Council News

Did you know that your donation to the Red Deer Arts Council is eligible for a charity tax receipt?

Our board is hard at work going through both a Strategic Planning and Branding session led by facilitator Wendy Meeres and Carl Hahn, our communications chair. We will keep you informed as to what we are up to as we go forward into the later half of 2015 and into 2016.



The Mayor’s Garden Party was held on June 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. As a special treat, 4 of our visual artists  demonstrated their art in this lovely park setting. Betty Schnell, Christine Karron, Vivian Williamson and Kristin Guttridge shared the wide open space in the park.

Kristin Guttridge

Kristin Guttridge

Christine Karron

Christine Karron

Vivian Williamson

Vivian Williamson

Betty Schnell

Betty Schnell








Original Art inspires a partnership with The Red Deer Arts Council and Avalon Homes!

The Red Deer Arts Council partnered with Avalon© Central Alberta for a unique open house, Friday, June 12, 2015. We were so pleased that it went well and thank our great visual artists and all those supporters and members who came out and visited us. Avalon held a draw for  a gift certificate to State and Main. We will post the winner here.


Information about the event from our media release:

This Pop-Up Gallery showcases not only some of the Arts Council’s Visual Arts Members, but two wonderful show homes in the new Savanna area of Red Deer. Built by Avalon Homes, the townhouses will be open on Friday evening, June 12th at #1203, 339 Viscount Drive. Enjoy your tour of the show home with special attention to the possibilities that original art brings to living spaces. The event will go from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

 Art is a powerful form of self-expression not only for those who create it, but also for those who own it. It personalizes the places where we live and work, and transforms static interiors into distinctive, attractive and engaging environments. Original works of art have an energy and appeal that reproductions and mass-produced decorative items simply don’t have.

 Your home can be a reflection of your best self and the art in your home is an expression of your personal taste and style. Consider what kinds of spaces you have for works of art. Original art complements décor, adds contrast or inspires the whole design of a space.

 Enjoy art every day in the form of pottery, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and other wearable art such as scarves and jewellery.

 Our artists are:



Susan Barker

Susan Delaney

Darcy Gusse Edinga

Jeri Lynn Ing

Ruth Moore

Betty Schnell

Susan Woolgar


The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of The Red Deer Arts Council was held on Friday, March 27th, 2015, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. in the Snell Auditorium in the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library at 4818 49 Street, Red Deer, Alberta. We had a full turn-out and elected two new board members. This means that we have a full 12 member board to carry on the work of the Council. Please see the tab, Council Board Members, to find out about our board members. Miji Campbell gave a reading from her new book, Separation Anxiety.

Red Deer Arts Council Board 2015 - 4 members are missing from the photograph

Red Deer Arts Council Board 2015 – 4 members are missing from the photograph

Diane Hermary - Secretary Extraordinaire for AGM 2015

Diane Hermary – Secretary Extraordinaire for AGM 2015

AGM, Snell Auditorium, March 27, 2015

AGM, Snell Auditorium, March 27, 2015

Miji Campbell presenting at AGM 2015

Miji Campbell presenting at AGM 2015

Wendy Meeres and Scott Barnabé at AGM 2015

Wendy Meeres and Scott Barnabé at AGM 2015








We would like to thank Border Paving for their donation to the council. We truly appreciate your support of the arts. 

Go to our Performing Arts tab to see the exciting new dance – Family Day Friday Dance

this coming May 8 is the next one!

Did you miss another Facebook update? 

Facebook Image

Facebook Image

Here’s how to fix the problem.

Some people have been asking why they don’t see us on Facebook anymore. In fact, we are posting information on Facebook and Twitter, but with recent changes to Facebook, you might not see them. 

First, because we are a “page,” not a personal timeline, our posts now go to your “Pages Feed.” Look on the left side of your news page, at the bottom of the menu. You’ll see “Pages” and under that, “Pages Feed.” Click on it to open a new newsfeed, with all the posts from us and all the pages you’ve been missing. Annoying, right? (To get back to your regular newsfeed, click on “Home” in the top blue menu.) 

Second, if you would like to be notified whenever we post something, go to our RDAC Facebook page and enable Notifications, move your cursor over where it says “Liked,” and a little menu pops up. Click on “Get Notifications.” Now every time we post, you will see it under “Notifications” on your news page. (Notifications is the little globe on the blue menu bar at the top. A little number pops up beside it every time there’s something for you to notice.) 

Third, you might find you get an annoying email from Facebook whenever you get a Notification. That could happen with anything you get a Notification about, not just us. If you want to make those go away, here’s how -click the little down-arrow in the blue menu bar – the one you click to log out. Just above Log Out, you’ll see “Settings.” Click that to open your General Account Settings. Over on the left you’ll see a menu; find “Notifications” and click on it. That opens your Notification Settings on the right. Under “How You Get Notifications” you will see “Email”; click “Edit.” There you will find a list of 63 options (yes, 63) that you can turn off, to avoid getting all those annoying emails about Notifications.

Special Meeting Notice for Members:

At our special meeting on October 6, 2014, we elected two new members to the board.

It is our pleasure to welcome them both! Evan J. Thompson (jazz musician and investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities) and Andrea Lacoursiere (Marketing and Administration with the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery).

Andrea Lacoursiere

Andrea Lacoursiere

Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson







A New Award for Emerging Artists raises the profile of the Arts in Red Deer! 

The Red Deer Arts Council is excited to announce that it has established an award for emerging artists to support and encourage promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the Arts profile by stimulating, developing and promoting the arts in Red Deer and Red Deer County. Artists of all genres are encouraged to apply.

 The funds for this award are the result of the Legacy Fund from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Arts Awards held in June 2013 in Red Deer.  The Red Deer Emerging Artist Award will be awarded every year, beginning in 2014.  The Award consists of $1,000.00, a banner for the artist’s personal promotion and a certificate.

  The awards are not project grants, but are designed to support the unique development needs of emerging artists whether it is supplies further study or experiences, funding to travel for auditions, study or work, or even income replacement for non-arts related employment. Each applicant determines the investment need that would most advance his or her career.

More information on this exciting award can be found on the Scholarships and Awards tab.  


Council Board Members at Cafe Bistro on Gaetz

There are still postions available for our committees, if you are seeking to get involved with Arts and Culture in Red Deer. We love to share our work with volunteers and they have a great time helping in various capacities from committees to First Fridays Red Deer. Get involved, join today!

The Programming Committee is seeking volunteers to help with formulating plans for new workshops and events for “Where’s My Tribe” and working with the community to develop and implement workshops and special events geared to arts organizations and artists in Red Deer and area to promote ongoing networking to share knowledge and experience.

The Communications Committee is seeking volunteers to discuss the new Marketing Plan and help with guiding the plan to fruition. If you love Social Media and talking about the arts, this volunteer position is for you!

The Scholarship and Awards committee is seeking people interested in furthering the goals of young artists at the college and high school level and emerging artists early in their career. If this interests you, please contact Diana.

Contact Diana at 403-348-2787 

The Muskoka Chairs Fundraiser held at Artwalk Festival on June 18, 2011 was a joint fundraiser between RDAC and Artwalk. Unfortunately, rain fell by the bucket load and the Artwalk Committee were forced to close it down by 3:00 pm. They apologized for any inconvenience this caused potential bidders. All the Muskoka Chairs went to good homes. Perhaps one of them showed up in your neighbourhood!

Sharpie by Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sharpie by Sally Towers-Sybblis

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