Art has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Being creative and expressing myself has helped me through all the different stages of my life so far, whether they be good or bad. I was fortunate enough to be able to admire the works of great Canadian artists from a very young age. This is all thanks to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and its close ties with my lovable, tight-knit community.
A part of what makes the gallery so great and unique is that it is renowned for collecting only Canadian art, the McMichael permanent collection consists of almost 6,000
artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other artists who have made a contribution to the development of Canadian art. These great Canadian artists were my first introduction into the art world, and the fact that I get the chance to see the art and visit whenever I want makes it that much more special to me.
The artwork isn’t the only thing that makes McMichael so special. The gallery is also bordered by a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails, the art is strongly connected to Canadian geography, and much of the pieces showcased in the gallery are inspired by themes in nature, so the beautiful walking paths are a great way to see how Canada has
inspired the works of art hanging right on the other side of the doors. You can also have fun posing with the sculptures in the new Sculpture Garden!To sum things up, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection isn’t just any old tourist attraction to me. It is where I had many of my first school trips, where I got to bike ride through the forest and trails and experience the gallery is a place I am always visiting, and will continue to visit whenever I need some inspiration, and a reminder of how my love for art got started.