Dirt Road Dreams, is part of Sally Peddle's photography and model show in the Corridor Gallery, downstairs in the Red Deer Recreation Centre. (Contributed image).

Some September First Friday art exhibits in Red Deer tackle weighty themes

Many local art galleries are open later on Sept. 2, and offer refreshments

Red Deer art galleries with opening receptions on the First Friday of September are showing everything from videotaped experiences of racism to artistic ruminations about motherhood.

Explore deep human connections and the effects of discrimination through a powerful storytelling exhibit I See You: Sawubona, showing at the Viewpoint Gallery in the City of Red Deer’s Culture Services building, 5205-48th Ave. These video stories, which run until Oct. 28, feature people who have lived through prejudice and racism. Their narratives aim to increase empathy. The First Friday reception is from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Alberta Spirit Show by members of the Alberta Community Arts Clubs Association, is on at the Kiwanis Gallery in Red Deer’s downtown public library until Oct. 16. This exhibit offers 20 artworks that are considered the “best of the best” from adjudicated zone shows across the province in youth to advanced categories. The First Friday reception, hosted by the Red Deer Arts Council, runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A one-night-only exhibit of paintings by Paula Sommers and Taryn Rathgeber are displayed Friday at Artribute Art School in Red Deer’s Old Court House. A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sweet Tooth and Baby Teeth is a featured exhibit by E.M. Alysse Bowd, whose watercolour works on the theme of motherhood are showing, along with acrylic paintings by Carol Lynn Gilchrist, at Riverlands Studio Gallery, 5123-48th St. to Sept. 30. A First Friday reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Brush with Desire, an exhibit of paintings by Philip Gauthier, is spotlighted at A-Plus Art Gallery and Unique Collections, Unit 203-4919-49th St to Sept. 30. A First Friday opening reception will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m.

In a Class of His Own is a exhibit of works by former Red Deer Polytechnic visual arts instructor Jim Westergard, at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery from Sept. 3 to Nov. 19. There’s also a new hallway exhibit at the Museum: The Boultbee Project, by Paul Boultbee, can be seen during First Friday in Red Deer.

Mixed-media art by Brad Olstad is displayed at Curiosity Art and Framing, Bay 4, 4676-61st St. to October. The gallery is open to 7 p.m. on First Friday.

Connections is a juried exhibit showing at a new gallery space in the YMCA Northside Community Centre, 6391-76 St. through Sept. 30.

Six local artists are showing their diverse works at a pop-up gallery in the Red Deer Arts Council’s new digs at Unit 6, 4919-49th St. in downtown Red Deer. This mixed-media show for Alberta Culture Days 2022 runs to Sept. 30.

Alberta Skies, works by artist Osi Cruz-Lahtinen, are showing at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre during September.

Sally Peddle’s photography of old Alberta homesteads, slowly eroded by the elements, is showing with some cardboard models until Nov. 3 in the Corridor Community Gallery, downstairs at the Red Deer Recreation Centre.

Martin Dahl’s drawings and watercolours are showing at the Velvet Olive Lounge.

You can also check out some outdoor art this weekend, with new downtown murals. A map can be found at reddeer.ca or on the Red Deer arts council’s website.


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