Owen Sound’s Tom Thomson Art Gallery Introduces Three New Exhibitions March 27

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Owen Sound Ontario art gallery celebrates spring with the opening of three exciting exhibits showcased until mid May

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Produced in collaboration with the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, the exhibit was inspired by a photograph of a child jumping, the abandonment of the serious pull of gravity overcome by the joy of a jump in the air.

On March 27, 2011, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound Ontario opens three new exhibits at the gallery named in honor of the iconic Canadian landscape artist Tom Thomson. The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is a regional public gallery and national cultural attraction with a top-notch and revolving program of contemporary and historical exhibitions, lectures, forums, films, concerts and workshops. As a dynamic place where artists and audiences can meet and flourish, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery provides enriching experiences through art for a range of visitors, showing the art of today and influencing the art of the future.

The three exhibits opening March 27 at the Owen Sound Ontario art gallery include Time, Tangents & Tokens by Joan Hawksbridge, a survey of 25 years whose work is informed by the world of nature, the cycles of time and the intersection of forces both natural and cultural. Also new is State of Grace, Susan Low-Beer’s interpretive clay sculptures of children capturing the buoyancy, movement and lightness of innocent joyful exuberance. Produced in collaboration with the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, the exhibit was inspired by a photograph of a child jumping, the abandonment of the serious pull of gravity overcome by the joy of a jump in the air. Completing the trio of new spring exhibits is the Science Fiction Science Fair with artists deconstructing illusion created by mass media by incorporating devices that support technology to both expose the underlying structures of technology and exploit them to create sculpture, video and installations.

All Tom Thomson exhibitions are accompanied by informative materials and scheduled tours are conducted by trained guides, all designed to bring a new dimension to visitors’ enjoyment and appreciation of art and its creation. As well, for each new exhibit the Ontario art gallery hosts a reception open to gallery patrons as well as a tour with the artists who have created the exhibit. The Tom Thomson Art Gallery also offers art classes and workshops focusing on a genuine art experience in all its studio art classes. The Owen Sound gallery offers specialized programs taught by professional instructors in small groups in its Gallery Studio, using quality materials and supplies ensuring an enriched learning environment.

For more information on the exhibitions and programs at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, visit http://www.tomthomson.org/index.php

About the Tom Thomson Art Gallery
The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is a regional art centre and national cultural attraction dedicated to the innovative spirit of landscape artist and Canadian icon, Tom Thomson. The Gallery celebrates excellence in the visual arts through exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, education programs promoting life-long learning, and the enrichment and interpretation of its significant permanent collection.

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Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) is a tourism organization encompassing the counties of Grey, Bruce and Simcoe in Ontario. RTO7 is led by a volunteer, industry-led board of directors consisting of 15 voting members drawn from private and non-private tourism businesses and organizations across Bruce, Grey and Simcoe to represent the interests of Region 7 tourism.RTO7 was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in December 2010 and the first board of directors (http://region7transition.ca/cms/board) is in place. RTO7 will work collaboratively with its tourism partners and stakeholders to enrich the region's diverse tourism experiences in order to sustain and grow visitation, investment and tourism receipts. For more information, visit the website at http://www.region7transition.ca

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