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#RedDeerStrong – Can’t go to see art? Enjoy Red Deer’s 2020 Online Arts Festival!

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Local visual, literary and performing artists take to the online stage

The year 2020 has taken quite a unique turn in the past couple of months, but digital communications and the arts have taken a forefront position as people spend more time at home, physical distancing and staying safe and healthy. While the Red Deer Arts Council’s Kiwanis Art Gallery is closed, we are taking the opportunity to share creativity of all genres through our website and social media with the 2020 Online Arts Festival.

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With grant funding from the City of Red Deer Culture Services, the arts council is pleased to be able to support participating artists in sharing their work through artist fees for this juried exhibition open to Central Alberta and Red Deer artists of all ages in performing, literary and visual disciplines.

This online festival will celebrate visual, performing, and literary arts through emailed submissions to the Red Deer Arts Council and provide local contributors with an artist fee for their participation in this juried project.

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Whether a dancer, actor, writer, singer, painter or poet, artists of all kinds will share their talent and creativity through images and video performances or tutorials on the Red Deer Arts Council’s online platforms.

Aaron Burd

This unique and exciting exhibition will exist on all arts council social media platforms and our website:
https://www.reddeerartscouncil.ca/online-arts-festival

https://www.facebook.com/reddeerartscouncil/

https://twitter.com/RDArtsCouncil

https://www.instagram.com/rdartscouncil/

Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present the 2020 Online Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, which runs from May 1st to 31st and July 1st to 31st, 2020, with a pause for a special presentation in June

Markus Spiske

INFORMATION FOR ARTIST

2020 Online Arts Festival – Call for Submissions

We are calling on artists of all kinds in Red Deer to submit performance videos and images of 2D, 3D and written words to [email protected] for sharing with the wider community! This call is open to artists of all ages and genres.  The only restriction is that we ask that YOU have created the work! We are also inviting artists to create tutorial videos (approximately 10 – 20 minutes) demonstrating a specific element of your artistry to be shared as well!

Your work will be shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on a specific page on our website!

Video submissions might include: a drawing or painting lesson, a dance number (please credit the musical artists for the audio.) a scene or monologue from a play, a song or a reading from a piece of our written material.

Images might include: a photo of your painting, drawing, photograph or sculptural work, an image of your written page.  Images will be credited to the artist with a label card overlaid on the image to help protect your copyright.  Videos and images will be credited in post descriptions / commentary and any artist statements submitted will be likewise shared.

The Fine Print:  The Red Deer Arts Council, a Not-For-Profit Charity that receives public and private funding, will jury all submissions received for the appropriateness (in a public all-ages sphere) and for the quality of the content and reserve the right to curate all works that are shared by our professional arts service organization.

We ask that works not have been displayed in the Red Deer Arts Council’s Kiwanis Gallery during a prior exhibition or be previously shared online in the year 2020.

Submission Details and Criteria:

  • This Juried Online Festival exhibition is an open call to all Visual, Literary and Performing artists in Red Deer and Central Alberta.

  • Digital image files for visual art works must be titled according to the completed Application & Declaration Form (attached) and labeled with the Title of the Work, Media, Date, Value for sale, and the Name of the Artist;

  • Video files should be named with the piece being performed/read. Works performed should be original works or have received permission from the identified creator; if another’s music is used for dance pieces, please note credit for the performer and songwriters.

  • Video Tutorials should be approximately 10-20 minutes and should be edited prior to submission.

  • Works should not have previously been exhibited in the Kiwanis Gallery, nor shared elsewhere online or on social media in 2019 or 2020.

  • Jurors will remain Anonymous and will judge content on acceptability in a public all-ages forum as well as for quality.

  • Submission may be sent electronically with digital file attachments or for large size files, a link to a functioning downloadable file is acceptable.

  • Artist Fee Structure for this festival:

  • $50 for the 1st piece, $25 for subsequent pieces to a max of $100 per artist.

