Canada, as seen through the eyes of artists, at Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings

This country is portrayed in paint, mixed media and photos

A scratch art owl, by Jamie Barnes, a Grade 8 student at Westpark Middle School, in the Awesome Art Show at the Kiwanis Gallery in the downtown Red Deer public library.

Some Oh Canada art, student art, and abstract art can be seen during Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings in May.

The lead-up to Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1 starts at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, where the exhibit Oh Canada…Reflections of My Reconciliation is on until July 4.

Local artists Andrea Lacoursiere and Echo Armstrong have created mixed-media works based on their impressions of Alberta parks and Canadian natural spaces. A First Friday reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 5.

Reflections of this country are also showing at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, where a photographic exhibit depicts the journey from the Prairies to the West Coast. Procession West: Photographs by Robert S. Michiel and Robert S. Pohl are exhibited from May 5 to June 25.

A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8 pm., with Pohl hosting a presentation.

The scope of subject matter broadens at the white gallery, on the main floor of Sunworks (4924 Ross Street), where the exhibit Evoked Earth is showing from May 5 to July 29. Red Deer artist Galia Kwetny has created abstractions in oil paint. There’s a Friday reception from 6 to 8 pm.

Outstanding student art is showing at the Kiwanis Gallery in the Red Deer Public Library, operated by the Red Deer Arts Council. The 32nd-annual Middle Schools Awesome Art Show is being held to May 22. It features mixed-media works by young artists from Eastview, Central, Glendale, Westpark and Gateway public schools in Red Deer.

A Friday reception, sponsored by Red Deer Downtown Business Association, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other art can also be seen around Red Deer, although there are no May opening receptions for the following exhibits:

– The ND Art Show is on at The Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross St. Fine arts students from Red Deer’s Notre Dame High School are showing mixed-media works to May 29.

– Piper Creek Watershed Artist Colin Orthner is displaying his creations at the Viewpoint Gallery in Red Deer’s Cultural Services Centre, 3827 – 39 St. from May 4 to June 30. The gallery’s is open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon-1 pm).

– Our Tiny Neighbors: An Artist’s Rendition of an Assortment of Microbes, by Jen Obst, is showing until May 31 at the Corridor Community Gallery, downstairs at the Red Deer Recreation Centre.

– And Prairie Narratives, felt and photographic works by Corrine Cowell, can still be seen at the Harris-Warke Gallery, upstairs at Sunworks, until May 13.

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