August 19th, 2017

Two new Esplanade exhibits celebrate Canada’s 150th


By Mo Cranker on May 12, 2017.

NEWS PHOTO EMMA BENNETT Violet and Kenya, who were visiting the Esplanade on Thursday morning with Ecole St. Thomas d'Aquin, look at a display of 150 plates titled One by One by artist Juliana Rempel. Oh Ceramics! is a national ceramic exhibition for Canada's 150th and will be part of tonight's Art Walk.


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The people working at the Esplanade are making sure the gallery is doing its part to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday.

Starting off with the Esplanade’s first Art Walk event of the year tonight, and continuing with two new exhibitions, gallery curator Joanne Marion says she is very excited for what is happening at the Esplanade.

“Right now we’ve got a lot going on here and I’m looking forward to getting it out there,” said Marion, who co-curated the two exhibits with local artist and the Esplanade’s travelling exhibitions manager Xanthe Isbister.

The first exhibit is a large group display of 17 artists from all over Canada, from Newfoundland, British Columbia, Nunavut and everywhere in between, says Marion.

“We wanted to get people from all across the country to celebrate its birthday,” she said. “We’re actually having 10 of the artists here in Medicine Hat for Friday for the Art Walk, so people who come out will get some insight into the work that went into this display.”

Though Marion says the artists are from all over the country, they do share similarities as well.

“All of the artists predominantly work in clay and we felt that was a very good baseline for this exhibit,” she said. “Not only is clay important to Canada, but it is a big piece of Medicine Hat’s history and its future.”

The other exhibit is being put on by local artist Jenn Demke-Lange, with an exhibition named The Wild.

“This exhibit is also based around Canada’s 150th, but in a bit of a different way,” Marion said. “The artist based the showing around camping and what it is like to be outdoors in Canada. She feels that this is a very big part of what Canada is and built her show with that being the defining characteristic.”

The Art Walk begins Friday at 7 p.m. and is being held at various downtown locations. Both exhibits at the Esplanade run from May 13 to July 1.


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