It first started a just a handful of painted doors, but now residents from all over in Sunnyside are picking up paints and brushes to liven up one of the most unlikely areas in their community.
Christie Page says she was inspired when she first laid eyes on the painted garage doors in her community and wanted to paint hers, but initially had cold feet about the idea.
“There were three or four when I moved into the neighbourhood. I just thought they were so neat and I really wanted to do one but I wasn’t sure what the neighbours would think and I wasn’t so sure of myself to do anything about it.”
It was only a while later, once Page got a new neighbour that the creative juices really got flowing.
“In about a month, she painted her garage door. She didn’t ask how I felt about it, she didn’t ask the neighbours; she just went out and did it.”
A short time later, Page completed her door that features a painting of a bathtub, to memorialize the summer of 2013, when the whole community was submerged in the waters of the Bow River.
She says that ever since she painted her door, she’s awakened a hunger for more art in Sunnyside, an area known to be very creative.
“I put an ad in the Calgary Art Collective and asked for muralists just to tell me what you would charge to paint a garage door and I put it up on our Sunnyside Facebook page and since that’s happened we’ve had a few more people paint their garage doors.”