January is the time to celebrate Alberta’s first annual Month of the Artist. Throughout January, we want to celebrate the creators, storytellers, innovators, teachers, and mentors that bring art to our communities. Their creativity has made a positive impact on our way of life and we would like to take the time to celebrate them. Alberta is the first province in Canada to dedicate a month to its artists and we hope it’s not the last.
One of the ways we can begin is by participating in Red Deer’s first First Friday on January 4, 2019. This is a great time to visit one of our many galleries like the Kiwanis Gallery in the Red Deer Library or The Hub on Ross Art Gallery. You might even get to meet the artist, listen to a musician, or take in a reading from one of our local authors. The Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery is another great place to visit. Not only can you immerse yourself in the history, there are also various art exhibits, art classes and films being featured throughout the month for you to enjoy.
Ode to Andy
Corinne Anderton, Kiwanis Gallery
Red Deer is also home to many theatre groups and what better way to celebrate this month then to take in a live performance, creativity at its finest. So if you’re in the mood for a little drama then try taking in Central Alberta Theatre’s Cliffhanger, or if unconventional love stories intrigue you then Gruesome Playground Injuries with Ignition Theatre should be at the top of your list. These two plays will be debuting this January and are a definite must for the theatre buff.
Central Alberta Theatre
Music is another medium that inspires the creative soul and who better than Scotland’s National Bard Robbie Burns to get you in that mood. The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra can take us on January 26th for a Robbie Burns Night. With inspiring pieces like Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy or Lapalme: Fantasy on Scottish Folk Songs it’s sure to bring out the Celtic in all of us.
These are just a few of the things we can do to participate and honour our local artists this January. So get engaged, take a class, buy a piece of art, enjoy a play, visit a gallery and let our artists know just how much we value the contributions they make to our province.
Feature image courtesy of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery