During the summer of 2017 the McMichael proudly presented The Group of Seven Guitar Project, transforming the gallery spaces into an acoustic journey through the art of Canada. This special exhibition put the spotlight on seven handmade guitars commissioned by the McMichael from great Canadian luthiers Jean Larrivée, Tony Duggan-Smith, George Gray, Sergei de Jonge, William “Grit” Laskin, Linda Manzer and David Wren. Each of these masterwork guitars were inspired by and in homage to a particular Group of Seven member. But there was a surprise eighth guitar, dedicated to Tom Thomson, that the seven luthiers independently decided to collaborate on.
At the conclusion of The Group of Seven Guitar Project, the original seven guitars duly entered the McMichael’s permanent collection. The eighth guitar returned to its makers. This holiday season, the McMichael is reaching out for your help to unite the Tom Thomson guitar with the rest of the Guitar Project collection. By making a donation to the McMichael you can help us raise the $100,000 needed to acquire the Thomson guitar and create inspiring performance programming with the full set of guitars, played by leading Canadian musicians.
Help us bring an iconic piece of Canadian history home to the McMichael.
Thank you for your support!
Ian A.C. Dejardin, Executive Director