Escapes to Kleinburg
Nigel visits The McMichael Canadian Art Collection [www.mcmichael.com], home to a large number of paintings by the iconic Group of Seven. Join him as he discovers some hidden gems, including the history behind the breathtaking paintings. On the grounds he discovers sculptures located in some unusual places. He checks out a touring exhibition by Mary Pratt, Newfoundland’s celebrated still-life realist painter.
At various times there were actually 10 members of the Group of Seven, but the first time they officially exhibited there were only seven of them, hence the name that they adopted. Tom Thomson and Emily Carr are commonly associated with the group, but in fact Thomson died before the group was formed and Carr was never an official member. Works by both artists are well represented at McMichael.
Originally the home of the late Robert and Signe McMichael, passionate collectors of Canadian art, and focussing on the works of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries and Canadian aboriginal art, the entire collection, land and buildings were donated to the Province of Ontario in 1966.
Since then the buildings have been fully purposed as gallery space, the collections enlarged to approximately 5,500 works and visiting collections added. The McMichael’s original log home can still be seen and modern additions have remained true to their vision.
HOW TO GET THERE
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located at:
10365 Islington Ave, Vaughan, Ontario
From the intersection of Highway 400 and Major MacKenzie Drive, head west about 10 minutes to Islington Avenue. Head north about 5 minutes. The destination is on the east side of the street. There is a paid parking lot.
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A short distance away, Nigel ventures to an old church, soon to be known as:
The Pierre Berton Discovery Centre [www.facebook.com/pierrebertoncentre].
Pierre’s son Peter takes a look as some fascinating archival materials and describes how the centre will work.
DID YOU KNOW…
Pierre Berton wrote exactly 50 books, most popularizing Canadian history. He thought of himself much more as a storyteller than a historian.
Nigel makes a one-line appearance in the second volume of his autobiography, as the director of Pierre’s Heritage Theatre television series, which turned stories from his books into dramatized dramas.
The City of Vaughan has acquired the old United Church on Kleinburg’s main street for the future Pierre Berton Discovery Centre, where the late and celebrated author and journalist made his home for many years.
Artifacts from Pierre’s home have been accepted into the City Archives, for later display. Pierre’s papers have been donated to the McMaster University Library.
Funds are being raised for the Centre.
HOW TO GET THERE
Kleinburg United Church is located at:
10418 Islington, Vaughan, Ontario
From the intersection of Highway 400 and Major MacKenzie Drive, head west about 10 minutes to Islington Avenue. Head north about 5 minutes. The destination is just past the entrance to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection on the west side of the street. There is a parking lot.
CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR PROGRESS ON THE CENTRE AND OTHER DETAILS: