I was 6 years old, and my first grade teacher Mrs. Juchli, brought rental art prints from the Edmonton Art Gallery for us to see. The prints were from paintings by the Group of Seven, some of the first Canadian artists to actually paint Canada, their own landscape. I was fascinated by the different forms the paint could take, that Lawren Harris’ Mount Lefroy embodied smoothness, while Tom Thomson’s trees were alive with leaves of dabbed paint. This was a new sensation, this visual language reaching in through my eyes and into my heart.
What is your first memory of encountering art?