Red Deer galleries offer some laughs along with eclectic art at First Friday openings

Works by RDC faculty, and comedy by Heritage Lanes troupe are featured

Art doesn’t have to be serious — so how about catching some stand-up comedy or wacky printmaking at February’s First Friday gallery openings in Red Deer?

Described as a combination of historical printmaking, pop culture “and a little bit of insanity,” the Making a Good First Impression exhibit is on at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. This unusual show of original art prints by Patrick Bulas and Jordan Schwab is on until March 19. It will have a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday reception.

Anyone headed to the Red Deer Public Library for Renu Mathew’s mixed-media exhibit, Selfies, can also see the Heritage Lanes Comedy Troupe perform. Art lovers can ‘get their giggle on’ in the Snell Auditorium, connected to the Kiwanis Gallery, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The free show will be held at a reception for Mathew’s exhibit, which runs in the downstairs gallery operated by the Red Deer Arts Council until Feb. 19.

Red Deer artist Erin Boake’s display of drawings and watercolours, Symbiosis, is at the white gallery on the main floor of Sunworks, on Ross Street. It runs from Feb. 3 to April 29, but the First Friday reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Red Deer College visual arts faculty and staff will exhibit their mixed-media works in Into the Woods, at the Welikoklad Event Centre from Feb. 3-28. The First Friday reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

Works by RDC visual arts students Tania Holzli, Melissa Stenset and Bailee Stewart are showing at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre to March 10. The Friday reception will be from 5 to 6 p.m.

More art can be seen at:

l The Viewpoint Gallery in Red Deer’s Cultural Services Centre, 3827 39th Street. Works by Susan Woolgar and Alysse Bowd are showing until Feb. 28.

l The Corridor Community Gallery downstairs at the Red Deer Recreation Centre: The Central Alberta Photographic Society is displaying images from Feb. 1 to March 31.

l The Hub on Ross is showing the fabric art exhibit, Modern Application of Ukrainian Traditional Art by Polina Tsybka Feb. 1-28.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

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