Kiwanis Gallery

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: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sundays: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • First Friday Red Deer receptions: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Zip It
Encaustic Medium and Zipper on Book
Kim Bruce

Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present,

DisBound: Works by Kim Bruce

which runs from June 17 to August 17, 2019 in the Kiwanis Gallery.

First Friday Opening: July 5 from 6 to 8:00 pm. Artist will be in attendance. Members, affiliates, media, and invited guests are welcome to attend. Please call the office if you would like to attend.

DisBound’s encaustic laden books explores education for girls in Kim Bruce’s show at the Kiwanis Gallery.

DisBound is an exhibition about education for girls. It’s about choice. It’s about girls, and boys too, but mostly girls, who, due to tradition or religion, don’t get to choose. They are married off as soon as they hit puberty and often they are left to fend for themselves and their children because of war, strife, or circumstance.

Gender inequality exists. It exists in Canada, the USA, throughout the western world, but it is most prevalent in developing nations. Kim Bruce wants to bring awareness to the importance of education and the role it has in shaping future generations. If girls are educated and given choices, they can influence the world.

DisBound is a bookbinding term that means to remove the book pages from its bindings; it is also a metaphor for removing girls from the bonds of tradition so they can get an education.The work in DisBound is full of visual puns, double entendre, symbolism and satire. Pieces include female idioms such as a zipper and lacing. Kim is drawn to subjective statements and open-ended interpretation, allowing others to bring their own experiences to her artwork.

“As with all my work, this series of books, references the dichotomy of my early life expectations to conform to a traditional woman’s role, when in fact, a reality for me, was the need to be self-sufficient and support myself as an entrepreneur and business owner. These contradictions allow me to expose my private self through veiled metaphor, creating objects significant beyond function. The under-laying message - the essence of my work - speaks to the roles and rights of girls and women. ­­“Kim Bruce

Torahs
Encaustic/Found Objects on Books
Kim Bruce

Ties II
Encaustic Medium/Encaustic/Tacks/Ties on a Book
Kim Bruce

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