Catch the chickens at Harris-Warke this First Friday

Chickens, people and the festive colours of red and green have inspired artworks that will be shown at galleries around Red Deer at the last First Friday of 2010 this week.

Chickens, people and the festive colours of red and green have inspired artworks that will be shown at galleries around Red Deer at the last First Friday of 2010 this week.

Bentley ceramicist Sheila Kelba has combined the best elements of humans and animals in her whimsical exhibit, called Chickens, Chickens, Chickens, People, People, People, on at the Harris-Warke Gallery at the back of the Sunworks store on Ross Street. The opening reception will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., but the display stays until Dec. 31.

The Red (and) Green Show will be held at alleyscape studio on Ross Street, which can be accessed from the alley beside the Velvet Olive.

This art by Paul Boultbee celebrates the colours of the season “with the odd piece of duct tape thrown in for good measure.” The reception will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., but the show goes until Jan. 14.

The 24th Annual Celebration of the Arts: A Juried Exhibition is happening at the Kiwanis Gallery in the Red Deer Public Library.

The exhibit includes everything from landscape paintings to collages and ceramics by 14 artists, including Robert Alspach, Issy Covey, Diane Dahl, Margaret Metcalf, Carol Nault, Marianne Vanderkley, and Susan Wongstedt. The opening reception is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., but the show is on until Jan. 4.

The annual miniature show and sale is happening at Gallery IS, with affordable works by various artists represented. The reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A farewell reception and show will be held in the Red Deer College’s Visual Arts Department for visiting artists Lauren Cowles and Stephanie Hanes. An exhibit will be held in the Four Centres Building, with the reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Art from the Streets will be shown at 4935-51st Street. The reception for this group show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Velvet Olive on Ross Street, which can be accessed from the alley, is holding an display called Cancias Perdidos by artist Trenton Leach. The reception is from 4 p.m. until closing.

And the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery will be featuring several ongoing exhibits — Nya Backen: The New Land by Bert Fors, the Mission Toys exhibit and MAGnificent Toys, as well as works by MAGsparks participants.

The MAG will have extended hours, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.