Visual Arts

Call for Entry for Into the Garden, Renewal

The Kiwanis Gallery in Red Deer is holding a juried exhibition, Into the Garden, Renewal, December 29, 2017 to February 18, 2018. We are seeking artists who love to explore a floral or garden theme for this juried exhibition. Entries must be submitted to the Red Deer Arts Council by November 20, 2017 by 4:30 pm.

Renewal: regeneration, rebirth, replenishment, restoration, new beginning.

The theme for this juried exhibit celebrates our gardens in whatever form they may be found: wild, natural, groomed and all those artworks that depict our Canadian love of our gardens. We invite your insights and your submissions on our theme!

In 1994, the Red Deer and District Museum held the first Into the Garden exhibit with Elyse Eliot Los as the curator. Followed by 2000 Into the Garden, Again and in 2006, Into the Garden, Sanctuary.

The Visual Arts Committee of the Red Deer Arts Council wants to re-ignite our passion for gardens and all they mean to us. Works of art about flowers and gardens have a long and glorious past. Let’s bring that passion for all things garden-related into our cold winter months by celebrating our love of flowers and gardens in this garden of renewal! We know this exhibit will appeal to all those folks with the winter blahs who could not afford to travel to a place like Hawaii and those darned credit card bills from the Christmas season that inevitably arrive in January.

From Elyse Eliot-Los’s history of the garden exhibits:

“Flowers are the universal symbols of beauty and have played a role in human events all over the world throughout the ages… Growing up in Holland, I thought of the cultural importance of flowers and how it is the country whose major export to the rest of the world is flowers.”

The exhibits in the Kiwanis Gallery are scheduled, organized and maintained by the Visual Arts Committee of the Red Deer Arts Council. The Kiwanis Gallery is located in the lower level of the Red Deer Public Library at 4818 – 49 Street, Red Deer, AB.

Submissions are to be mailed to the Red Deer Arts Council at 110, 4818 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 4A3 no later than 4:30 pm on November 20, 2017. Or sent electronically to

Click here for Submission and declaration form: Into the Garden, Renewal Call for Entry and Submission Form 2017


Red Deer Arts Council presented our second Open Studio Tour on June 24 and 25, 2017.

Past history of the event: 112 people toured the studios and had a great time!


Presenting the studios and artists for 2017:

Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally’s Gallery

#5 Wright Avenue

Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time artist and art educator. She teaches watercolor at her home studio every Monday as well as travels to various locations throughout Alberta to teach. She is also a mixed media artist who likes to incorporate lettering into her work. Much of her work can be seen online or in her self-published book The Circle Club-a journey of hope and healing.

Sally will be doing a calligraphy demonstration.


Betty Schnell

Betty’s Studio

17 Byer Close

Phone 403-342-2945

Betty paints in oils and water-colours capturing the beauty of Alberta from the prairies to the mountains.

Betty will be demonstrating painting a landscape.


Darcy Gusse-Edinga Silk Concepts

152 Allwright Close


Darcy Gusse Edinga creates luxurious, vibrant hand-painted silk artwork, including scarves, garments, banners, and prints. Most of her work is Canadian-inspired, with images of wildflowers, mountains, prairies, tundra, northern lights, wildlife, and cultural history. Her work is in galleries and gift shops across Canada.

Darcy will be demonstrating painting on silk.


Wendy Meeres

Art & Lampwork Beads Studio

600 Lancaster Drive


Wendy expresses her creativity through two media: lampworking and painting. Her mixed media paintings use colour and composition to bring places and objects together, often including photographs from her travels. The lampwork beads are bright and playful. She makes pendants, earrings and necklaces with her beads.

Wendy will be demonstrating glass bead-making.


Suzanne LeBeau

Spirit of Clay Studio

30 Manning Street (studio is in the detached garage)


Suzanne Le Beau is a local ceramic artist and graduate of RDC’s Visual Arts Program. Her ceramic work is mostly hand-built and poured molds that have been altered and carved into. Oriental and primitive influence shows in most of her work.

Suzanne will be demonstrating how to make her ceramic fortune cookies.


Candice Meyer

Candice Meyer Jewelry

4309 Grandview Blvd



Candice Meyer creates unique sterling silver and 14k gold-overlay jewelry in the basement studio of her house. She displays her work at juried art shows in and around Alberta and is currently featured at the Frame-It-Shop in Red Deer.

Candice will be demonstrating the process she goes through to make her jewellery.



Trenton Thomas Leach & Holly Elliott

Rogue Art and Design

4026 50th Street (Ross) (beside the Little Ice Cream Shoppe, back alley entrance)


Trenton Leach and Holly Elliott design and create primarily one-of-a- kind sculpture, mosaics and interior/exterior design pieces for individuals, commercial and public enjoyment. Their mediums

include metal, glass, fabric and photography, and they take inspiration from nature, music and travel.

Trent will be demonstrating stained glass. Holly will be demonstrating photos applied to various mediums.


Darren Petersen & Deborah Petersen

Sparrow Glassworks

5331 44 Avenue


Darren Petersen is a professional glass artisan and has exhibited work across North America. He received a BFA in glass from the ACAD and is a regular series instructor at Red Deer College. He creates glass sculpture and Venetian inspired vessels at his studio in Red Deer with his partner, Deborah Petersen.

Darren will be demonstrating glass blowing of a Venetian Cane Rollup and engraving.


