Amherstburg gets a closer look at artworks from Group of Seven

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As part of its mission to bring art beyond its galleries and into Essex County, Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) announced that this summer it will release five reproductions of artwork from their collection — including work by the Group of Seven — in downtown. Amherstburg installs.

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The project started on Canada Day.

“We believe that art has the power to transform in a world that is changing faster than ever before,” said Jennifer Matotek, AWE Executive Director.

“As the Art Gallery of Windsor Art has become Windsor-Essex, we are excited to bring key works from our collection to the city of Amherstburg. AWE is eager to bring art and ideas to our wider community.”

The five artwork reproductions for ‘Look Again! Outside: Amherstburg’ will be on view in downtown Amherstburg from July 1 through late spring 2023. The reproduced pieces on display this year include works by the Group of Seven and local artist Mary Celestino.

Five more reproductions will be on display in 2023-24.

Richard Peddie, owner of the River Bookshop in Amherstburg, where he will be photographed with an exhibition by the Group of Seven on Thursday, June 30, 2022, says that art can increase the quality of life in a community. Photo by Dax MelmerWindsor Star

During its first week of launch, Richard Peddie and the art gallery will welcome visitors to the Group of Seven: Not Formed in a Day pop-up exhibition sponsored by Cooper’s Hawk Winery.

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The exhibit, featuring works from the collections of the AWE and a local private collector, will open to the public July 1 and run through July 10 in the Hole in the Wall event space above Peddie’s River Bookshop, located at 67 Richmond Street in Amherstburg.

The project was made possible with the support of Richard and Colleen Peddie. Admission to the exhibition is free and open daily from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

“Cities in North America have used art to significantly improve the livability of their communities,” said Peddie, owner and operator of the River Bookshop.

Jennifer Matotek, Executive Director of AWE, will host an informal Q&A session on the exhibition on July 9 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The public is also invited to an online Zoom discussion to be presented at Hole in the Wall with author, illustrator and historian Douglas Hunter on July 7 at 7 p.m. to coincide with these screenings.

For more information on the presentations and the art exhibition, visit the art gallery website online at

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