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