Monday, March 11, 2013
GROUP OF SEVEN CONNECTION TO THE BAY
The Group of Seven artists knew a good thing when the saw it back in 1913. Georgian Bay with it’s windswept pines and bare rock outcrops of quartz and granite represented Canadian landscape at it’s finest. Truth be told there is no where else in Canada or the world that has the unique look and feel of the Georgian Bay landscape. A.Y. Jackson, Franklin W. Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Fredrick Varley, A.J. Casson painted extensively along Georgian Bay. Tom Thompson best known for his Algonquin Park paintings also painted on Georgian Bay. Many of the paintings were done in Killarney Provincial Park using the La Cloche Mountains as a backdrop. At that time they came by train as Hwy #637 to Killarney was not built until four decades later.
A.Y. Jackson and Tom Thompson also painted further south on Go Home Bay where they were invited guests of wealthy arts patron Dr. James MacCallum. The cottage was full of paintings on the walls and they were later dismantled and moved to the Museum of Civilization in Hull Quebec. Replicas replaced those that went to the Museum. The cottage stands today. And A.Y. hob knobbed with Orvil Wright (father of human flight) in the same area. Seems even back then those who appreciated fine art and inspiring scenery knew Georgian Bay was “THE” place to be.