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Christmas tree lighting at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 11:23:22am


Beautiful spruce tree brings the ‘Joy of Creativity’ to the Gardiner Museum

On Thursday, November 12th, the Gardiner Museum will mark the beginning of its annual 12 Trees exhibition with the lighting of the 40-foot, Ontario-grown Christmas tree located on the Museum’s front plaza. The tree was donated by Forests Ontario and designed by exhibition curator and well-known architect/designer Dee Dee Eustace as a gift to the community.

For the first time in the exhibition’s 27-year history, the designers were asked to reimagine the traditional Christmas tree, taking The Joy of Creativity as their inspiration. The results include a Christmas tree formed by the negative space between two lightning bolts; a modern interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, combining photography, geometric sculpture, and mechanics; and a tree made from colourful planks of reclaimed local wood. The exhibition will be on display throughout the holiday season, from November 12, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Each year, Forests Ontario encourages consumers to purchase locally-grown Ontario Christmas trees for their homes and offices. Locally-grown, real trees are the sustainable, green choice for the holiday season, and inspire the spirit of Christmas in their appearance and tradition. This is the first year that the Gardiner will be featuring a large Ontario-grown tree in an exterior display. Visitors will be invited to decorate the tree with ceramic ornaments made by a Gardiner potter. The proceeds from the sale of the $5.00 ornaments will go toward bringing families from a local shelter to the Museum for holiday clay workshops.

Lighting of 40-foot Spruce Christmas tree

Rob Keen, CEO, Forests Ontario
Kelvin Browne, Executive Director & CEO, Gardiner Museum
Dee Dee Eustace, Curator, Gardiner Museum’s 12 Trees exhibition
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Danielle Morin, 12 Trees Committee Chair
Lorna Marsden, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Gardiner Museum

Thursday, November 12, 2015
5:00 pm - Media tour of the 12 Trees exhibition with curator Dee Dee Eustace
6:00 pm - Lighting of the tree; Brief remarks by Kelvin Browne and Rob Keen; Performance by the Toronto Children’s Chorus
6:15 pm - VIP Cocktail reception
6:45 pm - Remarks by Danielle Morin, Lorna Marsden, Councillor Wong-Tam, and Dee Dee Eustace

Front entrance of the Gardiner Museum (west side)
111 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7


For more information, photos or to arrange an interview please contact:

Shelley McKay
Director of Communication and Development
Forests Ontario
416.646.1193 ext. 232
416.619.0783 (cell)

Rachel Weiner
Communications and Volunteer Coordinator
Gardiner Museum

About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario's forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

About Ontario Wood
Similar to Foodland Ontario, Ontario Wood is a way to connect with a local wood producer. Whether your choice is made based on quality and price, whether it's about supporting local producers and local communities, whether it's about what's best for the environment, or whether it's simply because you love the natural beauty of wood products--Ontario Wood can meet your needs. Visit www.ontario.ca/wood.

About the Gardiner Museum
Located in the heart of Toronto at 111 Queen’s Park Crescent, the Gardiner Museum is Canada’s only ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. The Gardiner is committed to making a contribution to the medium of ceramics, as well as the community it serves, and is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay. The Gardiner’s permanent collection comprises several extraordinary collections from sophisticated, dedicated collectors, making it one of the most significant centres of ceramics in North America. The breadth of the Museum’s holdings include pottery from the Ancient Americas, rare examples of Meissen, Du Paquier and Chelsea porcelain, Chinese blue and white porcelain, Japanese and Japanese-inspired porcelain, to contemporary ceramics--including an exceptional donation from contemporary ceramics collector, Raphael Yu. For more information, details on exhibitions, events, workshops, clay classes, and more, please visit: www.gardinermuseum.com.