Red Deer’s First Friday opening receptions focus on Indigenous imagary, trees, daydreams

Frank, an artwork by Jessica Pettit, can be seen at A+ Art Gallery and Unique Collections in Red Deer. A First Friday opening reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1. (Contributed image)

Frank, an artwork by Jessica Pettit, can be seen at A+ Art Gallery and Unique Collections in Red Deer. A First Friday opening reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1. (Contributed image)

Those who bring proof of vaccinations can enjoy a full slate of First Friday gallery openings in Red Deer this week.

The Kiwanis Gallery, the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, the Velvet Olive Lounge and Viewpoint Gallery are all requiring patrons bring masks and proof of immunization against COVID-19 before attending events.

On Friday, The Nature of Trees, an exhibit by artist Lynn LeCorre, will be showing at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. This gallery is also participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program — so visitors are asked to bring a mask and proof of immunization to attend the First Friday 4 to 5 p.m. opening with the artist in attendance.

Stone Growth, an exhibit by Indigenous artist Ryan Jason Allen Willert, as well as Christiana Latham, and Sydney Schur is on at the Viewpoint Gallery, Arts & Culture Services to Oct. 29. An opening reception on First Friday is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. An artist talk with Willert is at 6 p.m.

World War Women, a travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum, is on at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery to Nov. 20. A 5-8 p.m. reception on Friday, will be held with informal tours available.

Making Daydreams, works by artist Toni Saik, are displayed at The Velvet Olive Lounge (access via back alley/51st Street) all month. An opening reception Friday, is from 5-7 p.m. with the artist in attendance. Live music by Calgary-based swing band, Red Hot Hayseeds to follow at 8:30 p.m. (Cover by donation.)

Artwork by Carol Lynn Gilchrist, as well as a spotlight on the works of Susan Delaney, are presented at the Riverlands/Gallery I.S. at 5123-48th St. A reception will be held Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required.

Strange & Unusual Things, a show by artist Gordon Klaassen, Michael Huyzer, Jessica Pettit, Rita Schoenberger, Marianne Harris, Haley Wasdal, Brenda Smith, Amanda Frost, Laura Frederick, Jeff Powers is on at the A + Art Gallery & Unique Collections, Unit 203, 4919 49th St. for October.

Opening Reception is Friday from 12-4 p.m. Face masks are required; as well as physical distancing; hand sanitizer. But proof of vaccination status is not required to attend this show.

Some continuing exhibitions with no scheduled First Friday opening receptions planned are Rock of Ages by artist Marianne Harris at the Kiwanis Gallery, in the Red Deer Public Library downtown until Oct. 11.

There’s also a Fibre Arts Showcase by artist Margaret Blank at Curiosity Art & Framing, 4 – 4676 61 St., in Riverside Industrial.

And multi-artist exhibits are on at the Herons Nest Gallery, 634 49 St., the Corridor Community Gallery in lower level of Recreation Centre, and Sunworks Gallery.

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