Yesterday, Ford Canada invited a few bloggers for the Preview of the “Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries ” in McMichael Gallery (Canadian Art Collection) in Kleinburg, Ontario, before it opens Today to the Public. Being the New Girl in Canada I am in a for a treat, as I have zero knowledge about Canadian Art and this is a great opportunity for me to get to know the Art History of Canada. I’ve had this vision as a kid that maybe, someday I will be an Abstract Painter. I thought about this when I was five-year-old staring at my masterpiece which I believe was my mum’s different colours of nail polish and our white wall as my canvas. My mother on the other note screamed her heart out, not because I was a genius gifted child but because of the mess I’ve done and that was basically the end of my Abstract painter career.
Moving forward, I invited a friend of mine whom work I adore so much, She is an artist of a sort. A Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer who’s living the dream I once thought would be my career. I was actually a fan of hers when I just moved to Toronto and looking for people to aspire. She recently started blogging and reached out to me, met for a cup of coffee and just like that we clicked right away. It’s always hard to make friends when you move to a new place and you’re so much older. Everyone seem to have their set of friends already whom they’ve grown over the years. I am so happy to welcome her to the blogging community also because I get to have someone I could trust and share the same passion for photography and well girly things too. Her name is Therese and her lifestyle blog is www.mayreese.com where she shares her secrets, love for food, fashion, photography and her super adorable dog whom I would love to kidnap sometime. Or if you wanna see her fine art photography you can check it out here: Artiese Studios.
Going back to the event, I was given the Ford Escape to use and to be loaned over the weekend. Sadly I can’t drive yet because I haven’t passed my G2 License, So Therese drove it, and my beau will be driving it while we have it with us. Everyone met up around 10:30 am for Brunch at School, Before heading to the Gallery at 1 pm.
The Exhibition is about celebrating the abstract work of iconic Canadian Painter Lawren S. Harris. The exhibition focuses on the evolution of Harris’s paintings from landscape to abstraction while living in the United States between 1934 and 1940. Harris and a group of his American Contemporaries shared a commitment to the spiritual in art, inspired by Wassily Kandinsky and the Transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman.
The Exhibition is from February 4 to September 4, 2017 (I’m giving away tickets! Stay tuned till the end of the blog post) It’s also comprised of approximately seventy paintings. I took some photos for you to preview as when you get there you are not allowed to take photographs!
I also recently Tea Latte’s since I cant drink coffee this has been God Sent! – I’m sharing a few recipes too soon…
The yummy French Toast of Therese which I keep poking. It was so good! I ordered a salad lol
The Crispy Fried Chicken Waffles. – House’s Favourite
The Kale-Butternut Salad with Goat cheese and pomegranate.
And a side of Smoked Salmon for moi ….
Now that everyone is full, we’re good to go…
Kleinburg, Ontario is one of the gorgeous towns near Toronto. Therese promised to show me around next time as it was freezing cold and we don’t really have much time available due to our whole day activity! But not to fret we have so much art to discover and fun artwork to do.
My gorgeous designated driver, not that I was gonna drink since it’s a driving event.
We rode our car for little over 40 minutes to our destination listening to Sirius Satelite Radio installed on our Ford Escape.
And stop over for some OOTD shot. A road trip wouldn’t be complete without stopping over and going down your car to adore nature.
As soon as we arrived we were taken to Upper Level Galleries where the Exhibition is at.
We got to Meet the whole team of McMichaels and Ford Canada together with the Guest Curators Dr.Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens who worked so hard to make this exhibition possible.
And our Tour Began….
I was told that this was one of the most famous works of Lawren Harris.
And this one too, Abstraction 119 ca.1945
Marian Dale Scott “Cement No.1, 1939”
Who doesn’t know Georgia O’Keeffe? She is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism
With Everything in the Exhibition, this was by far the most intriguing piece that caught my attention.
The work of Thomas Wilfred who was a musician and inventor. Best known for his light art he named lumia and his designs for colour organs called Clavilux. Wilfred was not fond of the term “colour organ”, and coined the word “Clavilux” from Latin meaning “light played by key”.
If only i was wearing white it could have been perfect! I am always attracted to any form of moving art.
Going back to the paintings…. as people were already ahead of us. I sat here for over 5 minutes.
And that was the end of the exhibition.
As we finished our tour, we were whisked away to a little cottage for our Surprise Art Class.
Where we were about to make our own Abstract Painting, I see now that my dream of becoming one does not end when I was five!
Some of the pieces for inspiration and opera music playing on the background. Seems fitting as I was just on a show the other day if you were on my Instagram stories.
We’re doing Arcylic painting! I have never tried it so I’m super excited.
Therese and I grab a seat right away by the window, giggling like kids.
We were instructed to draw and do some cut outs to be placed on our bond paper before doing in on our canvas.
here are some of the cut outs I was thinking at first, But since still inspired by the moving light art I’ve seen, I have chosen these cut outs to be my guide.
We didn’t really have much time left for the art class, We were only given 40 minutes to paint. It was the most fun I’ve had in ages. it was surprisingly relaxing and brings out so much happiness. Everyone checking out each other’s work and laughing so much. Everyone was so positive and happy.
And tada!!! My finish product. Not the way I wanted it to be but Hey it’s better than my mum’s nail polish and a wall. haha Definitely doing a “Wine and Paint night soon!”
We left the place at 5 pm with our Ford Car for the whole weekend.
I’m giving 3 Admission Tickets To MicMichael Canadian Art Collection. I have provided the website above. Each ticket is for one family, good for 2 adults and 3 children under 18 years of age. So 3 people will have the chance to visit the Gallery. They also have other Exhibition going on which you could check HERE. All you have to do is leave your email on the comment section below or send me a private message on my Instagram and I will announce the winner on Thursday. I can’t wait to see your entries.