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Heavy Hitters: The Group of 7 & Contemporaries
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, Ontario

July 7 – August 6

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Lawren Stewart Harris, Spring on the Oxtongue River, 1924, Oil

Beauty matters… On the heels of the First World War, the Group of 7 developed a recognizable painting style which idealized and drew attention to the sprawling wilderness of the Canadian landscape. In the shadow of despair, the Group reconnected us with nature, beauty, and possibility.

This exhibition brings together a number of iconic Group of 7 paintings, a great source of pride for the community, and extends a hand to the Group’s contemporaries who reinterpreted the traditional Canadian landscape and disbanded their painting style. Historical content affords the occasion to place focus on the institution as a caretaker of historically significant artwork. The process of restoration is placed in the spotlight as the gallery reveals two recently restored, and never previously exhibited, Emily Carr paintings on paper.


Upcoming Programming

From painting workshops, to collage compositions, to artist and expert talks, our programming offers something for everyone. Below are a few highlights – check out our website at www.jnaag.ca for a full listing of upcoming events, descriptions, and presenter biographies.

Panel Discussion: The collector, the gallery & the artist
Thursday, July 13 | 7:00PM | Free, give what you can

To compliment The Bold & The New exhibition the JNAAG is bringing together enthusiastic art collectors John Oravec & Marisa Bernardi, private gallery owner Michael Gibson, and artist James Kirkpatrick. The panel will discuss the unique relationship that forms between an artist and a collector, the roll that a collector and gallery can play in the life of an artist, and delve into the back story behind the London Room purchase. The discussion will touch on topics of collecting unconventional art, how to live and display a contemporary art collection in your home, along with why it can be important for donors to give works to public art galleries.

Art Restoration: Bringing Emily Carr Back to Life
Thursday, July 20 | 7:00PM | Free, give what you can

Join art conservator Jennifer Robertson at the JNAAG and hear about the complex process of bringing two Emily Carr paintings back to their original state. The paintings on paper have never before been exhibited and will receive a special feature in upcoming Heavy Hitters exhibition.

Curator Talk: The Group of 7
Thursday, July 27 | 7:00PM | Free, give what you can

The JNAAG welcomes Jaclyn Meloche for a lecture about the Group of 7. The lecture will complement the Heavy Hitters exhibition which features many of the community’s most beloved paintings, including Lawren Harris Spring on the Oxtonge River, Tom Thomson’s Chill November, and Edwin Holgate’s The Lumberjack.

Register by contacting Ann at ann.helps@county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226.


Ongoing Exhibitions

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Exhibition Install Shot, The London Room

The Bold & The New
June 2 – August 6

The Group of Seven put forth a distinctly identifiable national aesthetic that resonated with
the times. Moving toward abstraction in the latter part of their careers, they had an impact on the emergence of a new generation of artists who were rooted in abstraction and questioned the role of the artist, the viewer, and the act of making art in and of itself.

From the automatists to abstract expressionists to conceptual artists working throughout Canada, The Bold & The New includes work from the 1960s to present day by Marcel Barbeau, Ron Martin, Alex Cameron, Tom Hodgson, John Boyle, Brian Groombridge, Mark Gomes, Jason McLean, James Kirkpatrick and others. A number of works included in the exhibition have never been exhibited at the JNAAG.

For more information about the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, visit jnaag.ca or call 519-336-8127.


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