When it comes to iconic Canadian artists, the Group of Seven is, undoubtedly, top of mind. In fact, their works, depicting the rugged wilderness of Canadian landscapes have become symbolic of a distinctively Canadian style. Their first exhibit was mounted in Toronto in May 1920, and to celebrate their 100th anniversary, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection has put together a landmark exhibition of the group’s finest pieces entitled “A Like Vision: The Group of Seven at 100”, which runs January 25 thru December 26, 2020.
The McMichael, located on 100 acres of forested land in the small town of Kleinburg is uniquely devoted to collecting the art of Canada and is THE place to see the Group of Seven’s art. It began as the original home of Robert and Signe McMichael who amassed a large collection of artworks by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven and opened their doors to people to visit their private gallery. Today, the McMichael’s permanent collection includes over 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. It is also the final resting place for six of the Group of Seven members on the ground’s memorial cemetery. So, whether you are already familiar with the Group of Seven or want to learn more about their art, head to McMichael this winter for this exclusive exhibit, featuring over 280 artworks and including beloved masterpieces from each member of the Group.
Make it a day and explore the charming village of Kleinburg. Stop for lunch at one of their fine eateries and check out some of the unique boutiques along the way. Been inspired by all the works of art at the McMichael? Why not take a stab at creating your own masterpiece at Paintlounge – drop-in classes are available daily with ideas to get you started, and best of all, paints, supplies and guidance are included in your package price.
Now, before calling it day, your visit to Kleinburg would not be complete without stepping inside Old Firehall Confectionery. With a wide variety of handmade sweets and treats, indulge in some decadent truffles, fine chocolates, or fudge. Perhaps, it’s their Kawartha ice-cream selection that will catch your eye, or if you prefer something warm, grab a Belgian hot-chocolate or coffee for the road.