Now I do realize that fine art is not exactly main stream here in Canada but when I recently announced that I was heading to the McMichael I was a bit shocked when several people asked "what's that?". The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is truly a hidden jewel located in the little town of Kleinburg, Ontario. The museum features the largest collection of Group of Seven paintings but it is much more than that. Would you believe this has been my second pilgrimage to the hallowed halls of the McMichael? My first trip happened nearly twenty years ago when I had just barely picked up a paintbrush. I saw it this time with completely new eyes but I still have memories of certain paintings as if I had just seen them yesterday - they are still so vivid in my mind even after all these years! "Every work of art which really moves us is in some degree a revelation - it changes us." (Lawren Harris) Yes. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to drink in the magic of the Group of Seven once again. These are literally life changing moments that will stay with me forever!
|"Montreal River" by Lawren Harris, |
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
|View from the Museum|
Tom lived there for a few years and it was overwhelming for me to look upon the front door and I could imagine him as he walked in and out so many times. I gazed in through the window to his studio and could picture him standing there creating some of the greatest masterpieces in Canadian art. I truly hope some of his creative energy has rubbed off on me!
|The Tom Thomson Shack|
|The Artists' Cemetary|
|Lawren & Bess Harris' Gravestone|
That, in a nutshell, is what the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is! But I can hear you asking, "what about the paintings?" Of course, they are the highlight of the entire museum! There is a lot to tell you about so you will just have to be a bit patient and wait for my next blog post coming very soon, but here's a sneak peek...
|Here I am hanging out with a Harris painting. Do I look happy?|