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pARTy on 2nd!

pARTy on 2nd!

This is one of those art events you don’t want to miss out on, taking place during Alberta Art Days, is “pARTy on 2nd” which will be featuring art from Stephanie Dalla-Longa, Tobie Laliberte, Dusty Melling and myself within Inspire Studio & Gallery; however, that is just a sample of the events taking place. pARTy on 2nd takes place on Friday, September 17th from 7:00PM to 10:00pm.

From the Facebook event:

You are invited to celebrate Alberta Arts Days! Brought to you by the CCDA, Framing and Art Centre, the Hive Artists’ Hub, Inspire Studio & Gallery, Struck Gallery (formerly Sandfly Gallery & Gifts) and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. There will be food, refreshments and live music by local muscians. You are encouraged to walk from location to location. The fun will continue at the ‘After PARTy!’ from 10:00pm to midnight. Find out where at the participating galleries.

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre is featuring an opening reception for local artist Evelyn Kleis and Lyndal Osborne. Artists comments at 7:30pm.

Framing and Art Centre is featuring photography by Bruce J. Dynes and more.

The Hive Artists’ Hub is featuring a ‘Group Show’, new work by the artists of the Hive.

Inspire Studio & Gallery is featuring ‘Relationships’ artwork by Stephanie Dalla-Longa, Tobie Laliberte, Dusty Melling and Vaughn Royko.

Struck Gallery (formerly Sandfly Gallery & Gifts) is featuring ‘Portrait of a City Project: A Day in the Life of Medicine Hat.

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The Esplanade Cafe presents Tunes at Noon featuring live music by local musicians in the Esplanade lobby from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday in August.

“Our visitors really seemed to enjoy the casual summer festival feeling of Tunes at Noon last year, and now that summer has finally truly arrived, we thought we should start it up again,” says Cheryl Finnie, Facility Services Coordinator at the Esplanade. “Plus, this allows our talented local musicians to gain exposure, and we know every little bit counts.”

Featured performers include:

  • August 5 – Betty Bischke & Bill DesBarres (Piano)
  • August 12 – Jared Brake (Piano)
  • August 19 – Kumiko Sakamoto (Strings)
  • August 26 – Shelby MacPhail & Jocelyn Rempel (Strings)

Guests may bring their own lunch or buy lunch in the Esplanade cafe. Packaged sandwiches, salads and desserts are available.

There is no admission fee to enjoy Tunes at Noon and everyone is welcome. Admission to the Esplanade museum and art galleries is always free on Thursdays, so guests are also welcome to view the current exhibitions.

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Looking for the Spectrum 2011 post?

I have already posted about All the Colours of the Spectrum, but what about the main event? This year it taking place over the following dates:

  • Friday 4-10PM (June 4th)
  • Saturday 11AM-10PM (June 5th)
  • Sunday 11AM-4PM (June 6th)

The main Spectrum event contains a huge amount of art, sports, dance, music, food, festivities and other performances (including the magic of Trevor Moore). In fact, I think this post has been tagged with the most categories a single post has ever received. The following is a list of stage performers (which are free, by the way):

Friday, June 4th

4:00 – 4:45 – German Harmony Band
5:00 – 5:45 – Amy Nelson
5:45 – 6:30 – The Magic of Trevor Moore
6:30 – 8:00 – Scott Ward – Hypnotist
8:15 – 9:15 – Kool Ray and the Hip Kats

Saturday, June 5th

11:30 – Amy Nelson
12:00 – Walk a Mile in her Shoes
12:30 – Amy Nelson
1:00 – Medicine Hat’s Got Talent
2:00 – Dance Connection
3:00 – Master’s Extreme Makeover
4:30 – 5:30 – The Straight Jackets
5:30 – 6:30 – Blacksmith Jones
6:45 – 7:45 – The Magic of Trevor Moore
8:00 – 10:00 – Jazz – Lyle Rebbeck

