February 9, 2012 KLEINBURG, ON – Chase away those winter blues at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as we celebrate two days of holiday family fun with a Family Day Festival on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20, 2012.

What nicer way to celebrate Family Day than by celebrating those who live close to you? This weekend, as part of The McMichael Tree Project, the gallery presents Kleinburg-based folk artist Mary Scattergood. A daughter of a skilled cabinet maker, Mary has a special affinity with wood and often chooses wooden panels as a painting support for delightfully whimsical village scenes. Come observe the artist in action to talk about her choice of technique, style, and themes, and then create your own art in a hands-on Folk Art family workshop!

There are plenty of activities on at the gallery this weekend to escape the chilly weather! Warm up to Spanish and Latin American music during our Sunday Concert with Cuban-Canadian classical pianist Beatriz Boizán. On Monday, see Jim Dalling’s heart-warming theatrical performance, Loki’s Big Dream—a magical tale inspired by a young boy’s relationship with his beloved grandpa. Be sure to take part in The McMichael Tree Project, celebrating the artistic, cultural, and natural aspects of the tree with two inspiring exhibitions, a variety of programs, and special installations. Enjoy our new winter menu and book a reservation for family brunch in SEVEN Restaurant (call 905.893.1121, ext. 2363).

  • Art Connects program, Mary Scattergood from Kleinburg, Sunday and Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Folk Art family workshop, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Concert, pianist Beatriz Boizán, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
  • Loki’s Big Dream performance by Jim Dalling, Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

For further information on the above events, and all other programs at the gallery, please see What’s On?.

For information on The McMichael Tree Project and the two exhibitions, The Tree: Form and Substance and The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social, please see Exhibitions information.

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 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 5,700 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 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $30 for families. There is a $5 fee for parking. For more information about the gallery, please browse our website.

Media contact:

Michelle Kortinen, Communications Coordinator

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

905.893.1121 ext. 2210