The Black & White Gala in Support of Medalta is one of Medicine Hat’s hottest tickets, all for a great cause: Medalta’s Artistic, Community, and Education programming continues to benefit from the generosity of our community members and we can’t express our sincere appreciation more.
This gala is an elegant and exciting evening of mouth-watering food, exciting entertainment, and live auction action in one of Alberta’s most stunning venues.
But the event is only half of the appeal. All money raised at the Gala is directed to Medalta’s popular and growing programs, which reach tens of thousands of people each year. Medalta has emerged as a provincial cultural and heritage hub. Known for its professionalism in preservation and interpretation of Western Canada’s industrial heritage, Medalta has also earned a reputation as an innovative contemporary arts centre.
By having a voice in both worlds, Medalta has been able to deliver clever, innovative and engaging programs to Medicine Hat residents and visitors. The reason we have been able to grow into what we are today is because of the incredible support we receive from our community. The Black & White Gala is a perfect example of community coming together to support community.
You might think that you can’t make one of these amazing pieces, but with our help you can! You will be making your own 5 gallon crock on a Weeks Machine, a piece of equipment that was built in 1908 and restored in 2011. Once finished we will fire it for you and then you take it home! It is a great conversation piece and maybe the start of your career in our factor. Making one of these is kind of hard work so we will provide you with some snacks and beverages for this 2-hour experience.
Experience the taste of Medicine Hat with a private beer-pairing inspired Brewmaster’s dinner for eight guests. Celebrate timeless craft beer with great company over 6-courses inspired by quality southern Alberta ingredients. Designed to cut and compliment paired flavours and skillfully prepared by Chef Brennan Vancuren and his team.
Did you know that in 1928 Medalta made over 250,000 whiskey jugs? It really was the roaring ‘20’s! Of course not one of these whisky jugs were made of 22 karat gold. Prohibition ended in Alberta in 1924 and four years later Medalta was cranking out a quarter million jugs a year. Probably a good time to be in the distillery business! Own this one of a kind item and tell the story of Alberta’s post prohibition boom. If you bid enough on this we might just fill it up for you.
Spend some time in the newly opened Artist Lodge with eight of your friends, along with master chefs Becky and Alex from Camp Cookhouse and create your own delicious food experience. This is one third kitchen party, one third cooking class and one third sumptuous dining experience. Throw in some Prosecco, and some other liquid libations to shed your cooking inhibitions and create a feast to remember in this endlessly cool adaptively reused heritage space.
The dinner set is a favourite at the Gala each year. This set is extraordinarily special as it represents not only sound museologial practice but also creativity and our heritage. This set is based on a sketch found deep in our archives at the former Medicine Hat Pottery Site. It is suspected this decal was designed by Malcolm McArthur prior to 1956. We have digitized and colourized the pattern that is then applied to dishes from the Hycroft warehouse. This is the only dinner service of its kind that will ever be produced.
This is not just any piece of wood; it is Honey Locust, a hardwood that would have been imported to Medicine Hat in the early 1930’s. Hardwood like locust would have been ideal flooring for heavy manufacturing facilities; and a preferred timber for structural components around machinery. John Cunningham was visiting from Michigan when he was so captivated by the site that he offered to make this particular pen from wood salvaged at the Hycroft site and send it back to us for auction at tonight’s Gala.
Besides being on the board of the Friends of Medalta Society Linda Rossler is a master quilter. This stunning quilt represents hundreds of hours of work. This object is an homage to skill and work: two things that Medalta celebrates through our engagement with heritage and creativity.
Get seven of your friends together with tapas, cocktails and one of our talented resident artists to help you tap into your creative potential. Prepare to get muddy on the potter’s wheel while making several objects that we will fire and glaze for you. This could be the start of your international art career, or at the very least a memorable evening engaging with material and creativity. Oh and be warned, there is always that one person who is guaranteed to start humming the theme from Ghost.
24 – 30 square feet
You see them all over town. Wouldn’t you want your own Jim Marshall mural? Bid on this and you will be able to work directly with Jim to customize your own mural to make a statement that will last for generations. It could be a small mural tucked away in your garden or you could chip in with your friends to make a more public statement. Either way, you will be investing in the future as these murals are built to last.
Why not eat dinner in a kiln that was routinely fired to 1250 degrees Celsius? With Heartwood Cafe preparing the food you just know this will be special. Meghan and her team represent the creativity that we value so highly here. The way they think about food and its connection to our lives and landscape is refreshing; what they actually do with the food is magical. This is one of our most popular auction items so get seven of your closest friends together and pool your loonies to get in on this amazing experience.
We’d like to send a special thanks to all of our fabulous sponsors for supporting this event and Medalta.