Sunday, June 6th

12:00 – Gas Town Riot
1:00 – Medicine Hat’s Got Talent
2:00 – Dance Connection
3:00 – Quintet

Besides performances, there’s also a ton of other activities and events to keep you busy: THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Spectrum, the annual downtown summer festival is taking place this year on June 4th, Friday from 4-10PM, June 5th, Saturday from 11AM-10PM, and June 6th, Sunday 11AM-4 PM. All the Colours of the Spectrum is an art event to coincide with the main Spectrum festivities taking place on Thursday, June 3rd, hosted by Inspire Studio & Gallery, Framing and Art Centre, Sandfly Gallery & Gifts and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. “Celebrate the sunshine with All the Colours of the Spectrum” is their tag-line for this year. Let’s just hope there’s no snow and rain with that sunshine like last year. Art, food, refreshments, live music are some of the key points of All the Colours of the Spectrum (and the Spectrum in general). Below is the festivities taking place during All the Colours of the Spectrum.

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
401 First Street S.E.

Featuring a drop-in, hands-on family activity making miniature stand-up houses, based on Gordon Harper’s exhibition in the Ar Gallery, Nocturnes and School Art 2010. All supplies are provided; workshop and gallery admission are free. From 6PM to 8PM only.

Framing and Art Centre
628 2nd Stree S.E.

Featuring “Through Footlights & Fog – The Esplanade Shows”
Photography by Bruce J. Dynes

Inspire Studio & Gallery
659 2nd Street S.E. (2nd Floor)

Featuring acrylic paintings by Alana Holst, pastel paintings by Kathy Mann, photographs and encaustics by Lynne Alexander.

Sandfly Gallery & Gifts
512 2nd Street S.E. (2nd Floor)

Featuring “Progress and Transformation”, a group exhibition including over a dozen local and Western Canadian artists.

Kaleidoscope of the Arts is coming up and will feature the best young artists in the Prairie Rose School Division. The event will take place on Saturday, May 29th at The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat.

The event will feature more than 30 musical and dramatic performances, dozens of solo performances and 300-plus paintings, drawings, pottery pieces, photographs and multimedia displays throughout The Esplanade.

Admission is free and all members of the public are welcome to attend. Kaleidoscope begins at 9 a.m. and continues until the 5 p.m. awards ceremony.

“Kaleidoscope is a chance to showcase the high quality of fine arts being produced by students of the Prairie Rose School Division,” said Doug Nicholls, superintendent.

The event will be significantly larger than its first two years with more participants in every area.

New to the event this year is the introduction of a People’s Choice Award. Attendees will be handed a ballot and encouraged to select their favourite piece of art or performance. The artist or artists with the most votes will receive the Alicia Hargrave People’s Choice Award, named for a former Prairie Rose student who was an avid artist. Hargrave passed away in 2007.

“Kaleidoscope’s growth is an indication of the importance of the fine arts for our division,” said Nicholls. “The talent on display will be remarkable.”

For more info, contact Wilbur McLean of the Prairie Rose School Division at 403.527.5516, ext. 2319.

Click here for the Kaleidoscope of The Arts news release.

Students at St. Mary’s School are getting everything in order for next week’s performances of they’re most challenging musical yet – Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

This special edition of one of Broadway’s greatest masterpieces, Fiddler on the Roof Junior, covers the full range of human emotions as seen through the eyes of one of the greatest stage characters, Tevye the Dairyman. With this production, St. Mary’s School continues to bring outstanding musical theatre for the whole family to Medicine Hat.

Probably the most challenging task of this one is reaching out to the kids, having performed in 3 of the musicals myself, they will not compare in any way to this.

St. Mary’s is back with their annual presentation at the Esplanade starting April 27-28 at 7:00 PM. Cost to see this play is $10.00 + S/C and GST. Call 403-502-8777 for tickets or visit Tixx Central.

The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to announce the installation of an unprecedented billboard art project in Medicine Hat, which will remain on display until the week of Apr. 5, 2010.

