Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, Huntsville

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Since the establishment of The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, the inaugural collection in Huntsville, the Lake of Bays and Algonquin Park, our concept has enjoyed tremendous success over the last 10+ years, bringing focus to the Muskoka region and the individual communities involved.

The annual mural festival won the BIA award for best event in Ontario in 2008, and the community murals and collection have played an important role in the areas tourism.

The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery has dramatically grown in both size and scope with a collection that now includes over 40 major murals, 37 mini-murals in Huntsville, along with integral satellite galleries in Dwight, Dorset, Kearney, Baysville, Lake of Bays, Port Cunnington Lodge, Deerhurst Resort and Algonquin Park; and most recently a community mural project accomplished a major audience with world leaders at the 2010 G8 Summitt at Deerhurst Resort, garnering significant accolades and ongoing media attention for the collection and festival on a national and international level. Come join our special celebration of Art, Culture and Heritage, . . . in your own backyard.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery is a unique public exhibit in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada that features mural reproductions of masterpiece paintings by Canada's renowned Group of Seven artists. The gallery was created in 1997 by Artistic Director Gerry Lantaigne.

The inspiration for the gallery came from Paul Myers, a local business owner, who requested a mural of Tom Thomson's renowned work, “The Jack Pine,” for the outside wall of his store in Huntsville. The mural was completed by Paul and Gerry later that summer.

Since this inauspicious beginning, The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery has grown with the help and sponsorship of the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Association (BIA). Starting in the year 2000, murals began to appear on the back and side walls of businesses throughout the historic downtown area.

By the end of the summer of 2006, the small collection of murals started to get noticed, and the following year a number of business owners came forward and requested Group of Seven murals for their locations as well. This prompted our first Mural Festival in the summer of 2007. Ten of the most talented mural artists in the country were selected from a Canada-wide selection process to create incredible replica works.

During the Mural Festival, we also created our first Community mural, which has now become an annual tradition. This is an event in which the visitors to, and members of, the local community are invited to add their own brushstrokes to one of our murals. The participants are given a brush to use and a colour to choose, and are then directed where and how to apply their own brushstroke to the mural, following in the steps (or strokes0 of one of the famous original Group of Seven members and Tom Thomson. All this is done under the watchful eye and encouraging help of one of our many professional muralists. A second festival was held in the summer of 2009, and enthusiasm for the project has increased exponentially since then.

In the past few years the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery has expanded to other communities in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays region. The Gallery now encompasses a tour around Lake of Bays that includes the main collection of murals in historic Huntsville, stops at Deerhurst Resort, the town of Dwight, Port Cunnington Lodge, The Dorset Heritage Museum, the town of Baysville, and back up to Huntsville to see the murals around The Canada Summit Centre, Muskoka Heritage Place and the Huntsville High School. These murals are all in the same area, and include our now famous G8 World Leaders' Community Mural 2010, which can be seen in the lobby of the Canada Summit Centre. There are also two murals located at The Portage Store, on Canoe Lake, in Algonquin Park. So when you are going to, or through, the park, be sure to stop in and see them.

The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery will hopefully introduce you to the works of these Canadian artists. The original paintings can be seen in many collections and galleries across the country, including some very important collections located near by in Ontario. These include The McMichael Canadian Collection, in Kleinburg Ontario, The National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, The Art Gallery Of Ontario, in Toronto, and The Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. All of these collections make for a great stop on your way to or home from visiting us in Ontario's cottage country just north of Toronto.
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  • Its a great way to walk around downtown Huntsville and enjoy the artworks inspired by the local scenery. Be sure to bring your camera!  more »
  • I knew about the gallery however, every time I encountered one of the murals, it surprised me. Very neat way to honor the group of seven and make the town of Huntsville even prettier.  more »

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