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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 »
Artwork by Terre Crew member Gordie Ishizuka
ARTISTS’ EXHIBITION & RECEPTION @ MEDALTA
TUESDAY, MAY 27
7pm – 9pm
Through the month of May, Medalta has been a flurry of creative energy, thanks to a full-house of creative artists in our contemporary artists studios and even our industrial museum!
Terre Crew – a Quebec-based group – is an invitational residency featuring five ceramic artists. Joining them are three Medalta Award recipients (from Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia), another ceramic artist who has been with us from British Columbia since early spring and a Saskatoon-based artist who is creating a 3 meter by 6 meter charcoal drawing inspired by Medalta’s old factory.
Together, this group of 10 artists represents 6 provinces – incredible diversity all brought together in Medicine Hat.
With such a diverse group wrapping up their time in Medicine Hat, we’re giving them a suitably interesting send-off by hosting an exhibition and public reception in our dome-shaped beehive kilns and old factory.
This is a great opportunity to meet excellent, creative artists from across Canada. Many of whom are on their first visit to Medicine Hat. They’re an engaged group who have thoroughly enjoyed their time in Medicine Hat (and riding those fantastic bikes so many of you donated through Medicine Hat’s trails).
Help us give them a proper farewell and enjoy yourselves in the most unique setting in Southern Alberta. Join us for this free evening celebrating Canadian artists.
EXHIBITION & RECEPTION
Tuesday, May 27
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Medalta’s Beehive Kilns
Announcing our new summer exhibition in the Esplanade Art Gallery: Ian Johnston: Reinventing Consumption, until August 10. The public is invited to a reception for Ian Johnston’s exhibition on Friday June 21, at 7 PM during the Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk. The artist will be present.
Ian Johnston: Reinventing Consumption
Artist Ian Johnston brings his architecture and ceramic background to Reinventing Consumption, a dazzling installation in three parts. The first section, The Inventor’s Room, presents artifacts related to his original experiments and investigations. The Antechamber is a repeating-motif ceramic environment which evokes the massive scale of consumer goods manufacturing today. And finally, The Chamber is an inflating and deflating piece which shrouds and reveals an enormous mass of household items diverted from the waste stream in Medicine Hat.
Mesmerizing, intriguing and sobering, Reinventing Consumption brings home to viewers, as Johnston comments, “the paradoxical relationship between limited resources and seemingly unlimited appetite.”
Ian Johnston is based in Nelson, BC, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture (with distinction) from Carleton University, Ottawa. His work has been supported by major project funding from Columbia Basin Trust and several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council. He received an Honourable Mention for the Winifred Shantz Award for excellence in ceramic art, the Award of Excellence from the North-West Ceramics Foundation and the Award of Merit, 15th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition.
He has presented solo exhibitions at Museum London, Surrey Art Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery and Langham Cultural Centre, amongst others, and has recently participated in group exhibitions in San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, the 5th East-West Ceramics Collaboration at University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and 6th World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea.
The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to collaborate with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the McMaster University Art Gallery, the Dunlop Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Swift Current in the touring exhibition of Reinventing Consumption, and accompanying publication (forthcoming in late fall 2013.)
In Print – Medicine Hat News art exhibition
- TONIGHT! Friday, March 1st
- 7:00pm – 9:00pm
- Yuill Family Gallery (Medalta)
- No Charge Entry
A newspaper’s front page has long been a ubiquitous part of many peoples’ lives. It is often the first point of reference when big news breaks anywhere in the world. The headlines call to us and even though the images are often iconic, few can name the source they originally came from.
How can it be that one of the most important communication tools of the past 500 years can be taken for granted?
In this exhibition, Medalta and the Medicine Hat News have partnered to exhibit important front pages over the past one hundred years.
The thought is that by elevating the Front Page from its regular place on your dining room table to the walls of a gallery, it will encourage the viewer to re-visit the idea of how information is transmitted.
March 1 – April 13
Yuill Family Gallery @ Medalta
The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions, School Art 2012 and Tracy Bultje: Remnant, on display until June 10.
School Art 2012
School Art 2012 is here! The latest crop of art work from over 40 Medicine Hat and area schools is a rich and vibrant display of students’ talent and effort, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It’s also a testament to the skill and dedication of teachers of art throughout the region. Come and enjoy the exuberance and artistic exploration in over 700 works in an astounding array of media.
Joanne Ellis, School Art organizer at the Esplanade Art Gallery, comments, “The annual School Art exhibition is only possible with the continued support of all the sponsors, presenters and jurors, and especially the students, teachers, and school administrators who nurture visual arts in our schools.”
The School Art 2012 reception takes place on Sunday May 6 at 1pm in the Gallery Foyer, followed at 1.30pm by the Awards Ceremony in the main Theatre Hall. Admission is free. Refreshments are a courtesy of Medicine Hat Catholic Separate Regional Division #20. Presentation materials are a courtesy of Medicine Hat School District #76.
Admission to the galleries is free during School Art 2012 thanks to Cenovus Energy.
