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Curator's Talk: Alberta and the Group of Seven

Jan 29th, 2017

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Curator’s Talk with Mary-Beth Laviolette, Alberta and the Group of Seven.

Join us on January 29th from 2-4pm for an insight into the Group of Seven and their influence on Albertan Artists. Mary-Beth Laviolette, Curator, will introduce you to the works by Canada's best know collective of landscape painters where you will have the opportunity to tour the exhibition. Admission by donation and light refreshments will be served.

About 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.

ABOUT THE CURATOR: Mary-Beth Laviolette

Mary-Beth Laviolette

Born in Edmonton, Laviolette is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, and spent ten years in the province specializing in arts journalism. She covered the visual arts for Arts National on CBC national radio, then returned to Alberta in 1982, where she wrote articles for a variety of newspapers and gallery publications, as well as co-founding and co-editing Artichoke(1989-2005), a visual arts magazine. She published An Alberta Art Chronicle in 2005 and Alberta Art and Artists: An Overview with Patricia Ainslie in 2008. Laviolette currently lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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