Cat-a-tude, funky acrylic cat paintings by Natalie Schmidt are showing at the Viewpoint Gallery in Red Deer’s Culture Services Centre. The First Friday reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. (Contributed image).

Red Deer galleries hold First Friday receptions for monk-made sand mandelas, funky cat art

Abstract art, multi-cultural art and photography are shown around the city

Sand, sex and shape shifting are themes for some of the diverse art being displayed during Red Deer’s First Friday gallery receptions on Sept. 6.

Sand mandela-making by the Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Dzongkar Choede monastery is on in the Stewart Discovery Studio at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until Sept. 8.

Check out their progress at the First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sex, Sin & 69 is a touring photo exhibit “exploring diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community” that’s also being shown at the museum.

The mixed-media pop-up display is on until Sept. 15, with a First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Remarkable Red Deer exhibit. (There will also be a screening of the “ground-breaking” documentary at the museum on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.)

Also showing at the museum is Hot Mess: A Residency in Motherhood by Erin Boake, and Unfamiliar Selves, works by Tammy Salzl and Jude Griebel.

Cat-a-tude, funky acrylic cat paintings by Natalie Schmidt, are showing at the Viewpoint Gallery in Red Deer’s Culture Services Centre, 5205 48th St., to the end of the month.

This exhibition of pet portraits is presented by Harris-Warke Gallery at the Viewpoint Gallery. The First Friday reception is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Alberta Bound, Landscape Paintings Display by Artist Lynn LeCorre, is showing at Kiwanis Gallery, operated by the Red Deer Arts Council, in the Red Deer Public Library downtown.

It’s on until Oct. 14, with an opening reception Sept. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is open to members, affiliates, the media and invited guests.

Amorphous, a display of abstract paintings by Red Deer artist Paul Boultbee, is on at The Velvet Olive Lounge, 4928C 50th St. (access via back alley/51st Street) this month. An opening reception on Friday is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Acrylic and watercolour paintings by Brian Downes are showing in the Spirit of Alberta exhibit at the A + Art Gallery & Unique Collections, Unit 203, 4919 49th St., this month.

The Friday reception is from 3 to 6 p.m., with refreshments provided and the artist in attendance. (Gallery viewing times are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, closed Monday and open Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.)

Bron is the title of an exhibit of acrylic works by artist Chance Ogilvie at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. It runs until Oct. 29, but the First Friday reception is from 4 to 6 p.m.

Gallery viewing times are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

The World’s Cultures Right Here in Red Deer is a collaborative exhibition of multicultural art forms from artist members of the Central Alberta Refugee Effort community.

The mixed-media display is showing at The Hub on Ross Art Gallery, 4936 Ross St., until Sept. 30.

There’s no First Friday reception this month, instead a closing celebration reception will take place as part of Alberta Culture Days on Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. during the event entitled Multicultural Art, Fashion, Music, Movin’ & Munchies, with artists in attendance.

A gallery show with no reception, is also open to the public: A Moment of Their Time, digital photography by Kim Mortimer, is showing at the Corridor Community Gallery, in lower level of the Recreation Centre to Sept. 30.

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