This weekend is your last chance to view Marie-Claire Blais: Veils! Blais extends the language of abstraction into the contemporary movement, painting on canvas and then cutting, shredding and unraveling the painting surface to produce subtle works that hover between sculpture and painting. Marie-Claire Blais Plis, 2017 Burlap 152 x 114 cm Courtesy of the artist and Galerie René Blouin
Today we remember those who fought and gave their lives during the Normandy landings 75 years ago in World War II. F.H. Varley was an official war artist in World War I, accompanying Canadian troops in France and Belgium, and was deeply affected by what he saw. He painted this landscape shortly after the end of the war. "We’d be healthier to forget [the war], and that we never can. We are forever tainted with its abortiveness and its cruel drama." –F.H. Varley. #DDay75thAnniversary #LestWeForget #CanadaRemembers Field With Crosses - France, c. 1919 F.H. Varley (1881-1969) oil on wood panel 20.6 x 25.2 cm Purchase 1994
#WeTheNorth(Shore) 🏀 "No one man can roam or inhabit the Canadian North without it affecting him." –Lawren Harris. Game 3 of the NBA Finals is tonight. Let's go Raptors! Lawren Harris (1885-1969) North Shore, Lake Superior, 1926 oil on paperboard 30.1 x 38 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael
🌱 The planting of our Indigenous Garden has officially commenced! Don't miss your chance to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Humber River Valley. Join in on the water and planting ceremony led by Elder Shelley Charles from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, followed by an interpretive hike and drum circle on June 23, 11 am to 4 pm. Link in bio for more information. @trca_hq
✨🌙 The #MoonlightGala2019 was a truly magical night! Thank you to everyone who came out tonight!
#MoonlightGala2019 is off to a great start! Fantastic food, drinks and company in support of the Art of Canada 🇨🇦
Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence opens tomorrow! As one of the key members of the third generation of Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Itee Pootoogook contributed to the transformation and reshaping of the creative traditions successfully pioneered in the second half of the 20th century by members of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, at Kinngait Studios. Itee Pootoogook (1951-2014) Shed And Skidoo, 2014 coloured pencil and graphite on paper 65.1 × 50.1 cm Gift from the Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron Collection McMichael Canadian Art Collection
On this day 30 years ago, Canada lost one of its great artists. Son of J.E.H. MacDonald, Thoreau MacDonald was an accomplished illustrator, calligrapher and book designer. This pensive portrait of him was painted by Lawren Harris and is currently on display as part of the Art of Canada exhibition. Portrait of Thoreau MacDonald Lawren Harris (1885-1970) c. 1927 oil on canvas 57.1 × 56.7 cm (22 1/2 × 22 5/16 in.) Purchased with the assistance of the Department of Communications.
97 years ago today would have been the final day to view the Group of Seven's third exhibition. Held at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the @agotoronto), the exhibition was on view between May 5 and 29 in 1922. One of the works on display was J.E.H. MacDonald's Leaves in the Brook which is now part of the McMichael's permanent collection. J.E.H. MacDonald (1873-1932) Leaves in the Brook, 1919 oil on canvas 52.7 x 65 cm Gift of Dr. Arnold D. Mason
📢 Only 4 days away! #MoonlightGala2019 will have it all: gourmet food, specialty drinks and dazzling entertainment in support of the Art of Canada. Get your tickets today: https://bit.ly/2IaHyDE
The Inukshuk turns 32 today! 🥳 These structures that often resemble a human form are used by the Inuit to indicate sites of interest and help herd caribou. David Ruben Piqtoukun (born 1950), Inukshuk, 1986 Sandstone On loan from the Province of Ontario
How about a springtime Sunday brunch followed by a walking tour of the exhibitions? The gallery is open 10am to 5pm and public tours are offered at 12:30 and 2pm. Tours are included with general admission. See you there!
To kick off #MuseumWeek, we are celebrating #WomenInCulture. Few Canadian women artists have achieved the legendary stature of Emily Carr and her landscape paintings. "In some ways her paintings of trees have an air of portraiture about them, so intensely has she studied their features and characters," writes Ian Dejardin. Her painting Dancing Sunlight is currently on view in Gallery 3 and we feel deeply grateful to have over 40 of her works in our permanent collection. Dancing Sunlight c. 1937 oil on canvas 83.5 x 60 cm Purchased 1978
The Museum Shop is closed for renovations and will be reopening on Friday. Luckily our eShop will be open during this time for all your gift buying needs!
