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August 24, 2010
Art works and photography depict the evolution of the Don Valley landscape at Market Galley exhibition
Contemporary art works by artists from the Don Valley Art Club (DVAC) will be featured alongside historical art works and photographs in order to illustrate the evolving history of Toronto’s Don Valley urban landscape.

Presented by the City of Toronto through its Market Gallery program, the Brickworks/Artworks exhibition runs from September 18, 2010 through to February 26, 2011.

The exhibit will feature close to 50 original artworks by more than 35 local artists. Historical art from the City of Toronto’s collection will show 19th century views as depicted by Marmaduke Matthews and Mary Meyer. Rare photographs enhance the exhibit by highlighting the changing Don Valley landscape.

Organized by Susan L. Brown, curator and artist, the exhibit also documents the existing Brick Works site, the current home of the DVAC artists’ group. As part of a plein air painting project, members of the DVAC have been capturing in their art works the character, architectural qualities, colours and textures of the built and natural environment at the Brick Works.

The Don Valley’s natural vegetation and river has experienced many changes over the past 200 years. The future development planned by the Evergreen Group of the Brick Works site will see a renewal of this built heritage in harmony with nature. Accessible to the public and community groups, the Brick Works site will see environmental and ecology-based programming as well as gardens, cafes and public art exhibits.

The Market Gallery is a program of Toronto Cultural Services and presents changing exhibitions dedicated to Toronto’s art, culture and history and offers educational programs for school groups and adults. The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front Street E. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. For information visit

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