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Esplanade Threads Together Two New Exhibitions by Local Weavers and National Tapestry Artists

Post Date:11/28/2018 11:00 AM

MEDICINE HAT, AB – Announcing the new exhibitions in the Art Gallery of the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre: overandunderandoverandunder… Three Contemporary Tapestry Artists: Murray Gibson, Jane Kidd and Ann Newdigate and Connected by Long Threads: An Installation Work by Medicine Hat Weavers, Marlene Hubbard, Carmen McBride, Phyllis Netolitzky, Katherine Rankin and Susan Siegle. The Public Reception with the artists will happen during Downtown Midnight Madness on Friday November 30 at 7 PM, with music by Betty Bischke. 

Three Contemporary Tapestry Artists

Murray Gibson / Jane Kidd / Ann Newdigate
December 1 - January 26
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Tapestry by artist-makers rather than artist-designers, is rare in a time of instantaneity and the global outsourcing of skilled labour tasks. One of humanity’s most ancient creative and technological practices, weaving in some form has existed for at least 12,000 years. The intricate and accomplished tapestry works by Ann Newdigate, Jane Kidd and Murray Gibson in overandunder… raise provocative and pertinent questions about the use of traditional skills, changing perceptions of time, and how tapestry, a seemingly anachronistic practice, is relevant as contemporary art. 

overandunderandoverandunder... is guest curated by Deborah Forbes, Medicine Hat artist and art educator.  

Connected by Long Threads: An Installation Work by Medicine Hat Weavers
Marlene Hubbard/ Carmen McBride/ Phyllis Netolitzky/ Katherine Rankin/Susan Siegle
December 1– January 26  
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Weaving is popular in most Canadian communities in its domestic craft form, as it is in Medicine Hat; this group of Medicine Hat’s weavers has created a unique, large-scale collaborative installation work incorporating their own weavings, which have been undertaken in connection with woven artefacts from the Esplanade Museum Collection.  The exhibition will feature a hands-on, participatory element with weaving samples and small loom, to offer sensory experiences that increase accessibility for all.  

Connected by Long Threads is guest-curated by Deborah Forbes, Medicine Hat artist and art educator.    


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For further information, interviews or images please contact:  

Joanne Marion
Director/Curator Exhibitions & Collections Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

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