Happy birthday to J.E.H. MacDonald! 🎂 MacDonald was born in England on May 12, 1873 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1887 at the age of 14. "It is the work of the Canadian artist to paint or play or write in such a way that life will be enlarged for himself and his fellow man," he wrote in 1917. J.E.H. MacDonald (1873-1932) Forest Wilderness 1921 oil on canvas 122 x 152 cm Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Wishing all mothers a very happy Mother's Day! 🌷 Make it special by spending the day with mom viewing the Françoise Sullivan exhibition, taking part in the Dancing Pictures workshop or enjoying brunch in the Cafe. The gallery is open today from 10am to 5pm.
Tomorrow is the last day to view the works of legendary Quebec firebrand and trailblazer Françoise Sullivan! The gallery is open all weekend from 10am to 5pm.
#FunFactFriday: In addition to his landscape paintings, Arthur Lismer was known to create cartoon sketches of his fellow Group of Seven colleagues. Can you guess which Group of Seven member is getting his hair cut in Lismer's sketch? 1. Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) Bright Land 1938 oil on canvas 81.1 x 101.5 cm Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin 2. Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) charcoal on paper 22.5 x 30.2 cm Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael
Brunch with a view! 🍴 A few tables still remain for our special Mother's Day 3-course brunch. Follow your meal with a stroll through the Françoise Sullivan exhibition on its last day of viewing. Explore the menu and reserve your table today by following the link in our bio.
Members' #DoubleDiscountDays is on and just in time for #MothersDay! Starting today, McMichael Members receive 20% off almost everything in the Gallery Shop and the online shop until May 12. Not a member yet? It's never too late to become one.
We can bearly believe it! 🐻 The gallery has awoken from hibernation and is now open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. Stop by to view the exhibitions, have a snack in our Cafe and take a stroll along the many nature trails.
With weather like this, it's starting to feel a lot like summer! 🌞 Don't miss out on registering your child for our 2019 Summer Camps. Each camp involves gallery viewing, outdoor activities and in-studio artmaking. Pick from our wide variety of programs. Link in our bio.
Have you made plans for the #Easter #longweekend yet? Visit the McMichael and explore our special exhibitions on a trio of revolutionary Quebec artists, including Françoise Sullivan, Rita Letendre and Marie-Claire Blais, or marvel at our latest rotation of works by the #GroupofSeven. The galleries are OPEN today, throughout the weekend and on Easter Monday. For more information on our exhibitions, programming, or directions to the gallery, please visit our website. 📸: Franklin Carmichael (1890–1945) Farm, Haliburton, 1940, oil on hardboard, 96.3 x 122 cm, Given in memory of Alice and Douglas Bales by their family, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
We’re embracing #spring at the McMichael (is it really here?) by bringing out a fresh selection of spring-themed art by the #GroupofSeven! 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘚𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘹 𝘔𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 (c. 1930), is a piece by Frederick Varley that is particularly evocative of the season and was painted following a trip he made to Garibaldi Provincial Park just north of Vancouver. See more springtime works by Varley, L.L. FitzGerald, Franklin Carmichael and Lawren S. Harris on view now in Gallery 14. #mcac #cdnart 📸: F.H. Varley (1881 - 1969), 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘚𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘹 𝘔𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 c. 1928, oil on canvas, 119.4 x 139.8 cm, Purchase 1972, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1972.11, © Varley Art Gallery of Markham/City of Markham. @varleyartgallery
You’ve asked, and we’ve answered. Yes, the McMichael will remain OPEN all weekend, from #GoodFriday through #EasterMonday. Come enjoy our latest exhibitions on Quebec artists: firebrand Françoise Sullivan, abstract pioneer Rita Letendre, or up-and-coming trailblazer Marie-Claire Blais. Please note that our public tours will not be running on Friday April 19, although our galleries will remain open. #Longweekend #Weekendplans