Marianne Harris

Paintwerx Studios and “Away To Play”

95 Piper Drive


Marianne works in water-based media including watercolours, acrylics, and mixed media, from miniatures to larger pieces. She also shows at the Gallery On Main in Lacombe, Bonavista Fine Art in Sylvan Lake, and Alberta Art and Drafting on a permanent basis. She also teaches, competes, just finished illustrating a children’s book, and does “Away To Play” paint parties as a for-fun group activity.

Marianne will be demonstrating mini watercolours, and ‘make-and-take bookmarks’ if someone wants to participate and try painting.


Jeri Lynn Ing

Gallery IS Studio

5123 Alexander Way

Cell 403 341 0340

Jeri Lynn Ing is a contemporary abstract painter living and working in Central Alberta. Jeri Lynn received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, and has practiced her art for the past 18 years in Red Deer Alberta. Jeri Lynn has owned and operated Gallery IS in Red Deer and most recently has opened her studio in the historic downtown of Red Deer where she continues to develop and explore abstraction, landscapes and light.

Jeri Lynn will engage the visitors with an interactive live painting. Each person in attendance will be invited to add to an in-progress canvas with the final result posted on Facebook and auctioned off with proceeds going to the Red Deer Arts Council. 


We are thrilled to present our Red Deer Gallery Guide 2016 as a pdf format ready for downloading here:

Red Deer Gallery Guide-2016  

Thanks to Culture Services staff for their invaluable help in making this a reality. 2017’s guide is in development.

Call for Entry to Kiwanis Gallery 2018 and 2019 Closed

Artists and Curators are invited to submit proposals to the Red Deer Arts Council 2016 and 2017 Exhibition Program. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2017.

Go to the Kiwanis Gallery Tab for full details on how to submit or click here to download the pdf. call-for-entry-kiwanis-gallery-for-2018-and-2019-submission-details-pdf

The Red Deer Arts Council accepts exhibition proposals for:            

  1. solo exhibitions                                                                                                        
  2. two-person exhibitions  
  3. group exhibitions
  4. curators’ proposals for all of the above

The Kiwanis Gallery located in the lower level of the Red Deer Public Library (4818 – 49th Street, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) and is operated by the Red Deer Arts Council.

In accordance with standard art gallery practice, the exhibition schedule for the Kiwanis Gallery is programmed one to two years in advance. This enables us to provide adequate planning time to prepare and mount the exhibitions and to explore educational programming and public relations opportunities.

A Jury reviews the submissions. Their recommendations are finalized by correspondence with artists and curators in whom the gallery has an interest.

The Visual Arts Committee oversees the Kiwanis Gallery. RDAC pays artists fees in accordance with CARFAC definition of: Exhibition in Other Public Place where applicable. Shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Only Alberta Artists need apply unless the artist has family in the region.

Note: Artists who have shown at the gallery in the previous two years are not eligible to apply until the third year, with an exhibit held in the fourth year. (For example, if you applied and had a show in 2010, you could submit again in 2013 for a 2014 exhibition.)

 Exhibition Proposals should be submitted by mail or in person to:

Diana Anderson, RDAC Coordinator For the Gallery Committee

Red Deer Arts Council, 111, 4818 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 4A3

An email letter of receipt will be sent out once the submission is received at the office.

 Red Deer Arts Council’s first Open Studio Tour takes public behind closed doors

We were thrilled to have had so many visitors to the first Open Studio Tour. Our artists were kept engaged by your questions and curiosity about what they do. Over 130 people attended the event. Thanks to all who visited, chatted and bought local art!

If you were on the tour, we would be pleased to hear any comments you would like to pass along. Simply email your evaluations to the email, We will be happy to pass those along to the artists.

Keep them in mind when you are trying to find a gift for that special someone and want to move beyond ties and flowers!

The Red Deer Arts Council held its first ever Open Studio Tour, June 25, 2016! We partnered with nine visual artists in seven studios to bring you this amazing experience. They welcomed the public to see the process of creating fine art. From sculpted clay to sculpted metal, molten glass to molten gold, the fascinating techniques and works of some of Red Deer’s most recognized professional artists was on display for visitors.

The downloadable/printable map and brochure is available here: Open Studio Tour Brochure June 25, 2016

or Facebook page, or through the City of Red Deer Culture Services.


 Note to Visual Artists of Central Alberta

The Red Deer Arts Council is striving to set up a database of all types of artists on its website.

The Visual Arts Committee of the Red Deer Arts Council would like to list individual artists and visual arts organizations on its website under the visual arts page. The information on that page would have the artist/studio name, the media you work in, contact information – email and phone number, and is open to all artists.

Red Deer Arts Council paid members will get a link to their website posted on the site.

By agreeing to this and sending your contact information to, you give the Red Deer Arts Council permission to share your information.

The Performing Arts Committee has already listed over 40 dance groups on the Performing Arts page on their website with this stipulation in mind.



LINK to website is exclusive to RDAC members:
Artist(s) Name Studio Name media ( jewelry, pottery, weaving, contact (either e-mail or phone number) main website address
Joe Artist Creative Works Studio metal sculpture, stained glass

 The Red Deer Advocate interviews a local street artist.

 Visual Artists:  

Galleries and Studios:  call for hours of operation


Alberta Community Art Clubs Association

Central Alberta Photographic Society



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