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When We Were Young

Available Periods 1 to 5 (2017- 2018)

We go from birth to death, from first to last. We are young before we grow old, stimulus always precedes response, and there is no return to yesterday. The sole exception is memory.
Jill Price, from The Woman Who Can’t Forget

The exhibition When We Were Young features the work of five talented female artists from Medicine Hat. Each artist was invited
to interpret and respond to the theme ‘when we were young.’ The works explore the innocence and joy of childhood, relationships with siblings, and the unexpected and sometimes traumatic experiences of youth. Participating artists Jessica Plattner, Susan Knight, Safira Lachapelle, Kat Valenzuela, and Wendy Stuck have created works through a variety of approaches: oil painting, photography, mixed media assemblage, and drawing. The results are a diverse collection of unique interpretations that celebrate both the complexities and simplicities of youth.

The theme/title refers to the past, influencing each artist to recollect memories which then inspired their concepts. In his book The Making of Memory, Steven Rose describes how memory influences our sense of self: “Memory defines who we are and shapes the way we act more closely than any other single aspect of our personhood. We know who we are, and who other people are in terms of memory.” Each of the participating artists was inspired by memories, but from radically different points of view.

Curated by Xanthe Isbister, Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre (TREX Region 4) 

Exhibition Information

5 artists
17 art works
2 didactics

75 running feet
2 crates 


Monday: closed
Tuesday: 11 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 11 am-8 pm
Thursday: 11 am-5 pm
Friday: 11 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: 10 am-5 pm


Every Tues and Wed 5-8 pm - FREE

AGA members
Youth 0-17
Alberta students 18+
Out-of-province students
General admission
Seniors 65+


2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1