Past Exhibits 2012

January 5 to February 26, 2012           The Gardens at Trevarno: Works by Sally Towers-Sybblis

The Trevarno Gardens in Cornwall, England, have inspired Sally, a local Red Deerian, to paint imagery such as birds, sunken gardens, ponds, boathouses, clay pots and flowers to which she will add some of her calligraphic quotes. As an artist, Sally feels a social responsibility to paint the beauty of creation, so the viewer makes a vital connection to the land as she has done. The Gardens at Trevarno are the jewel in the crown of the 70 acre estate with its enchanting gardens and grounds featuring Cornwall’s largest and most diverse plant collections set within magnificent formal, informal and woodland areas. We encourage you to visit their site, Trevarno Country Estates Garden Cornwall, and then prepare yourself for a breath of spring in the middle of winter in our very own Red Deer with Sally’s beautiful watercolour paintings!

First Friday, January 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Artist in attendance. Refreshments will be served.

First Friday Opening, February 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 – Performer Cassandra McNaughton played guitar and sang.

Seeds by Sally Towers-Sybblis

Seeds by Sally Towers-Sybblis

Feb 28 to April 29           Fractals Infinitum: Mixed Media by Elyse Eliot-Los and Digital Fractal Imagery by Janice  Johnson

A Fractal (derived from fractalus, Latin for broken or fractured) is a mathematics term coined by Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975 to describe equations that, for Elyse and Janice, are the best existing mathematical descriptions of many natural forms, such as coastlines, snowflakes, crystals, and mountains or parts of living organisms. They work with these math equations to produce gorgeous digital images called “Fractals”. For them, mathematics does not have to be a bunch of complicated formulas that are beyond comprehension. Fractals are a marriage between geometry and art. Let your imagination soar and try and discover what these Fractals mean to you as the inspired viewer!

Both artists have taken differing routes to producing Fractal images.  Elyse became mesmerized by this concept after years of making “Mandalas” which are also based on geometric structure. The fractals are more dynamic by incorporating spiral-like forms to the circle.  Janice has made Mandalas as well, however her inspiration for producing fractal images was inspired by a love of numbers and the fascination of that which may be produced digitally.  Fractals, to her, are a visual manifestation of the abstraction of mathematics.

First Friday, March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Come and meet both our out-of-town artists, Elyse from Benalto and Janice from Calgary, and discover a world of abstract art through math!

Fire Dance by Elyse Eliot-Los

Fire Dance by Elyse Eliot-Los

May 2 to May 27        The 27th Middle Schools Awesome Art Show

Featuring artwork from five middle schools of Red Deer, 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!

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Come and meet the students and enjoy their interesting artwork.

First Friday: May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Cat and Dog Love, Conté, Katelyn Nickoriuk, Eastview Middle School, Grade 8

Cat and Dog Love, Conté, Katelyn Nickoriuk, Eastview Middle School, Grade 8

Voyager, Digital, Juan Osorio Varela, Hunting Hills High School

Voyager, Digital, Juan Osorio Varela, Hunting Hills High School

May 29 to June 24     Hang-Ups and Insights: The 4th Annual IB and AP Art Show from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School

Featuring the work of the 2012 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 marks a wonderful way to wrap up another year of guiding these talented artists along their singular creative journeys.

Official Opening, Tuesday, May 29 from 6:30 to 8:30

Lavish Facade, Photograph, Bryce Evans

Lavish Facade, Photograph, Bryce Evans

First Friday Opening: June 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with Bryce Evans; presenting his short trailer for his film, ONE.

June 26 to August 19       Flower Scapes: Works by Elaine Tweedy

A Summer’s garden offers Elaine, a Sherwood Park artist, the colours, shapes, spaces, values and movements that herald an emotional reaction to the world around us with all five of our senses. As Elaine describes:

SEE: a walk in the early morning discovering the flowers that opened overnight.

HEAR: the hummingbird in the honeysuckle.

SMELL: the combination of flowers.

FEEL: the wind, sun, softness of the petals.

TASTE: the spicy petal of the nasturtium.

What more can we ask of a summer’s day? Join Elaine on this exploration of her favourite subject matter in watercolours and acrylics.

DancingTulips, Watercolour by Elaine Tweedy

DancingTulips, Watercolour by Elaine Tweedy

First Friday, July 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm      Share with Elaine the special glories of a summer garden and enjoy refreshments at this First Friday of the summer event!

First Friday, August 3rdfrom 6:30 to 8:30    Elvin Berthiaume will be performing and we will award the following Scholarships:

The Princess Margaret Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student. Luke Hermary of Sylvan Lake was the recipient.

The Centennial Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student. Matthew Dane Peavoy of Red Deer was the recipient.

August 21 to Oct 14   Pulse of Istanbul: Works by Asta Dale

Istanbul – the Jewel of Europe, the Gateway to the Orient, exotic Hagia Sophia; this city has endured different cultures and religions over the past several centuries and this helped shape the extraordinary aptitude of its people towards growth, change and the future. Calgarian, Asta Dale had the opportunity to visit this city and its people, relaxed atmosphere and history of one of the world’s largest city, made a distinct impression on her. She hopes this exhibit will give the viewer a glimpse of one of her most joyful experiences of her life as she paints and collages her way through this magnificent city!    

First Friday, September 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy this exotic locale and its people through Asta’s eyes as we enjoy refreshments and conversation.

Whirling Dervish, Acrylic on Canvas, by Asta Dale
Whirling Dervish, Acrylic on Canvas, by Asta Dale

First Friday, October 5 from 6:30 to 8:30      Elvin Berthiaume will be performing. Elvin is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and fly fisher from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Elvin took up banjo at an early age switching to the guitar after hearing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. He traveled the world with numerous bands after doing house gigs at Lake Louise and the Banff Springs Hotel in the  70’s and was a member of the first Canadian band to ever play in Moscow.

Elvin is now devoting as much time as possible to song writing and doing the kind of gigs that allow him to perform original material. A new CD is in the works and should be available soon. Come and enjoy the continuing exhibit and listen to a local musician as he performs for us.

October 17 to November 25 Beyond the Looking Glass: Photographs by Roberta Murray

Reality – shift your perspective and catch glimpses of life out of the corner of your eye. Roberta, through the viewfinder of her camera, sees a small rectangular representation of reality which is isolated and distorted. Beyond the Looking Glass explores a place where dreams and nightmares exist together and the distinction between truth and fiction becomes blurred. Using deliberate camera manipulations, hand painted or created textures, merging high and low tech equipment, Roberta creates stories in her photographs which allow the viewer to interpret them based on their own experiences and biases. Creepy or happy; which dreams will you be interpreting?

First Friday, November 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Join Roberta on this journey beyond the looking glass. Refreshments will be served.

Evil Eye, Pigment Print Photograph by Roberta Murray

Evil Eye, Pigment Print Photograph by Roberta Murray

November 27 to Jan 1, 2013  Members Only Show  and Sale: A Juried Exhibition

Join the Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members in this special members only show and sale. Do you need a Christmas present for that someone special that is unique and one-of-a-kind? Then this is the show for you! Open to all RDAC visual arts members, this show expresses the quality of works of the artists in our membership from Red Deer area and beyond!

First Friday Red Deer: Opening December 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Do You Like Our Pumpkin, Watercolour, Sue Barker

Do You Like Our Pumpkin, Watercolour, Sue Barker

Bound for Glory, Acrylic, Barbara Checkryn-Rivers

Bound for Glory, Acrylic, Barbara Checkryn-Rivers

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