January 2023 Schedule

First Fridays Red Deer

Events for January 6, 2023

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We are excited to announce the launch of a new, interactive Gallery Guide being hosted on the City of Red Deer’s website. With a customizable map, and listings from all public, commercial, and community galleries around the city, this new online version will be a great way to find places to see and buy art in Red Deer! Visit the map and listings at: https://www.reddeer.ca/recreation-and-culture/arts-and-culture/art-galleries/gallery-guide/

Title: The Floral Female Connection

Artists: Sharon Wright
Kiwanis Gallery and Snell Auditorium, 4818 49 Street, in Red Deer Public Library – operated by Red Deer Arts Council
Media: Oils and Mixed Media
Dates: December 29, 2022 to February 20, 2023
#FirstFridaysRedDeer opening reception January 6 from 5:30 – 7:30pm with the artist in attendance. Refreshments served.
Gallery/Library Hours: Mon – Thurs: 9 am – 8 pm, Fri: 9 am – 5 pm, Sat & Sun: 10 am – 3 pm

Description: Sharon Wright sees a floral connection between women and the natural world. She is fascinated with portraying women of all ages in all facets of their life, especially rendered in the style of female floral artists from the past. Sharon’s impressionistic style and colour choices tie her figure paintings beautifully and cohesively to her still-life floral works that are combined in her upcoming show at the Kiwanis Gallery.
This body of work is in large part a celebration of the strength of women. Sharon hopes that busy working women will find a moment of celebration and recognize the strength they have as they view the paintings. This collection has had a strong emotional impact on Sharon, and she hopes it will on the viewer as well.

Title: The Brush Decides

Artists: Cathy Fee
The Red Deer Arts Council’s New Community Gallery, 6–4919 49 Street
Dates: Jan 3 – February 15, 2023
#FirstFridaysRedDeer Opening Reception January 6, 2023 from 5pm – 7pm with the artist in attendance.
Cathy Fee is a Red Deer artist who overcomes physical limitations to create beautiful artworks that she is excited to share with her community.

Ft. Macleod 1
Digital Print, 2015
Peter Greendale

Title: Found Light

Artists: Peter Greendale
The Viewpoint Gallery, 5205 48 Ave
Media: Digital Photography
Dates: January 6 – February 24, 2023
#FirstFridaysRedDeer Opening Reception 6:00-8:00 p.m. Artists’ Talk starting at 6:30 p.m.. Gallery open 8am – 8pm

About the Exhibit: The photographs in the series Found Light are the result of serendipitous strolls through the streets and back alleys of towns and cities throughout Alberta and B.C. While I search for interesting imagery it is not my intent to record or document any place, time or subject. Instead, I look for strong visual elements; colour, shapes, forms, textures etc., which become the raw materials for the construction of the image. I use the camera’s viewfinder as a framing device arranging those found basic elements into interesting and dynamic compositions. There are no real subjects in these photographs, that status is lost as the objects are only important for the visual fodder that they may provide. In many of these images one can see areas of blue sky, which would typically function as a background or negative space in which the subject is presented. In these photographs it functions as a coloured shape - a visual element like any other.

About the Gallery: The Viewpoint Gallery showcases original works of art by individual artists and collectives, and curated exhibitions. The gallery is in the lobby of the City of Red Deer Culture Services facility. Visit our Viewpoint Gallery page for more information. Hours of operation: Mon - Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; after hours and weekends during scheduled programs.

Title: Upon Further Reflection: Highlights from the Past 50 Years

Dates: December 17, 2022 – March 11, 2023
#FirstFridaysRedDeer Opening Reception – January 6, 2023 from 5 pm to 8 pm
For the second of two exhibitions celebrating our 50th Anniversary, the MAG has dug further into our collections to bring out artwork and artifacts that exemplify key moments in the growth of Red Deer and the MAG. Our collection holds significant Fine Art, Fashion, Activism, Material Culture and stories from our community that you may find surprising.

Also showing at the MAG:

A Sense of Place (Detail) Lacombe’s Flat Iron Building (Detail)
Watercolour, 2016 Watercolour, 2022
Carol Lynn Gilchrist Wendy Meeres

Title: Landmarks: A Sense of Place

Artist: Carol Lynn Gilchrist & Wendy Meeres
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47A Avenue
Dates: until March 11, 2023
Join us as part of #FirstFridaysRedDeer for a look at our newest exhibit. Local artists Carol Lynn Gilchrest and Wendy Meeres explore the built and natural environments around Central Alberta that make this place home. Each finding a personal connection through stories and feelings associated with be present in that place.

Title: Expressions

Artist: Brian Richard
Riverlands Studio and Gallery, 5123 48 Street
Media: Soft pastel
Dates of Exhibition: January 4 - 27, 2023
Opening Reception: January 6 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
DESCRIPTION – Brian's series, "Expressions" explores the intimate world of portraits in chalk pastel, where he models his subjects using "tonal contrast, dark and mysterious areas, as well as some lost edges and out of focus areas." In the end, the artist feels that they are just held moments captured by the hand and medium.


Mixed Media
Brad Olstad (contributed photo)

Title: An Exploration of Expression

Artist: Brad Olstad
Velvet Olive Lounge, 4928C 50 Street, Red Deer
Media: Mixed
#FirstFridaysRedDeer opening reception January 6 from 6 – 8pm
Artist Statement: Growing up in Red Deer, I would not say I was an artist or even interested in the arts, my younger self would have said I was an athlete. And then later a coach, not interested in the arts. Little did I know I have always been an artist, just on a field of grass as opposed to a canvas. I suspect everyone can be. I became interested in the arts in 2019, when it occurred to me that the arts foster an emotional reaction which can last indefinitely, at any moment, over and over. Emotions can come alive each time we listen to, look at, or remember, be it a painting, an impassioned song, or yes, even a football catch. We are all artists to some degree. And that captivated me, and could I capture that emotion in some fashion, and would others experience it as well? To that end I have been on a journey to learn and try any new techniques in my own art. My pieces tend to be mixed media, but I prefer organics and oils the best.


Galleries & Exhibitions with no planned Opening Events

Title: Urban Nature

Artists: Members of Contextural Fibre Arts Cooperative
Media: Fibre Arts
Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45 Avenue
Dates: December 18, 2022 – February 17, 2023
Artist Reception will take place Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 1 – 4pm. No First Fridays opening for January as KWNC hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Artist: Audrey Rits

Corridor Community Gallery, 4501 47A Avenue, Red Deer (lower level at Recreation Centre)
Dates: November 4 – February 2, 2022
Media: Mixed
Open until 5pm on #FirstFridaysRedDeer
About the Gallery: Located adjacent to The City’s ceramics studio and recreation studios in the lower level of the Recreation Centre, this space provides a public venue for local artists and allows us to share in the talents and interests of fellow community members. Visit our Corridor Community Gallery page for more information.
Hours of operation: Mon – Fri 5:30am – 10pm, Sat 8am – 10pm, Sun/Holidays: 12 – 5pm.

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

Art in the Hallway, YMCA Northside Community Centre, 6391 76 Street, Red Deer

Curiosity Art & Framing, Bay 4 – 4676 61 Street, Riverside Industrial

We are sad to say farewell to our friends at A+ Art Gallery & Unique Collections, which has closed the gallery doors for the time being, while they transition to A+ Art Studio in a new location. Our best wishes to Randy, Michael and all the artists that have been so well-represented in the gallery over the past six years.

First Fridays Red Deer is the monthly event where downtown art galleries hold exhibit openings and special events.

First Fridays Red Deer is the monthly event where downtown art galleries hold exhibit openings and special events.

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