Carol Lynn Gilchrist’s impressionistic artworks can be seen at Riverlands Studio in Red Deer. (Contributed image)

Carol Lynn Gilchrist’s impressionistic artworks can be seen at Riverlands Studio in Red Deer. (Contributed image)

January art exhibits in Red Deer range from quirky to impressionistic

Many First Friday gallery opening receptions held on Jan. 7

From quirky hats and crocheted food to optical abstractions, Red Deer’s First Friday Gallery openings provide a cornucopia of artsy options.

At the Kiwanis Gallery in the downtown public library, Margaret Hall will be displaying imaginative headwear from Jan. 6 to Feb. 27 — this includes fanciful fedoras, creative crowns, sassy Stetsons and other whimsical toppers.

After purchasing some old hat blocks, Hall created her own patterns and made four felted hats a month for a year. The results can be seen in How Does Your Garden Grow? – a mixed media exhibit. A First Friday opening on Jan. 7 will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the artist in attendance.

Over at Riverlands Studio, 5123-48th St., an exhibit of paintings by Carol Lynn Gilchrist, can be viewed on Wednesday afternoons throughout January. In Shifting Shapes and Flow, Gilchrist portrays water and other natural elements in impressionistic style in watercolours, acrylic and oil. A First Friday reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mixed-media works by Mike Szabo and his daughter Elyse Szabo are showing from Jan. 2-31 at The Velvet Olive Lounge (accessed from the back alley north of Ross Street). A First Friday reception will also include music by Mike Szabo.

Rhythm and Hues, optical and geometric abstractions by Peter Caden, are on display at The Viewpoint Gallery in the City of Red Deer’s Arts and Culture Services Centre at 5205-48th Ave. A First Friday reception with the artist will be held from 5-8 p.m, with acoustic music by Jeremy Doody.

Our West Country: Plein Air Painting in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes is still showing at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until March 12. There will be a First Friday reception from 5-8 p.m.

Artist Beth Richardson has turned every day materials into works of art in the Persistent Creativity Everyday show in the Corridor Gallery, downstairs at the Red Deer Recreation Centre. Richardson has crocheted her favourite food, drawn the sky on an iPad, and turned her habit of tea drinking into daily inspiration. The show runs Jan. 11-Feb. 28 with no reception.

Digital art by Bronwyn Truant can be seen at A-Plus Art Gallery and Unique Collections, Unit 203-4919-49th St. The show runs Jan. 7 to 31, with no January reception.

Many of the galleries require masking and proof of vaccinations for entry.