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For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2017

February is Full of Family Fun and New Exhibitions at PAMA!

BRAMPTON, ON (Jan. 31, 2017) – Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) launches into a very exciting February. The art gallery re-opens with two dynamic exhibitions. Discover the world of Palookaville with world renowned graphic novelist Seth and explore the complexities of painting with watercolour, in celebration of over 90 years of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. The Museum also celebrates Canadian hero Terry Fox and kicks off Black History Month and beyond with two new small exhibitions. Plus mark your calendars for our annual FREE Family Day event on Monday, Feb. 20, which is always great fun for everyone!

New Exhibitions

  • Heading to Palookaville: Seth and the Art of the Graphic Novel
    Feb. 6 to March 19, 2017
    Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 – 4 p.m.
    Curated by Tom Smart

    Artist, cultural critic, and world-renowned graphic novelist, Seth draws astonishingly rich graphic novels and comics about how family, youthful dreams and life experiences make us who we are. This exhibition considers the complexities attached to the issues of self-identity in Seth's artistic practice. He is at once an author, artist and cultural commentator, as well as one of the foremost graphic novelists working today. Discover the creative process of the graphic novel and see original sketches on display.
  • Water and Pigment: Mysterious Interactions
    Feb. 6 to March 19, 2017
    • Meet CSPWC member artists and enjoy artists' watercolour on paper demonstrations, Thursday Feb. 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    • Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 - 4 p.m.
    Curated by Gerrie Loveys

    Discover the complexities of painting with watercolour in celebration of over 90 years of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. Paintings will be selected from the CSPWC/SCPA National Diploma Collection, which is housed at PAMA and will include work by artists such as A.J. Casson, Barb Sutherland, Charles Comfort, Ann Balch and Carl Schaefer.
  • Watercolour Workshops with Local Artist Marlene Madole
    Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Explore watercolour techniques in a relaxed, creative environment. During these workshops, participants will explore fundamental watercolour techniques. Instruction is through demonstration, examples and one-on-one assistance.
    • Feb. 9: Wet-on-wet and direct painting in still life
    • Feb. 16: Unique wet-on-wet effects
    • Feb. 23: Colour mixing, glazing in skies and landscape
    • Members: $29.75 per class or $76.50 for all three
    • Non-Members: $35 per class or $90 for all three
  • Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada
    Feb. 4 to June 4, 2017

    Explore Terry Fox's courageous journey during his 1980 Marathon of Hope, including his routes through Peel, local photos and news stories. Experience the deep affection Canadians have for Terry and be inspired by his legacy. Organized by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.
  • Heroes: A Musical Experience
    Feb. 9, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

    "Heroes" a musical experience hosted by Arlene Paculan and inspired by the Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada exhibition at PAMA. Arlene hosts "Night Time with Arlene Paculan", which airs on Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga Rogers TV. Arlene is a singer, songwriter and producer of events including WonderFest where local talent is showcased. Come out for an astounding evening of integrated arts and musical performances by local artist David O'Hearn.
    This program is free.

Celebrating Black History Month and Beyond

  • Black Enslavement in Upper Canada
    Feb. 4 to Sept. 4, 2017

    Most people don't realize that Black enslavement existed HERE in Canada, but it did from the 1600s until it was abolished in 1834. This exhibition, presented in partnership with the Archives of Ontario, explores some untold stories that are important to our understanding of Canadian history.
  • The Black Community in Peel in the 19th Century
    Feb. 4 to Sept. 4, 2017

    This small exhibition shares some of the results of our ongoing research into the history of Black residents of Peel in the 1800s.
  • Black History Month Celebration (Free Admission Day)
    Feb. 4, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Celebrate Black History Month at PAMA with special hands-on family activities and a pop-up performance at 1 p.m. by JUNO award-winning singer Liberty Silver.
  • Peel Spotlight
    Performer and emcee, Jesse Alarcon
    Feb. 23, 6 – 9 p.m.
    $5/person cover charge

    Enjoy an evening of poetry, spoken word and live musical performance by local Peel artistes as we celebrate our strong multicultural community! PLUS non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and FREE tours of the museum and art gallery.

PAMA Launches NEW Unplugged Tours – No cords, no strings, no holding back!

Feb. 11, 4 - 5 p.m.
Join us for the kick-off of a new line of special tours, just in time for Valentine's Day! These Unplugged tours will happen monthly with a special rate of $10/person with new themes each month. A fun and new way to experience PAMA like you never have before through exciting stories, awesome facts and juicy, behind-the-scenes gossip. Be prepared for fast-paced group activities and some stellar social media post worthy material.

Messages & Media: Two Centuries of Correspondence in Peel

Feb. 16, 7 - 8:30p.m.
In this expanded edition of our Archives exhibit of written correspondence, Archivist Samantha Thompson offers reflections on writing and technology that will make you think about how you communicate. A private viewing of the exhibit follows an informal talk woven with intriguing historical facts and images of documents that didn't make it into the exhibit.
This program is free with cost of admission. Register now to ensure your spot.

PAMA's Annual Family Day (FREE Admission Day)

Feb. 20, 2017
Help us kick off our celebration of 150 years for Canada, Peel County and PAMA's Courthouse and Jail! Explore exhibitions; take part in fun activities and performances.

  • Music: Sing-a-long with Shannon Butcher and her ukulele: 10:15 a.m. & 1 p.m. (45 minute performances).
  • Face Painting: Be the art, get your face painted at PAMA.
  • Community Art Activity: Join this art activity celebrating our community, its diversity and its people with artist Tharmila Rajasingam.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region's culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E.in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.


Media Contacts:

Erin Fernandes 
Marketing Co-ordinator 
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives 
905-791-4055, ext. 7596 

Shereen Daghstani
Supervisor, Corporate Communications
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4643

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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