Group of Seven works and other art can be seen during Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings this month

From recycled art to name-brand art, it can all be seen in January

Art inspired by selfies, nature and Dead Cities can be seen during January’s First Friday gallery openings in Red Deer.

A new mixed-media exhibit, Selfies, by Renu Mathew, is on at the Kiwanis Gallery. The Olds artist uses recycled materials to portray artistic versions of the “disposable” selfie photos she found online. The exhibit in the gallery operated by the Red Deer Arts Council runs until Feb. 19, downstairs at the Red Deer Public Library. This week’s First Friday reception from 6 to 8 p.m. is sponsored by the Red Deer Downtown Business Association.

Rustic Beauty, acrylic-on-board paintings by Linda Schroeder, are showing at The Hub on Ross until Jan. 31. There will be a First Friday reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

This week is the last chance to see Red Deer artist Jason Frizzell’s show of sculptures and drawings, Dead Cities, before it closes on Sunday at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. for Dead Cities — as well as the museum exhibit Alberta and the Group of Seven.

This show of works by some Group of Seven artists and renowned Alberta painters goes until March 12. A 6 p.m. gallery tour will also be held on First Friday of the diverse oil, graphite, acrylic and watercolour pieces.

The Edge of Nature, hand-turned wooden artworks and some furniture by Chad Yanulik, are displayed at the white gallery in Sunworks on Ross Street until Jan. 28. A First Friday reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other art exhibits can also be seen around Red Deer, although no receptions are being offered for them, including:

– New works by Susan Woolgar and Alysse Bowd at the Viewpoint Gallery in the city’s Cultural Services Centre, 3827-39th St. The show runs to Feb. 28, with the gallery open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (closed over the lunch hour).

– Drawings by Teens are showing in the Corridor Gallery, downstairs at Red Deer’s Recreation Centre until Jan. 31. These artworks were done by students of Dawn Candy.

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