Current Projects

Photo: Reproduction of Portrait of Tom Thomson, (constructed detail), date unknown, photographer unknown, Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound

The TOM Selfie Photo Contest

To celebrate Tom Thomson and art in the age of the selfie, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery is pleased to present the TOM Selfie Photo Contest, a Canadian Spirit Offsite Project aboard the Chi-Cheemaun.

How to Participate for a Chance to win some great prizes:

1. Take your most colourful and imaginative TOM selfies with your favourite Seasons of TOM painting reproduction display and post your selfie with a response about what inspires you most about Tom Thomson’s depiction of the Canadian landscape.

2. Upload your selfie to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with tags @tomthomsonartgallery #tomselfie #canadianspirit2017 #algonquinoutfitters #cobblebeach #TravelInGoodSpirits

3. The most inventive and vibrant entries will be featured on The TOM’s Canadian Spirit website and social media platforms throughout the course of the contest. The top three selfies will win incredible prizes from Algonquin Outfitters, Cobble Beach Golf Links, and Owen Sound Transportation Company.

Read more on Contest Guidelines & Prize Details on this incredible photo contest!

The TOM generously acknowledges all prize sponsors for this photo contest including Algonquin Outfitters, Cobble Beach Golf Links and Owen Sound Transportation Company.


Morning, 2016, Mural recreation of Tom Thomson's painting

The TOM’s creative team led the development of creating a painted mural of Thomson’s 1915 Morning sketch from the Gallery’s permanent collection. This particular work accurately captures the true spirit of a northern sunrise. Lead artist on this mural was the TOM’s Audience Engagement Assistant, Alyson Mulvaney-Courtois, who was assisted by a visiting art student from England, Charlotte Hicks, along with various TOM staff members. Morning was temporarily installed beside the amphitheatre stage during the Summerfolk Festival at Kelso Beach on August 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2016. Morning now hangs permanently in its new community home at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

Located at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON

Time with Tom, 2016, vinyl adhesive reproduction decals of Tom Thomson's paintings

Time with Tom highlights and celebrates Tom Thomson’s oil on panel sketches from the Gallery’s permanent collection. Time with Tom features fifteen large-scale reproductions of Tom Thomson’s works installed throughout the Cancer Centre at Grey Bruce Health Services. This Canadian Spirit project provides an opportunity to celebrate the healing power of art and our beloved hometown artist, canoeist, guide and woodsman, Tom Thomson, who created lasting images that remind us of the beauty of our country.

The TOM gratefully acknowledges funding support for Time with Tom project from Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

Located at the Owen Sound Hospital, Grey Bruce Health Services, 1800 8th St E, Owen Sound, ON

Symbology, 2016, Artist collective designed art banners

In celebration of Canadian Spirit 2015: With A Destiny, the ambitious seven-person Toronto based artist collective, VSVSVS (pronounced versus, versus, versus) transformed The Sun Times Building in Owen Sound into one colourful conversation. VSVSVS created a series of seven bold art banners entitled Symbology documenting an instinctive, individual and personal exchange of hand drawn symbols between each artist, building a story through visual language. “It all started out as a drawing game” states VSVSVS, “where one person would draw a symbol and the next person would draw a symbol that responds in some way to the first. The thread would mutate between each symbol, and it functioned like a graphic conversation. Over time, the visual language developed and we really enjoyed the way we could communicate and reinterpret each other’s ideas through non-linguistic means. This notion, finding new ways to communicate, seems especially fitting to celebrating contemporary Canadian culture, which is essentially forming community across difference. We see it as a celebration of multiplicity and language, and hope to bring some bright colour to the downtown of Owen Sound highlighting an integral communication centre to the community: The Sun Times.”

Located at the Sun Times, 290 9th St E, Owen Sound, ON

August 4th and Ongoing

RESTORE part of the TOM’s Available Space Art Projects and Extraordinary Tree Project

ASAP is proud to present local artist Pam Woodward’s textile creation on a wonderful stage-like space in the former Henrich’s Jewellery store. RESTORE captures Woodward’s passion for fabric through her expressively stitched works of layered threads on newspaper and crinoline netting. This meticulous making technique creates a visual link between the function of trees and our human existence. Mother Nature’s forests have often been compared to the “lungs of our earth”, as trees and plants are responsible for turning carbon dioxide into oxygen. This natural process is fundamental for human survival. RESTORE reminds us of this vital biological cycle, and in order to breathe fully and purely, we need to support and care for the natural world around us.

