Esplanade exhibiting artists’ work during Medicine Hat’s Downtown Art Walk

MEDICINE HAT – The city’s Heritage Resources Committee is holding a tour of the historic First Street South area, followed by the Downtown Art Walk on July 12.

The Esplanade will host a public reception with artists for the exhibitions Terrestrial Beings and the Hat Art Club and Medicine Hat Potters Association Biennial.

The Esplanade. (Medicine Hat Heritage Resource photo)

Susan Shantz will have an exhibition, Currents: river works-in-progress in the Ewart Duggan House. She will be in the Ewart Duggan House to meet visitors on July 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Drawing on field trips to sites along the river, I use a variety of media (from textiles to videography) to consider the currents that connect us in this prairie water basin,” she said.

Medicine Hat is situated along the South Saskatchewan River between its major tributaries, the Bow Oldman and Red Deer rivers. Shantz lives along the same river in Saskatoon and draws from it for inspiration.

“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.”

Jasmine Keillor will lead a curatorial tour of her exhibition Terrestrial Beings in the Art Gallery with artist Marigold Santos present to discuss her work on July 13. Terrestrial Beings is on display until Aug. 3.

Terrestrial Beings occupies a place between reality, dream, memory and myth. It presents strange and wonderful works where representations of the body and the land intersect physically, psychologically and metaphorically.

Through sculpture, painting, drawing, and cut-paper, 12 contemporary artists from across Canada embrace their connection to the earth as fertile ground for deeper spiritual and intellectual exploration.

Hat Art Club and MH Potters Association Biennial Exhibition is on until Aug. 3.

This exhibition, a tradition for more than 20 years, 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 present works in this year’s celebration of skill, creativity and enthusiasm of members of the Hat Art Club and the Medicine Hat Potters Association.

TREX Space will launch Scraps by Calgary artist Geneva Haley on July 12 at 7 p.m.

Geneva’s band Stripmall and her partner’s band The Rifle County Players will start at about 8:15 p.m.

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