The Kiwanis Gallery hosts exhibits from artists around the province of Alberta.
The Red Deer Arts Council is responsible for programming this wonderful, unique gallery space. Eclectic rotating exhibits features artists working in all media and subject matter, from landscapes to abstracts to 3D. Artists range from emerging to professional and come from around the province. Two highly popular school exhibits are hosted in the spring and include five middle schools and two high schools. The gallery hosts opening receptions on the first Friday of every month. (View the 'First Friday Red Deer' tab for more information.)
Red Deer Arts Council operates the Kiwanis Gallery in partnership with the Red Deer Public Library. The exhibits in the Red Deer Public Library Kiwanis Art Gallery are scheduled, organized and maintained by the Visual Arts Committee of the Red Deer Arts Council. You can reach the Library at www.rdpl.org.
The Red Deer Arts Council Kiwanis Gallery is located in the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library at 4818 49 Street, Red Deer, AB.
Gallery viewing hours:
- Monday – Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
- Sundays: 10 am to 3 pm
- First Friday Red Deer receptions: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Shadow Man #2
Mixed media on Cradled Board, 2014
Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present:
Shadow Man: Mixed
Media by Paul Boultbee
which runs from December 31, 2019 - February 17, 2020 in the Kiwanis Gallery.
Who’s that artist? Only the Shadow knows.
(But it’s actually Paul Boultbee, whose exhibit is coming up at the Kiwanis Gallery.)
One of the first lessons for an amateur photographer is to pay attention to distracting details around the subject, such as unexpected objects in the background, or letting one’s own shadow fall into the foreground. But as long as photography has been an artistic medium, photographers have played with their own shadows and reflections for artistic effect.
For Paul Boultbee, the “shadow man” in his images represents the ephemeral and insubstantial human observer, who inhabits this environment but leaves but a glancing impression. From his original shadowy self-portraits, Boultbee has developed a series of mixed media paintings that make up his Shadow Man exhibit, coming up at the Kiwanis Gallery.
Boultbee has always shunned the selfie. In the years before cellphone cameras, he refused to stand in front of world-famous tourist sites and ask strangers the ubiquitous question, “Take my picture?” But more recently he did develop an urge to record evidence that “I was here.” Still reticent to put his face in front of the lens, he chose to let his shadow represent him. And now it has come to represent everyone: a shadowy record of our limited time to participate in our physical surroundings.
From his artist statement:
I hope that these haunting images will encourage the viewer to reflect on his or her own place in the world, however fleeting it may be. We may not all leave a concrete legacy, but it is often our shadow lives that remain.
Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present Shadow Man: Mixed Media by Paul Boultbee, which runs from December 31, 2019 to February 17, 2020 in the Kiwanis Gallery.
First Friday Red Deer Opening: January 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
The artist will be in attendance.
Shadow Man #24
Acrylic on Canvas, 2015
Shadow Men: Ghosts
Acrylic on Canvas, 2015