Alberta and the Group of Seven

Dec 3rd, 2016 - Mar 12th, 2017

Alberta and the Group of Seven

This exhibition highlights the little-known relationship between early Alberta artists and members of Group of Seven. As artists, from east and west, they shared an emotional bond with and a commitment to the Canadian landscape. Formed in Toronto in 1920 and disbanded in 1933, the Group is Canada’s most celebrated and internationally known collective of landscape painters.

Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette, a specialist in Alberta art and the author of three books about visual art in the province.

The Group of Seven is Canada’s best-known collective of landscape painters. In the early part of the 1900s, recognizing the beauty and the singularity of the Canadian landscape, this group of painters broke with established art conventions to find new ways of capturing the varied textures of Canada.

Though primarily based in Eastern Canada, the Group’s influence extended across the country. Alberta and the Group of Seven features engaging works by the Group of Seven as well as works from Alberta’s first generation of professional artists – home-grown talents who either worked with, studied under or painted together with Group members. This exhibition explores the connections, influences and sources of inspiration Alberta has provided.

Through oil paintings, watercolours and sketches, experience the history of Alberta through the eyes of the individuals who painted the Rockies, Foothills, Peace River Country and Central Alberta.

The Opening Reception is a part of First Fridays Red Deer, from 7-9pm on Friday December 2nd, 2016.

Talks

January 29, 2017 2:00-4:00pm
Curator’s Talk with Mary-Beth Laviolette, Alberta and the Group of Seven.

March 5, 2017 2:00-4:00pm
Group of Seven: Following in their footsteps with Lisa Christensen, an award winning author of 3 books about hiking and the Group of Seven.

Art-making

December 11 & 18, 2016 1:00-4:00pm
The Need to be Different - Group of Seven Inspired Printed Cards, $5/person; $10/family.

January 22, 2017 5:30-7:30pm
MAG Sampler - Defining the West: Watercolours with Susan Woolgar
Socialize, experiment with art mediums and learn from professional local artists at our art-making workshops. Register online: $20 Member/25 Regular, register online. Age 18+.

Tours

January 15th & February 12th, 2017 2:00pm
2 O’clock Tour – Alberta and the Group of Seven. Join a MAG Staff member on a guided tour of Alberta and the Group of Seven.

*Special guided tour on the First Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 6pm.

Film

February 13, 2017 7:00-8:30pm
Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris

Tickets are $10 regular/$8 Members, and the film screens at Carnival Cinemas. Buy your tickets online or in person at our Front Desk.

Activities are free to attend, at the MAG and geared to all ages, unless otherwise noted

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