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Deadline extended to March 31, 2014!

Community Exhibition - David McEown and Ben Barak

December 21, 2013 to March 2, 2014

Ben Barak - Humber River David McEown - Humber River
Ben Barak and David McEown on-site at the McMichael (Humber River)

In the summer of 2013, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection partnered with York Region Arts Council (YRAC) to launch a new Art Mentorship Project to provide support to emerging artists and foster professional development, production and exhibition under the guidance of local, established artists in a distinctly Canadian context. 
For the project’s inaugural term, Canadian landscape painter and former Richmond Hill resident, David McEown, took on the role of mentor. McEown is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and has worked in the watercolour medium for the past 25 years. His paintings can be found in collections worldwide and represent some of the earth’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems.

McEown mentored the program’s first successful applicant, recent Nipissing University BFA graduate, Ben Barak. Barak, who lives in Newmarket, is a figurative painter working in a variety of media, including painting, drawing and printmaking.

McEown and Barak spent several days working on-site at the McMichael, including their first meeting which was held in the historic Tom Thomson Shack. The pair also took a week-long trip to Algoma, hiking along the same stretch of railway track once travelled by the Group of Seven.

The exhibition consists of watercolours by both artists, as well as a selection of oil paintings and mixed media pieces by Barak. McEown’s work juxtaposes landscapes from the Humber River Valley with paintings of some of the world’s most remote ecosystems. Barak’s work, on the other hand, focuses on themes of searching and identity, executed using many of the techniques he practiced under McEown.

Exhibition Celebration

Sunday, January 19
1:00 to 3:00 pm, with Remarks at 2:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 2013 Art Mentorship Project, developed in collaboration with York Region Arts Council to support emerging artists. This year, the project brought together Ben Barak, a recent BFA graduate from Nippissing University, and renowned watercolourist and OCAD graduate, David McEown. Both artists spent several days working together on the McMichael grounds, as well as in Algoma. Hear from the participants and see the results of this exciting new community venture.

Art Mentorship Project 2014

Applications for project’s second session will be accepted between January 3 and March 31, 2014.

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