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Jann Arden featured speaker on Monday at The Lending Cupboard’s first annual “Winter Luncheon”

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Jann Arden will be the featured speaker when The Lending Cupboard hosts its first annual Winter Luncheon on Monday at Red Deer’s Sheraton Hotel.

The Lending Cupboard serves more than 10,000 clients each year, many of whom are aging.  The “Winter Luncheon” is a new initiative designed to bring education and awareness to the many issues members of community face, in this case, Alzheimer’s.

“The Lending Cupboard is introducing this new event to continue to bring awareness to our organization and the services that we provide to central Albertans.” said Dawna Morey, Executive Director of The Lending Cupboard. “This includes our clients that are dealing with long term illnesses such as Alzheimer’s”.   

“We chose Jann Arden because she speaks so passionately about her painful journey dealing with her Mom’s Alzheimers”, says Morey.  “As one of our country’s most-enduring and endearing artists, we really hope that she can help us create new connections to our community, raise our profile and raise some money.  We are a non-profit organization and rely heavily on fundraising and volunteers to operate.”

This short video gets right to the heart of why this organization is so vital to our community.

Jann Arden knows all about Alzheimer’s. Here’s a link to a blogpost Arden penned earlier this year called Being With Mom, about her journey dealing with her mom’s disease.  It sets the tone for what she’ll speak to when she’s here in January. Being with Mom is a deeply personal and heartfelt story written in a voice that’s clearly Arden’s.

“The Lending Cupboard has played an important role in the communities of central Alberta since 2006, ensuring individuals and their families have the support of medical equipment and daily living aids regardless of their income, status, or ability.  We are extremely grateful for the support that our community partners and individuals have entrusted to us to ensure we are “Paying It Forward – Enhancing Mobility, Independence & Dignity.”

Dawna Morey, Executive Director, The Lending Cupboard

As a renowned musician and bestselling author, Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories, Arden’s wisdom and wit shine in everything she does.

Arden catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993, with the release of her debut album, Time For Mercy. She boasts 19 top-10 singles, and has received eight Juno Awards, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.” She has also been recognized with 10 SOCAN Awards; four Western Canadian Music Awards; a Much Music Video Award; three Prairie Music Awards; and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. She has also been honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Of course, never one to settle on a single discipline, Arden was the host of Being Jann on CBC Radio; she has been a judge on television’s Canada Sings; and has appeared on the Rick Mercer Report and in several sitcoms. She is also a returning co-host of CTV’s The Social.

On stage, Arden was part of the cast for the Canadian tour of The Vagina Monologues. Her most recent album of original material is These Are The Days, released in early 2018.

Arden is the author of several books, including, If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You?; I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing and That’s All I Know; Falling Backwards; and her memoir, Feeding My Mother — a piercingly honest account of her experience with her mother, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

Listen to Arden’s hit song “Good Mother”.

What is The Lending Cupboard?

TLC is a unique non-profit organization operating in Red Deer and serving a growing number of communities in Central Alberta.  We loan more than 1400 pieces of medical equipment and aids to daily living each month.  We are supported by volunteers who contribute more than 11,000 hours each year.  In 2018 we served in excess of 10 thousand clients.

What is Alzheimers?

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects 564,000 Canadians, with the number is expected to reach 937,000 in 15 years, according to Alzheimer’s Society Canada.

It’s not yet known what causes Alzheimer’s. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol, low levels of formal education, depression, head injuries, family history and being female.

Alzheimer’s Society Canada says that warning signs include the following:

  • Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities–forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks–forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life, such as preparing a meal or getting dressed.
  • Problems with language–forgetting words or substituting words that don’t fit the context.
  • Disorientation in time and space–not knowing what day of the week it is or getting lost in a familiar place.
  • Impaired judgment–not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.
  • Problems with abstract thinking–not understanding what numbers signify on a calculator, for example, or how they’re used.
  • Misplacing things–putting things in strange places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
  • Changes in mood and behaviour–exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick-tempered.
  • Changes in personality–behaving out of character such as feeling paranoid or threatened.
  • Loss of initiative–losing interest in friends, family and favourite activities.

Please join us for a moving and memorable luncheon on January 28th.

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Foundation seeking applications for valuable ’emerging artists’ awards- Deadline Feb.23

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The competition deadline is midnight, February 23, 2020.

Full disclosure – I serve on the Board of Directors of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation.  And as a serious artist in the province, you are likely aware of this foundation.  And If not, you should be.  It was in 2003 that some visionaries in our province, some even luminaries, put together the funds necessary to establish a foundation that would celebrate and promote excellence in the arts.  You can thank the late Tommy Banks, the late John Poole and Calgary’s Jenny Belzberg for the legacy they created. The endowments they established with philanthropic dollars from generous community members, and gifts from a number of levels of government, have helped to create a lasting impact on those recognized.

In alternating years, the Foundation celebrates either emerging artists or distinguished artists.  In 2020, the Foundation will recognize up to 10 emerging artists who will each receive a $10,000 cash award and a medal presented by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, at a ceremony in June.

Artists from all disciplines including performing, visual, film, design and literary arts are eligible to apply.

