Milly Ristvedt - The Highway Paintings, 1969
12 September 2021 — 10 October 2021
In 1969, Milly Ristvedt took an impromptu road trip from Toronto to Montreal. She sat alone in the back seat, observing the spring fields, shut out of conversation by the roar of the motor. When she came back, she created the Highway paintings in her Wolseley street studio that she shared with her friend and mentor, Jack Bush. The paintings were hard-edged, precise, a sharp turn in her work, and unlike anything her contemporaries in Toronto were doing at the time. Shortly after they were completed, she moved to Montreal, leaving a friend to pack up her studio and ship the contents. The Highway paintings appeared to have been lost. Fifty years pass. Then last fall, while rummaging around in her home studio in Tamworth, Ristvedt came upon an unfamiliar roll of canvas. Voilà – this extraordinary exhibition which is a missing piece in the still-evolving historical record of contemporary Canadian art. Vernissage and Garden Concert - Sunday, September 12th, 1-5 pm- To celebrate this remarkable exhibition, we have invited saxophonist David Mott and percussionist Jessie Stewart to play in the sculpture garden.