National Gallery of Canada participates in the 1999 Canadian Tulip Festival
Ottawa, Canada - April 27, 1999
The National Gallery of Canada is once again proud to be an official site of the Canadian Tulip Festival which takes place this year from May 14 to 24, 1999. The National Gallery has developed a special program of activities for the Tulip Festival with a particular focus on activities for children and families.
" The National Gallery is very pleased to participate in this year's Tulip Festival," said Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada. "We look forward to welcoming visitors to our special Festival events, being held at Major's Hill Park and at the Gallery."
On Saturday 22 May from 1 pm, the Gallery's very successful Artissimo program held every weekend goes outdoors as we launch a special art workshop in Major's Hill Park. Using our new Artissimo booklet, children will have fun learning about the many treasures on view in the Gallery. Children are encouraged to bring their completed activity sheets to the Gallery to receive a special prize.
On Sunday 23 May we present Family Funday, a special day of activities for families with children based on the theme of Family Ties. A concert at noon is followed at 1 pm by a visit with some of the families who live in the Gallery (in the paintings, of course!). Families can then go on to create their own family tree for display in the Gallery.
Inspired by the upcoming special exhibition Van Gogh's Irises: A Masterpiece in Focus, on view at the National Gallery from 11 June to 19 September, the Gallery will be presenting the installation of an original iris garden in Major's Hill Park. Designed by Artistic Landscape Designs and featuring several varieties of irises, the garden will recreate the extraordinary painting Irises, on loan from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
The Gallery is located at 380 Sussex Drive, opposite Ottawa's historic Byward Market, and is home to the finest collection of art in the country. The Gallery offers superb educational programs, including lectures, tours and the family-oriented activity cart Artissimo, as well as concerts and dance performances. Admission to the permanent collection is free for everyone, everyday.
National Gallery of Canada
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