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Two New Art Exhibitions to Encourage Spring
Posted Date: 3/10/2017 9:30 AM

March 10, 2017

Two New Art Exhibitions to Encourage Spring

Medicine Hat, AB – Announcing two new exhibitions in the Esplanade Art Gallery: School Art 2017 and When We Were Young from March 11 – April 29, 2017. The public is invited to the School Art 2017 Reception on Sunday March 26 at 1:00 PM followed by the Cenovus School Art Awards Ceremony at 1:30 PM. There will also be a public reception with the artists for the When We Were Young exhibition on Friday March 31 at 7:00 PM.

School Art 2017 | March 11 – April 29, 2017

Experience the creativity, charm and talent of Medicine Hat and region’s students, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, in this year’s wonderful, all-new School Art exhibition. A Medicine Hat tradition for 39 years, the annual exhibition has grown from approximately 50 works to over 700 from more than 40 schools. Paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, animated, live action video - and more - will delight you and fill you with well-founded hope for the futures of Medicine Hat’s children and youth.

School Art 2017 Reception - Sunday March 26 at 1:00 PM in Art Gallery and Esplanade Main Lobby
Cenovus School Art Awards Ceremony - 1:30 PM in the Main Theatre
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Refreshments are courtesy of the Prairie Rose School Division No. 8. Presentation materials are courtesy of the Medicine Hat School District #76. We thank all volunteers, sponsors, participants, presenters and jurors for their continued support of this program and the promotion of visual arts in our community.


When We Were Young | March 11 – April 29, 2017

“Memory defines who we are and shapes the way we act more closely than any other single aspect of our personhood,” says Steven Rose in The Making of Memory. “We know who we are, and who other people are in terms of memory.” Five Medicine Hat artists were invited to respond to the theme “when we were young,” by recollecting their personal memories as inspiration for their work. Susan Knight, Safira Lachapelle, Jessica Plattner, Wendy Struck, and Kat Valenzuela created pieces over the past year: all of the artists were inspired by memories, but from radically different points of view. The result is a diverse collection of pieces that celebrate the joy and innocence of childhood as well as the emotional complexities and simplicities of youth.
Medicine Hat is home to immense talent. The five women who contributed to this exhibition are not just talented artists—they contribute to Medicine Hat’s rich cultural community in a variety of ways. They are volunteer board members, community event organizers, freelance photographers, interior designers, mothers, administrators, and visual art instructors. This exhibition was curated by Xanthe Isbister and developed for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX). It will tour throughout Alberta from May 2016 to February 2019 in non-traditional exhibition spaces such as public libraries, schools and visitor centres. To find out where the exhibition is located each month visit

Be on our Art Gallery wall! Post an image of when YOU were young on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #wwwy2017 or @MedHatEsplanade.

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For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Tobie Laliberté
Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre