The brick walls in Medicine Hat's Historic Downtown have been painted by many Canadian and local artists.
It's brought a colourful and artistic atmosphere to the core area. And while not all murals were a part of Medicine Hat Mural Fest, organizer Jeff Goring has invited Canadian and local artists to Medicine Hat every year since 2018 to decorate the downtown walls.
No Rain, No Flowers
Painted in 2020 by local artist Teanna Church, a message of hope is tucked into a small corner on the upper edges of downtown Medicine Hat. Beautiful in its simplicity and featuring a bouquet of nearly a dozen flowers, this small mural is one of the most inspiring in the city.
Deer in the City
Painted by local artist Wendy Struck, Deer in the City is a fittingly named tribute to the commonly sighted deer who live along the river valley and can be seen throughout Medicine Hat.
Indigenous Silkscreen Artist
Young Jarus travels around the world to paint murals, and this piece was a part of the 2021 Medicine Hat Mural Fest. The artist has been a huge influence for the large scale art scene in Canada. Using only a brush taped to an extended pole, he freehands his entire paintings without using a projector.
Hope and A Future
Bright, in both imagery and message, this mural by local artist Jeff Goring is an unavoidable message of positivity and optimism. Found on the southwest wall of The Hat’s Olive Tap, this welcoming message greets everyone and reminds us there is indeed hope and a future for all.
Two tattoo artists from Calgary worked together to bring this artwork to life. While the majority of the mural is spray-painted, the trees in the background were done with a house-paint roller.
This family-friendly seasonal patio has energetic murals on the brick walls, adding personality to the outdoor hangout spot. Multiple artists are featured in this space. With a cold drink in hand, your eyes will never bore looking at the artwork around you.
Edmonton, Alberta-based artist Josh Creighton explores the dimensions between composition and complementary colour configurations.
Local artist Kari Kanvas painted this mural in 2019 with a spray can for the first time. The mural was in commemoration of the lives lost with those battling addictions. She invited over 30 families impacted to paint a butterfly on the mural. More of Kari Kanvas’ paintings can be found inside Moose & Squirrel Bistro and along South Railway Street.
Moose & Squirrel Bistro
From front to back, this outdoor eatery has colourful murals, from different artists, that tell an array of stories. From “Hello Gorgeous” painted in large white font on a black brick background, to a mural in honor of the two owners’ cat, many paintings here will catch your attention while you cool down with a cold dessert on a warm summer’s day.
Growing Hope in Our Community
The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society and Station Coffee Company teamed up to promote a feeling of hope with this mural by Sarah Slaughter Art. “Growing Hope in Our Community” is a positive message designed as a reminder that no one should have to endure family violence, and there are those who can help.
A delicate, abstract mural speaks to the artist's style of soft colour transitions. It has a golden glow that beams outward, enlightening the downtown area. Painted by Canadian painter and internationally acclaimed graffiti artist, Alexander Bacon, this mural took a day and a half to complete. It was painted in July 2022 and photos of the mural have already been shared in Europe, Taiwan, Hungary, and other countries and cities around the world.
Mere minutes from the Riverside Veterans’ Memorial Park, this bright, colourful mural was led by street artists Doktoer and Jesse Gouchey as an homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women. This mural is a reminder that all life has value, and we must not turn a blind eye to injustice.
South Railway St. Side — A sunset with a Meadowlark bird in the forefront. This is a common moment residents see while out on the trails during sunset. The Meadowlark flies to Medicine Hat every year, and they repetitively sing a very unique melody, which is especially beautiful during a calm evening outdoors. This vibrant piece is a combined effort by Will Oskam, Jeff Goring, and California-based FASM Creative.
North Railway St. Side — A combination of geometric shapes, intersecting straight lines, and circles, with blues, greens, and greys, is reminiscent of the city’s iconic Assiniboia Hotel sign, which can be seen in this mural’s background.
Painted on the outside of its building, this mural is inspired by the blossoming plants that live inside the local business, Botanicals. Local artist Christy Vince, Paintergirl, has a lively style. It’s the perfect backdrop to any photo that radiates sunshine and warm weather.