It’s the First Friday of the New Year so why not join the galleries downtown Red Deer in celebration of our local, regional, and national artistic talent.
At the Kiwanis Gallery in the downtown public library, Margaret Hall will be displaying imaginative headwear from Jan. 6 to Feb. 27 — this includes fanciful fedoras, creative crowns, sassy Stetsons, and other whimsical toppers. How Does Your Garden Grow a First Friday opening on Jan. 7 will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the artist in attendance.
Rhythm and Hues, optical and geometric abstractions by Peter Caden, are on display at The Viewpoint Gallery in the City of Red Deer’s Arts and Culture Services Centre at 5205-48th Ave. A First Friday reception with the artist will be held from 5-8 p.m., with acoustic music by Jeremy Doody.
Our West Country: Plein Air Painting in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes is still showing at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until March 12. There will be a First Friday reception from 5-8 p.m.
Mixed media works by Mike Szabo and his daughter Elyse Szabo are showing from Jan. 2-31 at The Velvet Olive Lounge (accessed from the back alley north of Ross Street). A First Friday reception will also include music by Elyse and Mike Szabo starting at 7:00 pm.
Over at Riverlands Studio, 5123-48th St., an exhibit of paintings by Carol Lynn Gilchrist, can be viewed on Wednesday afternoons throughout January. In Shifting Shapes and Flow, Gilchrist portrays water and other natural elements in impressionistic style in watercolours, acrylic, and oil. A First Friday reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Please make note that many of the galleries require masking and proof of vaccinations for entry, so please call or go online to find their requirements.