Copper Thunderbird: The Art of Norval Morrisseau

Posted: January 27, 2010 | Post Categories: Spa Events

Elmwood Spa is proud to be hosting Copper Thunderbird – The Art of Norval Morrisseau, an exhibition of a private collection of over 40 paintings never before exhibited publicly together. The exhibition provides an overview of this Canadian national treasure’s work, spanning over four decades of artwork, and including a number of his masterpieces.

Copper Thunderbird: The Art of Norval Morrisseau will be available for viewing by spa guests and by appointment from January 27 to November 10, 2010. Those wishing to schedule an appointment to view the Copper Thunderbird exhibition are encouraged to call Dominique Gilberti at 416-323-4275 or email

The opening reception took place on January 26th and was attended by Sherry Brydson, owner of Elmwood Spa and several members of the artist’s family, including Josh Kakegamic, Ann Brascoupe, and son Christian Morrisseau, an accomplished artist in his own right, and member of the board of the Morrisseau Family Foundation.

If in the future, a single artist will represent a time, a people, and an artistic movement, it will be Norval Morrisseau, Copper Thunderbird. Just as the Group of Seven exemplifies a time and spirit of Canada in the early 20th century, native art – and particularly the Woodland School – will stand for the late 20th and early 21st century.

The Copper Thunderbird exhibition at Elmwood Spa supports the YWCA Elm Centre, which will provide 300 new affordable and supportive homes for single women, women-led families and Aboriginal families in 2011. Financial and philosophical support of this project is of critical importance and will have a significant impact on the lives and futures of those who will make their homes at the YWCA Elm Centre.