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174 Pieces of Folk and Contemporary Art from the Prairies Presented in One of our Biggest Exhibitions!

Post Date:10/30/2019 12:00 PM

Medicine HatA Prairie Vernacular: Folk and Contemporary Art Narratives of Life on the Prairies is set to open at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre this Friday, November 1st, at 7 PM, with a FREE public reception. Join the curators and some of the artists for a delightful evening, filled with artworks from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and the music from award winning Saskatchewan performing artist Eliza Doyle and her trio.

A Prairie Vernacular: Folk and Contemporary Art Narratives of Life on the Prairies
This thought-provoking survey of vernacular art from the Canadian Prairies brings to light the relationship of folk art and contemporary art made in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Vernacular art is often defined as being made by individuals untrained in the visual arts, who may not even identify themselves as artists. Artists represented in the exhibition include historic and contemporary untrained artists, as well as academically trained artists whose works speak to the vernacular, in terms of the locality and history of the Prairies. These works adopt the materials, methods and motivations of a folk aesthetic, and speak to shared contexts and subject matter. They reflect upon memories and histories of life on the prairies or present visual narratives rife with humour, fantasy, myth, politics, religion, and the Prairie Gothic.

This touring exhibition is co-curated with the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, with major funding from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The organization of this presentation of 174 artworks, borrowed from numerous collections throughout the Prairies, is the result of a real team effort. Sincere thanks goes to the many lenders and partner institutions who helped us bring this exhibition to fruition.

About Eliza Doyle
Bright, feisty, and fierce, this banjo playin’ troubadour of exceptional talent and vision delivers a live show with energy that goes beyond the stage with her spontaneous and contagious energy. Eliza Doyle is an international award winning Saskatchewan artist who, together with her band Paula McGuigan on upright bass and Liza Holder on guitar, can be described as sweet as honey and raw as hide.

Exhibition Tour
On Saturday November 2 at 10:30 AM, come together with the curators and artists in the art gallery for a tour of A Prairie Vernacular: Folk and Contemporary Art Narratives of Life on the Prairies. This program is also FREE.


For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Tobie Laliberté
Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
City of Medicine Hat / Community Development Department / Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
403.502.8786 |

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