December First Friday draws inspiration from nature and the night

Art that’s inspired by nature and nighttime will be showing at Red Deer’s First Friday’s gallery openings for December.

Art that’s inspired by nature and nighttime will be showing at Red Deer’s First Friday’s gallery openings for December.

Starry Night: A Juried Exhibit is made up of visual artworks from Red Deer Arts Council members. The mixed-media show and sale is being held in the Kiwanis Gallery, downstairs at the Red Deer Public Library, which is operated by the arts council.

The fundraising exhibit runs to Dec. 29 and is sponsored by the Red Deer Downtown Business Association. An opening reception will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

En Plein Air, a group exhibit of landscape and abstract mixed-media artworks, is showing at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. (Plein air is a term that refers to painting in the outdoors.) The group exhibit runs to the end of December. A reception will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., with the artists in attendance.

Another outdoors-based exhibit, For the Love of Plein Air, is showing in the Corridor Gallery, downstairs at the Red Deer Recreation Centre. It features the work of nine local artists: Susan Barker, Lynn Carter, Sharon E. Van Essen, Carol Lynn Gilchrist, Joyce Handley, Jeri Lynn Ing, Roberta Murray, Rita Rake and Sheila Wright.

While there will be no reception for the show this month, the art can be viewed until the Recreation Centre closes at 9:30 p.m.

For the Love of Plein Air exhibit runs to Jan. 28 and will have a 5 to 7 p.m. reception on the First Friday of next month, Jan. 2. Many of the artists will attend.

Photos by Ty Photography are showing in the Captured exhibit at The Hub on Ross. The show, which runs to the end of the month, will have a First Friday reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

Whispers, a mixed-media exhibit by artist Emily Thompson, is showing at The Olive (formerly The Velvet Olive), accessed through the back alley behind Sunworks. The show that runs to the end of December will have a First Friday reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Oil paintings by David More, which were inspired by gardens, natural landscapes and turbulent Alberta skies, can be viewed at the new commercial gallery on Ross Street and upstairs in the Coconut Room cafe until 8 p.m. on Friday. Both exhibits, accessed through the Sunworks store, are showing until early January.

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