Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Canadian culture...

We were invited up to Newmarket, north west of Toronto by our host Miki and when we were up there we visited the 'McMichael Canadian Art Collection' an art gallery in nearby Kleinburg a pretty little Ontario town. The gallery is the result of very generous benefactors Signe and Robert McMichael  who were great admirers and collectors of the paintings by Canada's 'Group of Seven' landscape artists.

The gallery building itself  was their former home which was donated along with their art collection to the province of Ontario in 1965.

On the day we chose to visit we had the added bonus of a display / sale of local artist's work in the reception area of the gallery

The gallery is spread our through the rooms of this former home...

Landscapes obviously were heavily featured, many by the 'group of Seven' artists plus additional works by other artists,some of which I liked...

                                and some I didn't, like this one (above) entitled 'Spring in green'

I preferred  this one I've called 'Autumn in gold' which I took through one of the gallery's windows!

Pauline liked this one entitled'Solsitice de'Hiver'.

I loved the building itself.

There is a section dedicated to aboriginal art...

which included the longest bench I've ever seen.

Plus bizarrely a very Michael Jackson-like mask!- it was actually entitled 'Mischievous man' 

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