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Sex, Sin & 69 – Documentary and Photo Exhibit Touring Across Canada makes a stop in Red Deer

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August 14th, 2019 Red Deer, AB

Sex, Sin & 69 – Documentary and Photo Exhibit Touring Across Canada makes a stop in Red Deer

The pop-up exhibition Sex, Sin & 69 will be on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) September 4th to September 15th, 2019. Making its way across Canada on a national tour, Sex, Sin & 69 is a ground-breaking feature length documentary and complementary photo exhibits. Together these pieces explore diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community and shaping LGBTQI2S movements into the future. The documentary will screen at the MAG on September 11th at 7pm.

On June 27 in 1969, Canada enacted landmark legislation to “decriminalize” homosexuality nationwide. 50 years later, there is a need to explore how this history continues to impact our community. Currently on a national tour, Sex, Sin & 69 is a ground-breaking 80-minute documentary and complementary photo exhibit by Egale Canada and SandBay Entertainment with support from Canadian Heritage. Together the documentary and exhibit explore diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community as they relate to Bill C-150 and shaping LGBTQI2S movements into the future. Sex, Sin & 69 has been making its way across Canada with stops in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Red Deer and Victoria.

“This summer we are, and should be, acknowledging the 50th anniversary of decriminalization – it marks the first step taken by the Canadian government to support LGBTQI2S people and it has allowed us break down many subsequent barriers,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director at Egale Canada. “It is also a difficult time because we are all too aware of the work that is ahead of us before we will see a Canada that is equitable for LGBTQI2S people.”

The history is far too intricate and ongoing to be captured in an 80-minute documentary. However, Sex, Sin & 69 starts by examining the 1969 ‘partial’ decriminalization of homosexuality — what led up to the passing of this legislation, how it impacted LGBTQI2S communities and movements, and how the LGBTQI2S community in Canada has navigated this as we move forward in the continued fight for equality.

“It was important to us that Sex, Sin & 69 feature diverse voices from Canada’s contemporary queer community,” said Sarah Fodey, Partner and Filmmaker at SandBay. “Throughout the film and exhibit, folks from across Canada’s LGBTQI2S community reflect on the contested history of Bill C-150 in a way that is relatable to our movements today.”

The Sex, Sin & 69 documentary (rated PG) was created to resonate with a modern audience – largely removed from ‘decrim’ and LGBTQI2S Canadian history. A historical and retrospective film, Sex, Sin & 69 is narrated by Fazia Mirza and is told through a wide range of contemporary voices from across Canada’s queer community including academics, activists, historians, artists, and community builders. This distance from the factual record of queer Canada provides a critical story driver in Sex, Sin & 69: calling into question dominant discourses about the significance of the decriminalization of homosexuality.

The Sex, Sin & 69 exhibit builds on the documentary by highlighting themes of Social Justice Through Action, Building Queer Community, Identity & Politics, and Sex & Gender Freedom. These themes are brought to life through the collection of assets from activists, artists, community members and folks who have or are currently working on the frontlines of LGBTQI2S rights in Canada.

First Fridays Red Deer –Opening Reception: Join the MAG from 5-8pm on Friday, September 6th for the opening reception of Sex, Sin & 69.

“Sex, Sin & 69” Film Screening – September 11th, 2019 at 7pm at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Free to attend. Rated PG.

For more details regarding the exhibition Sex, Sin & 69 contact Lorna Johnson, Executive Director lorna.johnson@reddeer.ca, 403-309-8439.

President Todayville Inc., Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Board Member Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) Musician, Photographer, Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

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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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