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 2, 2008

In keeping with more than 20 years’ tradition, today the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will erect an immense Christmas tree in its Great Hall. It will be adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations and 10,000 sparkling lights which have been generously sponsored for a second year by Black & MacDonald.

This 40 year old majestic tree will be on view at the Gallery from December 2, 2008 to January 4, 2009. It was harvested from a farm in Sherbrooke Quebec and weighs approximately 1,136 kg (2,500 lbs). It is 12.2 meters high (40 feet) and 7.6 meters (25 feet) wide. Its installation and decoration take an entire day and involve the use of special hoists to stand it upright.

“Visitors associate the beautiful tree with the Gallery and it provides them yet another reason to come in during the festive season,” said NGC Director, Pierre Théberge. “My sincerest thanks go to the Foundation and its partners for supporting this important tradition.”

A lighting ceremony to set this majestic tree aglow for the festive season is set for 6 pm this evening. It will take place in the presence of some 300 patrons who are attending the NGC Foundation’s Annual Donor Reception organized to honour their support.

“We enjoy a warm and rewarding friendship with our large family of patrons and partners,” said Marie Claire Morin, president and CEO of the NGC Foundation. “On this special evening, we have the opportunity to express our gratitude for their loyal support. My thanks also go to Black & McDonald, who so generously agreed to sponsor the Gallery’s Christmas tree once again 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.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in North America. 
About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Established in 1997, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to providing the National Gallery of Canada and its affiliate, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, with the additional financial support needed to preserve and promote Canada's rich visual art heritage and make art accessible and meaningful to Canadians. The blend of private philanthropy and public support is vital to the National Gallery’s ability to carry out its programs and fulfill its unique mandate. The Foundation welcomes immediate and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments.  

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

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