MARCH 17, 2014
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The Beauty of Spring in Canada

McMichael Signature Performance Series

Special Exhibitions

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On Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, the gallery will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Killarney Provincial Park, a favourite painting ground of the Group of Seven which was preserved through the efforts of A.Y. Jackson! 
On Saturday, April 5 from 11 am to 12:30 pm, there will be a public discussion with Jim and Sue Waddington, who have spent the last four decades following in the footsteps of the Group of Seven. From 1 to 1:30 pm, the Waddingtons will be signing books in the Grand Hall. 
Fee: $25 general public; $20 McMichael members. Free for students with ID. Fee includes gallery admission. For tickets to the discussion, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or order them online at  
On Sunday, April 6 from 11:30 am to 3 pm, the McMichael will hold tours, drop-in art workshops, and a 1:30 pm presentation by Jeremy Pawson, Killarney Provincial Park Superintendent, on the area's history and natural wonders. Pawson's presentation will include an original letter, written by A.Y. Jackson, outlining the artist's role in the Park's establishment. 
Included with gallery admission. 
Clockwise from bottom left: Photograph of Nellie Lake by Jim Waddington; A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974), Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake), c. 1933, oil on canvas, 77.3 x 81.7 cm, Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1968.8.28; Photograph of Killarney Provincial Park.
Clockwise from bottom left: Photograph of Nellie Lake by Jim Waddington; A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974), Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake)c. 1933, oil on canvas, 77.3 x 81.7 cm, Gift of Mr. S. Walter Stewart, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1968.8.28; Photograph of Killarney Provincial Park.
On Saturday, April 12 from 11 am to 12:30 pm, join renowned Toronto art critic, Sarah Milroy, for a presentation based on her interviews with Mary Pratt. Discover the personal challenges of a woman artist at a time when nurturing both an artistic career and a young family was still a novel idea. 
Fee: $25 general public; $20 McMichael members. Free for students with ID. Fee includes gallery admission. For tickets to this event, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or order them online at


Left: Mary Pratt (b. 1935), Child with Two Adults, 1983, oil on masonite. 53.7 x 53.7 cm, Private collection; right: Mary Pratt (b. 1935), Cold Cream, 1983, pencil and oil on masonite, 48.3 cm x 41.3 cm, Collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Gift of Mary Pratt

Left: Mary Pratt (b. 1935), Child with Two Adults, 1983, oil on masonite. 53.7 x 53.7 cm, Private collection; right: Mary Pratt (b. 1935), Cold Cream, 1983, pencil and oil on masonite, 48.3 cm x 41.3 cm, Collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Gift of Mary Pratt


Art. Music. Conversation.


The acclaimed Thursday night McMichael Concert Series returns in May with a new line up of exceptional musicians. All concerts will begin at 8 pm, and will be preceded by a 7 pm musical conversation with the performers, hosted by Jaymz Bee of JAZZ.FM91. 

Fee: $49 A+ seating; $39 A seating; $19 students with ID; $169 A+ seating series of four concerts; $129 A seating series of four concerts.  Fee includes gallery admission. All prices include taxes. To purchase tickets, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or email
Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 24.

Host Jaymz Bee of JAZZ.FM91 addresses the audience on the opening night of last year's McMichael Concert Series


"I sat mesmerized as the dancers flung themselves with abandon into the elements, electrifying the air around them."   - Deirdre Kelly, The Globe and Mail   


On Thursday, June 19, the highly innovative MM2 Modern Dance Company from Philadelphia will take part in a 7:30 pm conversation and an 8:00 pm performance of BREATH
Fee: $29. Fee includes gallery admission. To register, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or email

On Sunday, June 22, MM2 will hold a 12 pm movement workshop for families and a 1:30 pm improvisational site-specific dance on the grounds.
Included with gallery admission. To register for the movement workshop, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or email
Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 24. 

Left: studio rehearsal, choreographer: Jessica Bryan; Right: 2014 Season logo


Visitors are raving about Pratt's stunning still lifes and portraits...

