In the late 1970s, Jim and Sue Waddington saw A.Y. Jackson’s painting Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake) at the McMichael. The experience launched a thirty-year odyssey they never imagined.
Impressed by the artwork, they decided to visit the real Nellie Lake, in Killarney Provincial Park, to find Jackson’s inspiration.
One afternoon, while hiking and picking blueberries, they found the exact spot, with the exact view, that Jackson had captured in his famous canvas.
Pleased with their success, the Waddingtons decided to look for other views captured by Jackson and his friends. To date, they’ve located 160 Group of Seven sketching sites.
FootPrints: The Legacy of the Group of Seven, inspired by Jim and Sue’s story of cultural discovery, is a documentary and historical resource, an interactive social networking site, and an educational tool.
Here you can explore six different Adventures to experience the Waddingtons’ extraordinary quest and read the story of the Group of Seven. Get involved by checking out the teaching resources and learning about new ideas in Education, or research the McMichael’s extensive Collection Database. Make history by sharing your own stories about art and creativity using the Community message board.
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