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October 1, 2002
From Fine Art to Kitsch
  
The Market Gallery's new exhibition, From Fine Art to Kitsch - A Celebration of
CNE Art Since 1879, opens on October 5.

When the CNE was founded in 1879, its mandate included the promotion of the
arts in Canada. From Fine Art to Kitsch draws on the CNE Archives' eclectic and
extensive holdings to present a selection of visual art - from high art to
popular art and kitsch - that patrons have experienced over the years.

"The unique and vibrant pieces in the exhibit show why "the Ex" has remained
the highlight of summer in Toronto for generations," said David Bednar, General
Manager, Canadian National Exhibition. "This collection reveals how the CNE
continues to re-invent itself and how the city and its people have changed and
progressed too."

The CNE celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2003. Since opening, millions of
CNE fairgoers have spent the final weeks of summer at Exhibition Place where
they saw professional art shows, amateur art competitions, handicraft displays
and photograph exhibits. They also enjoyed the unique architecture throughout
the grounds and the colourful art of the Midway.

"What I find most fascinating about this collection is the fact that the
Exhibition Place architecture remains so distinctive and compelling, while the
site itself provides a colourful backdrop for the summer fun so many
Torontonians have had here," said Dianne Young, General Manager & CEO,
Exhibition Place.

From Fine Art to Kitsch presents artwork from every era and every corner of
the CNE. Highlights include paintings by A.J. Casson and Tom Roberts, whose
works were featured in the CNE's Art Gallery. Also on display are dozens of CNE
posters and program covers; archival photographs of the buildings and grounds;
CNE medallions, coins and badges; children's drawings from the CNE School Art
competitions; and Midway art in the form of banners, pennants and souvenirs.
Complementing the exhibit are paintings by contemporary Toronto artist William
Lazos, whose colourful depiction of the CNE Midway is rendered using a
combination of airbrush and paintbrush techniques.

From Fine Art to Kitsch - A Celebration of CNE Art Since 1879 is a joint
exhibit of the Culture Division and the Canadian National Exhibition Archives
and will be on view until February 23, 2003.

Admission is free at the Market Gallery on the second floor of the South St.
Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. For information, call 416-392-7604. Gallery
hours are Wednesday to Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
Sunday: noon - 4 p.m.


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