"I found the exhibit incredibly powerful and moving - the story of a woman's life in such striking pictures. The art and power in the 'ordinary' is here." - Ruth, Waterloo

"Mary Pratt was one of the best exhibits I've seen here. So emotionally provocative and such an amazing talent." - Angie, Brampton

"I found my new favourite artist - Mary Pratt!" - Kathryn, Aurora

Left: Mary Pratt (b. 1935), Girl in Glitz, 1987, oil on masonite, 76.2 x 114.9 cm, Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Right: Anne Meredith Barry (1931-2003), Spring Melt #1, 2000, woodcut with chine collé on paper 4/55, 106.7 x 76.2 cm, Co-published with the artist by Geraldine Davis & Co. Ltd., Toronto, printed by Jerry Evans, St. Michael's Printshop, St. John's

Left: Mary Pratt (b. 1935), Girl in Glitz, 1987, oil on masonite, 76.2 x 114.9 cm, Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Right: Anne Meredith Barry (1931-2003), Spring Melt #1, 2000, woodcut with chine collé on paper 4/55, 106.7 x 76.2 cm, Co-published with the artist by Geraldine Davis & Co. Ltd., Toronto, printed by Jerry Evans, St. Michael's Printshop, St. John's


Sorel Etrog (1933-2014), Pieton, 1976, patinated bronze, Gift of the artist, Sorel Etrog, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2011.4.9
The permanent collection has been reinstalled and will give visitors a deeper understanding of the work of Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Inuit, First Nations, and contemporary Canadian artists.

In Gallery 2, newly acquired painting artifacts which belonged to Lawren Harris - including two paintboxes and a selection of painting tools - are now on display. 

Gallery 3 is home to a new installation entitled Mythologizing Tom Thomson which includes more than 40 of Thomson's paintings.

Three works by famed Canadian sculptor, Sorel Etrog, who passed away on February 26, 2014, have been added to the exhibition Pluralities/Polarities on display in Gallery 6. The exhibition also includes the painting English Beach (1966), by Molly Lamb BobakCanada's first female war artist, who passed away on March 2, 2014 at the age of 95.  
Visit to learn more about the gallery's permanent collection exhibitions.    
Sorel Etrog (1933-2014), Pieton, 1976, patinated bronze, Gift of the artist, Sorel Etrog, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2011.4.9
   To buy tickets or for more information, visit  
    call 905.893.1121 ext. 2710, 



Tom Thomson (1877 - 1917), Petawawa Gorges, 1916, oil on wood panel, 21.4 x 26.5 cm, Purchased with funds donated by Major F.A. Tilston, V.C., McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1981.9.2

Gallery Hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Gallery open on all holiday Mondays 
Guided Tours 

Every Saturday & Sunday

12:30 pm McMichael Highlights 

2 pm Special Exhibitions 


Plan your visit! 


Tom Thomson (1877-1917), Petawawa Gorges, 1916, oil on wood panel, 21.4 x 26.5 cm, Purchased with funds donated by Major F.A. Tilston, V.C., McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1981.9.2



Sunday, March 30, 1 to 3 pm, remarks at 2 pm

Founders' Lounge

For several years, acclaimed Toronto-based artist John Leonard has led aspiring landscape artists through explorations of the Canadian landscape. Through detailed analysis of the Group of Seven's painting technique and the concept of the modernist landscape, students in Leonard's McMichael workshops engage in the search for their own forms of expression. The paintings in this exhibition were all produced by students in Leonard's 2013 workshops, run in partnership with Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts. 

Included with gallery admission.


Sunday, April 13, 11 am to 3 pm

See the world with an artist's eye and practice the ability to find beauty in everyday objects with our guided family tours of the exhibition Mary Pratt. Take part in drop-in art workshops that focus on still-life painting. A special 1:30 to 2:30 pm performance by one of Canada's premier treble choirs, the Toronto Children's Chorus Podium Choir will feature a wide-ranging and eclectic repertoire - from the Romantic era to contemporary works! 

Included with gallery admission. 


Right: Mary Pratt (b. 1935), Eggs in an Egg Crate, 1975, oil on masonite, 50.8 x 61.0 cm, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland Collection, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Ages 7 and up

Saturday, March 22, 1 to 3 pm  

This family workshop for participants with special needs combines an outdoor discovery walk, studio activities, and dramatic play delivered by an experienced McMichael instructor.

