CARFAC Meet & Greet

On Saturday September 7th, from 3 - 5pm at The Viewpoint Gallery, City of Red Deer Cultural Services Building, 5205-48th Street, Red Deer!

Join Culture Services and the Red Deer Arts Council as we get to know the CARFAC Alberta team a little better. Both staff and board members will be in attendance at this informal chance to chat! Refreshments provided, so please RSVP on Eventbrite at FREE to attend and open to all (members and the general public alike) from near and far.

*NEW* Workshops on being an artist

September 25th, October 23rd, and November 27th!

Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery are excited to present a new series of workshops aimed at artists and art lovers! Registration is required. The cost to attend each session is $8 for valid MAG and RDAC members, or $10 each for non-members. Non-refundable. For ages 18+. Email info(at) for the special link to access the RDAC discount online or ask for the password to buy in person at the Museum & Art Gallery! Wine will be available for purchase onsite. All sessions take place in the Stewart Discovery Studio at the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery, 4525-47A Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6.

Artist 101: The Business of Being an Artist

On September 25, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm, join experienced artist Pat Matheson to discuss how to write a C.V (curriculum vitae) and how to present yourself as a professional artist in the art world.

About Pat Matheson

Born and raised in Red Deer, Pat Matheson, MFA, has operated “the Farm” Studio on his grandparent’s homestead in the Rainy Creek District north of Sylvan Lake since 2000. Pat has actively pursued a long career as an artist, supporting the habit as an arts educator, administrator, art history librarian, and a public art administrator for The City of Red Deer. He received his formal training from Red Deer College, the University of Calgary and the University of Regina.

His artistic interests in the visual arts range from lithography, painting, and drawing to three-dimensional paper and multi-media sculpture. Ceramics has always been his first love however. First introduced to clay in College, it has served as his favoured vehicle of expression and provided the stimulus to always attempt to explore the boundaries of art.

At present, Pat has been hand building functional and semi-functional vessel forms. Versed in many ceramic techniques, he currently works mostly with the ancient Japanese firing process called “Raku”. The antithesis of most traditional firing methods, Raku is exciting and unpredictable often with otherworldly results.

Pat’s work is strongly influenced by the rural environment in which he lives and the history of the region. In Raku, Pat has found an interesting while challenging means to express his responses to and observations of the natural world around him.

Visit Pat's website for more information!

Art 101: How to Travel Internationally through Art Residencies

Join us at the MAG on October 23, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm for a show and tell by local artist Shirley Rimer. Rimer has been working in clay for 40 years as a sculptor and a potter, and throughout that time has worked in several countries around the world. Residency programs allow a concentration on a body of work, while being deeply affected by the culture and environment where they take place.

About Shirley Rimer

"I’ve been working in clay for 34 years. I work as a sculptor but enjoy the wheel throwing process as well, and often spend time on work that would be considered functional.

My focus at this point in my career is to travel as much as possible, incorporating some studio time in my travels. I’ve attended several residency programs in Europe and Mexico and have found that my work has grown tremendously through these experiences. The challenges of working in a strange environment with unfamiliar materials and firing processes is a great learning experience and has helped me to focus and feel comfortable with my work.

At present my work is focused on the teapot. The teapot has been an important part of many societies for many years, going as far back as the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644). The teapot is rooted in history and has always been appreciated for its beauty, along with its function. The teapot seems to me to be the quintessential piece of pottery.

My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the United States, France, Greece, Norway, China and Mexico. I maintain a studio in Red Deer, AB., as well as renting studio space in Tucson, AZ., during the winter months. I exhibit locally in both of these cities."

Biography | Check out Shirley's website for more information!

Collecting 101: Big 'C' and Little 'C' Collecting

Join Melanie Berndt, Collections Coordinator at the MAG on November 27, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm as she explains the difference between collecting personally and for a museum. She will offer some tips for storing and caring for your collections.

About Melanie Berndt

Melanie Berndt is the Coordinator of Collections Management at the Red Deer MAG. Since 2014 one of her main roles at the museum has been reorganizing our extensive artefact Collection. Melanie has visited museums across Canada to study their use of the ReOrg Methodology formulated by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation of Cultural Property) and CCI (Canadian Conservation Institute). The technique encourages critical collecting and creative but safe arrangement methods to maximize storage space. Small “c” collections challenge the ReOrg methodology within Museum storage spaces but the techniques still be applied successfully to the personal collector. Learn what distinguishes a big “C” or museum collection from a small “c” personal collection and tips and tricks to long-term preservation of your home treasures.

The Programming Committee is seeking volunteers!

If you like working with projects, this is a committee that may fit your style of volunteering. Ideal committee members will have a passionate interest or experience in the arts and a commitment to promoting and developing the arts in the community. Contact us for information.

The Programming Committee plans, develops, organizes and implements workshops and special events that will support the arts community in its development, with an emphasis on representing all sectors (visual, literary, performing and cultural) equitably, and geared to arts organizations and artists in Red Deer and area.

We further promote ongoing networking to share knowledge and experience via our workshops and social events, like “Where’s My Tribe?”, and an arts and culture social at the Troubled Monk. The event is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm as a means of furthering connections between various artists of all genres. Troubled Monk #1, 5551 45 Street (Cronquist Business Park)