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Tom Willock, Lower Bertha Falls, Waterton Lakes National Park, 1993, gelatin silver

Tom Willock, Lower Bertha Falls, Waterton Lakes National Park, 1993, gelatin silver

Immersed in Waterton is a solo exhibition of works by photographer Tom Willock which features eighteen traditional silver gelatin black-and-white prints from two of his earlier series titled The Elements of Wilderness and Images of Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.

The photographs express the power of the vastness and beauty of this breathtaking mountain park which straddles the Canada-U.S. border in southern Alberta. The subjects depicted in the images range from frozen cascades to reed-filled ponds and from groupings of delicate maple leaves to forests dense with lodgepole pine.

Willock captures a sense of place with each photograph and explores our inherent connection to nature. The images are intimate and intuitive records that are infused with our sense of belonging.

“My sense of myself is inseparable from the land,” he writes in his biography at “My photographs have no purpose, no intention beyond the truthful expression of my own inner vision, reflections of human experience and the natural landscape. A quality of art is its simultaneous expression of particular and universal. For each of us, the expressive print will hold its own particular meaning and beauty.”

For more than forty years, Willock has been photographing the natural environment of southern Alberta in the large-format medium and developing film himself in a traditional darkroom to produce skilfully composed and technically impressive works. The director of the Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery from 1978 to 1998, he now lives in Banff, Alberta, where he runs the Willock and Sax Gallery with his wife, Susan Sax-Willock.


Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

MEDICINE HAT PUBLIC LIBRARY Honor Currie Room, 414 First Street, Medicine Hat, AB

EXHIBITION RUNS September 3 – 30, 2013

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First Annual Medalta International Cup Show

From August 23 to September 28, Medalta is hosting its first annual International Cup Show in the Yuill Family Gallery. The exhibition features 150 pieces of artwork from 10 different countries. Saskatoon-based ceramic artist and international blogger Carole Epp juried the exhibition, which received over 450 submissions. The pieces, which all showcase the artists’ interpretation of a cup, showcase a wide range of styles and personalities.

The goal of the exhibition, according to Medalta Curator Jenna Stanton, is to “expose Medicine Hat to a wide range of artistic styles and show the creative possibilities that exist in an everyday object, like a cup.” The exhibition features both functional and non-functional pieces which take the idea of a cup to the extreme. According to Stanton, “we’re excited for this exhibition to push people’s perceptions of what is possible in ceramic art.”

Medalta has partnered with Medicine Hat College to emphasize the community-building aspect of the International Cup Show by offering one-month artist residencies & accommodation as well as a purchase prize for exceptional works of art from the show.

The Medicine Hat College Purchase Prize will be juried by Carole Epp, with those pieces becoming an identified part of the Friends of Medalta Society public collection. The Medicine Hat College has also offered one month’s accommodation to the artist selected to participate in Medalta’s one-month artists’ residency in the summer of 2014.

According to Medicine Hat College Director Advancement Mark Keller, “Medicine Hat College recognizes the positive impact of arts in our community. We’re pleased to welcome artists to the community and look forward to another success for Medalta.”

The Opening Reception for the First Annual International Cup Show is Friday, September 6 at 7:00pm in Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery. The online sales gallery will be open at the same time. There is no charge for the opening reception and everyone is encouraged to attend and/or purchase a piece of work online.

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On Monday July 15, at 7 PM, on the Esplanade Terrace, the Esplanade Museum is having a reception to open an exhibit, to celebrate a recent recognition and to celebrate its 62nd anniversary.


Photographs by William Gottlieb (1917-2006)

The Esplanade Museum is pleased to present PORTRAITS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF JAZZ: Photographs by William Gottlieb, a fascinating exhibition of approximately seventy-five photographs on display through August 24 in the Heritage Gallery.

During the 1930s and 1940s, William Gottlieb photographed the contemporary jazz scene to illustrate his columns in The Washington PostDown Beat magazine, and other publications.  The photographic negatives were stored for more than thirty years until Gottlieb’s retirement in 1979, when he began printing the negatives.  The rest, literally, became history.  Gottlieb is now one of the most honored jazz photographers.
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The event has been postponed due to the state of emergency in Medicine Hat from the flooding. The new date is Saturday, July 20th, 2013.

Medicine Hat Fan Roundup is back this year and is happening… tomorrow! The event is a one day expo in Medicine Hat for fans of anime, fantasy, sci-fi, video games, card games, board games, and pretty much anything else geeky.

You can expect lots of game playing, lots of anime, art, vendors, and plenty of presentations and workshops. You can kind of think of it as a mini Otafest.

Guests for 2013 include Force Start Comedy, The 404s, and featuring (as the special guest): James Davidge (of Driftwood Saga fame).


MH Fan Round Up ArtSaturday, June 22nd
10am – 8pm
Medicine Hat College
S Wing/Centennial Hall/B Wing/Lobby

18+: $10
5-17: $5
5 and under: Free!


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Go Skateboarding Day 2013On Friday June 21st, the world will celebrate Go Skateboarding Day (GSD), Medicine Hat, very much included! Grab your skateboard and head to Inland Skatepark tomorrow! I noticed while driving earlier this week that Inland Skatepark was getting some major renovations/expansions. It didn’t look like it would be ready for this event, but all signs point to yes!

West 49, in their normal fashion, are in full support of skateboarding locally. Visit West 49 at the Medicine Hat Mall parking lot starting at 5PM where they will be hosting a game of S.K.A.T.E. with the West 49 flow team. Prizes and give-aways will be available!

The Boarding House ‏will also be celebrating at the Inland Skatepark from 4-8PM. Expect a BBQ, music, prizes, contests, and more!

Watch some highlights from last year’s Go Skate Day (in Peterborough):

Elizabeth Burritt, 2012, paper, ink, gouache, acrylic, 43 x 33 cm.Saturday, June 29, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cypress Hills Visitor Centre, 33 Lake View Drive, Elkwater

Sweetened Condensed: Tales of Wit, Wisdom and Wonder
An exhibition featuring illustrations and illustrated ceramics, each based on an evocative one-line story.

Exhibition runs June 28 to July 28, 2013

Elizabeth Burritt will be at the Visitor Centre from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 offering a hands-on demonstration based on the exhibition theme of bridging storytelling, illustration and painting. Visitors are invited to stop by and watch as a piece is created. The demonstration will include the process of working with ink and gouache on paper and the artist will be available to answer questions. Elizabeth is an artist and designer whose practice includes ceramics, illustration, jewellery and graphic design. Her illustration work is line-based and incorporates gouache, collage and digital mark-making while her ceramics are primarily unglazed porcelain pieces that feature decorations rendered in ceramic pigment and permanently high-fired onto the surfaces. Originally from Ontario, she now lives in Medicine Hat with her husband and two daughters.

Sweetened Condensed is a series of illustrations and illustrated ceramics by Elizabeth Burritt based on a selection of one-line stories, each by a different writer. The project explores narratives that are restricted in length and convey only the most basic information, thereby leaving space for interpretation and exploration. The stories were solicited from friends and strangers with the promise that those who penned the selections for the final project would receive prints of the illustrations in return for their efforts.

The producers of CBC’s new series, Four Rooms are hitting the road to find Canada’s most unique and valuable objects. The cross-country audition tour, which kicked off earlier this month, is stopping in Calgary (no, sadly, not Medicine Hat) on Saturday, June 29th. If you have an item that you think may be worth big money, then come audition for the Four Rooms production team! This new series is from the same producers as CBC’s other hit series, Dragon’s Den.

They are looking for people who want to sell an interesting piece and share their story with Canada.  This item can be anything from antiques, art, collectibles, fashion etc., as long as it’s a unique piece. The seller shows their item and negotiates with the Nation’s top buyers and then has the chance to make the deal of their life and walk away with some serious cash.

When: Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB.

What: Bring your completed application form, which you can download online, along with the item you’re selling, or photos and other documents such as authentication certificates and appraisals.

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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 WalkThe 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 partsThe 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.)

An Invitation from your Palliser Friends of Medicare to…

An evening with Colin Zeiber, Executive Director of Seniors Health for Alberta Health Services, South Zone

Where he will discuss:

  • Budget Cuts
  • Defining Levels of Care
  • Quality of Staff and Services
  • Timely Access
  • Navigating the System

7pm, Monday June 10th at the Strathcona Centre, 1150 5th St SE, Medicine Hat
Free to the public – all ages welcome. Refreshments to follow.
Please come with questions.

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Southern Alberta Road ShowThe Southern Alberta Road Show is stopping in Medicine Hat looking to tickle your funny bone.

The show is touring Southern Alberta bringing a mix of comedians, musicians, and improvisers from well-known comedy groups including:

  • Loose Moose Theatre
  • Half Her Age
  • The Kinkonauts
  • UofC Improv

It’s a classic throwback variety show.

The tour kicked off with a very successful show in Calgary and will be in Medicine Hat on Friday June 14th. Show starts 8:00PM at the Royal Canadian Legion (702 2nd Sreet SE) and tickets will be $10 at the door.