Executive director Lorna Johnson, left, and collections manager Melanie Berndt help set up an exhibit of David More’s beach paintings. They can be seen when the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery reopens on July 2. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer museum to reopen with reduced hours on July 2

Citizens who are weathering the pandemic will be recognized in a new exhibit

Viewers can reflect on recent history with the exhibit COVID-19: Unprecedented Times, when the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery opens on July 2.

On the community wall in the Remarkable Red Deer exhibit, the facility will be recognizing citizens of Red Deer who are weathering the pandemic.

Objects on display are from the collection representing the work and activities that took place in the community since the lockdown in March.

“The artifacts are old. The photos and stories are current,” states a museum release.

On display are the COVID-19 related stories of Troubled Monk brewery, Curtis Wazny, Christine Engel, Marnie Blair and Erin Boake.

Another new exhibit is opening next week: Shore Figures, Sylvan Lake by Benalto artist Dave More.

In these large paintings that will be displayed to Sept. 5, More has aimed to capture the “colour, noise and smells” of Sylvan Lake in the summer.

The museum will reopen with reduced hours. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free timed-entry tickets can be booked in advance or online at www.reddeermuseum.com. This will ensure no more than 50 people are in the space at once to help visitors maintain social distancing.

Other changes include enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitizing stations, and signage indicating one-way traffic flow.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors back into the building,” says Lorna Johnson, the museum’s executive director.

“We plan to resume more of our regular programs in September. Until then, please check out our blog and Facebook posts. We hope to see you soon.”

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