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Clay pots, pen drawings, self- portraits can all be seen at Red Deer galleries on First Friday

Rrefreshments will be served at most participating galleries
Red Deer artist Shirley Rimer’s A Chronicle in Clay exhibit is on at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until Dec. 2. Like many local art galleries, the museum will have an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. this Friday. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

From physical portraits to spiritual symbols, a variety of paintings and drawings can be seen at Red Deer galleries with opening receptions on Friday evening.

Metis artist Jason O’Connor’s artistic journey through cultural and spiritual motifs and will be displayed in the Urban Tribalism exhibit at the Red Deer Arts Council Community Gallery, Unit 6, 4919-49th St. The show goes from Oct. 5 to Nov. 6, with a First Friday of the month reception on Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Five teenage artists from Red Deer are showing their self portraits in the detritus/objects/envisioning/context show at the Viewpoint Gallery in the City of Red Deer’s Culture Services building (5205-48th Ave) from Oct. 6 to Nov. 24. The First Friday opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m., with the young artists speaking about their work starting from 6:30 p.m.

Red Deer ceramicist Shirley Rimer’s A Chronicle in Clay retrospective exhibit can be seen at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until Dec. 2. There will be a First Friday opening reception from 5-8 p.m.

Marnie Blair’s ball point pen drawings will be showing for one night only in the Moving Parts Never Stop show on Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Artribute Art School in the Old Courthouse on Ross Street.

Art in the Hallway at the Northside Community Centre’s YMCA was created by by six local artists: Debra Hunter, Wanda Oler, Sandra Weiss, Andrea Swainson, Wendy Meeres and Matilda Krahn. Their Place We Call Home exhibit is on until Oct. 30. There will be a 5-7 p.m. reception on Friday, Oct. 6.

Solorzano Spa Cafe and Wine bar (4631-50th St.) will feature artworks by Brenda Smith, Andrea Swainson, and Julia Zaouzolkova on Oct. 6. There will be a reception from 7-9 p.m.

Works of Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Vermeer, as re-created in Lego by Ponoka’s Greg Sawisky, will be showing at the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre until Oct. 27. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

The Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice show, featuring art by Betty Schnell, Margaret Blank, Elizabeth Schapansky, Lyn Anderson, Wendy Meeres, Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt and others can be seen at Curiosity Art and Framing for the month of October. There will be a 5-7 p.m. First Friday reception at 5002-48th St.

Continuing exhibits or those without opening receptions include:

- The Alberta Spirit Show at the Kiwanis Gallery in the downtown Red Deer Public Library until Oct. 15.

- Photography by Cristy Rusnell in the Corridor Community Gallery in the Red Deer Recreation Centre from Oct. 6 to Dec. 8.

- The Beauty of Our Natural World, paintings by Sharon Wright, are on at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre to Oct. 16.

- Cosmic Dust art by Lara Reynolds can be seen at the Velvet Olive Lounge to Oct. 28.