Exploring the Outdoors – From Inside
This weekend Toronto felt the chilly grip of a north westerly wind, so I decided to explore the outside from inside. The Art Gallery or Ontario debuted a new exhibit on Saturday entitled "Emily Carr – New perspectives on a Canadian Icon".
For those unfamiliar with Carr's work, this legendary Canadian painter focused most of her early career reproducing the works of native peoples in British Columbia.
A great lover of the outdoors, Carr painted aboriginal village scenes, potlatch ceremonies and the British Columbia landscape in a time when traditions were eroding and assimilation growing commonplace.
Carr concentrated on several recurrent themes including totem poles and immense sculptures carved from giant trees. My personal favorite, entitled "Strangled by growth" features a laughing face etched in a totem peering through the lush green of fir tree branches.
What are you waiting for? Check your winter blues at the door and head out to see this exhibit – which runs until May 20, 2007.
Not near Toronto? Nomadik can help with some spring adventure trips in your area.
James W. Coates,
National Park Expert