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The Esplanade Art Gallery is proud to present its two new exhibitions until December 6, 2014: Deborah Forbes’ The Princess and the Plesiosaur and Shirley Brown’s Birds: The Apocalypse. There will be a public reception with the artists, and Downtown Art Walk’s Roving Reception, Friday, November 21 at 7 PM.
Deborah Forbes: The Princess and the Plesiosaur
Deborah Forbes’ small steel figures in classic ‘princess’ dresses made of lace, crochet and tatting move through a constellation of light cast onto the darkened gallery floor. The starry constellation takes the form of a plesiosaur fossil, with its background shifting through outer space, fire, water, and wind in grass. In this mysterious and magical environment the Medicine Hat artist and educator invokes the mantra that ‘nothing is lost’ throughout time: energy simply transforms from one state to another. Forbes’ installation interweaves the pioneering work of early 19th century female paleontologist Mary Anning in revealing and analyzing fossils, with the equally enduring icon of the princess in European history; with textile handiwork traditionally associated with women, and with the uses of children, especially girls, for economic gain through the centuries. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Calgary poet Kirk Ramdath presents a reading of his work at Medicine Hat Public Library on Tuesday, September 18 at 7.00 pm. The reading will take place in the Honor Currie Room.
Kirk Ramdath is the author of Love in a Handful of Dust, published in 2011. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Canada with his family in 1989. Since 2005 he has been a regular presence at Calgary art, poetry and music events as a performer and as a publisher and organizer of events.
Kirk Ramdath’s visit is made possible through funding from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
For more information, call Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533.
Medicine Hat author Don Lemna launches his new book, Out In Left Field, at Medicine Hat Public Library on Sunday, April 1st. The reading takes place at 2:00 pm in the Library Theatre.
A sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home published in 2008, Out in Left Field continues the adventures of Donald, an eleven year old boy growing up in post-World War 2 Montana. When an error in baseball costs his team the game, he knows the whole town is laughing at him. Desperate to redeem himself, Donald attempts to become a superstar (at hockey, archery, skiing) but all efforts end in disaster and comedy.
After a career as an electrical engineer in the Canadian Armed Forces, Don Lemna retired and now spends his time writing books for children and adults, plays and poetry. In Bubsy (1993), he drew on his experiences as a child growing up in Medicine Hat. While Out in Left Field and When the Sergeant Came Marching Home are set on the prairie landscape of Montana, the portrayal is very familiar to Prairie Canadians.
Don Lemna may be contacted at 403-529-6052. For further information, go to:
Copies of Out in Left Field will be available after Don Lemna’s reading for sale and signing. A reception will follow.
Don Lemna’s book launch is cosponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
For more information, contact Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Noted Vancouver poet and author, Evelyn Lau, will read from her work on Tuesday, March 20 at Medicine Hat Public Library. Her reading takes place at 7:00 pm in the Currie Room.
Evelyn Yee-Fun Lau was born in Vancouver to Chinese immigrant parents in 1971. They raised her in a traditional middle-class way with high aspirations for her future. As a young teenager she started writing and publishing her work, much to their dismay. At the age of 15, resenting her sheltered upbringing, she ran away from home to live on the streets for two years. During this time, she kept a diary which became a best seller. Runaway, Diary of a Street Kid, published in 1989, was later adapted as a television movie for the CBC in 1993. In her book of autobiographical essays, Inside Out, published in 2001, she states that the tumult of her early adulthood has coloured all aspects of her later life.
In addition, she has published several books of poetry: Living Under Plastic (2010), Treble (2005), In the House of Slaves (1994) and You Are Not Who You Claim (1990). She has two collections of short stories: Fresh Girls and Other Stories (1993) and Choose Me: Stories (1999).
Evelyn Lau lives in Vancouver where she was appointed as the city’s third Poet Laureate in October 2011.
Evelyn Lau’s visit is made possible through funding from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
For more information about Evelyn Lau, go to http://www2.athabascau.ca/cll/writers/english/writers/elau/elau.php
To contact her or for more information, call Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533.
Which book should Medicine Hat residents read in October 2012? During the month of February, the One Book One Community committee will be asking for suggestions of books for the seventh annual book discussion weekend which will take place in October 2012.
Every year Hatters come together to discuss a book and to enjoy activities based around the title. Like a citywide book club, One Book One Community offers readers opportunities to discuss the book, listen to guest speakers, and participate in activities that complement the book. Past books have included Obasan by Joy Kogawa, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark, The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe, Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay, Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and in October 2011, the chosen book was Come Thou, Tortoise by Newfoundland author, Jessica Grant.
Hatters are asked to make suggestions during the month of February. To be eligible, the book should be by a Canadian author, available in paperback and substantial enough to generate discussion. It can be fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry or short stories. Suggestion forms will be available at Medicine Hat Public Library, the Vera Bracken Library at Medicine Hat College and at Coles Bookstore in the Medicine Hat Mall. Suggestions may also be submitted online at www.obocmh.ca. The suggested titles are read and evaluated by volunteer readers and the committee. Once the book has been chosen, the title will be announced in the spring.
One Book One Community is cosponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Medicine Hat Public Library, Medicine Hat College and Coles Bookstore.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Nanton poet Ali Riley reads from her work on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Medicine Hat Public Library. Her reading takes place at 7:00 pm in the Currie Room.
Ali Riley’s first book, Wayward, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has since released another book of poetry, Tear Down. A third poetry collection, Mile Zero, is being published in Spring 2012.
Ali Riley was born in Calgary, and was the singer/songwriter of the seminal psycho- country band Sacred Heart of Elvis. In Toronto, she acted in several theatre productions, including The Lorca Play, for which the company won a Dora Mavor Moore award for best performance by a female. Her produced plays include dog dream, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Hole in my Heart the Size of My Heart. Her poetry has appeared in Geist, The nth Position Anthology, Matrix, This Magazine, Event and the Moosehead Review, and she has performed at festivals, schools, and hootenannies across the country. She currently lives on a farm between Nanton and Vulcan, Alberta.
For more information about Ali Riley go to: www.frontenachouse.com
She may be contacted at email@example.com
Ali Riley’s visit to the library is cosponsored by the Literary Readings Program of the Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts will be hosting a workshop for art grants and funding on January 30th and 31st. This event is for artists and organization that want or are thinking about applying for an art grant. Individuals are asked to attend on January 30th from 3PM until 4:30PM and organizations are asked to attend on January 31st from 10AM to 11:30AM. The workshops will be held at the Medicine Hat College in room f-135 and led by AFFTA director, Al Chapman. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or head on over to their website: