Red Deer’s Country Pride Dance Club will two-step and twirl as Red Deer art galleries swing open their doors for February’s First Friday receptions.
The 25-member dance team that was front and centre during the Canada Winter Games opening cermonies will be putting on an energetic show in the Snell Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library on Feb. 7.
In the Kiwanis gallery next door, Shadow Man, a mixed-media exhibit by local artist Paul Boultbee is continuing. The gallery operated by the Red Deer Arts Council will host a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception on the First Friday of February.
Down the street, art created by the faculty and staff of Red Deer College will be showing in the Welikoklad Event Centre Gallery, 4922 49th St., to the end of the month. The reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m.
Red Deer artist Peter Allen’s oil pastels can also be seen to the end of the month in the Trees I Once Knew exhibit at The Velvet Olive Lounge, 4928C 50th St. (access via back alley/51st Street).
There’s an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Live music with Tyler Allen and Dayna Moritz to follow at 9 p.m.
Comic Book Love, pencil sketches on canvas by artist Trevor Wiltse, is showing at The Hub on Ross Art Gallery, 4936 Ross St. There’s an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. with the artist in attendance.
Students from A+ Art Gallery’s weekly art classes will exhibit their creative endeavours at A + Art Gallery & Unique Collections, Unit 203, 4919 49th St.
A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., attended by students as well as instructors Michael Huyzer, Rita Schoenberger, Amanda Frost and Meghan Harkins.
The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery is showing Anne Frank – A History for Today, as well as Sacrifice, Hope, Friendship: Canada & the Liberation of Holland. Some light refreshments and snacks will be offered on Friday.
Other gallery shows without receptions are being shown around the city. They include:
* The calligraphy exhibit Nature in Winter by members of Red Deer’s Lettering Arts Guild at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.
* Feline Lair: An Ephemeral Expression of Ice and Snow by Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur at the Viewpoint Gallery, Culture Services Centre, 5205 48th St.
* Chasing the light, paintings by Carol Lynn Gilchrist, in the Corridor Community Gallery in the lower level of the Recreation Centre.
* Sunworks Gallery, 4913 – 50th Ave.