Kiwanis Gallery

The Kiwanis Gallery hosts exhibits from artists around the province of Alberta.

The Red Deer Arts Council is responsible for programming this wonderful, unique gallery space. Eclectic rotating exhibits features artists working in all media and subject matter, from landscapes to abstracts to 3D. Artists range from emerging to professional and come from around the province. Two highly popular school exhibits are hosted in the spring and include five middle schools and two high schools. The gallery hosts opening receptions on the first Friday of every month. (View the 'First Friday Red Deer' tab for more information.)

Red Deer Arts Council operates the Kiwanis Gallery in partnership with the Red Deer Public Library. The exhibits in the Red Deer Public Library Kiwanis Art Gallery are scheduled, organized and maintained by the Visual Arts Committee of the Red Deer Arts Council. You can reach the Library at www.rdpl.org.

The Red Deer Arts Council Kiwanis Gallery is located in the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library at 4818 49 Street, Red Deer, AB.

Gallery viewing hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sundays: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • First Friday Red Deer receptions: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Crystal, Sacred Circle Belly Dancer
Cyanotype on Cotton, 2019
Robin Byrnes

Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present:

Artist Proof:
Cyanotypes by Robin Byrnes

which runs from October 16 to November 17, 2019 in the Kiwanis Gallery.

First Friday Opening: November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. (Please note change of time.) Artist will be in attendance. Members, affiliates, media, and invited guests are welcome to attend. Please call the office if yo would like to attend.

Local artists’ portraits highlight this cyanotype exploration in Robin Byrnes’ exhibit at the Kiwanis Gallery.

Robin Byrnes’s upcoming exhibit is a marriage of her fascination with a historical photographic process and her admiration for Central Alberta artists. As a visual artist, Robin has been involved with the local visual arts community and she is a fan of many local performing artists. It led her to realize how deep the pool of artistic talent is in Central Alberta, and drew her to make local artists the subject of her own artistic experiments with cyanotype. Robin began playing with cyanotype photography four years ago and has learned to process the Prussian blue images onto paper and fabric. Photographing the images led her to meet even more local artists and to see the diversity of their own talents. This exhibit is the culmination of those exploratory works and the wonderful people she has discovered in her own community.

She believes there is an intimacy in these portraits that reflect the artists’ willingness to invite her into their spaces to watch them work and then take the images home with her to create her own artistic interpretations.

Artist Statement:

I stole the expression “Artist’s Proof” from the printmaking process. My “Artist Proof” is a visual statement that the arts are alive and well in Central Alberta. As you will see, the proof is in the pictures. Although I did not set out to find the best known artists in Central Alberta, some that you may recognize are sprinkled among those on these walls. I was looking for people who were known for one art and also excelled at another.
Along the way, I have met and become friends with an interesting, talented and generous group of artists. All the while learning how well the cyanotype process is suited to portraiture in my style. When I ask permission to take their pictures and transform their images into something new for public viewing, I am amazed at how willing, interested and supportive people are.


Curtis Phagoo, Goldsmith
Cyanotype on Cotton, 2019
Robin Byrnes



Issy and Susan, Friends and Artists
Cyanotype on Cotton, 2019
Robin Byrnes