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Free art, culture and music at First Friday Red Deer!

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  • On the first Friday of every month, join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebrating local, regional and national artistic talent. The galleries buzz with art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and maybe some entertainment. Suitable for adults, youth, families, date nights, music lovers, culture-vultures and anyone who enjoys kicking off their weekend with a Friday night party. First Friday Red Deer is becoming a staple in the local culture diet. Free to attend.

    First Friday Red Deer at the Kiwanis Gallery hosts local, regional and provincial artists in a wide variety of subject matter and media. The Red Deer Arts Council displays wide-ranging exhibitions of paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media work and more, from locals or from artists around the province. For exhibit openings, the artist(s) will be in attendance. When an exhibit has already had its opening, the next first Friday a musician may play or maybe local authors will read.

    Here are the events you can take part in!

    Kiwanis Gallery – * in Red Deer Public Library – operated by the Red Deer Arts Council (RDAC)
    Kiwanis Gallery, 4818 49 Street

    In Concert with Hearts of Harmony

    Red Deer Arts Council present A Musical Concert with Hearts of Harmony for First Friday Red Deer on August 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Hearts of Harmony will be singing for 3 sets starting at 6:15 and ending at 7:45 pm. The program will consist of chorus and quartet performances singing a mix of traditional barbershop, jazz, rock, and show tunes in four part harmony.              

    Hearts of Harmony

    Exhibit continuing:

    Title:  Close Up                                  Artist: Donna Gallant
    Media: Oil Paintings                        Dates: June 19 to August 19, 2018
    Reception: First Friday Red Deer from 6 to 8 pm.

    A + Art Gallery & Unique CollectionsUnit 203, 4919 49th Street
    Title:  Portrait Drawings
    Artists: Gavin Petersen
    Media:  Graphite Pencil & Charcoal          Dates: August 3 to August 31, 2018

    Reception: First Friday Red Deer from 4 to 6 pm.  Artist in attendance.

    The Gallery on the Alley, Alberta Art and Drafting, 4711 – 49 Avenue
    Title:     Starving Artist Collection               Artist: Sasha Grinnell

    Media: Acrylics                                                  Dates: August 1 to 30, 2018
    Artist not in attendance, but gallery open for viewing from 4 to 6 pm.

    Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47 A Avenue
    Title:     The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert, RCA        
    Artist:  Joane Cardinal-Schubert
    Media: Mixed Media                                      Dates: May 5th, 2018 to August 12, 2018
    Reception: First Friday Red Deer from  5 pm to 8 pm.
    Guided tour of exhibition at 6 pm

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    Gallery shows new and continuing but no receptions although some spaces are open to the public.

    Harris-Warke Gallery, upstairs in the Sunworks Home & Garden Store, 4924 Ross Street
    Title: Untitled at this time.            Artist: Jordan Blackburn
    Media: Mixed Media                      Dates: August 17 to September 22, 2018
    No First Friday Red Deer reception.

     

    Corridor Community Gallery – at the downtown Recreation Centre, 4501-47A Avenue
    Title:  Untitled                                                    Artist: Danielle Kessler
    Media: Charcoal                                               Dates: August 3 to September 28, 2018.
    No First Friday Red Deer reception.

    Viewpoint Gallery, Cultural Services Centre, 3827 – 39 Street, Red Deer
    Viewpoint collective members – Shirley Rimer and Erin Boake.
    Media: Paintings and Porcelain Teapots                                Dates: July 2 to August 31, 2018
    No First Friday Red Deer reception.
    (403)309-4091                    Hours: M-F 8 am – 4:30 pm, closed noon-1 pm

     


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    CentreFest welcomes food festival for a tasty boost to popular summer event

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  • It’s a fabulous idea and sure feels like a great addition to one of the best events of the summer.  The Taste of Red Deer – summer edition, is teaming up with CentreFest on Friday, July 26.

    Here’s the news straight from CentreFest and the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation (Taste of Red Deer).

    Summer Just Got More Delicious!

    CentreFest, Central Alberta’s largest street performer festival, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation’s Taste of Red Deer.

    On Friday, July 26 from 6 to 9 pm, Taste of Red Deer will join with CentreFest to bring delicious food tastings to the already popular event.

    The partnership between the two organizations seemed a natural fit, both set on bringing young and old alike to Red Deer’s downtown core for unique entertainment, delicious food, and family fun!

    The Health Foundation’s CEO, Manon Therriault, says, “Taste of Red Deer has been a staple at Festival of Trees for years, and we decided to recreate it in the summertime. What better time to hold the event than with CentreFest, an event that’s already drawing crowds downtown. It just makes sense that two non-profit organizations would work together for the betterment of our community. We are very proud to have CentreFest as a partner.”

    Taste of Red Deer will draw between 25 and 30 local Central Alberta restaurants, each sampling some of their best menu items. Guests will purchase food vouchers to spend on whatever tantalizes their taste buds. Proceeds from the Taste of Red Deer event will go directly to purchasing equipment for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

    Jan Penney, CentreFest Board Chair, is also pleased with the partnership. “Our goal is to create an exciting family experience for Central Albertans, and our partners at Taste of Red Deer will add a new dimension to CentreFest that increases the excitement our event already creates.”

    A full slate of CentreFest performers will be on hand Friday night to provide unique & fun-filled entertainment while guests sample an array of food items from local vendors.

    Liz Taylor, Executive Director for Tourism Red Deer, says, “CentreFest is not only a signature event for Red Deer that helps define our unique personality, but they also consistently demonstrate a year round leadership and commitment within our arts and culture community. This partnership will enhance what CentreFest already offers to our community.”

     

    CentreFest and Taste of Red Deer is a family-friendly event and is free of charge to enter, with food tickets required for menu samplings.


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    Tim Tamashiro with some advice for young people..

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  • Author, RDC alumni and former CBC Radio host Tim Tamashiro will be at Chapters Red Deer on Saturday, April 13th. He will deliver a presentation titled “After Grad: How Ikigai Will Shape Your Life”. Tim will share insights on the meaningful work of life’s purpose from his bestselling book How To Ikigai.

    Graduation is a time for celebration. But what truths do grads face after grad? Does life only consist of a series of jobs in order to make a living?

    Tim believes that there’s a difference between your “job” and your “work”. Your “job” provides you with an income, safety, security and maybe even a boost to your ego. You “work” can result in something bigger and more rewarding. Your work can result in your Ikigai or your “life’s worth”.

    Join Tim for a special presentation at Chapters Red Deer. He will be available from 11 am – 4 pm to sign books. He will deliver his presentation at 12 noon.


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