Northern Pine

Watercolours and Drawings by the Group of Seven from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Guest Curator: Ian Thom
October 24, 2020 to March 7, 2021

Franklin Carmichael, Lake Superior, 1926, watercolour on paper, 28.5 x 34.2 cm

Gift of Mrs. R.G. Mastin. McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven, this exhibition offers audiences a seldom seen side of Canadian art history. It presents 66 of the Group’s largely unknown works, such as a portfolio of lithographs that were published in 1925 by Rous & Mann, a firm at which several of the members had worked. Group of Seven members include: F.H. Varley, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Lawren S. Harris, and J.E.H. MacDonald.
Accompanying the exhibition is a full-length colour publication.

Northern Pine: Watercolours and Drawings by the Group of Seven from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is guest curated by Ian Thom and organized by the Kelowna Art Gallery.


Presented with the support of:


Watercolours and drawings courtesy of:



February 18 | 4 to 5 pm | Georgiana Uhlyarik
Drawing the Dynamic Figure: Kathleen Munn and the Group of Seven

Georgiana Uhlyarik is the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, and co-lead of the Indigenous + Canadian Art Department at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in Art History departments at York University and University of Toronto, and research associate, Modern Literature & Culture, Ryerson University. Originally from Romania, she lives in Toronto with her twin sons.


Ian Thom is Curator Emeritus of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the author of over 100 publications. He is a former Curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Topic: An in-depth tour of Northern Pine: Watercolours and Drawings by the Group of Seven from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with exhibition curator Ian Thom.

Join Victoria Verge, Education Coordinator, Adult Programming, with a series of short video tours, looking at works of art in the exhibition and sharing insights into the members of the Group of Seven.


Siobhan Angus is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art at Yale University.
Topic: A.Y. Jackson and the Industrial Landscape

Anna Hudson is an art historian and curator specializing in Canadian and Indigenous art at York University (Toronto).
Topic: If the Group of Seven is recast as a?secessionist gathering of like-minded artists, intent on a grassroots popularization of art in Canada, does their legacy change?

Ian Dejardin is an art historian, exhibition curator, and is currently the Executive Director for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario.
Topic: Sunshine and Burning Golden Leaves and Blue Waters: What Forces formed the Group of Seven?






Arthur Lismer, Tom Thomson, 1912 – 1913, ink over graphite on paper, 25.7 x 30.8 cm

Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael. McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Franklin Carmichael, Study for Nellie Lake, ink altered with gouache over graphite on paperboard, 11.6 x 14.8 cm.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Mastin. McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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