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Summer Exhibition Opening - J.E.H. MacDonald: The O’Hara Era

Summer Exhibition Opening - J.E.H. MacDonald: The O’Hara Era

You are invited to the official exhibition opening of the J.E.H. MacDonald: The O’Hara Era on June 15th at the Whyte Museum. This cocktail style reception will offer hors d’oeuvres catering by Mountain Fire Foods, and a cash bar. Entry is free and open to the public at 7:00 pm.

This summer, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is offering a rare opportunity to view over 100 works by Group of Seven artist J.E.H. MacDonald from public and private collections. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his first trip to Lake O'Hara, the exhibition promises to be an exceptional and unique experience, with the Whyte Museum as the sole venue.

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June 15, 2024
7 - 9 pm
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Free Event
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The show is strengthened by original research conducted by geologists Patricia Cucman and the late Stanley Munn, who meticulously identified the exact locations of MacDonald's works, along with photographs, over the past 18 years. Their findings, documented in a major illustrated book titled To See What He Saw: J.E.H. MacDonald and the O'Hara Years 1924-1932, offer a fresh perspective on MacDonald and his work. Additionally, intriguing discoveries such as paint scrapings and teacup shards have been found in these exact locations, providing further insight into MacDonald's creative process and daily life during his time at Lake O'Hara.

Partnering with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and sponsored by Masters Gallery Calgary, we invite you to join us for this breathtaking exhibition featuring mountain landscapes inspired by MacDonald.

J.E.H. MacDonald, R.C.A. (1873-1932, Canadian) Cathedral Mountain from Opabin Pass, 1929, oil on board. Collection of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Gift of Catharine Robb Whyte, O.C., Banff, 1979.

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