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Speaker Series

Celebrate Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven's legacy. This summer's speaker series features tributes to iconic Canadian painters.

Following the Footsteps of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

Town of Huntsville presents Sue & Jim Waddington - two adventure seekers who have made it their quest to photograph and document locations that inspired the artists known as the Group of Seven and specifically Tom Thomson.

  • Guest Speakers: Sue and Jim Waddington, Adventure Seekers
  • Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Active Living Centre, main room
  • Cost: $5 per person or $12 per family
  • Pre-Registration is encouraged but not required. Register with code 17569
  • Seating is limited for these engaging talks

In July of 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington began a 40 year journey of discovery that has culminated in this remarkable achievement, In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven. Determined to locate, document, and photograph the actual landscapes that inspired and influenced the brushes of A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley. Their passion is in reaching the remote locations that can only be reached by canoe and by foot. This presentation will fascinate, excite and inspire you to join the quest! Jim and Sue will share their wonderful stories and findings of more than 600 painting sites and their corresponding artwork including some right in Huntsville! They will entertain you with their passion and what they have learned along the way about the painters and their choice sites. Join us for this inspirational and informative presentation. Do not miss this Family friendly interactive presentation!

Looking to Tom: The Enduring Fascination with Tom Thomson's Art

Join us as former Huntsville resident, Andrew Kear, Chief Curator and Curator of Canadian Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, explores our collective and enduring fascination with Tom Thomson's art and tears away the myths surrounding his life.

  • Guest Speaker: Andrew Kear, Chief Curator and Curator of Canadian Art
  • Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: Active Living Centre, main room
  • Cost: $5 per person or $12 per family
  • Pre-Registration is encouraged but not required. Register with code 17568
  • Seating is limited for these engaging talks

A century after his death, Tom Thomson has become more than the sum of his parts. His story has been taken up by everyone from Northrope Frye to The Tragically Hip. His name is woven into Canada's national mythology and, along with the likes of Gretzky, Fox, Riel, and McClung, is not merely recognized, but also revered. If we tear away the accrued myth--the under-documented details of his life, the tragic brevity of his career, and the mystery surrounding his wilderness death--Thomson was, in his time, just a painter struggling for his art and to make ends meet. How should we now think about Thomson as an artist? What motivated his game-changing paintings of the Canadian wilderness in the first place? And how have subsequent artists like the Group of Seven, Joyce Weiland, and Peter Doig been inspired by his life and work? Born in Huntsville, Andrew Kear is Chief Curator and Curator of Canadian Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and a sessional lecturer at the University of Winnipeg. He has written and curated exhibitions on a range of historical and contemporary Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven and William Kurelek. Town of Huntsville presents Andrew Kear and invites the Community to hear and see is enthralling presentation!