Love letters to Canada can be seen at June’s First Friday gallery openings

Diverse, insightful, evocative art around Red Deer

A Prairie view from the Processions West exhibit at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (photo submitted).

Canada is feeling the love through art and photography exhibits showing at Red Deers’ First Friday gallery openings in June.

Two love letters to this country can be viewed at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery:

— Red Deer photographer Tim Van Horn’s To Canada With Love Exhibit is showing through to Aug. 20. But there will be a First Friday gallery opening on June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— And a pictorial view of Western Canada can be seen in Processions West, photographs by Robert S. Michiel and Robert S. Pohl, displayed until June 25.

At the Harris-Warke Gallery, upstairs at Sunworks, some optical Entanglements are showing by abstract painter Patricia Lortie. The show goes to July 1, but a First Friday opening will be held from 6-8 p.m.

Diverse works by guest artists can be seen at the Viewpoint Gallery in the City of Red Deer’s Culture Services Centre, 3827-39th St. Colin Orthner, Carmen Belanger and Janey Geddes Caine present digital photos, ceramic sculptures and pottery until June 30. A First Friday reception will be held from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

And some insightful student works continue to be shown at the Kiwanis Gallery, downstairs at Red Deer’s downtown public library. The mixed-media exhibit by students from Lindsay Thurber and Hunting Hills high schools is on until June 17. The show, presented by the Red Deer Arts Council and sponsored by the downtown business association, will have a First Friday reception from 6-8 p.m.

Although there aren’t First Friday evening receptions for these other shows, more interesting art can be seen at:

— The Hub on Ross, where Where the Home Is, a community collaborative exhibit that commemorates Canada’s 150th birthday is showing May 31 until June 30. It is curated by Rea Vanlie.

— The Corridor Community Gallery, downstairs at the Red Deer Recreation Centre, where members of the Red Deer Art Club are holding a mixed-media show from June 2 until July 1.

— The Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, where Oh Canada… Reflections of My Reconciliation, by artists Andrea Lacoursiere and Echo Armstrong, is running until July 4.

— The white gallery, accessed from the main floor of Sunworks, where Evoked Earth, paintings by Red Deer artist Galia Kwetny are displayed until July 29.

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