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Lindsey Sine from the Loudly Whispered Theatre writes into us:

From the people who brought you Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol last December comes one of David French’s most beautiful stories about the Mercer family. Loudly Whispered Theatre is proud to present Soldier’s Heart by David French. Set in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1924, the play focuses on the young son of a soldier who fought in World War I. The boy confronts his dad to relive the horrific memories of war on July 1, 1916 that still haunt and torment his father eight years later.

Soldier's Heart. Courtesy of Loudly Whispered Theatre

Soldier's Heart - Courtesy of Loudly Whispered Theatre

Soldier’s Heart runs in Medicine Hat, AB at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in the Studio Theatre with four nightly shows and four matinees. Showtimes are Friday April 24th at 8:00 PM, and a matinee on Saturday & Sunday April 25th – 26th at 2:00 PM. Then Thursday, Friday & Saturday April 30 – May 2nd at 8:00 PM, and a matinee on Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd – 3rd at 2:00 PM. Cost to see this play is $24.00 + S/C, GST. Seniors and Legion Members $20.00 + S/C, GST. from April 24-26 & April 30-May 3. Purchase tickets by calling 403-502-8777 or online at

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 7th, 2009) at 8PM there will be a Visual Communications show at the Medalta Squared Gallery. The exhibition will feature best work from the first years in the Medicine Hat College’s Visual Communication program. There will be plenty of art and plenty of snacks.

Best of First Year Show 2009 - Photograph via

Best of First Year Show 2009 - Photograph via

Medalta Historic Clay District, 713 Medalta Ave. SE

Official Post @

Mary Anne Barkhouse is having a reception for her recently set-up Esplande exhibition tonight entitled “Boreal Baroque”. This exhibition is filled with lots of animal-related imagery and sculpture (much like her other work). In this installation, she is taking her animal vision and placing them in an odd juxtaposition: seventeenth century ornamentals and furniture. The title itself alludes to Boreal Forest while Baroque refers to the seventeenth century court of Louis XIV.

Still Life with Owl, 2007 - Photography courtesy of Esplanade

Still Life with Owl, 2007 - Photography courtesy of Esplanade

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC and is a graduate of the New Media program at the Ontario College of Art. Her work has been shown throughout Canada over several years and she has picked up a couple collectors a long the way.

Reception admission is free and the event itself will officially start at 7PM. The exhibition will remain viewable until April 1st, 200.

Read/view more here:

Esplande Entry
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries


Dean Francis:Light Magic will also be in this showing until April 1st.

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 or head on over to their website:

Just a reminder, the reception for Whole Being starts at 8PM on Thursday, January 22 at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. Most of the Visual Communications staff will have entries in, and being seasoned artists in their prime, you can expect a good show.

Admission is free, there also will undoubtedly be some free foods and drinks for all who attend.

Whole Being Artists - Image found at

Whole Being Artists - Image found at

Original Whole Being Post

I have recently seen an article in the paper that prompted anybody interested in local arts, culture and heritage (I’m looking at you, visual communications students and alumni) to attend a meeting coming up. Every month the Cultural Development program in the city hosts a luncheon where people get together to network and discuss cultural happening and events. Over the years, the attendance has been dwindling since it started 10 years ago. The purpose of the article written in the paper, and even the purpose of me posting here is to maybe bring some old and new faces to the meetings. This meeting, Carol Beatty (Manager of Cultural Development for the City of Medicine Hat) will be talking about a program called “Cultural Capitals of Canada”. The program supports communities that are engaged in the arts and culture through money grants – which would be greatly support local artists as well as bring more art events to the city.

The meeting is to take place on January 29th, 10AM to noon at the Esplanade Studio Theatre. Anybody that will be attending are asked to RSVP to Terry Gill at 403-502-8795 or

Starting December 16, 2008, at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, begins Whole Being, the biannual faculty exhibition from the staff of the Medicine Hat College Visual Communications program. The program of which is founded from the collaboration between fine art and design. The staff consists of a world-wide variety of skilled artisans, all specialized in their own way. Whole Being includes the professionals, Laara Cassells, Craig Cote, Deborah Forbes, Mato Higashitani, Rory Mahony, Micheal McClary, Poul Nielsen, Dean Smale, Yulin Wang, Giles Woodward, and Nelson Yuen. Poul Nielsen has also recently been a featured artist here at Medicine Hat Media; he specializes in drawing and painting. With all types of media combined, the show is surely to strike at all the senses, as well as instill deep thought about how we relate to the world in which we live.

Whole Being Handout

Whole Being Handout

The reception begins Thursday, January 22, 8PM, and is also free admission. The show ends February 1, 2009, making it the grand show to carry the Esplanade into the 2009 New Year. Here is the summary statement presented to you by the Esplanade:

“Artists and designers from the faculty of the Visual Communications Program at Medicine Hat College show exciting new works in all media which embrace art as a way of making sense (by every means) of the existing world and our place in it.”

On Friday, December 5, 2008, Medalta’s Squared Gallery will be hosting the Four 9t (490) & Video Night art opening. 490 (or Four 9t as it’s referred to in the poster) is the Directed Study class while the videos are presented by the Video class within the Visual Communications program at the Medicine Hat College. The 490 portion of the show will be opened for the public until January 10, 2009.

Four 9t Show & Video Night Poster

Four 9t Show & Video Night Poster

Come down for free wines and foods and see some student made videos and artwork. Showtime starts at 8PM at the Medalta Squared Gallery. Artwork displayed will include video, print material, photography, performance art, and more!

Medalta Historic Clay District is located at 713 Medalta Ave SE. The Squared Gallery itself is located inside the building (go left once you enter the building).

David Hoffos image courtesy of

David Hoffos image courtesy of

As previously posted on this article, I talked about how David Hoffos has two installations featured at the Esplanade entitled “Catastrophe” and “Another City” – collectively known as Disaster & Desire. The installations will be up until November 30th, 2008; however, David Hoffos will be doing an “Artist Talk” tonight at 8PM. It’s taking place tonight as part of “Downtown Midnight Madness”, which I talk about more on this post.

David Hoffos will be talking about his work, and giving insights on his work currently exhibited artwork in the Esplanade. He will be presenting in the Studio Theatre, which is located in Esplanade tonight at 8PM. Oh yes, I should also mention there will be free admission tonight for the Art Gallery (where his work is featured).

Blue Cat Eight cordially invites you to their painting show at the Medicine Hat Cultural Center on the evening of December 3rd, 2008. The show starts at about 8:00PM. As always, free wine and perhaps beer will be available, and even perhaps delicious fruits, vegetables, crackers and maybe meats will be up for grabs by the attendees. If you are in College, it is a good way to socialize or get lots of vegetables and fruits to fight scurvy, whichever you prefer the most. Blue Cat Eight features student’s work from the Painting I class in the Visual Communications program at the Medicine Hat College.

The event will show the artwork of the following artists:

Emily Borody, Chelsey Buchinski, April Dammann, Lacey Fehr, Jessica Hayward, Jane Jacoby, Carol Jordan, Kristian Jungk, Safira Lachapelle, Amanda Lowey, Allison Martin, Vincent Matt, Kaitlyn Mckinley, Jonathan Moscoso, Meredith Penner, Matthew Shorten, Charis Slusar, Laura Sou, Erin Stankewich, Kathlene Steel, Ashley Steier, Matthew Valgardson.

Apologies if I got anyones name wrong, I got the list of names from the invitation.

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