Brad Olstad's mixed-media works are showing at Red Deer's Velvet Olive Lounge. (Contributed image).

Unique pieces set for First Friday galleries in 2023

Art depicting the female form, facial expressions and urban landscapes are featured in the inaugural First Fridays Red Deer gallery openings of 2023.

The Floral Female Connection show, by artist Sharon Wright, is showing at the Kiwanis Gallery and Snell Auditorium in the Red Deer Public Library from Dec. 29 to Feb. 20. The gallery is operated by the Red Deer Arts Council.

A First Fridays Red Deer opening reception will be held on Jan. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the oil and mixed-media works celebrating the strength of women. Wright portrays females of all ages, in all facets of life, in an impressionistic style.

Acrylic works by Cathy Fee are displayed in the exhibit The Brush Decides in the Red Deer Arts Council’s new Community Gallery, 6–4919 49 St. from Jan. 3 to Feb. 15, 2023

Fee is a Red Deer artist who overcomes physical limitations to create artworks that she’s excited to share with the community. A First Fridays Red Deer opening reception will be held Jan. 6 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Peter Greendale’s Found Light digital photography exhibit of interesting alleyways is on at The Viewpoint Gallery, in the City of Red Deer’s Culture Services building at 5205-48 Ave. from Jan. 6 – Feb. 24. A First Fridays reception will be held Jan. 6 from 6-8 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibit Upon Further Reflection: Highlights from the Past 50 Years, is on until March 11 at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. There will be a First Fridays reception Jan. 6 from 5-8 p.m.

The MAG has dug further into its collections to bring out artwork and items that exemplify key moments in the growth of Red Deer and the MAG. “Our collection holds significant fine art, fashion, activism… and stories from our community that you may find surprising.”

Also continuing at the MAG is A Sense of Place, landscapes by Carol Lynn Gilchrist and Wendy Meeres, on until March 11.

Riverlands Studio and Gallery at 5123 48 St, is showing Expressions by artist: Brian Richard. His soft pastel portraits are showing from Jan. 4- 27. A First Friday opening reception will be held Jan. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mixed-media works by Brad Olstad are on display at the Velvet Olive Lounge, 4928C 50 Street, with a Jan. 6 reception from 6 – 8 p.m.

Local galleries with no planned opening events include:

l The Urban Nature fibre arts exhibit, by members of Contextural Fibre Arts Cooperative, at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre until Feb. 17. An artist Reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, from 1 – 4 p.m. (No First Fridays opening for January as KWNC hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival.)

l Artist Audrey Rits is showing her mixed-media works at the Corridor Community Gallery, in the lower level of the Red Deer Recreation Centre to Feb. 2.

l Student works from Artribute Art School in the Old Courthouse are exhibiting at the YMCA Northside Community Centre, 6391 76 Street.

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