Stepping into the old Medalta factory, it's easy to picture what a hive of activity the clay and brick factory was back in the day.
Time seemed to slip away as I read all about the factory on the informative plaques throughout the interpretive centre. As is custom at Medalta, a potter, on this day Faith Minorkozie, college art student and artist, sat at the potter’s wheel and expertly turned out a perfect bowl. It gave us a glimpse of Medalta’s legacy and the way it supports talented artists.
4. Culture at The Esplanade
You could easily spend a whole day at Medalta, but we were ready to explore a newer side of Medicine Hat. In the city’s heritage downtown section of First Street, stands The Esplanande. The arts hub is a stunning contemporary building and serves as the art, heritage and historical epi-centre.
On a walking tour of the museum we learned about the rich history of Medicine Hat, the people and the events that took place shaping the city that it has become. Heading into the art gallery, I was immediately captivated by the social commentary works of Jude Griebel, currently on display. “Ground Figure” runs until July 14 and is definitely worth checking out for his unusual and whimsical sculptures with a message.