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Tonight, the Street Art Works Association is presenting “Tunnel Vision”: A public art project.

Tunnel Vision is a new public art project in the tunnel walkway which joins South and North Railway streets (under the tracks). This project features the work of many local artists who have are using the theme or genre of “street art”.

Tonight, Friday, September 30th at 6PM, the Tunnel Vision artists and members of Street Art Works Association will gather at South Railway Street and move through the tunnel to North Railway Street, to present the first installation of this new public art project. Artists will meet with members of the public and the media to answer questions about the project, their approach and creative process.

This event kicks off the Downtown Artwalk Roving Reception, which is also happening tonight from 7PM – 10PM as part of Alberta Arts Days celebrations.

Street Art Works Association – Mission Statement

Street Art Works Association strives to work with artists and stakeholders to beautify the City of Medicine Hat with various projects and installations for the benefit of the public, visitors and the producing artist.

It’s time for the 7th annual One Book One Community (OBOC) in Medicine Hat. Winner of the 2010 in Canada First Novel Award, Newfoundland author Jessica Grant’s quirky Come, Thou Tortoise is this year’s featured book. This delightfully offbeat story features an opinionated tortoise and an IQ-challenged narrator who find themselves in the middle of a life-changing mystery.

The OBOC festivities will begin with ‘An Evening with Jessica Grant’ on Friday, October 14th at 7:30 pm in the Medicine Hat College Theatre (refreshments and book signing to follow).

On Saturday, October 15th, facilitated book discussions, readings from the novel by FUT in the Hat, and fun activities take place in Medicine Hat College, beginning with coffee at 9:30am. Everyone is invited to this book club! All events are free with the exception of Saturday’s lunch (tickets now available at Medicine Hat Public Library and at Medicine Hat College Vera Bracken Library).

For more information about Come, Thou Tortoise, Jessica Grant, and One Book One Community, visit the website at

This event is sponsored by the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat Public Library, L.E.A.R.N., Medalta, Coles, and Safeway.

Xanthe Isbister, RBC Emerging Artist Award Nominee

Xanthe Isbister, RBC Emerging Artist Award Nominee

Local Artist, Xanthe Isbister is up for nomination for the 2011 RBC Emerging Artist Award by Chief Curator of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Helen Delacretaz.

Xanthe writes that, “I have lived in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and am the only artist nominated from across Canada that is representing the prairies and would really appreciate the support!”.

You can vote for Xanthe by clicking here.

The five finalist works will be displayed in the museum and on the museum website for a designated voting period of one month, plus an additional length of time after the voting period to be decided by the museum.

The artist who receives the greatest share of the popular vote from museum visitors and online voters will win the award. The award exhibition dates for 2011 are September 2 to October 3, 2011.

About the Award

This award which has been generously supported by RBC is designed to engage the public and raise the profile of several up-and-coming artists,” says Alexandra Montgomery, Executive Director of the Gardiner Museum. “The experts selected the five finalists for their imagination, ability and, most importantly, their potential to contribute to new directions in ceramic art. We hope this award will stimulate the public to participate in a national conversation about contemporary ceramic art, and provide the public an opportunity to actively support the careers of a new generation of Canadian ceramic artists. We are incredibly grateful to RBC for their support and are really excited to provide this opportunity for the artists and the public.

The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions, Michael Campbell’s Field Recordings of Icebergs Melting and Craig Cote’s Surfacing: Metaphor and Meditation, on display until October 23. There will be a reception with the artists on September 30 at 7 PM, part of the Downtown Artwalk and Alberta Arts Days.

Field Recordings of Icebergs Melting

Lethbridge artist Michael Campbell’s latest installation presents an eccentric flotilla of small ships – possibly sea or space-going vessels – that are made of driftwood and other ocean debris, weathered and recycled tin, metal strapping, and thousands of nails. Evoking retro-space fiction, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, and west coast DIY aesthetic, Campbell’s engaging and poignant work also alludes to the exploration which brought Europeans to this continent, and the potentially catastrophic rising waters of climate change which could propel us into space in search of a new home, in the not-so-distant future.

Michael Campbell lives and works in Lethbridge, where he teaches in the Faculty of Art at the University of Lethbridge. He also maintains a studio practice in coastal British Columbia. Campbell received a BFA from the University of Toronto and an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, and he has exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Zurich Art International 2003 and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, amongst others. His work is held in public collections across Canada. Visit his website at

This exhibition is the result of collaboration with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario, and is accompanied by a publication produced by the AEAC, supported by the Esplanade Art Gallery and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, with texts by Jan Allen and Joanne Marion. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

The Esplanade Museum and Archives, in partnership with more than 20 local organizations, celebrate Medicine Hat’s heritage with a public one-day festival on Saturday, August 6th.

This year’s theme is “Crafts of our Past” and is inspired by the current exhibition in the Esplanade Heritage Gallery: Handmade by Altaglass – an exhibit, which chronicles the development of one of Medicine Hat’s unique companies. Also, the theme is very fitting, and completes the Esplanade Glass Filled Summer, along with the Esplanade Art gallery two contemporary glass exhibitions: Natural Flow: Alberta Contemporary Glass and Susan Rankin: Valid Objects of Beauty.

“This year’s we are showcasing crafts of our past, such as glassmaking, and acknowledging how important these were in edifying our community, and how they are still very much important today ,” explains Philip Pype, Archivist.

More than 20 heritage groups and organizations are participating in this year’s festival, contributing to a full schedule of events throughout the day, including:

  • Live music in the Studio Theatre
  • Vintage toy making in the Discovery Centre
  • Storytelling in the Galleries Foyer
  • Tours of the Ewart-Duggan House
  • Information on the Heritage Garden by Heritage Resources Committee members
  • Solar Telescope presented by the Medicine Hat Astronomy Club
  • Free Admission to the Esplanade galleries
  • Community Showcase
  • and more!

The Festival begins at 10 AM on Saturday, Aug. 6 and wraps up around 4:30 PM.

The Heritage Festival at the Esplanade is a free public event that will occur rain or shine. All are welcome to attend, though children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details, visit

Through the month of July, nine artists from Canada and the United States are visiting Medicine Hat and working in Medalta’s contemporary ceramics studios.

On July 28 (7:00pm), Medalta’s open house and art reception are taking place, providing an opportunity to meet these artists who have spent the month in our community.

As members of Medicine Hat’s cultural community, you’re encouraged to attend and show these visiting artists how much we appreciate the Arts in Medicine Hat.

Marc Leuthold is one of the artists brought to Medicine Hat by Medalta. Marc’s large sculptures have entered the collections of the Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums and the Museum of Art and Design. Critic John Perreault has remarked: “One looks and looks for artists who break up history, who bend the descent, who force one to connect the dots in new ways, even turn away from some. Leuthold is one of these.”

Sukjin Choi, who is leading this month’s residency at Medalta, is a Korean artist, educator and writer currently working in Virginia. Her practice ranges from the seemingly effortless production of traditional Onggi jars, to the large scale multimedia installation art.

This is a no-charge, informal event. Complementary food and drinks will be served. For more information, check out our newly-designed website.

Artisan Pottery Studio - Downtown Medicine HatThe Clay Trade will have its official Grand Opening during the Dowtown Artwalk. The night will include refreshments from Big Rock Breweries, treats and live music by Ron Mason.

We will feature works by local artists and artists in residence from Medalta.

Some of the artist’s include:

Les Manning, Jane MacKay, Hedy Stabler, Koi Neng Liew….

When: Friday June 10th 7 PM – 10 PM

Where: 628 2nd Street SE

Visit for more information or call 403-529-9109

Follow us on twitter (@clay_trade) and on Facebook

Today a whole new group of artists have arrived in Medicine Hat and will be spending a month in Medalta’s studios.

For the next two weeks, we are hosting artists’ talks so you get a chance to meet the group and learn where their inspiration comes from. They’re always fantastic events and after that talks, everyone gets a chance to have a drink  & something to eat while speaking with the artists.

We hope to be able to show these visiting artists how much Medicine Hat appreciates the Arts.

For more information on the artists, visit the MIAIR website.
If you aren’t sure where we are (or exactly how to dodge all the construction), check this handy map from the Esplanade to Medalta.


Arborglyphs Poster

Arborglyphs Poster

May 20, 2011 – June 4, 2011

Opening Reception: May 20, 2011 7:00-10:00pm

Arborglyphs is an attempt to capture the forms of trees both in and out, retold within its very substance.  No two trees are exactly the same, each one is shaped by a myriad of forces at work each day.  My work on these already amazing examples of art, seeks to be just as unique as the pieces that I work upon. ~Hayden Werezak

Hayden’s Bio: Trees I find to be one of the most fascinating things. My fascination with this part of creation inspires my retelling of these growing works of art. I seek to capture trees either carved or etched on wood, slate, and marble.

Born and raised in Calgary, matured in the North Saskatchewan River valley and the Cypress Hills, I currently reside in Medicine Hat, with my wife Aryn.

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 »

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