• Tom Thomson, FH Varley, AY Jackson, Arthur, Marjorie and Esther Lismer in Algonquin Park 1914

  • Tom Thomson, FH Varley, AY Jackson, Arthur, Marjorie and Esther Lismer in Algonquin Park 1914

News and Events

Community Curators Select VII

Be a Curator for the Day!
This popular fundraiser is $100 (per person) or $250 (per business) and allows you the rare chance to select a piece from our permanent collection on Selection Days that take place November 13 and 14, 2014. Participants will be invited to an exclusive preview of the exhibition on January 18.
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Gallery Night at the Movies

Our next presentation is Pride, a British film based on a true story concerning the National Union of Mineworkers’ stikes of 1984, starring Bill Nighy & Imelda Staunton. 120min  14A

Screening times: 2:00, 4:30 and 7:15 pm, November 10 at Galaxy Cinemas in Owen Sound.

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Art & Architecture at Cobble Beach
Saturday November 22, 2014, from 2-5pm.

Join us for an afternoon of wine and hors d’oeuvres and tour artwork by local artists in Cobble Beach’s Blue Bay Villas. Join us for the launch of the next Tom Thomson Collection by Roots Canada. Tickets are $75.

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Two new members join the Board of Directors

On behalf of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Board Chair, Linda Myles-Gallinger, is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors: Robert McKinnon and Michael Warren. Both bring valuable skill sets and a wealth of experience at this very exciting time in the Gallery’s history.
Mr McKinnon and Mr Warren were nominate to the Board on October 28th, 2014.

This is Mr Warren’s second tenure on the Gallery Board. He states: As a former chair of the Board I’ve been passionate about the future of the TOM for years.  Joining the Board again means I can help guide the investigation of incorporation as a key step towards the overdue expansion of the Gallery.

Mr McKinnon, who is the Chair of the Tom Thomson Art Foundation, is fervent about the Gallery’s collection. He says that coming onto the Gallery Board offers him an opportunity to support the collection, which is a national treasure. He wants to see the Gallery grow and maximize opportunities for promoting the collection and exhibitions, which ultimately will help the Gallery in its role as an economic driver in this region.

Current Board of Directors | CLICK HERE |

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The TOM features 4 unique gallery spaces that play host to a variety of exhibitions by local, provincial, national and international artists.

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From becoming a corporate sponsor, volunteer or Friend of the Gallery there are many ways to get involved and support The TOM.

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We offer specialized art programmes for all ages taught by professional instructors in small groups in our bright Studio, using quality materials and supplies.



From authorized Tom Thomson reproductions to handcrafted works by local artists, the Gallery Shop is your one-stop-shop for truly unique gift ideas.

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Guide, artist, canoeist, woodsman, Canadian: Tom Thomson – the original Roots man.

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery (the TOM) and Roots Canada have begun a partnership which from which a new Roots clothing line inspired by the life of Tom Thomson and works from the TOM’s permanent collection has been launched. Tom Thomson is the quintessential Canadian and is a national icon. A rugged individualist, he was interested in developing an authentic vision to depict his experience in the Northlands of Canada and in capturing a new way of seeing and experiencing the Canadian landscape. His work is “the visual equivalent of the Canadian national anthem” (David Silcox, President of Sotheby’s Canada). Some items in the new Roots line include reproductions of Thomson’s paintings - Canoe Lake and Melting Ice - but the range is about more than just his work; it tells a story of his life, his spirit – of a true Canadian outdoorsman as well as an iconic painter. The collection of men’s and women’s apparel, leather items and accessories will be available in most Roots stores, online and at Owen Sound’s Tom Thomson Art Gallery Gift Shop.

Support the TOM

Volunteer Referral Campaign

Fifty for Fifty

THE TOM NEEDS YOU!! The TOM is actively recruiting volunteers for the Gallery.  Be sure to tell a friend, relative or coworker…you may be eligible for a $20 Gallery Shop Gift Certificate. | MORE INFO |

At the TOM we have created a new opportunity for you to be involved and to demonstrate your support for this organization and the vital role that it plays municipally, provincially and nationally: the FIFTY FOR FIFTY club. | MORE INFO |

Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson Fishing at Tea Lake Dam c 1915. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

Tom Thomson (1877-1917) grew up in the Owen Sound area and went on to become one of Canada’s most influential artists.  He inspired the formation of “The Group of Seven” through his expressive, colourful and vibrant way of portraying the Canadian landscape in the early twentieth century.  The Tom Thomson Art Gallery has a significant and intimate collection of his work; most of it having been donated by family members. The majority of it is on view in our ongoing exhibition
Canadian Spirit: The Tom Thomson Experience. 


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