September 24, 2020 - 1:30 pm
September 24, 2020 - 3:30 pm
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Sue and Jim have been on a quest to locate the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters and Tom Thomson.
Sue is a traditional rug hooker. In 1977 she was making a rug hooking adapted from A.Y. Jackson’s painting “Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake).” During a canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park, Sue and Jim paddled to Nellie Lake and were surprised to find that they could locate the exact spot where Jackson had sat when he did the painting. After this initial success, they continued to search for other painting locations used by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved. For all of the more than 700 places that they have located, they have recorded what the view looks like now and have compared it with the artist’s impression of the scene. They will discuss how they find the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters.
Paintings made in Killarney, Algonquin, Neys, Lake Superior and Bon Echo Provincial Parks, the Georgian Bay Islands, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, the Yukon and Nunavut will be illustrated alongside photographs of the same scene- from sea to sea to sea.