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

The National Gallery Of Canada Lights Its Magnificent Christmas Tree

Ottawa - December 4, 2007

Starting this evening, the Christmas tree will sparkle with 12,000 lights.
At 6:10 this evening, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation will light their Christmas tree. Placed in centre of the Gallery’s Great Hall, the majestic spruce tree, 40 feet high and 25 feet in diameter, will sparkle with 12,000 lights thanks to a generous contribution by Black & McDonald.

“The installation and lighting of the NGC Christmas tree is a tradition that dates back almost
20 years,” noted the director of the NGC, Pierre Théberge. “It is with great pleasure that we are repeating it again this year to bring joy to our visitors of all ages. I would like to thank the Foundation and its partners for supporting an event that is so important to us.”

“In addition, this year’s event coincides with the 10th anniversary of the National Gallery Foundation which plays an essential role in the pursuit of our institution’s mission,” continued Théberge. “I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to the Foundation’s directors and the donors who enable us to offer our visitors experiences of unequalled quality, year after year.”

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary
The NGC Christmas tree will be lit in the presence of some 300 patrons attending the Foundation’s Annual Donor Recognition reception, an evening honouring their support. “For the last 10 years, the Foundation has been privileged to have such loyal and generous patrons,” said Marie Claire Morin, president and CEO of the foundation. “On this special evening, we are delighted to share our gratitude for their invaluable support which has made possible so many of the programs and special projects that are at the heart of the National Gallery. My thanks also go to Black & McDonald, who so generously agreed to sponsor the Gallery’s Christmas tree this year.”

About Black & McDonald
Established in 1921, Black & McDonald Limited is a privately held Canadian contracting company operating across Canada, the United States and in selected global markets. The company provides a full range of electrical, mechanical, utility, and maintenance services to commercial, industrial, institutional, and government markets. With over 3,000 employees, it operates twenty offices from coast to coast in Canada. The company is committed to implementing innovative and cost-effective solutions to its customers' requirements, on time, on budget, and safely. Black & McDonald is a reliable and flexible contractor operating with integrity and loyalty to employees, customers, suppliers, and the communities in which we do business. For more information, visit http://www.blackandmcdonald.com/

About the National Gallery of Canada
Founded over a century ago, the National Gallery of Canada has established a reputation for excellence within the international arts community. Its outstanding collections trace the evolution of art across many cultures and through the centuries. As a result of its own scholarly and popular exhibitions, the Gallery has become a destination of choice for outstanding travelling exhibitions. The National Gallery of Canada mandate is to develop, maintain, and make known, throughout Canada and internationally, a collection of works of art, both historic and contemporary, and to further knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of art in general among Canadians. The Gallery attracts thousands of visitors each year. To find out more about the NGC, visit http://www.gallery.ca/

About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery and its affiliate, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, in fulfilling their mandates. By fostering strong partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada's visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy enables the National Gallery of Canada to preserve and interpret Canada's visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To find out more about the NGC Foundation, visit http://www.ngcfoundation.ca/

Fast Facts about the NGC Christmas Tree 2007

Time to install and decorate
12.2 metres (40 feet)
7.6 metres (25 feet)
30 years
1 225 kg (3,000 lbs.)
Sherbrooke, Québec
38-57 litres per day (10-15 gallons)
450 gold and red balls and pine cones
91 metres (300 feet) of red tulle
24 hours
Black & McDonald Ltd


For more information, please contact:

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

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and Public Relations

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Lyse Teasdale
Chief, Communications and Stewardship