The McMichael Canadian Collection is curating a fascinating music-and-art show for Canada’s 150th. The Group of Seven Guitar Project will exhibit masterwork guitars, commissioned from seven world-renowned Canadian guitar makers in homage to a particular Group of Seven member and Tom Thomson.
Linda Manzer’s ‘Lawren Harris’ guitar. (For more on the Group of Seven, see previous post on Canadian Art Junkie here)
The luthiers (guitar makers) and their respective artists are: Linda Manzer (Lawren Harris), Sergi de Jonge (J.E.H. MacDonald), Tony Duggan-Smith (Arthur Lismer), David Wren (Franklin Carmichael), George Gray (Frank Johnston), Grit Laskin (F.H. Varley), and Jean Larrivée (A.Y. Jackson). The eighth guitar, inspired by Tom Thomson, will be a group effort by all 7 luthiers working together (Process shot, below)
Along with the guitars, a special exhibition of masterworks by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson “will prime viewers to make the connection between the talents of each artist and the guitars that they inspired,” the McMichael says.
There will also be a special “Acoustic Conversation” with each luthier and a musician, including a live performance with the guitar. Performers include Chris Hadfield, Jesse Cook, and Don Ross. The project opens May 6 at the McMichael in Kleinburg, Ontario.