Entertainment briefs – June 25

Local artist Glenda Ganz’s unique and colourful interpretations of the world can be seen in an exhibit at Gallery IS in Red Deer.

Glenda Ganz opens first solo exhibit

Local artist Glenda Ganz’s unique and colourful interpretations of the world can be seen in an exhibit at Gallery IS in Red Deer.

This first solo exhibit by Ganz, called Eclectic Collage, is on display from Tuesday to July 24 at the gallery on 5123 48th St. (Alexander Way).

Ganz, who has worked in print media, graphic and interior design, likes exploring different mediums and materials to produce art that inspires conversation, enjoyment, and adds a layer of texture and colour to personal spaces.

She uses unexpected materials that are readily available but often overlooked. Her materials are traditionally used for another purpose and have a global feel.

There will be a First Friday July 2 reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome and the artist will be in attendance.

Influence of the landscape in ceramics

Red Deer-area ceramicist Pat Matheson explores his own roots and the history of Central Alberta in a new art exhibit called Landmarks.

Matheson, who still lives on the homestead first settled by his great uncle in the Rainy Creek District between Bentley and Sylvan Lake, began creating art 20 years ago that was inspired by his surroundings and the recent history of change in Central Alberta.

Some of his current and older ceramic sculptures and hand-coloured etchings will be displayed at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery from Wednesday to Aug. 29. The featured artworks go back to 1994 when Matheson started his master’s thesis at the University of Regina, but include newer projects also inspired by the changing face of the region.

Matheson said his studies at the Plains Research Centre in Regina “helped me understand what the environment, culture and times were like prior to the arrival of my ancestors.”

He also began appreciating the dramatic changes that were wrought by settlement patterns and socio-economic forces in the region over the last century.

An exhibit reception will be held on Friday, July 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. An artist talk and studio tour is planned for Sunday, July 11, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Matheson is a past visual arts instructor at Red Deer College and is now the public art co-ordinator for the City of Red Deer.

Scalpers grease benefit

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Tickets to Jimmy Buffett’s free concert to support the oil spill-stricken Gulf Coast were grabbed up quickly Wednesday and began showing up for sale on eBay for more than $100 each — prompting the service to ban the sales.

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and Gulf Coast residents were among those complaining after the 35,000 free tickets to the July 1 concert on the beach at Gulf Shores were taken in a matter of minutes and then began showing up for sale by apparent scalpers. More than 1,500 comments had appeared on Buffett’s Facebook page by midafternoon complaining about how the tickets were distributed.

Buffett, who grew up in nearby Mobile, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown and other stars will take to stage to support residents and businesses hurt by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has fouled the water and beaches.

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