Many thanks to Cathy Gauthier for describing this annual program.
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MAGNETAWAN: Cathy Gauthier—Magnetawan goes on canvas as students from the art department at John Paul II Catholic S.S. follow and paint where the Group of Seven painted, putting to canvas our gorgeous fall scenery. Teachers Mark Lisson, Paul Purificati, and Christine McCullough, along with their students, braved the rain during this third fall painting trip originating from London, ON. Students and teachers stayed at Lighthouse Landing while on this 5-day hiking, canoeing, and painting excursion. All the artists will produce 1-2 “rough” paintings each day. They will then be brought back to the school with the original rough copy to be reproduced and finished on a larger canvas. Canadian landscape painter Pierre AJ Sabourin, wearing the yellow raincoat and painting Knoepfli Falls, accompanied the group around the Magnetawan area.
MAGNETAWAN: Cathy Gauthier—“As a young man I travelled across Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, which instilled in me a sense of national pride in Canada’s beauty and diverse culture.” -Pierre AJ Sabourin
Mr. Sabourin has studied at the University of Ottawa, the University of Calgary, and also apprenticed for one year with the Hungarian landscape painter Ferenc Szeles. You will find him residing in the lovely village of Killarney, ON, where he operates his gallery, Sunset Rock Studio.
September 23rd and 24th found me photographing and talking with this very engaging artist as he painted at Knoepfli Falls and relaxed at Lighthouse Landing alongside art students and teachers from London, ON. The painting pictured here on the front porch of his cabin was completed in one day (on Sept. 22nd) at Thompson Falls near Pickerel and Jack’s Lake.
Mr. Sabourin made it very clear to me how impressed he was with our lovely Magnetawan scenery and that he will be back to paint the area again. His paintings hang in galleries and homes worldwide. Collectors of the Group of Seven paintings also purchase and collect his landscape paintings.