Kleinburg - The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is offering free admission to all gallery visitors on Easter Monday—March 24th, 2008. Visitors will be able to enjoy the gallery’s extensive Group of Seven and Tom Thomson collection as well as two new exhibitions; Drawing Conclusions: The Group of Seven and Their Legacy and The Iconography of theImagination: The Art of James Reaney for free. 

Drawing Conclusions examines the works of some of Canada’s best-known Canadian contemporary artists juxtaposed with the freehand works made by members of the Group of Seven. The show presents 25 pieces by the nation’s most prominent contemporary artists and approximately 70 drawings from the Group of Seven. The McMichael exhibit demonstrates the importance of “freehand drawing” in the training of artists throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Contemporary artists Allan Mackay, Sheila Butler, Nobuo Kubota, John Ward, Brian Gable, Ann Kipling, Charles Pachter, and Medrie Macphee are all participants in this exhibition.  Everything from Globe and Mail editorial cartoons to sketches drawn on WWI battlefields are on display in this exhibit. Drawing Conclusions draws to an end on June 8, 2008.

James Crerar Reaney, who turns 82 years old this year, has been sketching and painting for most of his life. The Iconography of the Imagination: The Art of James Reaney introduces Reaney as an artist and provides an overview of his artistic production from the 1940s to the mid-1990s as well as examines his art in relation to his well-known writings. Mr. Reaney says that art is a “constant” in his life, and much like his writing, grew out of a desire to “keep a record.” The exhibit closes on May 18, 2008.

The gallery will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Easter Monday.  Parking is not included in the free admission offer.

About the Gallery

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of 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 on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.