Cel­e­brat­ing Lawren Har­ris

Week of events cul­mi­nate with un­veil­ing of pub­lic art pro­ject on Oct. 23

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North Amer­ica. It was co-or­ga­nized by the Art Gallery of On­tario and the Ham­mer Mu­seum (Los Angeles), and was cu­rated by Amer­i­can ac­tor and art col­lec­tor, Steve Martin,

“We are lucky to have some­one so fa­mous and tal­ented and his art is so ac­ces­si­ble,” said Ol­son. “He’s Canada’s most rec­og­nized artist and he’s from here. We need to market that.”

The Lawren Har­ris Move­ment has or­ga­nized seven Brant­ford events. At the cen­tre of the pro­gram is art­work from city-based artist Dave Hind and his team from the Alu­minum Quilt­ing So­ci­ety, se­lected from 21 en­tries from across North Amer­ica to com­plete the Lawren Har­ris Pub­lic Art Pro­ject.

The art­work will be lo­cated on the west wall of the Brant­ford Pub­lic Li­brary and un­veiled on Mon­day, Oct. 23 – Har­ris’s birth­day – to com­mem­o­rate the city’s Lawren Har­ris Day.

In at­ten­dance at the un­veil­ing will be three of Har­ris’s grand­chil­dren, said Ol­son. She said the fam­ily has been kept abreast of plans for the fes­tiv­i­ties and are ex­cited to take part.

Hind said that his piece will rep­re­sent the great Cana­dian land­scape Lawren Har­ris Week in­cludes the fol­low­ing free events: Tues­day, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.: Lawren Har­ris: Ma­chine Age Artist with au­thor and cu­ra­tor Roald Nas­gaard, who will speak at the San­der­son Cen­tre about Har­ris and his im­pact on Cana­dian art. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Glen­hyrst Art Gallery Coach House: Paint Like Lawren Har­ris with Paint-Club. Join Paint-Club to cre­ate a paint­ing in­spired by Har­ris’ work. Led by a lo­cal artist who takes a hands-on ap­proach to guid­ing ev­ery­one through a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. No paint­ing ex­pe­ri­ence or sup­plies are needed. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired as seat­ing is lim­ited. Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m.: Har­ris Homes Open Houses at 41 Duf­ferin Ave. and 150 Brant Ave. En­joy be­hind-the-scenes tours of the homes where Har­ris spent his for­ma­tive years. Fri­day, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Glen­hyrst Art Gallery Coach House: Brant Theatre Work­shops presents Art of War. This original play about Har­ris is a multi-me­dia pro­duc­tion that looks at his world dur­ing the years of the Great War lead­ing up to the birth of the Group of Seven. Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m.: Lawren Har­ris Walk­ing Tour with the Brant His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Meet your tour guide at the M. Chan­dler Her­itage House at W. Ross Mac­don­ald School (350 Brant Ave,) and learn about Har­ris’s early life in Brant­ford. Sun­day, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. at Glen­hyrst Gallery: Lawren Har­ris Birth­day Party and sec­ond show­ing of Art of War. View an original paint­ing by Har­ris on loan from the Dun­das Mu­seum and Ar­chives, as well as sev­eral of his Christ­mas cards. This event also in­cludes a film view­ing of Where the Uni­verse Sings: The Spir­i­tual Jour­ney of Lawren Har­ris. Film pro­ducer Nancy Lang will be in at­ten­dance. Mon­day, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. at Brant­ford Pub­lic Li­brary: Lawren Har­ris Pub­lic Art un­veil­ing. Com­mis­sioned by Glen­hyrst Art Gallery of Brant for the City of Brant­ford and Brant­ford Pub­lic Li­brary. This one-of-a-kind piece was cre­ated by Dave Hind and the Alu­minum Quilt­ing So­ci­ety, along with help from hun­dreds of com­mu­nity mem­bers. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter for events go to www.lawren­har­ris.ca or call Glen­hyrst Art Gallery at 519756-5932. and Har­ris and his con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­dian art.

Cre­ation of the work has in­volved sev­eral lo­cal artists and hun­dreds of com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Lawren Har­ris Week and Day will be held in the city be­gin­ning Tues­day and in­clude seven events to hon­our the Brant­ford-born artist and founder of the Group of Seven.

Lawren Har­ris with his ab­stract can­vases.

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