The Medicine Factory was a revolving door artist collective and shared studio space situated in the downtown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario that operated between 2010 – 2012. The empty warehouse that once housed the Medicine Factory is now referred to as the Bushplane Heritage Centre Artist Studios, and remains a bustling art centre.
The name Medicine Factory is a portmanteau of Medicine Hat and Moose Factory. As a collective, not only did we aspire to have a name that was uniquely Canadian, but also one that was indicative of art as a tool for healing.
The Medicine Factory, since February of 2010, consisted of Michael Bennardo, Rihkee Strapp, Chris Shoust, Matt Suttcliffe, Patrick Hunter, Annie Meathany, Claire Beauchamp and Mister Tahti.
LtR FtB: Rihkee Strapp, Annie Metheany, Chris Shoust, Patrick Hunter, Mike Bennardo, and Mister Tahti all making questionable faces.
“This public event is open to everyone. It is an exhibiton for Cassidy Viau, a 2 and a half year old artist. She will be presenting her mural. It will be an efemeral statement on automatism. This is her first exhibition and will prove to be one of the finest exhibitions in the Sault as far as automatic drawing is concerned. She blurs the lines between pictorializing and writing. It is hard to tell what is what. This is the beauty of the event. She looks at art from a Dadaist prospective in terms of “if I say this is a car, then it is a car.” For her there is no names put on impressions or expressions. It is all based on perspective.”
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In the short period of its existence, the Medicine Factory has hosted a number of cultural events, including evenings of art and music by local and touring Canadian musicians playing all originals, The Kettle Black, Mogli, Eastbound Cud, Story, etc.
October 9th, 2010 the Medicine Factory hosted, a book launch for Sault Ste. Marie’s own book artist Megan Speers, a graduate of OCAD. Ms. Speers presented her first published work, “Wanderlust” as well as led a tutorial on woodblock printing.
January 8th, 2011 the Medicine Factory hosted ARG in Techni-colour. Sponsored by the Sault Youth Association, participants were encouraged to translate the music being played by live musicians into painted objects provided and brought in.