Better than expected attendance figures for the Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery exhibition at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG) has resulted in a one week extension to February 15.
The exhibition, which features artists such as Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali and French artist Henri Matisse, has attracted more than 13,000 people, with visitors travelling from London, Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Michigan, California, Ohio, Maryland and even Australia.
Gallery officials say nearly every exhibition-related program offered at the gallery has sold out.
“The extension offers one last chance for the public to view Salvador Dali’s massive, rarely travelled painting, Santiago El Grande, the highlight of 75 works from renowned domestic and international masters,” says Gallery Curator Lisa Daniels.
The Gallery has plans for a roster of activities for those who have not yet taken in the exhibition and for those who wish to return one last time.
Residents are encouraged to attend the exhibition on First Friday, February 5, where Lambton County Warden Bev MacDougall and Daniels will be in attendance for an open house, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Other upcoming features include:
—Stories from “behind the Masterworks,” as part of a group tour led by experienced staff and volunteers (February 11 at 7 p.m.)
—a free “red dot” tour to examine and learn about a pre-selected group of paintings and the masterful artists behind them (Saturday, February 13, 12:30 p.m.)
—a tour of works all about love, Valentine’s Day, February 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Visitors are encouraged to join staff and volunteers on Family Day, February 15 for the very last chance to take in the exhibition (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) A special drop-in Family activity will be taking place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
More information on the programming (including reserve ticketing) is at masterworksatjnaag.ca