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Culture Days at the Esplanade This Weekend Will Be Bustling with 3 Exciting Events!

Post Date:09/24/2019 11:30 AM

Medicine Hat – Culture Days is almost here and the Esplanade has 3 public events planned starting with the reception for the exhibitions in the Art Gallery and in the Heritage Gallery on Friday September 27 from 7-9 PM. The next day, September 28, at 3 PM, the Theatre presents the Pay What You Will performance Terzetto by L’Aubergine, then at 8:20 PM, the Esplanade host Medicine Hat Pecha Kucha Night Volume 23 on the main stage for the first time!

Public Reception and Downtown Art Walk

Join us Friday September 27 from 7 to 9 PM in the galleries for the public reception for our two exhibitions in the Art Gallery, Sarindar Dhaliwal: Across Terrains: a Floral and Chromatic Study and MHC Visual Communications Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2019, as well as for the exhibition in the Heritage Gallery, Refuge Canada, presented by the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The reception is free and everyone is welcome. Hear the curator and the artists speak first-hand about the works, enjoy refreshments and the music of Lyle Rebbeck and Ray Martens. Also in attendance will be Marie Chapman, CEO of the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Not too far from the Esplanade at #2 516 3rd Street SE, our TREX Space is hosting a reception for the exhibition Lacuna by artist Laura Hansen who has been creating a site-specific installation. These receptions are part of the Downtown Art Walk happening across our city centre in 7 official locations including the Esplanade and TREX Space as well as 8 pop-up venues.

Sarindar Dhaliwal: Across Terrains: a Floral and Chromatic Study UNTIL OCTOBER 12, 2019

From marigolds, zinnias, ceramic, furniture, feathers and myriad other materials, Dhaliwal forms vividly beautiful explorations of migration, immigration, family and diaspora, both in the gallery and the Esplanade gardens. Born in the Punjab, raised in London, England, and immigrated to Ontario in 1968, Sarindar’s previous work is currently touring Canada in Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada, presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada.
Join Sarindar Dhaliwal for stories and insights into the art works in her exhibition: Saturday September 28 | 10:30 AM | Free admission

Medicine Hat College Visual Communications Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2019 UNTIL OCTOBER 12, 2019

 Craig Cote / Koi Neng Liew / Jessica Plattner / Ian Richmond / Dean Smale / Yulin Wang

An exhibition by artists of today, who teach the artists of tomorrow. In this Biennial the Esplanade invites the art and design instructors of Medicine Hat College’s Visual Communications Program to show their newest works. Craig Cote presents new prints and Koi Neng Liew ceramic sculpture; Jessica Plattner, Dean Smale and Yulin Wang show oil paintings on board and canvas, while Ian Richmond offers graphic design works. The Biennial Exhibition gives Medicine Hat a taste of these artists’ current creative explorations, their international influences, and the diverse issues and interests underlying their work.

Refuge Canada presented by the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21  SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 - DECEMBER 7, 2019

Through images, soundscapes, first person accounts and artefacts, this powerful exhibition begins “no one wants to be a refugee, anyone could become a refugee.” Moving through major waves of arrival from Second World War era up to present day, Refuge Canada does not shy away from opportunities to portray the darker chapters of history. Hopeful stories of optimism and success are balanced by moving accounts of shattered lives, fear, and examples of Canada’s mixed record in welcoming refugees.

L’Aubergine Presents Terzetto in the Theatre, a Pay What You Will Performance.

On Saturday September 28, at 3 PM in the Theatre, L’Aubergine presents Terzetto. Three doors, three chairs, three wooden boards... One light bulb... Through various scenes forged with humour and flair, this performance examines the topic of human relationships. It inspires playfulness, joy, and—most of all—lots of laughter, as these three clowns have a few tricks up their sleeves! PAY WHAT YOU WILL increases access to our programs, and encourages patrons to take a chance on new and exciting performances. Get your tickets, like regular tickets, through, by phone 403.502.8777 or in person. An envelope will be provided at the show. PAY WHAT YOU WILL by putting money, a cheque or credit card information in the envelope!

Medicine Hat Pecha Kucha Night Volume 23
Dan Kammerer \ Marianne Reeder \ Pam Robertson \ Abby Czibere \ Joel Bosch \ Kerry Bennett \ Tami Elis
Join your community on Saturday September 28 at 8:20 PM in the Theatre; the biggest space Medicine Hat Pecha Kucha Night has been hosted in yet! Pecha Kucha Night is a speaker series where passionate people in our community make short presentations on interesting topics following the format of 20 slides x 20 seconds per slide.



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 |

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