August 2022 Schedule

First Fridays Red Deer

Events for August 5, 2022

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Title: Dean Ray performing at 'And the Winners Are: Photographs by Central Alberta Photographic Society'

Artist: Dean Ray, plus Members of Central Alberta Photographic Society
Kiwanis Gallery, 4818 49 Street, in Red Deer Public Library – operated by Red Deer Arts Council
Media: Photography
Dates: June 28 to August 21, 2022
First Friday reception August 5th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present a musical performance by Dean Ray at And the Winners Are: Photographs by Central Alberta Photographic Society (CAPS) for #FirstFridaysRedDeer in August. Enjoy some great Classic rock and Pop at the opening is August 5, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Refreshments served.

Title: Buzz Word Poetry presented at Garden Works: Bud to Bloom

Literary Artists: Sabrina Samuel, Ash Mercia, Beverley Beckley
Exibited Artists: Susan Barker, Margaret Hall, William Armstrong, Barb Hanson, Corinne Anderton, and Dacia Celeste
The Red Deer Arts Council’s New (unnamed) Gallery, 6 – 4919 49 Street, Downtown Red Deer
Media: Various
First Friday reception August 5, 2022 from 5 – 8pm.
Dates: July 5th – August 30th, 2022

Red Deer Arts Council is excited to welcome local poets and writers to showcase their thoughts about bees, gardens, and the glory of flowers. As we continue to celebrate the city’s official “Year of the Garden” with our botanically themed art pieces made by local artists. At our August reception, enjoy writings performed by Beverley Beckley, Sabrina Samuel, and Ash Mercia.

Title: to be written

Artist: Elise Futoransky
The Viewpoint Gallery, 5205 48th Ave (old Intermediate School building)
Media: Printmaking, and Drawing
Dates: July 8- August 26,2022
Open Late: Friday, August 5 from 6 – 8pm.
About the Exhibition: 'to be written' is an exhibition of print work that explores the traditional Ukrainian practice of pysanky and Ukrainian visual motifs. I utilize lino cut prints to highlight the similarities in modes of working to pysanky, where the work comes through in the deliberation of what is preserved and what is not. It was my intention for this parallel of art and craft to extend to my personal relationship with tradition and heritage. I view these pieces as an unraveling or puzzling out of this relationship.
About the Artist: Elise Futoransky is an emerging artist living and practicing in Edmonton, Alberta on Treaty 6 territory. As of 2021 she graduated from the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Her work is sourced primarily in printmaking and painting, and she draws on her Eastern European background for inspiration. Her practice often references folk practices, the narrow delineation between art and craft, and material culture. She is highly interested in the tension between tradition and the contemporary, and as such her practice is not only a celebration of her heritage but also an investigation of how culture is filtered through the passage of time and distance.
About the Gallery:
Hours of operation: Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; after hours and weekends during scheduled programs.

The Traveler
Philip Gauthier
24" x 30", Oil paint 2021

Title: Brush with Desire

Artists: Philip Gauthier
A + Art Gallery & Unique Collections, Unit 203, 4919 49th Street
Media: Oils
Dates: August 5th – 31, 2022, during summer gallery hours
Opening Reception from 12:00 – 4:00 pm on August 5th
Hours: Wed - Sat 12:00pm noon to 4:30pm; closed Sun – Tues
Artist Statement – Red Deer resident Philip Gauthier, born in Vancouver, began painting in oils at the age of 14, winning his first award at the Vancouver Island Annual Art Exhibition in 1970. As a young man, Philip apprenticed as a Sign Painter which expanded his abilities in brush control, layout, and composition.
While visiting Amsterdam, he was inspired by the works of the masters and later went on to enroll in art classes at Vancouver Community College receiving instruction in “techniques of the masters.” Working from his studio in Red Deer, he has created several still life paintings that convey a sense of depth and drama to each subject.

“Self Portrait”
Tempera, sharpie, tissue paper

Title: “The Many Sides of Me”

Artist: Claire Giles
Corridor Community Gallery, 4501 47A Avenue, Red Deer
Media: acrylic, oil pastel, chalk pastel, sharpie, glue, tissue paper and marker
Dates: June 13 – August 5, 2022
Description: Claire is 9 years old and is from Alix, Alberta. She has expressed a love for exploring different mediums from the time she was able to hold a paint brush. She continues to expand her skills with the support of her Art teacher Tammy Shapka. Her favourite mediums are acrylic paint and ink. The gallery is open until 10pm on August 5th.

Title: The In-Between Phase

Artist(s): Carol Lynn Gilchrist (ASA) and Featured Artist William Armstrong
Riverlands Studio and Gallery, 5123 48 Street
Media: Acrylic
Dates of Exhibition: August 5 – 26, 2022
Opening Reception: August 5, 2022 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
DESCRIPTION – In the series 'The In-Between Phase', William Armstrong paints urban views of a city and its changing purposes and evolving functions. Armstrong is intrigued by ordinary spaces and their gradual transformation.

Artist Biography: William Armstrong was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. A graduate of Red Deer College’s Visual Art Diploma program, he is continuing his studies at the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, having recently completed his third year of a BFA in Painting at the school. He works frequently with painting and photography, with a particular interest in light and colour. Much of his work is derived from his photography, with a particular interest in the urban landscape. Lately, he has been looking at used and re-used spaces in urban environments, as well as the people that reside within them, and how those people and spaces evolve over time.

Title: Mixed Media

Artist: Brad Olstad
Curiosity Art & Framing, Bay 4 – 4676 61 Street, Riverside Industrial
Media: Mixed Media
Dates: August – October 2022
Opening Reception: August 5, 2022 from 5 – 7pm with the artist in attendance.


Galleries & Exhibitions with no planned Opening Events

Title: Tracing Tides – A Topographical Investigation
Artist: Lyndal Osborne


Title: In Adoration of the Precarious Bee
Artist: Dawn Detarando

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47A Avenue
Media: Ceramic Sculpture
Dates: May 21 – September 6, 2022
Gallery is open from 5 – 8pm, no reception. Drop-in on the First Friday of the month to see our current exhibits, Tracing Tides: A Topographical Investigation and In Adoration of the Precarious Bee.

Lacombe Performing Arts Centre, 5527 Calgary Edmonton Trail, Lacombe

Artribute Art School, 212 – 4836 50 Street, in the Old Courthouse. Treaty 6 & 7

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