“Northern Evening” by Frank Johnston

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2008
Located on site at the Dorset Heritage Museum
Sponsored by: The Greenaway Family

This mural is a tribute to the patriarch of the Greenaway family. It depicts a man with an ice sledge on his way to collect ice blocks. This was an activity practiced seasonally by the community, where ice was collected from the lakes and put into storage for use in the summer months. The storage was done by packing the ice blocks into huts and burying them in layers of sawdust to keep them from melting. 

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  • Address 1040 Main St, Dorset ON
  • Category Frank Johnston
  • Location Dorset Heritage Museum

Artist Name : Frank Johnston

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Frank (Franz) Johnston (1888-1949) was born in Toronto. In his mid twenties, he began working as a commercial designer in the same firm as J.E.H MacDonald, where he would meet the group of artists that would bond together over art and friendship and coalesce into The Group of Seven. Johnston was a keen member of the group and was also looking to explore a uniquely Canadian art ideal. He would join the group on many of the weekend sketching trips and the traveling box car trips to Algoma. Johnston was an ambitious painter, and held a number of solo exhibitions as well as showings with The Group of Seven. However, due to the backlash and negative publicity that The Group of Seven was receiving, he decided to show less with the group. His reasoning was that he was worried it would effect his success as an artist. He formally resigned from the group in 1924, and changed his name from Frank to Franz Johnston. After he passed away, his family moved to Dorset where they became established members of the community.

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