Emerging artists are considered those of any age who have completed their training or apprenticeship and are in the early stages of their professional arts career. To date, 53 Emerging Artists have been recognized including singers Nuela Charles and Colleen Brown; theatre artists Heather Inglis, Jenna Rodgers and Simon Mallett; visual artists Amy Malbeuf and Pamma Fitzgerald.

The awards are adjudicated by a panel put convened by The Banff Centre. This panel will select the 2020 Emerging Artist recipients.

The competition deadline is midnight, February 23, 2020.

Full competition details and links to the online application forms can be found at artsawards.ca

You can find the application form and other details here. Since its inception, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation has awarded more than a million dollars ($1,130.000 to be exact) to 20 Distinguished Artists and 53 Emerging Artists.

These awards are amazing.  I’ve attended both Distinguished Artist and Emerging Artist awards since becoming a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation several years ago.  If you are serious about your art, you really need to get an application together.

2016 Emerging Artists with Her Honour Lois E. Mitchell and His Honour Douglas Mitchell

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First Friday features Country Pride Performance Team and Paul Boultbee

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Here are the events happening as part of First Friday Red Deer on February 7th, 2020

Performers: Country Pride Dance Club will be performing in the Snell Auditorium for First Friday at Paul Boultbee’s Exhibit

Title: Shadow Man
Artist: Paul Boultbee
Kiwanis Gallery, 4818 49 Street, in Red Deer Public Library – operated by Red Deer Arts Council
Media:  Mixed Media
Dates:  to February 17, 2020
Reception: First Friday Red Deer February 7th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/629741994235637/.

 

Title:    Faculty & Staff Exhibition
Artists: Red Deer College School of Creative Arts Faculty & Staff
Welikoklad Event Centre Gallery, 4922 49th Street
Dates:  January 20 – February 28 2020
Reception Friday February 7th from 5 – 7pm.  Free and open to the public.

Title:    Undiscovered Talents – Student Art Exhibition
Artists: Students from A+’s weekly art classes will be showing off their creative endeavours
A + Art Gallery & Unique Collections,  Unit 203, 4919 49th Street
Media:    Various
Dates:     February 1 -29, 2020
Opening Reception: February 7 from 4 – 6pm.  We’ve got incredible art students doing amazing work in the Art Gallery workshops.  Artists/Instructors Michael Huyzer, Rita Schoenberger, Amanda Frost, Meghan Harkins have shared their ideas and knowledge with workshop students.  From oil painting, acrylic and alcohol inks, to mixed media, each person came up with inspiring pieces.  We wanted to show case each of our students in celebrating their masterpieces with you. You’ve seen the photos on Facebook, now come in and talk with our students.  You may be inspired to try out an art workshop for yourself.

Title:      Trees I Once Knew
Artist:     Peter Allen
The Velvet Olive Lounge, 4928C 50 Street (access via back alley/51st Street)
Media:    Oil Pastels
Dates:     February 1 – 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7th from 6 – 8pm.  The content is primarily oil pastel drawings of simple landscapes that use trees as the main object in the image. The works were made between 1994 and 1996.  Live music with Tyler Allen and Dayna Moritz to follow at 9pm.

Title:      Comic Book Love
Artist:     Trevor Wiltse
The Hub on Ross Art Gallery, 4936 Ross Street
Media:    Pencil sketches on Canvas
Dates:     February 1 – 29, 2020
Opening Reception February 7 from 1-3pm with the artist in attendance.

Exhibitions:
Anne Frank – A History for Today
Sacrifice, Hope, Friendship: Canada & the Liberation of Holland
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47 A Avenue
Join a MAG staff member for informal tours of our permanent history exhibition, Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland from 5-8 pm, plus check out the temporary exhibits “Anne Frank – A History for Today” and “Sacrifice, Hope, Friendship: Canada & the Liberation of Holland.”  Enjoy some light refreshments and snacks. Free to attend; donations gratefully accepted.  Gallery open from 10am – 8pm.

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Gallery shows new and continuing with no receptions, although spaces are open to the public.

Title:    Nature in Winter
Artist:  Members of Red Deer’s Lettering Arts Guild
Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45 Ave
Media:  Mixed
Dates:   December 20, 2019 – February 19, 2020
No reception for February.  Gallery viewing times are 10 am – 5 pm everyday.

Title:      Feline Lair: An Ephemeral Expression of Ice and Snow
Artist:    Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur
Viewpoint Gallery, Culture Services Centre, 5205 48 Street
Media:   Mixed Media
Dates:   January 3rd – February 28, 2020
No reception for February.  Hours:  Mon–Fri 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

Feline Lair 2019
Dawn Detarando & Brian McArthur
Ice and Snow
Photographer credit: Asaf Kliger

Title:    chasing the light
Artist:   Carol Lynn Gilchrist
Media:  Acrylic
Corridor Community Gallery, in lower level of Recreation Centre, 4501 47 A Ave
No reception for February.  This work is a deeply personal response to the death of the artist’s brother.
Facilitated by City of Red Deer Culture Services and featuring the work of local emerging and established artists.  Hours Mon–Thu 5:30am–10pm, Fri 5:30am–5pm, Sat 8am–5pm, Sun 12pm–5 pm.

Sunworks Gallery, 110-4913 50 Avenue
Store open, but no reception for January.

Creativity Understood.

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First Friday Red Deer is the monthly event where downtown art galleries hold exhibit openings and special events.

Thank you to our sponsors!

                   

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