The Tom Thomson Art Gallery and the Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning (BALL) will welcome guest speakers Blake Debassige and John Hartman for a special lecture in conjunction with the Gallery’s fall exhibition Footprints in Time: Painting Georgian Bay.
Acclaimed artists Debassige and Hartman both have dedicated their art to their home region – Georgian Bay – and have pieces in this landmark exhibition on view starting September 25 at The TOM. Over 30 artists will be represented in Footprints in Time, all from the Gallery’s Collection.
Blake Debassige, born on Manitoulin Island, member of the second generation of Woodland painters following the pioneering world of Norval Morrisseau, all the while developing his own distinctive style.
John Hartman, born in Midland says: “The Bay is my home landscape. It defines my sense of space, light and scale. I spend each summer on an island south of Britt in the archipelago of islands that forms the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay. I work directly from nature making small landscape paintings of the flat, rocky shoreline, and changeable sky and water that make this area so intriguing to paint.”
This special art talk will take place Monday, October 7, from 10am to 12 noon in the Rutherford Room at the Bayshore Community Centre. There are only 250 tickets available for this special once-only lecture. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery or any of the first four fall BALL lectures.