PROCEDURES Click here for all the dates and  details. 

    OFFICAL REGISTRATION DAY May 6, 2017 at 10:00 am


    $80 Registration gets you a spot and the workshop.

    (Deadline is June 11, 2017. Avoid disappoint register early. We will sell out). 

    Mark your calendar. Be sure you meet the Guidelines. Please know the registration line up is long so please be patient.

    Register in person at The Paint Spot 10032 81 Avenue. The waiting line early in the day is about 2 hours long but by mid-afternoon the line runs very quickly. 

    What to expect on Registration Day!

    1. To register, artists must bring 1 – 2 images representing the subject matter, media and style to be exhibited. Please include photocopies or computer printouts only (no slides, originals, disks, no other electronic images). We keep images on file for reference. 

    2. Once images are approved, take a number. To avoid line jumping, every form must have a number 

    3. Complete the application form, sign the waiver and attach your images. 

    4. Consult with the coordinator to select a block and figure out the fee. Locations are assigned by matching space available with size of display and on a first come first serve basis.

    5. Next pay the registrar, get your official Art Walk number and membership discount card. Please bring cash. Banks charge processing fees for visa and credit. 

    Out of town (or out of country): Artist may register by phone. Starting May 9, 2017

    Registration by proxy is not recommended: In rare situations, you may ask for a registration form to be sent for you. Contracts must be filled out completely, waivers signed, images attached It is subject to approval. We cannot guarantee spots.

    Here is a map of our prices by site. 

  • #PaintSpot6

    Michelle Stregger - June 15, 2016


    Old Strathcona has become home to a diversity of mural projects. Last year, Lacey Wilburn and Layla Folkman created a stunning mural to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of The Whyte Avenue Art Walk.  The back wall of the Varscona Hotel (8208 106th Street) and has become a fantastic backdrop and a photo opportunity for proud Edmontonians.  

    This year six artists will each create paintings on 8 x 8 foot panels. These paintings will be installed on the east exterior wall of The Paint Spot, 10032 81st Avenue. It will make the dark purple wall of The Paint Spot look like an outdoor art gallery. “This was the plan from the moment we bought the building,” says The Paint Spot owner, Kim Fjordbotten. “We didn’t want another historical mural. We wanted the artist’s vision and talent to shine. We said, “Here is the wall and these are the dimensions.” Then we asked artists, “What would you paint here?”

    72 artists contributed 77 proposals. “We’d love to find a home for each and every piece of art submitted,” says Fjordbotten. Do you know anyone looking for a mural artist? “If you have a wall, some funds and a timeline, we can help you get a mural done!” All submissions are available for viewing in a reference binder at The Paint Spot.

    Artist Jordan Pearson was one of those selected for this project. She is excited to increase her skills. “I applied for many mural projects last year and was told the jury was unsure if I could handle a large project,” she says. “The #PaintSpot6 mural was perfect for me. I discovered I love working large and now have a public art piece to add credibility to my portfolio.” Artist Daphne Cote from Stony Plain echoes the joy of working large. “Painting is hard,” says Daphne. “If you can pull it off it's the best feeling in the world, especially because you're guaranteed to learn something new every time.”

    If you want to see a large work created in time-lapse videos check out Byron McBride’s channel on YouTube. He has created a 17-part video series offering a look into the artist’s studio and the creation of his large painting for #paintspot6. It is full of triumphs, self-doubt, and daily commentaries.

    The six pieces of #PaintSpot6 will be installed over the next several weeks. They face a parking lot enclosed by two other buildings that are or will be covered with art. Tire Craft Street Art Mural was created this spring by artists AJA Louden, Evan Brunt, and Clay Lowe. The large white wall of Trinity Lutheran Church will soon be covered in a giant mural mosaic of 1000 pieces of art.

    Mural art doesn’t just happen — it takes cooperation between landlord, tenant, the city, the community, and the artists. Watch for future murals on the new Varscona Theatre and the Crawford block development on 83rd Avenue and 104th Street.

    The Whyte Avenue Art Walk, The Paint Spot, Captial City Clean Up, The Edmonton Arts Council and The Old Strathcona Business Association collaborating to create even more murals to celebrate ArtWalk and Old Strathcona.


