You will find art all over the city in many different forms. The Red Deer Arts Council supports and encourages literary, performing dance, and visual artists through scholarships, awards, workshops, and events. Here are a few ways to immerse yourself in the arts of Red Deer:
Visit an Art Gallery
Where there’s art, you’ll find galleries. The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery has rotating art exhibits and offers drop in family-friendly art classes every Saturday. The city also operates the Viewpoint Gallery and the Corridor Community Gallery, which display the works of established and emerging artists. The Kiwanis Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library has rotating exhibits from the Alberta artists and is operating by the Red Deer Arts Council.
There is also many private art galleries in the city. The First Friday of every month is a special time to explore Red Deer’s public and private art galleries. It is a free Friday night art party with exhibit openings,opportunities to meet artists, and enjoy live music.
Explore the City’s Public Art
You will find public art all over the city — sculptures, murals, and ghosts. Red Deer’s ghosts are life sized bronze sculptures of historical figures that are scattered about downtown Red Deer. The city has one of the largest life-sized bronze collections in Canada.
Open Studio Days
Once a year the Red Deer Arts Council coordinates an event that allows many artists open their studios to visitors. Open Studio Days is a chance to meet local artists, witness live demonstrations, and learn about their creative process. You can watch artists work with clay, ceramics, silk painting, watercolours, pastels, oils, bead making, stained glass, and so much more.
Take In a Performance
Performing art is alive and well in Red Deer. Central Alberta Theatre (CAT) offers performances at the Memorial Centre. At the Scott Block Theatre, you can take in a Bull Skit Comedy show, Tree House Youth Theatre performance, or an Ignition Theatre production. The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra is a community-oriented professional arts organization dedicated to providing high-calibre performances or enjoy the Marching Showband Classic with The Red Deer Royals. The Country Pride Dance Club hosts family dances involving the City of Red Deer. Red Deer Arts Council, RedDeer Culture Heritage Society, and the Red Deer Native and Friendship Society. Take in the various shows performed by the Red Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe as we learn about the first nation culture through their sharing, dancing, singing, and drumming.