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Hours: Victoria Day-Thanksgiving: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5; July-Aug: Mon-Fri 'til 6; Fall-Spring: Tue-Fri 11-5, Sat-Sun 12-5
Tom Thomson Art Gallery
The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is dedicated to the innovation and spirit of the iconic artist Tom Thomson (1877-1917), whose images are virtually synonymous with the very idea of ‘Canada’ and whose artwork has been described as being the “visual equivalent of our national anthem.” Thomson, who grew up in the Owen Sound area, was a maverick, a break-away artist who fused a passion for the wilderness with a new style of skilful and experimental painting; he inspired the formation of the Group of Seven through his transformative portrayal of the natural world.
Our ongoing exhibition, CANADIAN SPIRIT: The Tom Thomson Experience, features an important collection of Thomson’s paintings, along with memorabilia and archival images which offer insight into the artist’s life, ranging from his early years to his untimely death at Canoe Lake in 1917. In addition to having one of the largest collections of Thomson’s work, our permanent collection is recognized for its national significance.
The TOM also brings the spirit of Thomson’s innovative work into the present through its programming of contemporary art exhibitions by regional, national and international artists (both in the Gallery and off-site). Our 2017 exhibitions are themed around Canada’s 150th, the 100th anniversary of Thomson’s death and the Gallery’s 50th anniversary and include exhibitions that explore and challenge ideas about land and identity, as well as nationhood from Canadian and Indigenous perspectives.
The Gallery Shop also features books, hip Canadiana products, art, fine crafts, prints, cards and exclusive Tom Thomson apparel and products.