Artists ponder their own journeys during Canada’s 150th year

Red Deer Arts Council exhibition opens March 3

Red Deer’s art community is recognizing Canada’s 150th anniversary since Confederation with the exhibit Trains, Planes and Automobiles – Journeys From the Past and Into the Future.

The Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members’ Juried Exhibition runs until April 23 at the Kiwanis Gallery at the downtown Red Deer Public Library.

For Canada’s 150th year, artists were challenged to use their creative talents to explore the Canadian journey and share their stories of travel, real or imagined, where they have gone or where they will go.

Council co-ordinator Diana Anderson said some of the artists were definitely thinking outside the box, and others really took the theme to heart.

“They had a lot of fun creating. There’s some memories of people doing interesting things. Some travel pieces in there. I think our artists really thought about it,” Anderson said.

She said normally the artist’s statement is not posted with each piece, but they are included at this mixed media exhibit because of the theme.

“The artists statements are important. I think you will really get the flavour of where the artists are coming from.”

She said art and statements will make for some interesting conversations on March 3 at opening of the exhibit during First Friday Red Deer. The reception runs from 6 to 8 pm. Refreshments will be served. Many of the artists will be in attendance. Admission is free.

First Friday Red Deer is a monthly event to celebrate art. Local art galleries are open to the public and host exhibit openings and special events.

For a list of other galleries participating in First Friday Red Deer on March 3 visit www.reddeerartscouncil.wordpress.com.

Anderson said people who can’t come out to the opening are encouraged to drop by the Kiwanis Gallery at their leisure.

Kiwanis Gallery is located in the lower level of the Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49th St.

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