Fee: $15 general public ($11 per additional sibling); $12 McMichael members ($9 per additional sibling); Free for members of Autism Ontario. Attendants do not pay. To register, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or visit
Spring into the Season, Ages 7 and Up
Ages 5 - 12
April 5 to June 7 (8 classes; no class on April 19 to May 17), 10 am to 12 pm 

Fee: $199 general public; $159 McMichael members. To register, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or visit

Art Explorers, Level 1
Ages 5 - 7 

Children explore the McMichael's collection and outdoor trails, while being encouraged to play and create. 

Art Seekers, Level 2
Ages 8 - 12 

This program focuses on exploration of the medium and development of basic art-making skills. Studio activities will be complemented by gallery workshops and behind-the-scenes discovery tours.  


Art Apprentices 

Ages 8 - 12

This studio will emphasize drawing and painting skill development, knowledge of composition, principles of design, and the use of professional artist materials. Please note: proof of two years of previous art instruction or a small portfolio including one two-dimensional (painting, print or collage) and one three-dimensional work will be required to participate in this class.


Ages 8 - 12

April 9 to May 28 (8 classes), 4 to 6 pm

Designed for all skill levels, these classes engage participants in progressive projects based on art and nature themes. Students are introduced to various materials and art-making techniques, and are encouraged to experiment over the eight week session.

Fee: $199 general public; $159 McMichael members. To register, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or visit 


For more information about ArtVenture classes including the McMichael's renowned Summer Camp, download the ArtVenture brochure.


ArtVenture - Creativity Without Doors   






Tuesdays, April 15 to June 3 (8 classes), 6 to 9 pm

Led by McMichael instructor, Lorne McDermott, participants will expand their working knowledge of art elements, principles, and composition using acrylic and water-soluble oil paints. Class size: 15. 

Fee: $359 general public; $287 McMichael members. Materials not included. To register, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or visit 


Painting Studio, Intermediate Class with Lorne McDermott

Wednesday, April 23, 10 am to 1 pm  

Participants will be introduced to Gentle Kripalu Yoga, which facilitates connection to the body, relaxation, self-awareness, and self-compassion. From this "centred place", participants will explore their creativity and experience the joy of self-expression through drawing, painting, and collage. Class size: 15.

Fee: $40 general public; $32 McMichael members. Materials included. To register, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or visit


with Luisa Dobilas 
Saturdays, April 26 to May 17 (4 classes), 10 am to 12 pm

Participants will discuss a work from the McMichael Collection and take part in a one-hour meditation session with Luisa Dobilas. Each class concludes with a tea ceremony. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a pillow, eye pillow, and blanket. Yoga mats will be provided. Class size: 15.

Fee: $179 general public; $143 McMichael members. Materials included. To register, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or visit


The Forbidden City  - Opens at the ROM on March 8

Visit Royal Ontario Museum for free!

One weekend only - Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18

McMichael members can enjoy a weekend of exploration and discovery at the Royal Ontario Museum for free on May 17 and May 18, 2014!  For those wishing to see the ROM's blockbuster exhibition, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, presented by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, a small surcharge will apply. Simply present your valid membership card(s) and photo ID upon arrival to receive free general admission.  Free admission does not include guest privileges.

For ROM hours or for more information visit or call 416.586.8000.
Not a McMichael member yet? Visit to learn more.


Find Group of Seven reproductions, one-of-a-kind jewellery, gifts for the home, and more at the Gallery Shop. 

Purchase a copy of In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven by Jim and Sue Waddington and have it signed by the authors on April 5 at 1 pm in the Grand Hall. The book includes reproductions of Group of Seven paintings and contemporary photographs of the locations where they were created.

Arnold Zageris' On the Labrador, contains a collection of 
breathtaking photographs of the misty fjords, towering cliffs,
On the Labrador by Arnold Zageris and dark valleys of northern Labrador. His work is in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and he has exhibited his photographs across Canada.
Order by phone: 905.893.1121 or toll free at 1.888.213.1121 ext. 2237  

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