Sandra Meigs (b. 1953), Maple tree. Monarch Trail. Dundas Valley Conservation Area, 2021, gouache on paper, 38.1 x 28.6 cm, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery. © Sandra Meigs
Shary Boyle (b. 1972), Black Gold, 2019, gouache and acrylic on paper, 36 x 51 cm, Private collection, Photo courtesy of the artist. © Shary Boyle
April 27, 2023, KLEINBURG, ON – The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is pleased to announce a group of exhibitions for the 2023 summer season that explore artistic responses to the climate crisis and our evolving understanding of the natural landscape, contextualized within the Canadian tradition of landscape painting. Under the direction of Executive Director Ian A.C. Dejardin and Chief Curator Sarah Milroy (CM), the McMichael’s full slate of summer programming will encourage visitors to critically examine their relationship to the environment and to contemplate creative solutions to this global crisis.
The three core exhibitions are supported by a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF). “This year, three exhibitions at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will address one of the issues of the age — mankind’s impact on the environment. From Tom Thomson’s acute observation of the depredations of the logging industry on his beloved Algonquin Park 100 years ago to Sandra Meigs’ contemporary engagement with the impact of climate change on that same landscape, artists have always used the enchantment of their skill and talent to help their audiences engage with difficult issues: the third exhibition, The Uses of Enchantment, presents several contemporary artists engaged in just that,” says Executive Director Ian A.C Dejardin. “We are grateful to the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund for their tremendous support which will ensure that these important messages will be available to as many people as possible in the most enchanting manner possible.”
“Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, our government is investing in arts and culture events that strengthen economies in communities across Ontario,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This summer, I encourage local and international visitors to take a trip to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and engage with these spectacular new exhibitions.”
All dates and details are subject to change.
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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 Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection of more than 6,500 works by historic and contemporary Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from many diasporic communities in Canada. The Gallery is located on 100 acres of forested land and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information, please visit mcmichael.com.