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The Esplanade Has So Much to Offer this Upcoming Downtown Art Walk, and the Next Morning…

Post Date:07/11/2019 11:17 AM

Medicine Hat – Friday July 12, from 7-9 PM, during the Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk, the Esplanade will host a public reception with the artists for the exhibitions Terrestrial Beings and the Hat Art Club and Medicine Hat Potters Association Biennial. The public is also invited to visit Susan Shantz’s exhibition Currents: river works-in-progress in the Ewart Duggan House. From 7-11 PM, TREX Space (#2 516 3rd St. SE) will be launching Scraps by Calgary artist Geneva Haley. And on Saturday at 10:30 AM, Jasmine Keillor will lead a curatorial tour of her exhibition Terrestrial Beings, followed by a tour of Currents: river works-in-progress by Susan Shantz.

Susan Shantz – Currents: river works-in-progress in the Ewart Duggan House

JULY 12, 2019 - JULY 13, 2019

Medicine Hat is situated on the South Saskatchewan River between its major tributaries: the Bow Oldman and Red Deer. I live along the same river in Saskatoon and have visited the Saskatchewan River Delta, the downstream end-point of the river. While I experience the river near my home as a natural phenomenon and place of beauty, after learning more about the river from scientific and environmental perspectives, I have come to realize it is a highly-managed water source. It sustains us, but with a cost for those downstream. Drawing on field trips to sites along the river, I use a variety media (from textiles to videography) to consider the currents that connect us in this prairie water basin. – Susan Shantz, 2019

On Friday July 12 from 7-9 PM enjoy this residency exhibition in the Ewart Duggan House during the Downtown Art Walk. Susan will be in the House to meet with visitors.

On Saturday July 13 at 10:30 AM, following Jasmine Keillor’s curatorial tour of Terrestrial Beings in the Art Gallery, Susan Shantz will lead visitors on a tour of Currents: river works-in-progress in the Ewart Duggan House. No registration is required and admission is free.

Terrestrial Beings

JUNE 8, 2019 - AUGUST 3, 2019

Jess Riva Cooper | Renée Duval | DaveandJenn | Faye HeavyShield | Sara Khan | Véronique La Perrière M. | Rick Leong | Zachari Logan | Janet Macpherson | Marigold Santos | Winnie Truong | Laura Watson

At once sublimely elegant and ruthlessly daunting, the lush intricacies of the natural world have delighted, nourished, intrigued and wrought havoc upon the human race since time immemorial. Occupying a place between reality, dream, memory and myth, Terrestrial Beings presents strange and wonderful works in which representations of the body and the land intersect physically, psychologically and metaphorically. Through sculpture, painting, drawing, and cut-paper, twelve contemporary artists from across the country embrace their connection to the earth as fertile ground for deeper spiritual and intellectual exploration.

On July 13 at 10:30 AM Jasmine Keillor will lead a curatorial tour of Terrestrial Beings in the Art Gallery with artist Marigold Santos present to discuss her work. Following this tour, Susan Shantz will lead visitors on a tour of Currents: river works-in-progress in the Ewart Duggan House. No registration is required and admission is free.

Hat Art Club & MH Potters Association Biennial Exhibition 2019

JUNE 8, 2019 - AUGUST 3, 2019

A longstanding tradition at the Art Gallery for over 20 years! This exhibition is a vibrant snapshot of the dedication and imagination of Medicine Hat’s own artists and artisans, conveyed through a wide variety of subjects, media, and techniques, from landscapes, abstraction and portraits, to vessels and sculptures. Sixty-three local artists and ceramists will be presenting works in this year’s celebration of skill, creativity and enthusiasm of members of the Hat Art Club and the Medicine Hat Potters Association.

The Medicine Hat Potters Association has advanced the artistry, craft and programs for ceramics in Medicine Hat for over 47 years. The Hat Art Club celebrates 73 amazing years of the development of members’ own artistic skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, and many other media, as well as helping the visual arts to thrive in Medicine Hat.

Public Reception and Downtown Art Walk

Friday July 12 from 7-9 PM, please join us in the Art Gallery for the public reception for our two exhibitions. The reception is free and everyone is welcome. Hear the artists and curators speak first-hand about the works, enjoy refreshments and the music of Taking August.

Alberta Foundations for the Arts TREX Space, part of Downtown Art Walk

Friday July 12 from 7-11pm, TREX Space will be launching Scraps by Calgary artist Geneva Haley. Geneva’s band Stripmall and her partner’s band The Rifle County Players will begin around 8:15 PM. Come by and experience some fabulous art, great music, a special brew by Hell’s Basement and some yummy treats! Follow them on Instagram @trex_space.

 

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For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Joanne Marion
Superintendent, Exhibitions & Collections
City of Medicine Hat Community Development Department / Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
403.502.8583 | joamar@medicinehat.ca

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