Westerner Park installs art exhibit featuring local artists

By Kirsten Dennis
July 12, 2017 - 11:08am

Past Red Deer College students are seeing a chance to shine via an art installment at Westerner Park.

The Westerner Park Arts and Culture committee unveiled an art exhibit July 11th showcasing local talent. The installation of the art is timely in so far that it will be on display throughout Westerner Days starting on July 19.

“Arts and culture are an important part of our community, which is why Westerner Park is committed to expanding our programming, said CEO and General Manager at Westerner Park, Ben Antifaiff in a press release.

“We want to support our local artists by providing a place to showcase their talents to the public.”

The Gallery, located between the Prairie Pavilion and the Stockmens Pavilion, will host the exhibit for its duration. Thanks to a wire hanging system, the art can be changed out intermittently which adds to Antifaiff’s goal of exposing more local talent.

Six pieces, all from Red Deer College students, will be part of the first installment. The College has a collection of art they have been growing since 2005 which will be the supply for further art for the exhibit. 

Jason Frizzell, Dean of the School of Creative Arts, Red Deer College, said in a release that they are proud to partner with Westerner Park to exhibit the selections of pieces from the College’s collection.

“We are very proud of our students and embrace any chance to showcase their work,” said Frizzell.

The arts and culture community in Red Deer is also seeing support from Westerner Park through a free exhibit space for one artist at the Holiday Inn 19th Street Market during the Westerner Days Fair & Exposition.

The single artist being displayed at the 19th Street Market was chosen after a call for applications in June. Information about the artist will become available in the coming week leading up to Westerner Days.


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