Two residents from Fort Saskatchewan will soon have their artwork displayed for the public's enjoyment.
The city recently selected two artists as part of the 2022 Art in Public Places Program. Each year, the city allocates funds to purchase up to two pieces of art to put on public display—one from an adult visual artist and another from a student artist.
“The submissions received for 2022 demonstrate the varied talent that is here in Fort Saskatchewan. The Art in Public Places Program is one way in which we can celebrate and foster a love of the arts and of local artists,” explained mayor Gale Katchur.
Local Metis artist Angela Hebert created a freehand beaded piece on deer hide titled Angels Among Us. Her objective with this piece was to listen to the leather as it knew what needed to be done when the first 215 unmarked graves were found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia in 2021.
Emily Saxby was chosen as the student artist for her framed painting, Seventh Night. Saxby painted a portrait of her idol, Tyler Joseph, frontman of 21 Pilots, who is an advocate for mental health.
The selected artwork was unveiled at the Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery on Saturday (May 14). The work will be displayed in various city facilities for public enjoyment.