About the International Avenue Mural Society
The International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone launched a mural project in 2001 to celebrate the community and all it has to offer. The project will see the installation of murals along International Avenue (17 Ave. S.E.), reflecting our community’s history and cultural diversity. The murals being located within the community to be a source of pride for local residents and visitors to the area.
Mural #1: Life in the Village of Forest Lawn
A historical painting depicting life in the village of Forest Lawn. The completed mural is 8 x 20 feet in size. Location : 3111 – 17 Avenue SE Artist: Eldon Walls
Mural #2: Dance in the Minho
The BRZ commissioned another mural for completion in late summer of 2002. This was celebrating Calgary’s Portuguese community entitled Dance in the Minho. His completed art mural is six by 18 feet in size painted on an Alucobond panel.
3245 – 17 Avenue S.E. Artist : Martinho Correia
Mural #3: Tet Flower Fair
Entitled “Tet Flower Fair” this 8 x 20′ mural celebrates the Vietnamese community in Calgary. The art piece illustrates the hustle and bustle of a flower market in Vietnam before the new year.
Location: 2889 – 17 Avenue S.E.
Artist: Thang Quinn Quoc Do
Mural #4: Rhythms of the Caribbean
This piece celebrates the Caribbean community. The 8 x 20′ beautiful art piece is available for viewing on the ATB Financial building located at 3620 17 Avenue SE. Special thanks to the Community Standards Fund and the City of Calgary
3620 17 Avenue S.E.
Artist: Carol Nelson-Melesko
Mural #5: An Allegory of Peace in Our Time
This piece celebrates the hope for peace among all nations, races and religions. The 8 x 16′ work incorporates a recurring figure of Peace… a winged figure holding an olive branch. People representing Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and Africa are portrayed against the Calgary skyline and amongst other symbols of peace and harmony including pomegranates, doves, roses and hummingbirds. The mural can be viewed on the west side of the International Avenue Properties building at 4015 – 17 Ave SE. Special thanks to the International Avenue merchants, the Alberta Lotteries Fund, Community & Neighbourhood Services East Calgary office, and Top made Plastics and Neon Signs.
Location: 4015 – 17 Ave SE.
Artist: Martinho Correia
Mural #6: Dance at the Ishtar Gate
This piece is dedicated to the Arabic Community. Artist Iman consulted with Calgary’s Arab community to determine the best subject matter for the painting. Dance at the Ishtar Gate features the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, constructed in 546BC and is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. The symbolic painting features many important cultural artifacts and various dancers in ethnic garb, representing various Arabic countries. In keeping with the theme of celebration, the dance portrayed is
the dabka – an arabic folk dance – popular in several countries including Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. The dabka is widely performed at weddings and joyous occasions. The 12’ x 16’ mural is painted on an alcobond panel and will be permanently mounted on the side of 4835 – 17 Avenue SE (on the back of OK Tire centre). Special thanks to the Community Initiatives Program- Alberta Government, Dr. Giad, Dr. Ismael and Family and Dr. Karim and Family for their donations to the project. Location: 4835 17 Avenue S.E.
Artist: Iman Omar Al-Bustani
Mural #7: Dances and the Lessons from Mother Earth
This piece is dedicated to the Aboriginal Community. Artist Raymond Lambert from consultation with the aboriginal community created an artwork that celebrates the community.
Location: 5328 17 Avenue SE
Artist: Raymond Lambert
Mural #8: Bandierai degli Uffizi (Flagwavers of the Uffizi)
Artist Martinho Correia unveiled his Italian-inspired mural in May 2015. This mural was made possible by the support from International Avenue Mural Society, International Avenue BRZ, Calgary Arts Development, 12CSI, ATB Financial – Forest Lawn, The Italian Cultural Club of Calgary, EMCOR Development Corp. and Spolumbo’s. The mural was mounted in early February 2016 and it is located on the west side of the Far East Foods building.
Location: 26 Street SE (Behind Far East Foods) Artist: Martinho Correia
Mural #9: Celebration
Sisay Shimeles’ four-metre by five-metre mural celebrates the City of Calgary’s east African community. His work reflects a symmetry that exists between countries like his homeland, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Kenya. This mural was sponsored by: Boardwalk Equities and the BRZ Location:
36 Street SE – On the East Side of the CIBC Bank Building Artist: Sisay Shimeles
Mural #10: Meet Me at the Park
Artist: Lyse DeSelliers
The 10th International Avenue mural is dedicated to the Greater Forest Lawn community. “This community has seen generations upon generations of kids connecting at the skating rink. Along with the other murals on International Avenue it’s another celebration of our heritage and a reminder of the great community that we live and work in – a community where everyone is welcome.” Sponsored by Tim Hortons
Location: 4750 17 Avenue SE – On the South Side of the Tim Hortons Building
Mural #11: PEACE
Artist: Elsie Stein
Location: 4520 17 Avenue SE – East side of the building
Entitled “Peace”, this 8′ x 12′ mural is a creation of artist Elsie Stein. Elsie came to Calgary in the 1970’s to attend ACAD and, shortly after graduating, married and moved to Okotoks where she raised her family and spent her time painting. Elsie, now a resident of Dover, was generous enough to allow us to place her work on display.