  • #SandOnWhyte

    Michelle Stregger - June 15, 2016


    You’ve heard of Ice on Whyte, now we have Sand on Whyte! Sand carving is a worldwide performance art phenomenon, much like ice carving, and it's coming to Old Strathcona this summer. Amazing sand-carving artists will create an exhibit with 50 cubic yards of sand. The award-winning artists will create their masterpieces in front of your eyes, and the exhibit will be on display until July 8. Visit Sand On Whyte for more information.

    Whyte (82nd) Avenue & 103rd Street

    JUNE 29 TO JULY 8, 2018

    10:00am – 10:00pm daily

    Admission is by donation.

  • #BigBigPortraitShow

    Michelle Stregger - June 15, 2016


    The walls of the Naess Gallery are filled, floor to ceiling, with portraits. “We have been collecting them since we put the call out in March,” says gallery curator Shelley Wilson. We made an open invitation for everyone to bring a portrait created on a 12”x12” stretched canvas or birch panel. “Every day a few more portraits appear, from pets and celebrities to moms and kids. It has been fascinating to collect them,” says Wilson. “Whether self-taught or academically trained, artists sometimes need an inspiration or a challenge. Exhibition deadlines are great motivators. Open-to-all shows are great opportunities, and being part of a large group makes it more fun and less intimating.”

    To encourage more participation, artist Oksana Zhelisko taught two months of portrait classes on Tuesday mornings. “Portraits are not just a depiction, but also an interpretation. They are a combination of fact and subjectivity with your perspective as the guide,” says Zhelisko. “This is not hyperrealism; the endgame is not to fool the viewer into thinking this is a photograph. There is a quality to a painting and it is unique to each artist.” Perhaps a good portrait reveals just as much about the artist as it does about the person depicted. Come take a closer look at the personalities in this exhibition.

    While at The Naess Gallery visit the studio space at the back of The Paint Spot. Normally this room is home to a range of art classes but during Art Walk it becomes a little gallery where the staff and organizers of the festival display their own art. “Would you trust art advice from someone without paint on their apron?” says artist Shelly Banks, “I am so happy to share my art with our customers and friends.” Yes, the works here are for sale, too. When asked how she juggles working at the art store and making art, Shelly sighs. “My coworkers and new products are inspiring but everyone needs more time to paint.” 

    Exhibition runs July 7 – August 23, 2016

    The Naess Gallery, 10032 81st Avenue

  • #AerosolSoldier

    Michelle Stregger - May 15, 2016

  • Youth Art Walk

    Kim Fjordbotton - May 4, 2016

    Celebrating Youth in the Arts - Live Music & Art

    Are you a visual artist between the ages of 9 and 17? Do you have art you want to show, share or sell? The Paint Spot is seeking young visual artists to set up and create art live – ‘art walk-style’ during Backbeat School of Rock’s Block Party.

    It is a family environment and a great social experience!

    Send an image of your art and a few words about you to:

    Email: kim@paintspot.ca     Phone: 780 432 0240

    Visit: The Paint Spot 10032 81 Avenue

    Questions? We would love to hear from you.


    To add a visual arts component to the Block Party hosted by Backbeat School of Rock.

    To provide experience and mentorship to young artists and future Art Walk artists.


    Event is located in the large outdoor space around The Paint Spot: behind the store, in the side parking lot, and if needed in front of the shop.
    We have lots of tables and chairs to share.
    Large tables are for those making and exhibiting art.
    Smaller tables for artists making art on the spot.
    You’re welcome to bring easels and other display materials.
    We have some grid walls to feature several framed works. Perhaps one from each participating artist. Art for grid walls must have wire hangers.
    The event is rain or shine. Come prepared for wind, sun and rain.
    Snack ideas, sponsors?  ____________________________________


    We are seeking volunteers for set up and take down and to provide a bit of supervision during the day.  ‘ Yes, we can help provide supervision. 


    www.art-walk.ca Blog post. Images of art work will be an asset.
    Follow @thepaintspot, @oldstrath @backbeatrock
    Share on social media. Join our Facebook event. 


  • Top Three Reasons to Volunteer for Artwalk

    Kim Fjordbotten - February 3, 2016

    The 21th Annual Whyte Avenue Artwalk is going to be huge. We need YOUR help! Alongside some of the other perks you enjoy for volunteering with us, here are three other priceless benefits:

    1) You are supporting a cultural institution of the Strathcona community. The Art Walk has been happening for more than two decades now and it couldn't happen without people like you. Every year the festival serves as a hub of creativity, gathering artists from all over the city.

    2) You'll be talking to all kinds of visitors, acting as a guide and ambassador to those new to Edmonton and/or the festival. Make connections and meet new friends.

