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First Friday at Viewpoint Gallery – July 5, 2024

July 3, 2024 1:36 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

On the First Friday of each month, Red Deer art galleries invite the community into their spaces to celebrate arts and culture. Experiences at each gallery vary, but events are typically free and family friendly and may include receptions, gatherings, special events and performances.

This Friday, July 5 Red Deerians are invited to attend an opening reception at Viewpoint Gallery for Alberta Old Buildings with AR (Augmented Reality) Experience, a new exhibition by Aeris Osborne. The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and an artist’s talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

About the exhibition:

This exhibit aims to combine Alberta heritage, art and nature while promoting part of Alberta’s history and various historical architectural styles. Osborne’s project received the 2021-2022 Alberta Artist-in-Residence/Art Ambassador appointment from the Government of Alberta. She selected 10 historical buildings across Alberta from hamlets to cities, including hotels, dwelling residences, government buildings, museums, railway station, and heritage sites that represent Alberta's local history and display various architectural styles. These historical buildings were selected for paintings based on their historical value, function, characteristics, and architectural styles. The buildings were built between the 1880s to 1920s, and locations were selected strategically from northern, central, and southern Alberta regions that represent Alberta history from past to present. Red Deer’s Cronquist House is one of the buildings highlighted.

The AR (Augmented Reality) element of the exhibition offers audiences an opportunity to learn and understand more about the subjects of the paintings. Using the Artivive mobile app, viewers can interact with each artwork to watch as the painting was created, view photos of the interiors and exteriors of each historical building, and more.

About the gallery:

Viewpoint Gallery showcases a variety of original works of art by individual artists and collectives as well as curated exhibitions. The gallery is in the lobby of the Intermediate School building located at 5205 48 Avenue and is operated by The City of Red Deer. More information about the gallery is available on The City’s website,

More information on First Fridays events is available on the Red Deer Arts Council website,

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