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For Immediate Release:
November 2, 2017

New Portrait Exhibitions, Reflection and Remembrance – Exciting November Programming at PAMA

BRAMPTON, ON (October 31, 2017) – This fall, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is pleased to present an exciting new art gallery line-up centred around Portraits.

These will be combined with a fascinating artist talk given by Phil Richards about his creative approach to portraiture and a special Picture Perfect tour with Curator Gerrie Loveys.

Meeting Her Majesty: Phil Richards’ Official Portrait
Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

Dive into the world of portraits and how they are created with Toronto artist, Phil Richards. Discover sketches and related material created for the official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee, commissioned by the Canadian Government in 2012.
Artist Talk: Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

The Kingston Prize: Canada’s Portrait Competition
Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

This Canada-wide competition showcases the work of 30 outstanding contemporary Canadian artists. The vision of the Prize is to develop a historical record of Canadians by Canadians. Explore the exhibition and have your say by nominating works for the People’s Choice awards, to be selected in January 2018.

Through Gordon Rayner’s Eyes: Portraits of Famous Artists
Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018

Explore this exciting exhibition of innovative and often humorous paintings by renowned artist Gordon Rayner (1935 - 2010). Rayner carefully researched and painted portraits of famous artists he admired. His portrait subjects include Paul Gaugin, Vincent Van Gogh, and Fred Varley to name a few.
Picture Perfect Portraits Tour with Curator Gerrie Loveys: Thursday, Nov. 23, 2 – 3 p.m.

Reflection and Remembrance

Brampton Folk Club: I Will Remember You
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Join us for a musical evening, backed by a changing line-up of local musicians. Experience a heart-felt acoustic concert with stories of remembrance. The event cost is included with admission.

Explore the exhibition Come on Canada: Selections from the Melhuish Collection of World War II Posters on now at PAMA as well as the Service and Remembrance: 150 Years of the Lorne Scots Regiment exhibition, a travelling exhibition created by PAMA and Halton Heritage Services currently on now at Benares Historic House in Mississauga.

New Fall Programs

Photography and Preservation Workshop
Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Join local photographer and producer Gabriella Bank and PAMA Head Archivist Jim Leonard as they share their secrets on how to care for your photos. Look behind-the-scenes in the Peel Archives and learn to care, repair and organize your images to last for generations. This workshop is included with the cost of PAMA admission, pre-registration is required at pama.peelregion.ca.

Connections Art and Book Club at PAMA, in partnership with the Brampton Library
Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Literature and storytelling connect in this unique book club. This month’s choice: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga with special guest Sharada Eswar, co-creator of the Blue God and the Serpents exhibition on now at PAMA. This is a FREE event; please register through the Brampton Library by calling 905-793-4636.

PAMA Kids P.A. Day Camp: Storytelling and Shadow Puppetry
Friday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Campers will experience a special day full of creative projects all about storytelling and shadow puppetry! They will also enjoy an afternoon with local artists Sharada Eswar and Sonja Rainey. This is a drop-off program; please register at pama.peelregion.ca

Mapping Landscapes Workshop, presented by McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 – 3 p.m.

  • Come explore the cultural tension between the geography of a place and its cultural and personal perception. This studio workshop at PAMA invites participants to investigate a notion of landscape beyond its physical boundary and to create their own landscape inspired by personal and historical narratives using watercolour techniques. The workshop cost is included with admission but pre-registration is required at pama.peelregion.ca.

Seniors Series: Museum Outreach

  • Sessions take place at Four Corners Library
    Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

    PAMA Presents Museum Memories in partnership with Brampton Library, located at 65 Queen St. E, Brampton. Come share your memories and experiences while meet other seniors in your community. November features the theme: Spotlight on Peel.

This is a free monthly program.

Fall Crafts Workshop: Holiday Card Making (13+)
Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 – 3 p.m.

  • Explore the use of watercolour, rice paper, metallic transfer and other materials to create your own unique cards for the season. Learn to use mix mediums on various surfaces to paint winter landscapes in a few easy steps and layer different papers to create dimension. Let your imagination run wild! Pre-register at pama.peelregion.ca for a low cost of $15/person ($10/person for members).


  • Knit@PAMA: every Thursday, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • PAMA Unplugged Tours: every Thursday evening
  • Family Fun Activity: Every Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Art of Yoga (16+): Nov. 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) Drumming Circle: Nov. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Family Fun Day (Shadows): Nov. 17, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Queer Exposure in partnership with LAMP Community Heath Centre: Nov. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Open Studio: Nov. 23, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, and to converse, question and tell 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: students, families, adults and seniors. 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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