Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery's Great Hall Adorned with Spectacular Tree for the Holidays

Ottawa - December 7, 2010

The National Gallery of Canada has filled its magnificent Great Hall with the fresh scent of balsam and the brilliance of 10,000 glittering lights, a seasonal tradition of more than 20 years that has become a hit with its visitors. The majestic tree, generously sponsored by Black & McDonald for the fourth consecutive year, will be aglow until January 2, 2011.

Harvested from a tree farm in Quebec's Eastern Townships, the 43-year old balsam tree is 12.2 metres high (40 feet) and 7 metres (23 feet) wide and weighs approximately 1,136 kg (2,500 lbs). An entire day is set aside to install and decorate the tree, which involves the use of special hoists to stand it upright.

Lighting ceremony December 7, at 6 pm
The lighting ceremony will take place this evening at 6 pm, a highlight of the Annual Donor Recognition Reception held by the Gallery and its Foundation to honour the support of their patrons and partners.

Café l’Entrée extends hours in December
Visitors can enjoy the tree from the best seats in the house—in Café l'Entrée, the licensed restaurant that is also located in the Gallery’s Great Hall. Perfect for lunch or afternoon tea, the Café's menu emphasizes elegantly prepared, light foods and fine pastries. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. During the month of December, Café l’Entrée will be extending its hours to 7:30 pm on Thursdays.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art, including the extensive collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains the largest touring art exhibition programme in the world. For more information, visit http://www.gallery.ca/.

About the National Gallery of Canadian Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to ensuring the long term viability and success of the National Gallery of Canada.  Its primary mission is to raise capital and to maintain an endowment for the benefit of the National Gallery.  Its offices are located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. For more information, visit http://www.ngcfoundation.ca/.

About Black & McDonald
Established in 1921, Black & McDonald is a multi-trade contractor providing electrical, mechanical, utility and maintenance services to government, industrial, commercial and institutional markets. From emergency service calls to multi-million dollar construction and operation contracts, Black & McDonald is committed to implementing innovative services to complex technical requirements facing every customer. With over 3,000 employees, the company operates 20 offices in Canada, the United States and selected global markets.

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Note to editors: Media are invited to attend the lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 7 at 6 pm. Please RSVP to Josée-Britanie Mallet at bmallet@gallery.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer National Gallery of Canada