Our thoughts are with the people of Paris as they rebuild after the devastating #NotreDameCathedralFire. To honour the legacy of Notre Dame, we’re sharing this beautiful painting of the cathedral from our permanent collection which was painted by James Wilson Morrice in 1898 while he was living in Paris. His painting serves as an example of how Notre Dame has been a beacon to artists around the world who travelled to Paris to paint, write and draw in her shadow. Image: 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘮𝘦, J.W. Morrice (1865 - 1924), 1898, oil on hardboard, Gift of ICI Canada Inc., McMichael Canadian Art Collection
We hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend! Did you visit the McMichael’s scenic grounds? Share your photos with us with the hashtag #WeekendattheMcMichael.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Humber River’s designation as a Canadian Heritage River, the @mcacgallery, along with hosts TRCA @trca_hq, was honoured to welcome a number of special guests today, including Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell @lgontario, Elder Garry Sault of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, MPP Stephen Lecce @slecce, Regional Councillor Linda Jackson @reallindajackson, TRCA board chair Jennifer Innis @innis4caledon, and many others! In 1999, the Humber River was officially designated under the Canadian Heritage Rivers System for its significant cultural heritage and recreational values. The McMichael is proud to be a partner in the preservation of this beautiful river in our backyard, and would like to congratulate all of the wonderful volunteers that work tirelessly to preserve this very special waterway that will continue to inspire Canadians for generations to come. The next time you’re at the McMichael be sure to walk down into the valley and pay a visit to the Humber yourself.
Only one month left to see our special exhibition on legendary Quebec firebrand and trailblazer Françoise Sullivan. Our retrospective exhibition highlights the key role Sullivan has played in the history of modern and contemporary art in Quebec and features over 50 works of art including painting, sculpture, video and photography. Learn more on our website.
La Cloche, Silhouette brilliantly captures #GroupofSeven member Franklin Carmichael’s love of the beautiful Ontario mountains. Carmichael is known for his love of painting the La Cloche Mountains along the northern shore of Lake Huron which inspired him so greatly that he eventually built a cabin in the region. See La Cloche, Silhouette, now on view in Gallery 3 as part of “The Art of Canada: Director’s Cut,” our rotating selection of works from the permanent collection. Franklin Carmichael (1890-1945), La Cloche, Silhouette, 1922, oil on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm, Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1966.16.7
We'd like to thank our wonderful volunteers and the @autumnartsale this week for their invaluable contribution to the gallery. The McMichael greatly relies on the support of the individuals who have generously donated their time to promote and preserve the art of Canada. Do you recall an exceptional experience made possible by our wonderful volunteers? Share your appreciation in the comments below!
Do you have a teen aged 13-18 who is thinking about volunteering this summer? We’re now accepting Camp Volunteer applications for the 2019 ArtVenture Summer Camp. For more information, please check the careers page on our website. The application deadline is April 30, so be sure to complete your forms soon! #summercamp #Volunteer
Be sure to visit the McMichael today for Slow Art Day. Our gallery spaces are a fantastic place to take a few moments (or more!) to reflect on the spectacular Canadian art in our collection. For information regarding the art on view, directions and hours, please visit our website. #slowart #slowartday #weekendplans Artwork in image: Marie-Claire Blais, Brûler les yeux fermés_S5, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Galerie René Blouin.
#OTD 45 years ago, Canada lost one of its most storied and accomplished artists, Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson. Jackson is perhaps the #Groupof7 member most famously associated with the McMichael, having spent years residing with the McMichaels in their home, which would eventually become our gallery. He is buried alongside six other #GroupofSeven members in the McMichael's cemetery along with founders Robert and Signe McMichael. Image: A.Y. JACKSON UNVEILING HIS PAINTING, FIRST SNOW, ALGOMA, AT THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC OPENING OF THE GALLERY, JULY 8, 1966, Photo by the Ontario Department of Tourism and Information, McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives.