Tracy Bultje Remnant
Tracy Bultje’s recent paintings are large and dramatic, evoking the colourful and ground-breaking early 20th century Canadian Group of Seven. But where the Group of Seven celebrated the Canadian ‘wilderness’ of their time, Tracy Bultje brings to vivid life the remnants of that landscape – the slivers of trees along the river near her home, treed fencerows, property lines and windbreaks. These are slender curtains of landscape with no depth which Tracy Bultje has rendered rich, complex and strikingly intense, defying their flatness with intricate patterning. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »
This weekend is usually associated with the largest amount of traffic heading to the Medicine Hat Stampede & Exhibition, even if it has been “officially” opened for two days now. I am grateful, for one, that most of the events are mirrored from Wednesday/Thursdays to Friday/Saturday for us that have to work. Even so, no matter when you head out, or if you already have, the exhibition to most is about the rides, the games, food, live performances, shopping, animals and most importantly, the fun – which you can experience any time during the annual 4 day extravaganza.
Also, I love the coin pusher games. So satisfying.
The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions, Les Manning’s Common/Opposites and the 2011 Group Exhibition of the Hat Art Club and the Medicine Hat Potters Association, on display until June 19. There will be a reception with the artists on May 5 at 7 PM.
Fresh, highly coloured and all new clay sculptures by Les Manning, the internationally recognized ceramist based in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Joanne Marion, Esplanade Curator of Art, says “For the past several decades, Les Manning has become internationally known for his elegant clay vessels based on the eroded forms of the Rockies. But in these new sculptures, he vaults way beyond into new territory, with brilliant colours, rich textures and powerful, sometimes playful shapes”.
Hat Art Club and Medicine Hat Potters’ Association 2011 Group Exhibition
A longstanding tradition at the Art Gallery, this exhibition gives a glimpse into the creative talents and imaginative interests of Medicine Hat’s own artists and artisans. Curator Joanne Marion comments that this year, “ the Hat Art Club and Potters’ Association are presenting a surprising array of works, from 21st century digital renderings to clay pots inspired by ancient vessels.”
For further information, interviews or images, please contact: THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »
On Saturday, September 25th, the Home Business Show & Sale will be happening at the Moose Lodge from 10AM-4PM. There is no cost for entering and is featuring more than 25 local home businesses, including:
- Usborne Books
- Pampered Chef
- Steeped Tea
- Stampin’ Up
- String Theory School of Music
- Pidlubny Productions
The show is in support of the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank with the door prize worth over $200 retail. Tickets for the door prize will be $2 each and all proceeds will go to the food bank. They will also be accepting cash and food donations at the show.
For more information contact Cris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-488-4168
With the 2009 Medicine Hat Stampede & Exhibition well under-way, many are excited for this weekend when they will get the chance to visit the Exhibition portion of the event. The grounds officially opened today at noon. The festivities began with a pancake breakfast served at the Medicine Hat Lodge from 7AM to 10AM this morning where an estimated 2,500 people attended. There’s also another breakfast coming up on Friday if you missed this one – make sure you get the details in the guide supplied below.
Many people (like myself), wait until the weekend to enjoy all the festivals. This year it will be running until the 25th (Saturday). There’s plenty to do including rides, shopping, sightseeing, and don’t forget to spend a couple dollars trying to win overpriced stuffed animals! I’m a sucker for those coin pushing games, I probably spent like 25 dollars last year on them. How could I forget about the food? With a concession and/or food and drink place every couple steps you are sure to get your “eat” on. Some of my favourites include the real lemon aid stand with a side of Elephant Ears! Mmmm…
Already concluded in this years festivities was the Stampede Queen Contest, won this year by Candice Wutch followed up by Stacey Kading (crowned princess), and Cymara Shock. The event was on Saturday, July 18th and you can check out the Medicine Hat News video on the event here. Another one already finished is the annual Visual Arts Show which I sadly didn’t enter this year due to time. Dusty didn’t enter this year either; however, she won 1st place last year. I’ll post the results of that event here when I find them out. Most of the works should still be up though for viewing in the Cypress Centre – don’t quote me on that though.
There’s really too many events and things going on to talk about here though. If you want anymore information, please be sure to check out the official website, or grab yourself a PDF copy of the Stampede Event Guide 2009. Careful with the PDF. There’s some huge complex artwork included in it that brought my computer to a slowed halt. *Update* Alternatively, you may view Medicine Hat Media’s compressed computer-safe version here.
Official Medicine Hat Stampede & Exhibition Website (brace yourself for loud Country music)
Terra Rogowski wrote in with:
The Esplanade Museum opened a new exhibition yesterday that features a century of classic toys from 1880 to 1980.
Playful Revelations uncovers the stories behind a century of classic toys, like Teddy Bears, Meccano®, and Mr. Potato Head, as well as some toys that are unique to Medicine Hat. The accompanying text helps visitors explore what these toys say about the social conditions during which they were made, and how they contributed to the social development of our society.
“Toys are a child’s ‘tools of the trade’ in learning how the world works, so we wanted to pay homage to their contribution in shaping our society into what you see today,” says Tim McShane, Curatorial Assistant with the Esplanade Museum.
Most of the toys featured in the exhibition are selected from the Esplanade Museum’s collection of more than 25,000 artefacts. Curatorial Assistant Tim McShane spent the past two years selecting and researching the toys for the exhibition. This included interviewing artefact donors and toy collectors, and even studying a bit of sociology to understand the toys’ impact. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »