Introductary image of each exhibition.

On Friday October 4 from 7-8:30 pm join the staff and advisory committee of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery as we celebrate the opening of our new fall exhibitions 'Footprints in Time: Painting Around Georgian Bay' guest curated by Katharine Lochnan and Louise Moore and 'Patrick DeCoste: 13 Moons and a Canoe' guest curated by Carla Garnet. The reception begins at 7 pm with opening remarks taking place at 7:15 pm. Visitors are invited to explore these new exhibitions as well as the other gallery spaces. Complimentary refreshments to follow, through the support of Peter and Noreen Little and Christopher and Katherine Little. This is a free event and all are welcome to join in the fun!

The Footprints in Time: Painting Around Georgian Bay exhibition is generously sponsored by Tamming Law.

Footprints in Time: Painting Around Georgian Bay
On View: September 25, 2019 - January 4, 2020
Guest Curated for the Tom Thomson Art Gallery by Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator Emeritus, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Artist Louise Moore.
Following in the footsteps of artists featured in the Gallery's Collection, including Norval Morrisseau, Tom Thomson, Fred Varley, AY Jackson, Daphne Odjig, and John Hartman, you are invited on a tour around Georgian Bay. Beginning on Manitoulin Island, we will travel down the Bruce Peninsula to Owen Sound, head east toward Honey Harbour then north to Killarney. We will see the many ways in which this distinctive landscape has inspired successive generations of artists producing a rich cultural mosaic. We will explore the many ways in which cosmology, geography, and geology, have inspired memories dreams and visions. We will be invited to contemplate our life journey in the context of the richness of our shared lives in this beautiful part of the world.

Patrick DeCoste: 13 Moons and a Canoe
On View: October 4, 2019 - January 4, 2020
Organized by John B. Aird Gallery, Guest Curated by Carla Garnet
Essay contribution from Bonnie Devine

Patrick DeCoste: 13 Moons and A Canoe is an interdisciplinary art exhibition exploring the artist’s emerging Métis identity. The main components of the show are a canoe and a circular room.
The exhibition and the dialogue it fosters are offered in the spirit of advancing ongoing conversations about Canadian identity, and how together we might take responsibility for our past, present, and future. In the works that comprise 13 Moons and a Canoe, DeCoste takes up history as something living and breathing, the conceptual weight of his work lightened by its rich materiality. The installation pairs a canoe, retrofitted with a mast and sail, with a circular room made up of thirteen walls – each wall, with exception to a doorway that is left open is adorned with a canvas that is painted with a large, colourful moon – strung across poles hewn from forest trees. This room-within-a-room evokes a pastiche of environmental, cultural, and personal influences. It is, on the one hand, a monument to the Indigenous lunar calendar, an inner sanctum delineated by the full moons that mark the passing of each year, and, on the other hand, a kind of family portrait for the artist; the twelve walls represent DeCoste and each of his eleven siblings. The modified canoe, reveals the thirteenth moon on its sail, this white moon represents the baby who did not survive, the thirteenth child. The canoe sits outside the tridecagon room; it conjures up the genesis of the Métis people in seventeenth-century Nova Scotia, where DeCoste’s family has its roots. It is a potent symbol of First Contact between Europeans and Indigenous peoples – a hybrid object, deceptively quaint in appearance that literalizes the impact of cultures quickening against and into one another.

Patrick DeCoste is an award-winning Toronto-based visual artist who studied fine arts at Mount Allison University and OCAD University, where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies in 2014. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and the U.S., has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, and was awarded a prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2011.

The artist would like to acknowledge his appreciation and thanks for funding support of this exhibition from the Indigenous Arts Project Grants from both the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Location Address: 
840 1st Ave W.
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4
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