Art based on such ephemeral subject matter as friendship, music and wellness will be featured in Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings in September.
The joint installation, Soul Sisters: A Journey to the Hearth, at the Harris-Warke Gallery, documents the unfolding relationship between Grande Prairie artist Sabine Schneider and Red Deer artist Glynis Wilson Boultbee.
The two women decided soon after meeting in February 2009 to explore their deepening friendship through art. The resulting exhibit in the Sunworks store on Ross Street contains both art and artifacts from their journey. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.
Gallery IS will display the vibrant abstract works of Red Deer artist and gallery co-owner Jeri-Lyn Ing.
Ing painted for nine months along to CBC-Radio 2’s Shift program of eclectic music. She was inspired by the show host’s statement: “If only you could see the music.” The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wellness will be explored through art in a group show at The Hub on Ross. The reception will be held from 2 to 7 p.m.
Another group show will be held at Art From the Streets, 4935-51st Street. Refreshments will be served from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kiwanis Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library features the exhibit, Out of the Hole, by artist Robin Byrnes. A reception will be held from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
The Red Deer and District Museum and Art Gallery will have extended hours, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. The current exhibits are Farming Out Our Future, exploring changes that have impacted rural Alberta from the 1950s to the present, and The Farm Show, Part II: Growing. Also displayed are objects and artifacts from Central Alberta’s history; For Home and Country: 100 Years of Community Service, items from Alberta Women’s Institute exhibit; and James Bower and the United Farmers of Alberta.
The Velvet Olive Lounge features works by artist Dawn Candy, while Cafe Pichilingue will show art by Steve Johnson.