This innovative artist billboard project, entitled Flight, by Medicine Hat artist Dana Shukster, is located at Dunmore Road, south of 22 Street SE.  It is presented in conjunction with her current exhibition at the Esplanade Art Gallery, Pre-Flight –Trace.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time an artist has ventured out to install a ‘satellite’ exhibition on an outdoor billboard in Medicine Hat,” says Joanne Marion, curator of art at the Esplanade. “It is unique in that there is no message, no call to action – just simply artwork for the public to enjoy.”

Dana Shukster’s recent explorations of the fleeting aspects of light have led to the creation of a series of large scale, sepia-toned inkjet prints on paper. These mysterious images are derived from projected shadows of magpies in flight, and are the basis for Shukster’s billboard project as well as her Esplanade Art Gallery exhibition. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Soweto Gospel Choir Live Performance - Photography from

Soweto Gospel Choir Live Performance - Photography from

‘Tis true… tickets are going fast for the two-time Grammy Award-Winning Group the Soweto Gospel Choir performing at the Esplanade on Wednesday, March 17th at 8pm.

THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR,  is coming to the Esplanade for a rousing night of hip swaying, spirit moving songs and joyful jubilation.The Soweto Gospel Choir has played with the likes of Sting, Peter Gabriel, and numerous other contemporary stars to rave reviews. The New York Times calls them “Meticulous and Unstoppable,” and the Scotland Herald states: “You don’t have to be a believer to be inspired.” The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The 26-strong choir, under the direction of David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto.

CARO and Canadian Humanitarian along with media sponsor “102.1 the Lounge” are proud to bring Soweto Gospel Choir to the Esplanade on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM. Cost to see the Grammy Award winning group is $44.00 + S/C, GST.

Purchase tickets by calling 403-502-8777, online at, or visit the Esplanade Box Office, or the Medicine Hat Mall Customer Service Desk.

Two Thought-Provoking Exhibitions by Medicine Hat Artists Open Saturday at the Esplanade Art Gallery
The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions on display until Apr. 11.

Laara Cassells: e·strange

What does the generation dubbed ‘the intentionally disengaged’ have to do with the long-established tradition of the equestrian (a.k.a. horse) portrait? Artist Laara Cassells is surrounded in her daily life by young people and horses, and in this new and insightful body of work, she brings both together to muse on popular culture and its intersection with the values of tradition and the natural world. Curator of art Joanne Marion comments: “Laara Cassells poses intriguing questions with flashes of humour in these elegant double portraits: about the directions in which today’s digital communications are taking us, about the fate of the natural world, about the meaning of our cultural traditions… and she generously leaves the answers up to the viewer.”

Laara Cassells’ practice as an artist spans painting, sculpture, installation and multi-media performances. Her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and performances around the world, including Canada, the United States, Hungary, Korea, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland and Italy. Cassells divides her time between Medicine Hat, where she is a faculty member of the Visual Communications Program at Medicine Hat College, and Sundre, Alberta.

Dana Shukster: Pre-Flight –Trace

Dana Shukster’s recent explorations of the fleeting aspects of light have led to the creation of a series of large scale, sepia-toned inkjet prints on paper. These mysterious images are derived from projected shadows of magpies in flight, and are accompanied in the gallery by video and direct shadow projections. “Dana Shukster’s process is almost scientific in its rationality, and yet the results are certainly poetic and even eerie. Her works give us pause to wonder at the arbitrary nature of our perception of our transitory world,” says curator of art Joanne Marion.

Dana Shukster is based in Medicine Hat, Alberta and has exhibited her work across Canada and in the United States and Europe. Her work has been supported by grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and is held in numerous public and private collections in Alberta and British Columbia.

e·strange and Pre-Flight –Trace are on display in the Esplanade Art Gallery until Apr. 11, 2010. The opening reception is Thursday, Mar. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Foyer. The artists will be present and will give a brief tour of their work. There is no charge to attend the reception and everyone is welcome.

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