Open Studio Tour
The Red Deer Arts Council is thrilled to announce its first ever Open Studio Tour, June 25, 2016! We have partnered with nine visual artists in seven studios to bring you this amazing experience. They will open the doors to their private art studios from 1-4 p.m. and welcome the public to see the process of creating fine art. From sculpted clay to sculpted metal, molten glass to molten gold, the fascinating techniques and works of some of Red Deer’s most recognized professional artists will be on display for visitors.
This self-guided tour is free of charge. Visitors can download or print a tour guide that includes a map to help find all the studios, and artist bios to read before arriving on scene. The artists will not only demonstrate the processes they use, but happily take questions about their media, style, technique or anything related to art. Artists love to answer questions about their art!
Each studio is also offering a door prize for visitors. The draw will take place at a reception at Centennial Stage, 4816 50 Avenue (alley entrance behind the Scott Block). Tour visitors are invited to RSVP to the Arts Council by June 20th by phone at 403-348-2787 to be eligible for this special reception.
For those who don’t want to rely on the luck of the draw to acquire some fine art, artists will also have their wares available for sale, making this a fantastic opportunity to purchase pieces that aren’t normally available in local venues.
The downloadable/printable map and brochure is available on the Arts Council website https://reddeerartscouncil.wordpress.com/ or Facebook page, or through the City of Red Deer Culture Services.
Participating studios in the 2016 Open Studio Tour
Studio Name: Candice Meyer Jewelry
Artist Name: Candice Meyer
Address: 4309 Grandview Blvd., Red Deer
Home Phone: 403 356 9222
Candice Meyer creates unique sterling silver and 14k gold-overlay jewelry in the basement studio of her house. She displays her work at juried art shows in and around Alberta and is currently featured at the Frame-It-Shop in Red Deer.
Demo: Candice will be transforming wire and metal from its rough state through the creative idea to finished jewelry pieces.
Studio Name: Sally's Gallery
Artist: Sally Towers-Sybblis
Address: #5 Wright Avenue, Red Deer
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full-time artist and an active member of The Lettering Arts Guild. She is a mixed-media artist who likes to incorporate lettering into her work, and is a self published author of The Circle Club - a journey of hope and healing which features her artwork.
Demo: Sally will be demonstrating contemporary calligraphy methods using a folded metal pen and Sharpie marker.
Studio Name: Works In Clay
Artist: Shirley Rimer
Address: 24 Springfield Ave, Red Deer
Shirley Rimer, an institution in the Red Deer arts community, has been working in clay for 35 years. She hand-builds sculptural works as well as producing wheel-thrown pottery. She has travelled to many countries in the world for artist-in-residence programs and her eclectic work incorporates many ideas and designs from those experiences.
Demo: Shirley will demonstrate how to wheel-throw a variety of items, including mugs, bowls, pitchers and lidded containers.
Studio Name: Sparrow Glassworks
Artists: Darren & Deborah Petersen.
Address: 5331 44 Ave. Red Deer, AB
Phone: 403 346 1975.
Darren Petersen is a professional glass artisan and has exhibited work across North America. He received a BFA in glass from the ACAD and is a regular series instructor at Red Deer College. He creates glass sculpture and venetian inspired vessels at his studio in Red Deer with his partner, Deborah Petersen.
Demo: Darren will demonstrate “hot fusing” of Murrini glass canes with a torch and a reheating kiln.
Studio Name: Silk Concepts
Artist Name: Darcy Gusse Edinga
Address: 152 Allwright Close, Red Deer, AB
Darcy Gusse Edinga creates luxurious, vibrant hand-painted silk artwork, including scarves, garments, banners, and prints. Most of her work is Canadian-inspired, with images of wildflowers, mountains, prairies, tundra, northern lights, wildlife, and cultural history. Her work is in galleries and gift shops across Canada.
Demo: Darcy will be painting fireweed on silk.
Studio Name: Rogue Art and Design
Artists: Trenton Thomas Leach and Holly Elliott
Address: 4026 50th Street (Ross) (Beside the Little Ice Cream Store. Back Alley Entrance)
Trenton Leach and Holly Elliott design and create primarily one-of-a- kind sculpture, mosaics and interior/exterior design pieces for individuals, commercial and public enjoyment. Their mediums include metal, glass, fabric and photography, and they take inspiration from nature, music and travel.
Demo: Trent and Holly will be working on a multimedia piece incorporating metal, glass and photography, and Holly will exhibit the different media on which she prints photos.
Studio Name: Spirit of Clay Ceramics
Artist: Suzanne Le Beau
Address: 30 Manning Street, Red Deer (Studio is in the detached garage)
Phone: 403-342-6344 (landline)
Suzanne Le Beau is a local ceramic artist and graduate of RDC’s Visual Arts Program. Her ceramic work is mostly hand built and poured molds that have been altered and carved into. Oriental and primitive influence shows in most of her work.
Demo: Suzanne will demonstrate her techniques for carving in clay to enhance the depth and texture of glaze.