On Friday, January 11, 2019 from 7PM to 9PM, join the staff of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery as they celebrate the opening of two new winter exhibitions Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties by local photographer Willy Waterton curated by Heather McLeese and Snowed In: Selections from the Gallery’s Collection guest curated by Joan Hawksbridge. Additionally, on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1PM the Gallery will be hosting a TOM Talk with featured photographer, Willy Waterton.

On Friday evening, the Gallery welcomes all to attend the official opening of these new exhibitions. Doors will open at 7PM with opening remarks beginning at 7:15PM. Admission to this event is free, and all are welcome.

image028Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties is a compelling touring photography project that highlights over 40 years of environmental portraiture work by Willy Waterton. For Waterton, the term “salt of the earth” describes “a decent, dependable, unpretentious person.” This phrase describes the people in the area, whom Waterton had the honour and privilege of photographing over his career as a photojournalist. This selection of 20 photographs challenges the historical notions of portrait photography by examining through a contemporary lens, the ordinary - yet extraordinary - diligent and humble people of the community. Each of these photographs documents a way of life that has vanished or is disappearing from this place we call home

The Gallery will be touring and sharing the Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties exhibition throughout Bruce and Grey Counties thanks to funding support from Community Foundation Grey Bruce. The exhibition will tour aboard the MS Chi-Cheemaun during the 2019 season, then to Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, and will be on view at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in fall of 2020.

The Gallery is pleased to officially open a second winter exhibition, Snowed In. Take an impromptu snow-day and travel through a selection of our winter landscapes to the warm indoors and explore our interior rooms – spaces filled with flowers, food, comfort and plenty of colour. This exhibition is curated from the Gallery’s Collection by Joan Hawksbridge and has a variety of paintings, drawings, and sculpture to keep you happily indoors this winter.

source: media release, TTAG

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