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On Friday, January 10th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery opens its doors to celebrate its new winter exhibitions. Opening are two new contemporary exhibitions: Erin Loree’s The Swirl: Loree’s Mark on the Gallery’s Collection and Tony Miller’s Legacies, both curated by Heather McLeese. Due to its popularity, the Gallery’s Collection Exhibition, Footprints in Time: Painting Around Georgian Bay, has been extended to February 29, 2020. Footprints in Time is guest curated by Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator Emeritus, Art Gallery of Ontario and Artist Louise Moore. The opening reception starts at 7:00pm with remarks beginning at 7:15pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Erin Loree: The Swirl: Loree’s Mark on the Gallery’s Collection
On View: January 10 - March 28, 2020
Curated by Heather McLeese

The Swirl presents contemporary artist Erin Loree and her painterly dialogue with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery’s Collection. In June of 2019, the Gallery invited Loree into the vault to explore and select paintings, artifacts or drawings that resonated with her for development of a new painting series. Her vault selections gravitate towards notable historic and contemporary landscape masters like Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, and Emily Carr, as well as David Milne, Roly Fenwick and Allen Smutylo. Her contemporary responses, oscillating between representational and abstract, challenge the notion of traditional landscape painting and speak to the mystic forces present in nature.

Erin Loree’s The Swirl exhibition is supported by Upper Canada Stretchers. A special thanks as well to the Royal Ontario Museum for the loan of butterfly specimens accompanying this exhibition.

Tony Miller: Legacies
On View: January 10 - March 28, 2020
Curated by Heather McLeese

Exploring the ties of family, memory and history, Tony Miller’s exhibition Legacies, presents a survey of work highlighting his multidisciplinary artistic practices as a painter and master printmaker. Miller shares a cross-section of linocuts and paintings revealing his personal history, traditions and identity with his African Canadian roots growing up in Owen Sound in the 1950s. His paintings, through colourful layers of acrylics, oils and enamels, shed light on Canada’s colonial past, depicting the hardships experienced by his African ancestors who faced slavery, racism, poverty and injustice. The show paints several important personal legacies for Miller, from his great-great-grandfather to his own parents, telling real stories of remarkable people.

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Tom Thomson Art Gallery
840 1st Ave W.
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4
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