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New this May at the Esplanade Galleries: Pay What You Will, All-Ages Program, and Reception with Downtown Art Walk

Post Date:05/01/2019 3:55 PM

MEDICINE HAT, AB – Announcing Pay What You Will gallery admission until Sept. 28th, Planes & Pilots all-ages program and the Public Reception for Poul Nielsen’s Light Reconfigured with Downtown Art Walk May featuring 

Pay What You Will
Pay What You Will at the galleries is based on the Esplanade Theatre’s successful program for selected shows. Visitors will still check in with our friendly Guest Services staff, but instead of paying an admission fee, visitors receive a deposit envelope and are asked to “pay what you will” as they leave the galleries. This means that patrons pay whatever amount they wish, based on their individual experience, from now until Sept. 28. Director/Curator Joanne Marion says, “The aim of Pay What You Will is to increase everyone’s access to our programs, and to encourage our patrons to take a chance on new and exciting exhibitions. Everyone gets to decide the price of their own admission!” 

Planes & Pilots 
At this free, all-ages program on May 4 from 1-3 PM everyone can join the ranks of the Esplanade Flight School and earn their wings by visiting flight activity stations hosted by the Esplanade, PRAXIS, and the Medicine Hat R.C.’ers.  Program organizer Candace Loder explains, “This is a fun family event featuring Ingenium’s Ace Academy Flight Experience simulator, a miniature flying contraption creation station, aviation science experiments and an array of interesting radio controlled aircraft. It’s guaranteed to fire up people’s imaginations and provide a hands-on experience for everyone to enjoy.” The program supports the Archives In the Air vignette exhibition in the Esplanade Galleries Foyer, on exhibit until July 13. 

Public Reception
On May 10th, 7 PM at the free public reception for his exhibition Light, Reconfigured, Medicine Hat artist Poul Nielsen will meet with guests and talk about his brilliantly coloured, soft pastel drawings on paper. Nielsen comments: “Light, Reconfigured, is an expressive response to, and celebration of, the extraordinary, light, color and overwhelming space that I experience daily in our unique prairie environment… Ultimately, it is my intention to transport the viewer to a positive and reflective place, transcending the physical.”

Poul Nielsen’s artistic career spans many decades and includes 21 solo and numerous group exhibitions of his paintings, drawings and installations in Alberta, the United States, China and Denmark. He has presented lectures and workshops in the United States, and China and is retired from a long career as a Medicine Hat College faculty member in the Visual Communications Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, and studied at the post-graduate level at the New York Studio School, New York. His work is held in the numerous public  collections including the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat College, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Jiangsu Institute of Chinese painting, Nanjing, China, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, and Kato Collection, Hakodate, Japan, and Northbrooke College, Worthing, England.

The first Downtown Artwalk of 2019 also kicks off on Friday May 10th at 7PM, with seven regular venues and three pop-ups!


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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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