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12 Trees: Let There Be Light

12 Trees: Let There Be Light

Fri Nov 17 to Jan 07, All Day

Presented by Nordstrom

A much-loved holiday tradition since 1990, the Gardiner Museum’s annual 12 Trees exhibition continues to be a wonderful event that brings family and friends together to celebrate the season.

Let There Be Light

This year’s 12 Trees exhibition will focus on light as a potent symbol of hope that many cultures share during the season. Curated by famed Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland and Vice President of Public Art Management Ben Mills, this year’s exhibition will bring a dynamic, contemporary, and light-filled perspective to the 12 Trees tradition.

Among other delights, this year’s light-inspired art installations include a disco-ball Christmas tree, a manually-powered holiday tree light show, an animated winter dreamscape, a “tree” comprised of illuminated cubic blocks, and more.

In addition to the twelve artist installations, the Gardiner will erect a 35-foot white spruce on the Museum’s front plaza designed by Presenting Sponsor, Nordstrom, and donated by Ontario Wood and Forests Ontario.

The 12 Trees Gala

Join other Gardiner Friends and supporters for a luminous evening benefiting the Museum’s education and outreach programs. Be immersed in a feast for the senses designed to uplift and inspire as we celebrate the important role that light plays in many cultures during the holiday season. Learn more

Featured 12 Trees Artists

Evan Biddell
Julia Callon
Connor Crawford
Christine Dewancker and Katherine Strang
Amit Kehar and Kanika Gupta
Alex McLeod
Jon Sasaki
Jordan Soderberg Mills
David Trautrimas
Julia White
Vivian Wong

Presenting Sponsor

Exhibition & Gala Partners

               Cumberland Private Wealth


Rosemary Phelan, Langar Foundation

The Citrine Foundation of Canada

Tree Sponsors


In Kind Sponsors