January art shows in Red Deer range from quirky to impressionist – Red Deer Advocate


From quirky hats and crocheted food to optical abstractions, the openings at the First Friday Gallery in Red Deer offer a plethora of artistic options.

At the Kiwanis Gallery in the Downtown Public Library, Margaret Hall will be exhibiting imaginative headwear from Jan.6 to Feb.27 – that includes fancy fedoras, creative crowns, sassy Stetsons and other whimsical toppers.

After purchasing old hat blocks, Hall created his own designs and made four felt hats a month for a year. The results can be seen in How is your garden growing? – an exhibition of mixed media. A first Friday opening on January 7 will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the presence of the artist.

At Riverlands Studio, 5123-48th St., an exhibition of paintings by Carol Lynn Gilchrist, can be viewed Wednesday afternoons in January. In Shifting Shapes and Flow, Gilchrist portrays water and other natural elements in an impressionistic style using watercolors, acrylics and oils. A reception on the first Friday will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Multimedia works by Mike Szabo and his daughter Elyse Szabo are on view January 2-31 at the Velvet Olive Lounge (accessible from the alley north of Ross Street). A First Friday reception will also feature music by Mike Szabo.

Rhythm and Hues, optical and geometric abstractions by Peter Caden, are on display at The Viewpoint Gallery of the City of Red Deer Arts and Culture Service Center at 5205-48th Ave. A First Friday Reception with the Artist will take place 5-8 pm, featuring acoustic music by Jeremy Doody.

Our West Country: Plein Air Painting in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes is still on display at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until March 12. There will be a reception on the first Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artist Beth Richardson turned everyday materials into works of art as part of the Persistent Creativity Everyday exhibit in the Corridor Gallery on the ground floor of the Red Deer Recreation Center. Richardson crocheted his favorite food, drew the sky on an iPad, and turned his habit of drinking tea into daily inspiration. The show runs from January 11 to February. 28 without reception.

Bronwyn Truant’s digital art can be seen at the A-Plus Art Gallery and Unique Collections, Unit 203-4919-49th St. The exhibit runs January 7-31, with no reception in January.

Most galleries require a mask and proof of vaccination to enter.


William E. Bennett