Past Exhibits 2011

Jan 6 to Feb 27, 2011

Fragmentation: Works by Donna Gallant and Joan Xauen Wieser

Friends since the early 1990s, Donna Gallant of Lethbridge and Joan Wieser of Calgary, met at an International Mono-Printers meeting and have been working colleagues since then. Fragmentation refers to the act or process of breaking into fragments and both artists approach to their non-objective subject matter differ in how they translate the word, fragmentation. Donna thinks about scattered or varied broken parts of a whole that are unattached; Joan likes piecing things together like a quilt to form a harmony of colour, shape and style. Both artists pursue this experimental style and approach to create interesting special elements and colour combinations.

March 1 to May 1      The Flower’s Beauty: Works by Kathleen Polson

When we are all dreaming of spring flowers, this show exploring the beauty and dynamics of flowers from different angles and perspectives will help us to begin to feel spring on the way! Flowers bursting with a daring, fearless quality with a close-up and personal style will connect us once again to the beauty of flowers.

First Friday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm    Enjoy this early spring look at flowers!

Remember Me by Kathleen Polson

First Friday, April 1 from 6:30 to 8:30   Join us for poets and authors, Emily Ursuliak and Jennifer Christman reading from their short stories and poems. These two young literary artists are sure to strike your spring fancy on a wintery, spring evening.

May 4 to May 29            The 26th 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.

Red Deer Arts Council’s First Friday, May 6 in the Kiwanis Gallery showcases singer/songwriter Pete Christian. Pete’s migration to Alberta a decade ago proved to further his journey from behind the guitar. His early formative years were spent on the road touring nationally back in the day of the 6 nighters. Now rooted in the west, Pete continues on a dusty road with roots/country guitar. A veteran of Canada’s folk/country festival circuit, as well as CBC television/radio appearances, keeps this Red Deerian busy as a full time musician in the studio and on the stage. At 47, Pete has many stories past and many miles yet to go.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Come and meet the students and enjoy their interesting artwork.

Ally Hartman

May 31 to June 26     The 3rd Annual IB and AP Art Show: Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School

Featuring the work of the 2011 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 31 from 6:30 to 8:30

First Friday: June 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm features Author Shelley Brzak, reading her poems and parts of her soon-to-be published book.

Wall Piece by Izzy Covey
June 28 to August 21     Twisted: Works by Issy Covey

This show combines pottery and digital art with a fusion of both. Issy Covey’s pottery has always been twisted – and now the twisted aspect creeps into her digitally enhanced photos, as well as combining some of them with clay. The exhibit of traditionally fired pottery, raku and also naked raku will mix with the digital part, which evolved from photos she took of natural forms – rocks, roots – and even some ‘family roots’ photos – exploring the unlikely pairing of these two media.

First Friday, July 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

First Friday, August 5thfrom 6:30 to 8:30  Wfeatured a special presentation by musician Bruce Jacobson
in the Snell Auditorium.  Bruce Jacobson is a Red Deer based musician who teaches, performs and

August 23 to Oct 16   Out of the Hole: Works by Robin Byrnes

The creation of this collection of artworks resulted from a leave of absence from Robin’s work as a teacher due to health issues. The exhibition of these ‘intuitive paintings’ came about while talking to a therapist and rather than writing a journal, Robin chose to draw. In January of 2010, she abandoned familiar and safe subject matter to begin drawing with a Sharpie. Each word evoked a drawing; the drawings became contemplative, done with closed eyes and on inexpensive notepaper. This inexpensive media encouraged flexibility and an outrageous approach without concern for cost of materials. The black outline in each drawing was done with closed eyes, but the colouring was done with her eyes open. Out of 400, 4” X 6” studies comes this body of work. In June of 2010, the studies became larger paintings. They are based on words, feelings and ideas that occur to her during the day. Some of the words are sent to her by friends and family. Humour permeates the paintings; look for the puns!

First Friday, September 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm    First Friday, October 7th from 6:30 to 8:30   Judy Moody, author readings

Detail, Out of the Hole by Robin Byrnes

Detail, Out of the Hole by Robin Byrnes

October 19 to October 23       Passionate Conversations: 9th Annual Salon Show and Sale

Passionate Conversations is about the creation of art in all its forms and the sharing of those ideas that instill belonging and inspiration. As a fundraiser in support of our Arts Council, this exhibit will bring the best of our talented artists together in one fun-filled week-long and one evening event! Look for local visual artists’ works, local musicians and their CDs, and a nod to our literary artists by purchasing those hard to get books that you love. The Arts are alive and well in Red Deer!

Our evening gala is on Friday, Oct 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with the main sale evening preview from October 19th to 21st. Sale days continue on October 22nd and 23rd.

Peace by Sally Towers-Sybblis

Peace by Sally Towers-Sybblis

October 25 to November 27   Words of Peace: Lettering Arts Guilds of Alberta

Red Deer’s Lettering Arts Guild chose Peace as the theme of a 5” X 20” banner exhibition. This exhibit will focus on Peace – in all of its forms and manifestations. Peace on Earth, Peace to Mankind, Peace of the Spirit, Peace of Mind, Peace between People, between countries, races and religions. The Guild has opened the participation on the exhibit to province-wide calligraphers. Come and enjoy the start of the holiday season with this beautiful, evocative and heart-felt exhibit with us.

(Imagine a resource free for the taking that costs absolutely nothing to harvest. Peace: one of mankind’s most precious resources but somehow we as a human race are not able to collectively come together to access it. That is because peace can only be cultivated in one place; the human heart. It is a resource that yields no wealth but has the power to create a world of absolute harmony. Until we elect peace over power are we going to see a change in this world? Come and see a glimpse of this change in the exhibition entitled “Words for Peace”.

The Lettering Arts Guild of Red Deer, as well as participating province-wide guilds, has joined forces to bring to you acelebration of peace. Twenty-three calligraphers from around Alberta, using a variety of mediums and tools have created a series of 5 x 20 inch hanging paper banners that reflect their ideas on peace. There is an assortment of mixed media pieces, inks, watercolours and cut-out lettering. Alongside the banners is an array of origami paper crane mobiles all individually folded by members of the lettering guilds using an assortment of different papers ranging from glossy magazine paper to gift wrap. A number of the paper cranes were also created by the ESL and International students of Hunting Hills High School.

Come and receive a little peace into your heart this holiday season with this beautiful lettering exhibition. The goal for this exhibit is to leave you feeling a renewed sense of hope, that indeed  we as a human race have the capacity to create peace in our own hearts and in turn influence the hearts of others.)

Our First Friday was November 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 with the artists in attendance.

November 29 to Jan 2, 2012            The 25th Annual Celebration of the Arts

This Celebration of the Arts focuses on the Visual Arts, but we celebrate all of the Arts by including Performing and Literary Arts at the opening. Our artists showcase a broad range of styles, media and subject matter in this very eclectic art show to highlight the best of their individual talents. It’s not too late to purchase a one-of-a-kind artwork for that hard to buy for person at Christmas!

First Friday, December 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 Music to make you smile and tap your feet, art to knock off your socks and imagination to reach the stars, that is what makes this evening so special. Join us for this holiday tradition and let the arts celebrate the artist in you!

Emeretic Russula Mushrooms, by Elaine Funnell

Emeretic Russula Mushrooms, by Elaine Funnell


Dancing Tulips by Elaine Tweedy

Dancing Tulips by Elaine Tweedy

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