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October 14, 2003
'A Matter of Style' at the Market Gallery
  
A Matter of Style: Interior Ornamentation by McCormack and Carroll will be
featured at the Market Gallery from October 18, 2003 to February 29, 2004.

A Matter of Style examines the work of a Toronto-based design firm begun in the
1890s and continued well into the 20th century. McCormack and Carroll,
woodcarvers and interior artisans, were best known for their production of
composition ornamentation - a resin based substance moulded into patterns then
attached to furniture, walls and fireplace mantles. The finished appearance was
of carved wood. The company's work adorned many Toronto homes and buildings.
Some of the commissioned woodcarvings can still be seen in the Ontario
Legislative Buildings, University College and Osgoode Hall.

Highlights of the exhibit will include photos, archival drawings, moulds,
pattern blocks and other material preserved by family members.

In 1993, the Carroll family donated the McCormack and Carroll collection to the
City of Toronto, Museum and Heritage Services. The collection includes over
5,000 carved wood blocks and reverse moulds.

This exhibit is co-curated by the University of Toronto's Museum Studies class
(under the direction of Sharon Vattay) and the City's Museum and Heritage
Services, as a partnership in research and learning. Additional research and
design was in collaboration with the Market Gallery.

The Market Gallery offers changing exhibitions dedicated to Toronto's history,
art and culture as well as educational programs for school groups and adults.
Located inside the South St. Lawrence Market, in Toronto's oldest
neighbourhood, the main gallery occupies the 19th century city council chamber
which is all that remains from the City Hall that stood on this site from 1845
to 1899.

Market Gallery
South St. Lawrence Market Gallery
95 Front St. E.
Toronto, ON
M5E 1C2
Free Admission
Hours:
Wed. to Fri.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun.: noon - 4 p.m.

Media contact:
Anne Shropshire, Exhibit and Outreach Technician, 416-392-7604



 

 

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