Evolving anxieties arise in art

Nature and bogeymen are both featured in Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings for July.

Nature and bogeymen are both featured in Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings for July.

The latter appear in the Little Fears display at the Harris-Warke Gallery. Edmonton artist Laura O’Connor explores evolving anxieties in her mixed media works — from worrying about “a monster under my bed” to “a strange man walking a few steps behind me down an empty street.” O’Connor wants to encourage viewers to recognize anxieties as part of emotional maturation.

The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the gallery upstairs in the Sunworks store on Ross St. The Little Fears exhibit runs until Saturday, Aug. 3.

Nature in the City, an exhibition by Carol Lynn Gilchrist that blurs the line between urban design and art, is showing at the Corridor Community Gallery, in the lower level of the Downtown Recreation Centre. Gilchrist’s works are focused on “where earth means sky and land meets water.” Her topography engages the viewer to examine the relationship between built forms and the natural setting “that together form the image of the city.”

An artist reception will be held on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The show runs to July 31.

The ever-changing firmament inspired Alberta Skies: Acrylic paintings by Judith Hall, an exhibit at the Kiwanis Gallery, downstairs at the Red Deer Public Library. The Calgary artist painted the dominant feature of Alberta’s landscape. Whether a chinook arch is bringing warm weather in the winter or dark clouds are threatening thunderstorms in the summer, Hall has examined the many moods of the great blue (and orange, purple and red) yonder.

The exhibit, presented by the Red Deer Arts Council, runs to Aug. 15. An opening reception will be held on Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Points of View: River of Light exhibit will be on at the Marjorie Wood Gallery at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

The new A Whittle Piece of You Gallery, upstairs at 4732 Ross St., will be open to 7 p.m. on Friday with a group showing of paintings, sculptures and photographs.

Also, Art From the Streets will have a showing of various artists’ works, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at 4935 51st St.