  • Kids’ work (up to age 15, inclusive) will receive $25 for one item in gift card format (from a select list.)

  • For video tutorials, $50 per video tutorial (approx. 10-20 minutes) to a maximum payment of $100 per artist.

In your emailed submission, please include:

  • Your complete, signed (digital signatures accepted) Application & Declaration Form

  • Your images in .JPG or .PNG format and videos in .MOV or .MP4 file types (or similar, be sure it functions and is accessible.) Please name your file with the work title, corresponding to the attached form. You may also mail a USB key with your files to 110-4818 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 4A3.

  • Your Artist Statement referring to the works (what inspired you), if applicable

  • A short Biography detailing your experience (approximately 2-3 sentences)

  • A list of your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram handles or webpage addresses so you can be tagged in the post

Submissions will be received on an ongoing basis until July 25, 2020. Incomplete submissions will be returned.

 

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Community raising funds for family of highly rated doctor killed by his patient

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From gofundme

Dr. Walter Reynolds Memorial Fund

On a normal Monday morning, August 10th, life changed forever for the Reynolds family.

Walter tragically lost his life serving his community as a family doctor.

An unimaginable, horrific act of violence took him away from his loving family.

He was attacked in his office by a patient.

His friends, colleagues and community mourns an exceptional human being lost too soon.  We all are devastated and heartbroken.

He was a devout father to two amazing young daughters and a loving husband.  He loved to run, be healthy and, most of all spend time with his family.

Funds raised with this campaign will be used towards his daughters’ education.

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Downtown Business Spotlight: City Center Vacuum

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This week’s Business Spotlight is with City Center Vacuum Sales & Service. This business has been in operation for the past 27 years, in the same location at 5311 – 50th Avenue. They are known for carrying high-quality products, fair pricing, and excellent customer service.  Its no wonder they have people that travel from out of town just to shop with them! We sat down with James and Rose-Marie Sherman to learn more!

What is your business?

We are vacuum sales and service with janitorial products as well. Our products include portable vacs, built-in vacs, carpet shampoo, vacuum bags, belts, and service repairs.

When did your business open?

We opened in May of 1993 and have been in the same location ever since.

What makes your business unique?

It’s a go-to business, it’s a destination. We supply what people can’t find elsewhere and our products are of high quality, people come to us when they are tired of buying disposable products. Customers like our 1 on 1 service. They like the honesty and sincerity we offer when they come to us for repairs. James is awesome with customers over the phone as well, he can assess what’s going on by asking the customer to perform different tests they can do at home, and then go from there. A lot of times the customer ends up being able to fix it at home and we can help them through it. It saves them from having to make a trip down here or us having to go to them.

What are some products/services that you offer?

As mentioned, we do repairs on most models of vacuums, we carry items that are hard to find elsewhere, Canadian Tire or Walmart won’t carry all the accessories for vacuums that we carry. We have a whole wall in the store dedicated to bags, filters, belts, and shampooing parts. We also carry janitorial supplies for commercial use. Some of these products are also for household use too. If you need something to clean toilets or hard water stain removal, then we have that available.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

I ran another vacuum store downtown for several years before we opened this one. It was a partnership but when that ended, we moved to this location. This was a built-in vacuum store called Air Stream, so we just absorbed it and went from there.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think it’s about retailers and family business owners that believe in building and supporting downtown. We’ve had a lot of bad representation and even gossip that’s not always true. What is happening in downtown is happening everywhere in Red Deer. We want to stay in downtown and help to support the other businesses in the area.

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because… The sense of community, family, local businesses, and its always in motion. It has taken care of me and my family for the past 27 years, it helped me raise 5 kids by providing me with a good location for a business. I find most of the downtown people support each other.

City Center Vacuum Sales & Service are truly experts in their field. Their highly knowledgeable team will make your shopping experience a pleasure and you will know you are getting exactly what you need for a great price.

 

Make sure to check out their website for everything in the store!

http://citycentervacuum.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citycentervacuum

 

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