The Town of Huntsville is hosting an upcoming Speaker Series in commemoration of the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson and the 100th year anniversary of Thomson’s death.
Following the Footsteps of Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven
On Friday, June 2, 2017, join Sue and Jim Waddington as they recount their passionate, 40-year adventure documenting more than 600 Group of Seven painting sites. These two adventure seekers will delight you with their stories locating, photographing and painting the actual landscapes that inspired and influenced the brushes of A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley.
The event runs from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Active Living Centre, 20 Park Drive in Huntsville. Pre-register online at Huntsville.ca with code #17569 or pay at the door. Tickets are $5.00 per person or $12 for a family. Seating is limited.
Looking to Tom: The Enduring Fascination with Tom Thomson’s Art
Join Andrew Kear, Chief Curator and Curator of Canadian Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and a sessional lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, on Tuesday, July 4 for an enthralling and thought-provoking presentation on Tom Thomson the painter.
A century after his death, Tom Thomson has become more than the sum of his parts. His story has been taken up by everyone from Northrop Frye to The Tragically Hip. His name is woven into Canada’s national mythology and, along with the likes of Gretzky, Fox, Riel, and McClung, is not merely recognized, but also revered. If we tear away the accrued myth—the under-documented details of his life, the tragic brevity of his career, and the mystery surrounding his wilderness death—Thomson was, in his time, just a painter struggling for his art and to make ends meet. How should we now think about Thomson as an artist? What motivated his game-changing paintings of the Canadian wilderness in the first place? And how have subsequent artists like the Group of Seven, Joyce Weiland, and Peter Doig been inspired by his life and work?
The evening event runs from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Active Living Centre, 20 Park Drive in Huntsville. Pre-register online at Huntsville.ca with code #17568 or pay at the door. Tickets are $5.00 per person or $12 for a family. Seating is limited.
For more details on either of these events, visit Huntsville.ca.