Edmonton, the most northern city in North America with a population of over one million, is a world-renowned winter metropolis with the proud title of Festival City. This December, Zoominescence, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, will stage a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The festival’s vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. Join us for an evening of light, animals, skating, hot chocolate and fun for the whole family! Running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, plus the 26th & 27th! 

Our Nightly Schedule Includes Fun Events Like:
5:30 pm — Otter talk
6:00 pm — Elsa, Olaf & Reindeer
6:30 pm — Elephant talk
7:00 pm — Fire Dancer
7:30 pm — Seal Talk
8:30 pm — Fire Dancer
Santa In The Igloo until Dec 23
Photo Booth In The Igloo

Zoominescence is a fundraiser in partnership with our charity and the Edmonton Valley Zoo and therefore annual zoo passes will not work for entry to the festival. But not too worry, admission is very nominal & funds will help build our zoo!



A Lifetime in the Valley

Madison Dewar is an emerging artist from Edmonton. She received her BFA from the University of Alberta with a focus in printmaking and painting. 

In her work, she explores themes of history, food culture, and environmentalism, often utilizing natural materials and processes. 

This is her third year participating in the Festival of Light.




Dying Light Collective is a group of like-minded people gathering together to create, collaborate, and above all else, learn and teach each other.

Their Builder League is a way for them to involve anyone at any skill level in whatever random project they have decided to work on.  Their projects are usually picked based on having as many different types of skills required; design, fabrication, electrical, programming, maintenance, and ridiculousness.  They are always looking for more members, no skills required!


Carousel of Light

Randall Fraser is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked as a theatre designer, Puppet Maker and Puppeteer, Stiltwalking performer and costume designer, festival producer, and special event creator. 

Randall is thrilled to bring the Carousel of Shadows to Zoominscence Festival of Light. This classic mobile lantern takes on grand new dimensions as it portrays the future hand carved zoo animals that will be gracing the refurbished original Zoo Carousel in magically engaging and interactive light and shadow. 

Come join in the wonder…


Kinetic Seascape

Robyn Hamel is a Vancouver based environmental artist. Her work explores the line between dream and reality while speaking to the health of the ocean. By personifying the ocean as a “humanoid” female being in her paintings, she seeks to guide her viewer through an environmental dreamscape on contemporary ocean issues.

Utilizing a drawing style technique, nighttime neon palette, and re-imagined seascapes, Hamel creates a narrative of foreboding and persistence in her paintings. New-school tattoo, contemporary painter Michael Hussar, and environmental activism photography influence Hamel’s work. Her paintings seek to instill change and activism in her viewer toward a healthier future for the planet. 


A Piece of the Prairies

Shelly Leroux is an Edmonton based mixed media visual artist, art educator, and curator. She is a contemporary visual artist with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a second Bachelor in Art Education.

A reoccurring theme in her work include the tensions that exist between consumerism and the natural environment. She is inspired by found objects and natural materials collected in the environment including clay that can be found along the North Saskatchewan River.

Leroux is currently teaching ceramics at Victoria School of Art.


Shadow Wall & Light Graffiti

Light has been a passion of Ian’s for as long as he can remember. Holding a Master’s degree in Theatrical Design from the U of C, he spent 15 years as a freelance set and lighting designer for countless productions throughout the province, garnering several professional award nominations along the way. Four years ago he made the transition to Architectural lighting design – broadening his designs from the small stage to the world at large and challenging him to expand on his understanding and use of light. Zoominescence marks his first foray into creating light as purely art, for which he is grateful to the Edmonton Zoo for the ability to play and explore and further expand his understanding of light.

This year, Ian is partnering with SMP Engineering. Established in Edmonton in 1972 and Calgary in 1977, SMP Engineering is one of the largest independent Consulting Electrical Engineering firms in Canada with offices in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Vancouver. 


Field of Flowers

Flociety and its many members have been creating interactive environments, art installations, stages, and performances at a wide variety of festivals and venues, both local and abroad. Their large and growing team thrives on collaboration and contribution, as many experts in their own fields come together on each project to ensure an outcome that will bring a smile to everyone. 

Field of Flowers, although the brainchild of Erik Nordenhof, would not have been possible without the contributions of ideas, abilities, and efforts of the Flociety crew. 

Virginie  Rainville

Otter’s Hug

Multimedia Creation. As a multidisciplinary artist, she has worked in various fields of applied art such as the design and realization of thematic decors, designs, and murals. She has also worked on designs and achievements of residential and commercial artistic installments. She has been acting as a trainer-artist for companies and community organizations. Living in Edmonton for the past five years, she offers French workshops in visual arts and crafts for schools and community organizations. She also works for the CSCN as a scholar and community intervener.

“It is a fantastic chance to see all the kids faces, amazed or confused at first but by the end, so proud and surprised by themselves! I think everyone should have the chance to be introduced to the manipulation of manual tools and a wide array of materials and techniques. I believe that creativity is limitless when you imagine something, and at the same time, you know of how to realize it. No matter the challenges, no matter how crazy it might seem, my first goal is to bring more colours to life through my art.”


A Changing Ocean Landscape

Edmonton based artist, Ritchie Velthuis, has been a practicing his craft for most of his life. This commitment was rewarded with the distinct honour of designing a Homeless Memorial for Edmonton in 2011 and he is currently working on his first larger than life bronze sculpture.

The last 30 years have been devoted to exploring sculpture in various mediums including mixed media, clay, resin, stone, cement, ice, and snow.

He has received numerous awards for his ice and snow practice which include People’s Choice, Artist Choice and 1st place in the national category of the International Snow Sculpture Event at Carnival in Quebec City.

P | (780) 862.7208
E | ritchiev@telus.net


Welcoming Icicles

Lukas was born in Medellin, Colombia – the city of the eternal spring as many call it. Growing up there allowed him to open his eyes to the beauty of simplicity. He experienced how life can have different meanings depending on how we accept it. 

Lukas migrated to Canada in 2012, where he was very impressed by the abundance of everything, from the vast magnificent wilderness and natural resources to the open space. 

His whole life he has been a very observant person, which he believes is the reason he has always been attracted to art in general. 

“Art and life I believe go together, a way to evolve in our path through this human experience, taking us closer to our essence as humans, bringing peace and purpose to existence.”


The Valley Zoo Development Society (VZDS) would like to invite you to participate in the 2018 Zoominescence, A Festival of Light, a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The festival’s vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. Join us for an evening of light, animals, skating, hot chocolate and fun for the whole family!  All in support of building our zoo!

Our 2019 Zoominescence Sponsorship opportunities are listed, and we invite you to look over our great sponsorship opportunities now! From Community Sponsorship opportunities to Art Installation Sponsorships, to Hot Chocolate Sponsorships – we have something for everyone!




It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children's future and the planet!