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February 8, 2017
First retrospective of Helen Lucas at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
The City of Toronto is proud to present "Helen Lucas: Roots to the Present," the first retrospective of this internationally known Canadian artist at Todmorden Mills' Papermill Gallery. The exhibition, which runs from February 8 to March 5, is part of the City's TO Canada with Love program.

"This exhibit is an exceptional tribute to the talent and longevity of this important artist," said Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth).

Lucas is one of Canada's most distinguished and beloved floral painters, known for her vibrant colours and large-scale, vivid depictions of flowers. This exhibit of paintings, drawings and lithographs displays her work from the 1960s to the present.

Originally from Saskatchewan and now living in King City, Ontario, Lucas has exhibited in multiple countries. More information about her is available at

Helen Lucas: Roots to the Present is presented in partnership with the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. For more information, visit The public can also interact with the sites on Twitter @TOHistoricsites and on Facebook at

TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. On social media, look for information and updates at, on Facebook at, Twitter at, Instagram at and Snapchat at SpecialEventsTO. The program hashtag is #C150TO.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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