Downtown Street Scenes - Ashley Oshiro Prints
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Are you looking for some local Calgary artwork for your walls? Enjoy these high quality reproductions of Ashley Oshiro’s original acrylic paintings from her Downtown Street Scenes series.
- Image Dimensions 5” x 5”. Outer dimensions 7” x 7”
- Paper prints are reproduced onto Hahnemühle William Turner fine art paper with archival inks, 1” white border and come unframed. This is a heavy weight, textured, OBA free, 100% cotton base with a matte finish. All prints come sealed in a clear plastic sleeve.
- This 5” x 5” print will fit into a standard frame with precut mat, which can be found at your local art stores such as Michaels Canada.
100% of proceeds from this purchase support the Calgary Public Library.
Please note that print comes unframed and includes a 1" white border for a total image size of 7"x7".
‘8th Ave. and 4th St. SE’
This piece features both the old and new in downtown East Village. The New Central Library (NCL) first opened its doors to the public on November 1, 2018 and was designed by two architectural firms: Snøhetta and DIALOG. The Calgary Public Library Foundation is holding a campaign for people to “purchase” windows to add personal inscriptions ranging from $100 to $5,000. East of the library is the St. Louis Hotel (1914) which was known for its imaginary “Indoor Horse Races”. The hotel was purchased and restored by the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and currently serves as the CMLC’s head office.
‘Centre Street Bridge'
This scene was taken standing on the upper deck of the Centre Street Bridge, peering into Chinatown. Two of the four iconic cast concrete lions can be seen standing guard on the south side of the bridge. Originally built in 1916, the bridge serves as the central reference point for Calgary’s quadrant system. Major restorations were completed on the bridge in 2001 where all four original concrete lions were replaced by replicas. Downtown Calgary is home to many pieces of public art and Oshiro chose to make one vibrant public art banner the focal point of this particular painting.
‘8th Ave. and 1st St. SW - The Conversation’
A well-known public art piece in Calgary is “The Conversation” by Ontario sculptor William McElcheran (1927-1999). The Conversation is one of McElcheran’s many bronze sculptures throughout Canada featuring his iconic “Businessman” character. These statues were donated to the City of Calgary by Norcen Energy Resources and were installed on Stephen Avenue in 1981.
‘8th Ave. and 1st St. SW – The Bay’
The Hudson's Bay Company Department Store (1913) is known for its wraparound arcade with granite columns and rounded arches. HBC was founded in London in 1670 and began as a fur trading business. Today, Hudson’s Bay is a chain of 90 department stores in Canada and the Netherlands. This 6 story building in Calgary was HBC’s first ever downtown department store.
The Peace Bridge (2012) is a pedestrian bridge crossing the Bow River in Calgary. It was designed and manufactured in Spain and shipped to Calgary. It is uniquely helical in shape and was designed to have no piers in the water in order to minimize its ecological footprint. This piece features Oshiro’s two young daughters (3 and 5 years old).
‘7th Ave. and 1st St. SW’
The First Street SW Station is the platform that the artist used daily when commuting to work. Across the street is the historic Delamere Block (1912) – a two story brick building which is now owned by Heritage Property Corporation, a company which is planning to one day rehabilitate this property. The Siemens-Duewag U2 was the original model of car used when the CTrain system began operation in 1981. In the background is the Hyatt Regency Calgary hotel.
‘Mt Pleasant View Point’
This spectacular view of downtown Calgary is from the bottom of the stairs located at Centre Street North and 2nd Street NE!
About the Artist
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Ashley Oshiro is a self-taught artist who discovered her passion for painting in 2012. Since then, she has explored different styles and techniques, and continues to evolve as an artist.
Ashley’s newest series, Downtown Street Scenes, celebrates cultural landmarks in Calgary using bright and unconventional colours. The paintings are currently on exhibit at the new Central Library for the month of September 2019 at Calgary’s Story – a section devoted to promoting local history.