A Japanese-influenced painting showing at The Hub on Ross. (Contributed photo).

New downtown Red Deer gallery, diverse exhibits opening for First Friday in July

Art shows run gamut from gender equality statements to summertime dreams

Art exploring inequality between men and women, the Inuit way of life, and summertime dreams is showing as part of Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings for July 5.

An inaugural exhibit by members of the gallery’s collective can be seen in the Viewpoint Gallery’s bright new location in the culture services space at 5205 48th St. until Aug. 23.

Also, Biophiles by artist Teena Dickerson is showing in the same large gallery space in the renovated downtown heritage building. Her metalworks and jewellery in bronze, silver, gold, stone and bone are displayed until July 29.

A Friday reception for both shows will be held from 6 to 8 pm. The public can also tour the rest of the culture services building, check out new program and rental spaces, take a free arts sample class, and enjoy prizes and live music by local musicians.

A few blocks away at the Red Deer Public Library, gender inequality is considered in DisBound, an encaustic/found objects exhibit by artist Kim Bruce.

As a future entrepreneur, Bruce said it rankled her to be expected to conform to traditional women’s roles when she was younger.

“The essence of my work speaks to the roles and rights of girls and women,” said Bruce, whose Kiwanis Gallery show, presented by the Red Deer Arts Council, runs to Aug. 17.

There’s a First Friday reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Members and invited guests can attend — please call the arts council for more information.

Kinship: Images of Family and Community, artworks from the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery’s Indigenous and Inuit Art Collection, is showing until July 8.

Also at the gallery is Unfamiliar Selves, a joint exhibit by sculptor Jude Griebel and watercolourist Tammy Salzl. The show, which runs July 5 to Sept. 29, has a First Friday opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Nature’s Calling, a fabric arts display by Jesslyn Miller and Dena Miller, is on at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre until Aug. 24. A First Friday reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m.

A Japanese-inspired mixed-media exhibit is showing at the Hub on Ross Gallery. Works by local artists Barbara Halliday, Derek Sauer, Carol Mckinnie, Shawn Grieves and Nicole Lambert are featured until July 31.

The opening reception is from 4 to 6 p.m.

The A+ Art Gallery & Unique Collections (at Unit 203, 4919 49th St.) is presenting 30 Dreams of Summer until July 31.

The mixed-media exhibit includes pieces from all artists presently featured in the gallery, including Holly Mayoh, Marianne Harris, Michael Huyzer, Christine Karron, Amanda Frost and many more.

A First Friday reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Sunworks store on Little Gaetz is hosting an opening reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for an art exhibit by Jeri Lynn Ing and Betty Schnell.


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