    3) You are contributing to the arts community in Edmonton. You are part of the network that includes all the amazing local talent exhibiting during the Art Walk and all of the other volunteers! Get inspired by the artwork around you and talk to the artists that create it.

    Download and print the Volunteer Form.




  • What Artists Say About Art Walk

    Kim Fjordbotten - January 15, 2016

    Here are quotes we gathered from artists last year. "What does the Art Walk do for You?

    The Whyte Avenue Artwalk has been a highlight of my career since I began selling my art 17 years ago. Over the years I have built up a client base from participating in Artwalk.  Not only is the Artwalk a great place to showcase your work to thousands of potential buyers, but I find choosing art is so personal that people may see my work 5-10 times before they actually buy anything. The beauty of participating in Artwalk every year, is that people tend to remember my work from years past, and end up investing in an original as they have grown to know me as an artist, and watched my career develop over the years. I have become friends with many of my clients and it is very exciting to see new buyers and also returning customers to add to their collection of my work. I count myself blessed to live in Edmonton with a strong art community. 

    Giselle Denis 


    Although this was only my first year at Art walk, it has inspired me to do it again next year, as well as any smaller events there may be to showcase my Art. I've always wanted to do Art walk, as i have been going to the even for about 5 years now. Having the chance to work on the street and have a conversation with a new fan about what inspires me or how i made a particular piece was fantastic. I was nervous to showcase my art, as my pieces don't necessarily  fit the usual look i have seen at previous years. Art walk has given me a huge passion to take a more active interest in my art

    Samantha Ralph


    7 years ago a friend of mine from highschool asked me if I had ever heard of the Whyte Avenue Art Walk, I said, "the what?" He explained to me that every year on Whyte Ave, artists of all sorts set up for the weekend, displayed their work, painted and drew for everyone to see. I'd never heard of anything like it and I was instantly hooked. When I went to sign up they were doing something called Nudes on Whyte and that's when I decided that I wanted to paint nudes. I'd done some figure drawing at the time and the Art Walk was my push into painting nudes. I've been painting nudes for seven years now and have grown into a style of my own that I feel very at home with. It's my passion and the Art Walk has helped me come into my own.

    I also had never thought it a realistic possibility that I could make my passion into a business and I can happily say that this year I've expanded beyond the Art Walk for the first time and have been able to exhibit and sell my work at several different events and venues.

    I encourage anyone with an artistic or creative bone in their body to take this opportunity to show Edmonton what you're made of. The wonderful people at the Paint Spot are very supportive of the creativity in this city.

    Andréa Schmidt


    The Whyte Avenue Art Walk has meant so much to my career! I started as a timid artest who enjoyed making small pieces for myself and close family and friends. Once my peer and veteran Art Walk participant talked me into joining her I had to pick up my game. My first year was scary but was a HUGE success. Art Walk helped me find my strengths and gave me the confidence to explore further with my art. Nothing feels better than having a stranger stop to look at your pieces and complement you on your work. 2015 will be my fourth Art Walk and I cannot wait to be a part of the 20th anniversary celebration!  

    Roberta Hill


    The art walk has been instrumental in the success of my art career. Have made many sales and connections for further sales and projects. The foot traffic is huge…can’t say enough good things about it.

    Art walk is awesome. 

    Elliot Engley


  • Pricing Your Art

    Kim Fjordbotton - June 23, 2013

    How Much Is this?

    Are you ready for this question? Here are our tips....

    There are many questions to consider when pricing a work of art. Determining the final price of your masterpiece can be tricky. For many artists it may be daunting and even emotional. Time, talent, materials, education, research, marketing, distribution, administration and promotion must be factored into the cost of each artwork. When all is said and done the dollar value may still be only what the customer is willing to invest. However, artists must have confidence in their prices to avoid getting haggled down during a street festival.

    First, you need not sell to be a successful artist. Creating quality-consistent art is most important. I believe artists should focus on the research and creation of art. If you are serious about developing your skills and pioneering new art, there may be grants available to help you. Getting positive feedback about your art from fellow artists and the general public is the most rewarding part of any Art Walk.....

    Click for the Complete article and formulas for pricing 

  • A New Website

    Kim Fjordbotton - March 6, 2012

    Wowee! We have a new website! Watch the gallery as artists will be uploading images soon. This website will be active will calls for volunteers, workshops for artists and many other opportunities for artists and patrons to connect.

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