The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG) is presenting the final exhibition in its Share the Passion: Gifts of Art series. Heavy Hitters: The Group of 7 & Contemporaries opens to the public First Friday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. and showcases a number of the community’s most adored paintings by the famous Group of 7.
Paintings or drawings by almost every member of the group will be on display including the work of J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, and Lawren Harris. Some of the contemporaries to the Group of 7 featured in this exhibition include Norvel Morrisseau, A.J. Casson, Tom Tomson, Edwin Holgate, and LeMoine Fitzgerald.
“While the exhibition will be brimming with spectacular paintings by the Group of 7, a special focus will be placed on two recently donated and restored paintings by Emily Carr”, says Sonya Blazek, Assistant Curator, “These paintings on paper have undergone meticulous restoration in order to remove discoloration and reinvigorate the colours carefully selected by Carr.”
Jennifer Robertson, the conservator who worked on the paintings, will be at the JNAAG on Thursday July 20 at 7:00 p.m. to share details of the conversion process. This is the first time the two Carr paintings have been exhibited. The exhibition opens with a special member’s reception from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., July 7 and runs until August 6, 2017.