Lifestyle Southern Alberta

Medicine Hat artist puts together colouring book of city landmarks

Local artist and librarian Leanne Stock shows off her new colouring book Tuesday at the public library.Photo (Courtesy of MHPL)

MEDICINE HAT – A local artist has created a new colouring book that highlights some of the city’s most memorable landmarks.

‘Colour the Hat: A Colouring Book of Medicine Hat Landmarks’ was published recently by Leanne Stock and is being sold by Medicine Hat Public Library.

Stock says the book took her 100-plus hours to create and she is proud to see it come to life.

“To get a break from detailed acrylic painting, I go out and do urban sketches in the community,” said Stock, who has been an artist since she was 14. “I’ve been doing that for years and people have given me great feedback on my art style.

“Myself and the library thought it would be a good idea to make a colouring book out of drawings in my style. That’s how this came to life.”

The book features 30 drawings by Stock, who also works at the library.

“There’s so many different beautiful things to see in Medicine Hat.” she said. “I tried to include a bit of everything, but I could have done four books with the number of amazing places in the city.”

The book features the public library, the Ranchman Hotel, Finlay Bridge among other iconic spots.

Stock says she was able to work on the book whenever she found free time.

The library published 150 copies of the colouring book, which sold out quickly. It has put another order in and hopes to have more as soon as possible.

You can get on a wait list for the book by calling the library at 403-502-8525.

By Mo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter/Medicine Hat News