RESTORE is part of the larger Extraordinary Tree project in collaboration with the TOM, Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Grey Sauble Conservation Authoritty and Landscape Design programme at Fanshawe College. Click HERE for more information on the Extraordinary Tree Project.

Recreation of Tom Thomson's Sunset Sky, 2015

In the spring of 2015, the TOM led the development of a large site-specific public mural, recreating Tom Thomson’s 1915 painting Sunset Sky – a stunning work that captures the true spirit of the northern landscape from the Gallery’s permanent collection. This collaborative mural was installed onsite at Summerfolk, alongside the amphitheatre stage for all audiences to enjoy. Many local hands were involved in painting including dedicated volunteers: Rhiannon Charles, Andy King, Sage Lemoine, Evie Lepietuszko, Emily Medeiros, Aly Mulvaney-Courtois, Scottie Pitt, Niamh Thomas and Raquell Yang. Sunset Sky is now permanently installed in the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre for our Owen Sound Community members to enjoy.

Wilmer’s House, 1983-2005,cast iron and granite, approximately 54 x 42 x 50 cm

Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, gift of Michael Davey, 2015
Sitting on a granite boulder from the Bruce Peninsula, the cast iron sculpture by Michael Davey depicts the home built by Wilmer Nadjiwon, noted author, wood carver, social activist, and community leader.


In celebration of the How Deep Our Roots public art projects in 2014, contemporary muralist, Nyle Migizi Johnston transformed the Gallery’s loading dock door with his mural entitled, MIIGWETCH ANIMIKII BINEEYHNSHI (THANK YOU THUNDERBIRD SPIRIT), depicting a colourful and striking Thunderbird united with an Anishnaabe Medicine Person. This mural acts as larger visual teaching tool sharing the rich history and culture of the Anishnaabe Nation.

Window to the World, 2013, spray paint on brick

For the 100th anniversary of the building of Roxy Theatre, the TOM invited a professional muralist; Billy Goodkat to lead a team of local artists and high school art students through the process of creating a large-scale mural entitled Window to the World. Each participating artist was able to develop their own signature “window,” allowing a fresh, imaginative vision to the world of the theatre. Local artists and students involved including Samantha Blake, Cala Bryans, Shalana Bryans, Morag Budgeon, Heather Hughes, Marc Matei, Zoey Mitchell and Aly Mulvaney-Courtois.

Located at the rear entrance of the Roxy Theatre, 251 9th St E, Owen Sound, ON

Feral, 2012, Discarded and natural material

In the summer of 2012, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery installed Feral made from found and discarded natural materials by artist Veronica Verkley. The sculpture was inspired by Eulalie, Thomson’s dog that stands with him at the end of a dock at Lake Scugog in a photo belonging to the Gallery’s archives. This Canadian Spirit Project was made possible with support from City of Owen Sound for installation expertise and assistance.

Located in Queen’s Park, across from the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, 840 1st Ave West, Owen Sound, ON

Campsite-Campsight, 2012

Campsite-Campsight is a collaborative installation by local artists Alan Glicksman and Stephen Hogbin. This installation consists of a tent, canoe, boardwalk, and dock at the edge of the lake. A campsite is a place to walk, climb and sit, and camp-sight is where one can reflect on a single tree or the entire forest. This work commemorates the arrival of Tom Thomson in the Huntsville area 100 years ago.

Located in Harrison Park, 1155 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON

Enlarged detail from a photograph of Tom Thomson in his canoe taken in 1912., 115 x 470 x 2 cm

Tom Thomson in his canoe

Next time you visit the TOM, make sure to take a picture with Tom Thomson in his canoe!

Located in front of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, 840 1st Ave West, Owen Sound

Children at Play, 1977, 164.0 x 80.0 x 84.0 cm

Laminated fibreglass and polyester resin with ground bronze
Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Gallery Purchase, 1977
The Gallery’s art acquisition committee wanted to commemorate the Gallery’s 10th Anniversary with the addition of an outdoor sculpture by Barrie Shaw-Rimmington. The sculpture was installed in June 1977. A public contest was held to name the work which was not given a title by the artist, Children at Play was chosen.

Located in front of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, 840 1st Ave West, Owen Sound, ON