Wednesday 16 June 2010

Breaking News: McMichael Canadian Art Collection will remain open throughout the G8 and G20 Summits


McMichael Canadian Art Collection will remain open throughout the G8 and G20 Summits

Experience the exceptional reinstallation of the gallery’s renowned permanent collection plus two new exhibitions!

June 16, 2010 Kleinburg, Ontario… The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the only major public gallery in Canada to exclusively collect and exhibit Canadian art, announced today that it will remain open throughout the G8 and G20 Summits – June 25 to 27, 2010. The gallery will be open 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. seven days a week throughout the summer.
“I think that any G8 and G20 visitors, be they delegates or press, wanting to experience the very best in Canadian art should make a point of visiting the McMichael,” said gallery Executive Director and CEO, Tom Smart. “We are the spiritual home of the Group of Seven and display remarkable works by First Nations and Inuit artists. We have always had a policy of being 100% Canadian in terms of what we collect and exhibit.”
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located in the village of Kleinburg, just minutes from Pearson International Airport and a short drive from downtown Toronto. The McMichael offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy Canadian landscape paintings in the woodland setting that inspired them. The gallery is situated amidst 100 acres of serene conservation land and housed in a sprawling complex of intimate galleries and exhibition halls built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs. Floor-to-ceiling windows enable gallery-goers to take in marvelous views of the densely wooded Humber River Valley as they enter and exit the gallery spaces.
During the G8 and G20 summit the gallery has three special exhibits on display. These exhibitions are:
The Group of Seven: Revelations and Changing Perspectives
Curated by Katerina Atanassova, Sharona Adamowicz-Clements, Chris Finn
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Group of Seven’s first exhibition, rarely seen works from the McMichael collection and private collections are arrayed in the galleries in new and dynamic ways, opening up new themes and ideas to explore.
Following in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
Curated by Sharona Adamowicz-Clements and Linda Morita
For over thirty years, art enthusiasts Jim and Sue Waddington have been locating the exact sketching sites for artworks by Group of Seven members. This enchanting exhibition showcases the Group’s art alongside stunning photographs taken of the original locations that inspired these artworks some eighty years ago.
Dorothy Knowles: Land Marks
Organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
Curated by Terry Fenton
This exhibition celebrates Knowles’ favourite subjects—the lush river valleys and prairie landscapes that characterized her rural childhood. Knowles radically chose to document her own backyard during a time when abstract art was rapidly gaining ground.
About the McMichael
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,500 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists. The gallery is located at 10365 Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For directions and information, visit

CUTLINE: Sask. Artist Dorothy Knowles attended the recent opening of her exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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