July 26, 2005

Artistic treasures revealed!

York Region spotlights Canadian Art and Theatre this summer


NEWMARKET –This summer, York Region's many exhibitions, events and performances present the opportunity to enjoy the best actors, dancers, and visual artists unique to the region.
York Region's Visual Artists
Major collections of the Group of Seven, as well as collections of contemporary artists, make their home in York Region. Frequently changing, the Region's permanent and seasonal exhibitions cover a broad scope of mediums and themes from local and national talent. 
• Showcased at the Varley Art Gallery in Unionville is Childhood Revisited,  an exhibition offering visitors a personal depiction of the essential years of childhood from some of Canada's most important artists.
• Nestled in the quaint community of Kleinburg, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is one of Canada's most popular galleries committed to Canadian artists and their works. The current exhibit, The Story of the Group of Seven, features the group's struggles, accomplishments and dynamic relationships. Running from June through August, the Max Stern, Collector, Art Dealer and Patron highlights the essential role that Max Stern, owner of The Dominion Gallery in Montreal, played in the spread of Canadian modern art. The exhibition highlights pieces from Emily Carr; cubist, surrealist and fauvist works by Jean-Phillipe Dallaire; the abstracts of Paul-Emile Borduas; the classical nudes of John Lyman and Stanley Cosgrove; and many more.
• As part of York Region's rural make up, the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery, the Gallery on High, the Latcham Gallery and the Markham Museum provide intimate atmospheres for exhibitions from local and provincial talent. 
York Region's very own Broadway
• From La Boheme to Confessions of a Dirty Blond, York Region offers you a night of romance, mystery, opera, or whatever your heart desires. You can experience first-rate
theatre, dance, storytelling and music at The Newmarket Theatre, Theatre Aurora, the Markham Theatre, the City Playhouse or The Curtain Club.
• You can groove along to everything from Joplin to Jolson during a performance of Give My Regards to Broadway (August 16th to 20th) or hear the best of modern age Broadway at The Wicked Best Revue (August 23rd to 27th), both at The Red Barn Theatre. The newly renovated Red Barn Theatre was built in 1877 and is the site that Harry Belafonte once christened by smashing a beer bottle and giving an impromptu concert from the rafters.
 
For more information on arts attractions in York Region, please contact York Tourism at 1-888-448-0000, e-mail tourism@york.ca or visit www.yorktourism.com.
 
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Contact:  Megan Bomberry, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
   (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1234
   Email: megan.bomberry@york.ca

 
 
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