Past Exhibits 2014

Exhibition Schedule for Kiwanis Gallery 2014 (Details subject to change)

December 31, 2013 to March 2        The Best of the West Travelling SAQA Trunk Show

SAQA stands for Studio Art Quilts Associates. They are a non-profit international organization whose mission it is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation. Founded in 1989 by a group of 50 artists, they now boast over 3,000 members worldwide; artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. SAQA defines an art quilt as a contemporary artwork exploring aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture which retains, through materials or techniques, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descended. Artists in this Best of the West show are from as far away as Winnipeg to the west coast of Vancouver Island.

First Friday Red Deer, January 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

First Friday Red Deer, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 – details to be announced

 March 5 to April 27   Open and Closed: Mixed Media by Wendy Meeres

Keys and doors – they can open, close, be inviting or hindering. Add a lock and they can keep us out, keep a secret or protect the precious. Throughout history, doors have been a strong architectural component, often making a statement. This exhibit of recent work is based on antique keys and years of travel for Wendy, a Red Deer artist. Join her as her mixed media work explores the association of doors and doorways and keys. What words, stories and images will they inspire? What will they unlock? 

First Friday Red Deer, March 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments served. Come unlock Wendy’s secret love of doors with her and join the fun!

First Friday Red Deer, April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 – details to be announced

 April 29 to May 25     The 29th Middle Schools Awesome Art Show

Explore the hidden and oft times turbulent world of students from five middle schools of Red Deer. What trends will they see? What TV or social media world will be explored? What will catch their eye this year? This annual exhibit delights its audience with a variety of works expressing these young students’ talents as they experiment with different subject matter and media. Come see what is new!

First Friday Red Deer Opening: May 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Come and meet the students and enjoy their interesting artwork.

 May 27 to June 21     Hang-ups and Insights: The 6th Annual IB and AP Art Show with Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School

Featuring the work of the 2014 graduating students of the Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate Art Programs, this exhibit showcases the young people who will be the next generation of talented artists. This exhibit will show their hard work in these programs and at an advanced stage of a high school student’s art career! Explore their work with them.

First Friday Red Deer Opening: June 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with Students and Instructors; everyone is welcome to attend and help us celebrate these fine young artists!

June 23 to August 24            GlasssEarth: Mixed Media and Glass by Larissa Blokhuis

The natural world is frequently depicted in art. Humans have lived alongside plants and animals as part of the natural world for most of our existence as a species, and we continue to rely on other species to survive Thus, we have a deeply ingrained bond with the other beings on our planet. The subjects of her work (flora and fauna) are not separate from the human experience; they are parallel, or at times the same. Larissa, a Vancouver artist, is mindful of the bio-diversity of these habitats and explores them in her exhibit.

First Friday Red Deer, July 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm  

First Friday Red Deer, August 1 from 6:00 to 8:00    featuring a live musical performance by Vincent Millward, singer-songwriter.

 August 26 to Oct 19  Common Threads: Works by the In-Definite Arts Society

The Common Threads exhibit weaves together work by a unique group of artists with disabilities who explore craft-based practices at the In-Definite Arts Society (Calgary). Artworks in this collection craft a unique and beautiful narrative of disability culture that celebrates the artist in all of us. The fibre artworks reveal individual histories, abilities and interests that reflect the diversity of spirit and talent fostered at IDAS, while collectively, they convey a sense of place and lived experience intersected by themes of nature, community and identity politics.

First Friday Red Deer, September 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

First Friday Red Deer, October 3 from 6:00 to 8:00              Details to be announced

 October 21 to November 23            Unfulfilled Precognition: Works by Alexis Marie Chute

Faced with the death of her unborn son, Alexis, an Edmonton artist, worked to process this life altering change through her art. Using a Holga camera and other techniques, she documented her journey by creating images that are pure momentary reflections of real life which is never devoid of emotion. She uses photographic composition, colour and black and white film, and lighting to communicate her family’s experience in an honest and soulful way.

 This body of work speaks to all audiences as death touches everyone at some point in their life. The subject matter, while sensitive and provoking, will confront viewers about mortality. Alexis feels that death itself holds a strange beauty and that through an artful response to death, she has come to better understand herself.

First Friday Red Deer, November 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

 November 25 to December 28        Starry Night: Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members Juried Exhibition   

The Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members have been dreaming of starry nights as they delve into their creative energy to bring this themed exhibit to life. A special theme was developed by the Visual Art Committee to give our members a challenge to find out what a Starry Night means to them in terms of their own art practice. 

The exhibit was opened to all Red Deer Arts Council visual arts members and expresses the quality of works of the artists in our membership from emerging to professional. 

This exhibit challenged artists to keep within a theme and a value (maximum $100.00) to act as a fundraiser for the Arts Council. Artists whose work is sold will receive a commission from the arts council as we believe in supporting all our artists who are, in effect, small business owners. So, what will our members think to present? Use your imaginations!

First Friday Red Deer: Opening December 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

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