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An initiative of the Ottawa Art Gallery, A.Y. Jackson: Art and Life in the Ottawa Valley highlights the history and career of famed Group of Seven artist, A.Y. Jackson, known as Alec to friends, with a particular focus on his time in the Ottawa Valley from 1955 to 1968.

Thanks to the diligent efforts of Ottawa collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone, who were also friends with the artist, the Ottawa Art Gallery now has the third largest holding of works by A.Y. Jackson in Canada.

Here you can learn more about Alec through his artworks, stories from his life, and archival information from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Library and Archives Canada, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives and the Archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

The story told through this program is formulated around A.Y. Jackson’s two homes in the Ottawa region in Manotick and downtown Ottawa, where Alec sketched and painted, in the Group of Seven’s trailblazing style.

Self-Guided Tour
The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association’s A.Y. Jackson Trail is a map outlining A.Y. Jackson’s sketching spots in the Ottawa Valley.

Photo: Group of Seven at The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto By John Vanderpant, ca. 1922 Reproduction of silver gelatin print Library and Archives Canada / e002712907

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