This weekend, cities, towns, and villages across the country will be celebrating Canada’s special 150th Birthday, and there’s no exception at the Verus Art and Arius Technology office. We’ll be celebrating here in Vancouver, and in spirit with the National Gallery of Canada, over in Ottawa, as the nation’s capital kicks off the biggest birthday bash in the country!
Earlier this month our debut museum partner, the National Gallery of Canada, started to mark the big event with the opening of their new Canadian and Indigenous Art galleries.
Featuring their biggest collection of first nations works yet, this milestone exhibition includes 'Time Immemorial' art from 2000 years ago, all the way through to abstract art from the 1960’s. Visitors can immerse themselves in thematic displays that explore the magnetic north, inhabited landscapes, Canadians abroad, and the emergence of Inuit art.
Another highlight of this rich Canadian experience is to marvel at renowned – and never-before-seen – works by Canadian Heroes such as Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau, as well as the Gallery’s latest acquisitions, like works by James Wilson Morrice and the incredible Ceremonial Coat, by an unknown Naskapi artist.
We’re especially excited to see the original sketches of our Tom Thomson textured reproductions being placed on display, celebrating the lasting impression that Thomson and the Group of Seven have made on Canadian Art over the past 100 years.
These four sketches remind us of the impact that time can have on nature - whether it's the time of day, time of year or a time in history. A time before cameras were accessible, when Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven went exploring the great outdoors and painting beautiful landscapes for the world to see and enjoy what they might never get the chance to see themselves.
If you are planning to get to Ottawa soon, the Canadian and Indigenous Art Exhibition will run until Monday, September 4th, 2017, with FREE admission to the gallery on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1st.