Group of Seven works come alive in cottage country



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Press Release

Contact: Robin Brushey 

Phone: (705) 789-1400




Artists Painting Seven New Group of Seven Murals for Outdoor Gallery

Written by: Robin Brushey


HUNTSVILLE, Ont. The works of famous Canadian artists known fondly as the Group of Seven are coming alive in the heart of cottage country.  Seven artists are gathering to each replicate the work of an original Group of Seven painting into a mural.  From June 26-July 5, these artists will be gathering in downtown Huntsville to paint.

Huntsville is the home of the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery (Outdoor Gallery) – which is not your typical art gallery, but a collection of close to 50 works of art sprinkled through downtown Huntsville and beyond on the sides of the buildings.  The artworks are mainly murals replicating the work of Tom Thomson and he’s Group of Seven friends. 

Artists from Toronto, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, and as far away as Brigatine, New Jersey will met in Huntsville to paint in this 2nd Group of Seven Mural Festival.  The focus of this Festival is to honour each of the original Group of Seven painters, so at the close of the painting celebration the Outdoor Gallery will contain work by all the original painters including Arthur Lismer, Frank Carmichael, F.H. Varley, Frank Johnston, J.E.H. MacDonald, Lawren Harris, and A.Y. Jackson.  Depictions of famous paintings by many of the Group of Seven painters along with Tom Thomson are already in the Outdoor Gallery.

Three of the artists Marc Sorozan, Michele Van Maurik, and Tim Webb will make a return appearance after painting in the first Group of Seven Mural Festival in 2007.  They will be joined by three new artists John Kuna, David Flett, and Donna Buchan, as well as Gerry Lantaigne, the Outdoor Gallery’s Artistic Director, who painted over 15 of the existing murals.  Lantaigne created the Outdoor Gallery’s first mural in 1997 depicting Thomson’s “The Jack Pine.”

Beyond the opportunity to watch, interact with the artists, and experience large scale art in making, as part of Group of Seven mural Festival, visitors can paint too with the 3rd annual Community Mural.  Lantaigne will be painting J.E.H. MacDonald’s The Wild River 1919 and while he works passersby will be invited to add their own brush strokes to this painting.  The past two Community Murals (in 2007 and 2008) have seen a combined number of over 2500 contributors of all ages including Canadian Wildlife Painter Glen Loates and Canadian musician Jim Cuddy.

The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery can be enjoyed 365 days a year.  On June 26-July 5, 2009, it will come alive with artists painting the work of the Group of Seven.  The Group of Seven, joined by Tom Thomson, can be strongly credited in bringing attention to Canadian wilderness and landscapes, so their works are well suited to the cottage country landscapes of Huntsville and Algonquin Park.

The Outdoor Gallery is a run by the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Area, who sees the Outdoor Gallery contributing to the beautification of the downtown, being a source of enjoyment for residents and visitors alike, and aiding in arts and culture education.  Partially funded by the Province of Ontario, the 2009 Group of Seven Mural Festival is free for all to enjoy.

Huntsville’s Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery can be found two hours north of Toronto.

Details on the Outdoor Gallery can be found at




For more information contact:


Robin Brushey

General Manager

Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Area

Phone:  (705) 789-1400



Gerry Lantaigne

Artistic Director

Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery

Phone (705) 380-1710


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