Join us on Saturday July 21st for the opening of Views from Pine Cottage in the McMichael’s Community Gallery space. The works on display were created during the gallery’s adult art classes, which were led by artists Andrew Sookrah and David McEown. This display was organized by our own Miriam Schachter, and wonderfully installed by Tim Savary. . . . #newexhibition #artclasses #watercolours #fineart #vaughanart #studentart #creative #mcmichaelgallery
Enjoy the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds the McMichael, either outside or from inside the gallery. . #McMichaelOutdoors #Roomswithaview #artofcanada #ontariotourism #kleinburg #fineart #nature #naturelovers
Join us this fall from September 22 to November 17 for our Saturday Art Classes! These popular art classes are ideal for children between the ages of (5-12) or for youth between the ages of 13 to 15 years of age. . . Our classes offer a creative exploration of various art mediums, encourage skill development while cultivating art appreciation, and introduce children to Canadian art through in-gallery activities. Sign up for our fun filled children’s art classes today. Link in bio! . . #artclasses #mcmichaelgallery #fineart #artofcanada #kidsartclass #childrensartclass #paintingclasses
“I did in fact feel shock – and awe and a range of other emotions as I, fully awake, walked through the show.” -Marsha Lederman from her review in the @globeandmail of David Milne: Modern Painting. Read the review today. Link in bio! This 4-star rated exhibition (Time Out London and the The Telegraph) opens at the McMichael on October 5. 2018. . #davidmilne #mcmichaelgallery #upcomingexhibition #artgallery #canadianart . . David Milne, (1882 - 1953) Side Door, Clarke's House, c. 1923, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 40.7 cm, Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael, 1976.25.2.
The McMichael offers three gallery tours daily from Wednesday to Sunday. Hear interesting facts, insights and details about select artworks on display at the gallery from one of our knowledgeable docents. Tours are free with general admission. #McMichaelTours
We are thrilled to announce a new acquisition, Group of Seven member A. J. Casson’s 1933 piece “In The Village of Markham”. Best known for his depictions of landscapes, forests and farms of southern Ontario, Casson joined the Group of Seven in 1926 and was the youngest member of the group. . A.J. Casson, (1898-1992), In The Village of Markham, 1933, oil on paperboard, 23.6 × 28.6 cm, (9 5/16 × 11 1/4 in.), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2018.2.1. . . #artofcanada #groupofseven #ajcasson #mcmichaelgallery #markham #newacquisitions #canadianart #fineart #landscapearchitecture
As part of the gallery’s new landscaping strategy, native plants are being restored across the property, including these beautiful Black Eyed Susan’s pictured above. 🌻 On your next visit, experience the art of nature by taking a walk on the gallery’s 100 acres of land! #McMichaelOutdoors #SummerFlowers . . #mcmichaelgallery #blackeyedsusan #landscaping #kleinburg #outdoors #humbervalley #mcmichaelartgallery #artgallery #outdoors #tomthomsonshack
The beautiful landscape of Algoma County provided the perfect inspiration for J.E.H MacDonald’s work during the early 1920’s. Venture on the ultimate road trip this summer and discover the breathtaking views of Northern Ontario that not only inspired MacDonald but all the Group Of Seven artists. Plan your next road trip today with @ontariotravel Link in bio. #GroupOfSeven #DiscoverON . Our current exhibition #MacDonaldUpClose celebrates the art and method of J.E.H. MacDonald’s artistic career. See it today at the McMichael. . J.E.H. MacDonald, (1873 - 1932), Algoma Hills,1920, oil on paperboard, 21.4 x 26.4 cm, Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw, 1966.15.6. . . #mcmichaelgallery #tomthomson #northernontario #ontariotourism #jehmacdonald #summertravels
Tom Thomson, one of the most influential and enduringly popular Canadian artists of the early part of the twentieth century, passed away on this day in 1917. It’s difficult to choose a favourite Thomson work, but Summer Day (1915), from our permanent collection, really stands out. Tom Thomson (1877 - 1917), Summer Day, 1915, oil on board, 21.6 x 26.8 cm, Gift of R.A. Laidlaw, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1966.15.18 #mcmichaelartgallery #tomthomson #groupofseven #artofcanada #canadianart #canada #vaughan #kleinburg #toronto
Read why the McMichael was ranked as one of the top wedding venues in Vaughan by @weddingwire 💍 Link in bio. . . . . #mcmichaelgallery #weddings #vaughanwedding #mcmichaelgalleryweddings #weddings #summerwedding #summerweddingseason