Painted Land kicks off Chautauqua Film series Tuesday, July 5

Muskoka Chautauqua invites everyone to its first Film Night of its Chautauqua summer film festival in Port Carling on Tuesday, July 5, 7:30pm.

“We’re so pleased to be able to screen Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven,” says Muskoka Chautauqua co-founder Gayle Dempsey, “and to have producer Nancy Lang here to talk about making it is really exciting. Anyone who has ever admired a Group of Seven painting should see this film.”

About the film:

One hundred years since the Group of Seven created Canada’s most iconic paintings, little is known about the artists themselves.

Past meets present in this beautiful film energized by breathtaking aerial and landscape cinematography, exploring the rivers and lakes of 10. Mongoose Lawren HarrisAlgoma and the land north of Superior.

Colm Feore, Eric Peterson, R.H.Thompson and Paul Gross read the letters and diaries of Lawren Harris, AY Jackson, JEH MacDonald and Fred Varley.

Painted Land weaves seamlessly the experiences of these artists with three modern day sleuths, Gary and Joanie McGuffin and Michael Burtch who are determined to find the precise locations the artists painted.

Join them on this most artful journey from the comfort of the Muskoka Place Gallery, 1182 Foreman Road, Port Carling. Admission is free. Free will donations for arts education programs in Muskoka accepted with gratitude.

About Muskoka Chautauqua

Muskoka Chautauqua is a community nurturing curiousity and creativity. Encompassing the arts, entertainment, education and reflection, Muskoka Chautauqua springs from a tradition that started almost 100 years ago – when the beauty of the region attracted North America’s leading thinkers to its tranquil retreats. Our vibrant, charitable organization continues to entice visitors seeking personal growth and enrichment, and to share innovative, creative ideas. To learn more about how Muskoka Chautauqua promotes, organizes and delivers multi-disciplinary arts and cultural programming in Muskoka, visit, on Twitter @artsinmuskoka and on


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