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A color acrylic painting of a street corner in Medicine Hat alberta Canada called Hot Prairie Avenue by canadian artist, theresa eisenbarth

Art Friends,
November 19 , 2021

Well, it might be a sad week. This is my final artwork for the exhibit coming up in January 2022 at the Esplanade & Heritage Center in Medicine Hat.

I like these street views.

They remind me of my roots and all the cultural nuances of growing up in a small town. For instance, the Hometown Realty sign on the building has been there since the early 80’s. When you live in a place where not all much happens, you still see small remnants of a by-gone era in some of the old business signs…it’s even there as I write this article today. It’s located on 6th Avenue on main street in the good ‘ol Hat.

There was often rumors about the guy who ran this Home Town Realty business. He owns this string of buildings that are all connected together and take up half the block on this busy street. He was not known to be the sweetest person around and often, when called on the telephone, would yell at the caller for interrupting his lunch (or meal, or snack or whatever)… I think he just liked to yell and treat people badly.

He is in fact, the perfect example of someone holding back the growth of a community. The location of the downtown corner of this group of buildings has not been updated, repaired or even had a permanent renter in the last while. The down-trodden mess is holding up the whole beautification of Second Street.

I do wonder what other cities do to handle situations like this… I’m sure cities like Calgary have had their fair share of dilapidated buildings in their commercial core. Why doesn’t our city do something about owners who do not keep up with building repairs? I guess the downtown businesses will need to move him in a new direction to either sell these buildings, or repair them before they are in such disrepair that they need of be ripped down.

So sad to see…. especially since the white building on the corner is an art gem. Of well, I can however, still make it look like an art gem in my painting.

HOT, HOT, Prairie Avenue
60×48 inches
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Birch
Available

Theresa

A black and white acrylic painting of a street corner in Medicine Hat alberta Canada called Hot Prairie Avenue by canadian artist, theresa eisenbarthAn imgae of artist theresa eisenbarth painting in the studio