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Salt of the Earth and Snowed In Exhibits at Tom Thomson

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Friday January 11 from 7-9 PM join the staff of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery as we celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions ‘Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties’ , and ‘Snowed In: Selections from the Permanent Collection’. The reception begins at 7 PM with opening remarks taking place at 7:15 PM, visitors are invited to explore these two new exhibitions as well as the other gallery spaces. Refreshments will be served throughout the event. Admission to this event is free, and all are welcome.

More on Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties: This compelling touring photography project 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 document a way of life that has vanished or is disappearing from this place we call home.

The Gallery will be touring and sharing these powerful portraits and visual stories throughout Bruce and Grey Counties thanks to funding support of 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. A special thanks to Geoff Taylor for photographic formatting, to Parson’s Foto Source of Owen Sound, to Lee Anne’s Custom Framing in Rockford, Ontario, and to David and Becky Madill for their generous support towards the opening reception.

More on Snowed In: Take an impromptu snow-day in our new exhibition Snowed In. 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 paintings,d drawings, and sculpture to keep you happily indoors this winter. This show is guest curated by Joan Hawksbridge and runs until February 23, 2019.


January 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Tom Thomson Art Gallery
840 1st Ave W
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4 Canada
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