Since 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington have been on a quest to discover places that inspired the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. The artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, so each painting represents a puzzle to be solved.
The Waddingtons appearance as guest speakers at the annual Carmichael Art History Lecture, sponsored by the OMAH History Committee, originally planned for May, has been rescheduled. The Waddingtons have generously agreed to tell us their story virtually via Zoom on October 21st at 7 p.m.
OMAH is mounting a special campaign to bring a rare Franklin Carmichael watercolour to Orillia – the birthplace of the storied Group of Seven artist.
OMAH board member Doug Frost has pledged $20,000 – half the cost of the artwork – and OMAH is working diligently to raise the other $20,000.
The story began earlier in the year, when Wil Kucey, consultant for the Canadian Fine Arts gallery in Toronto, contacted Frost to tell him that a Carmichael watercolour that had been in California for several years was coming up for sale.