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12 Trees of Christmas: The Joy of Creativity

November 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016

**Please note that the last day to see Michael Adamson’s tree in the Terrace Room is December 29, as this installation will be removed a few days before the official close of the exhibition.**


This year, Canada’s leading designers and artists have been invited to re-imagine the Christmas trees both aesthetically and conceptually for a bold, new direction for the Gardiner Museum’s 27th annual 12 Trees exhibition.

Please note: The trees located on the third floor, in the Gardiner Bistro, will not be open for public viewing during Bistro service hours (Sunday-Thursday, 11:00am-3:00pm, Friday 11:00am-8:00pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

For the past 26 years, the Gardiner Museum has celebrated the festive season by displaying Christmas trees decorated by renowned designers, and sponsored by companies and individuals supportive of the arts.

This year, Canada’s leading designers and artists were asked to reimagine the Christmas tree using diverse mediums and highlighting creativity’s audacious nature. The result is showcase of vibrant creativity, with creations that are elegant, wild, highly personal, and outrageously beautiful.

Installations will be exhibited at the Museum during the holiday period and celebrated at the exhibition’s signature gala, The G Party, on December 1. Funds raised will enable the Gardiner to continue engaging the community through the creativity of clay and the beauty of ceramics.

In addition to the exhibition itself, a 40-foot tree will be erected on the Museum’s front plaza as a gift to the community, designed by 12 Trees curator Dee Dee Eustace of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. and donated by Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood.

Also new this year, the Gardiner will be working with retailers and facilities across the city in a Spreading the Joy of Creativity competition. Shop fronts will be encouraged to display their own interpretation of a tree, which will be accompanied with a sign about the exhibition at the Gardiner and encouraging the public to vote for their favorite local tree display. Prizes for the People’s Choice Award and a Curator’s Choice Award by Dee Dee Eustace will be announced at the Gardiner Museum on December 1.

On Friday December 4 from 5 – 8 pm, there will be a special 12 Trees holiday market in the lobby featuring current and new artists from the Gardiner Shop. From 12 – 8 pm, Gardiner Friends are invited to bring unlimited guests, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and a special Friends discount of 20% off regular in the Shop and at the market.*

*Some restrictions apply.

VISIT THE OFFICIAL 12 TREES SITE

THE DESIGNERS
Michael Adamson, Bruno Billio, Justin Broadbent, Sophie DeFrancesca, Trevor Godinho, Hermès, Hunter Lewis Lake, Jenn E. Norton, The Stratford Festival, Susanne Shaw for Holt Renfrew, The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, and Jane Waterous.

LEARN MORE


PROGRAMS

GIVE THE GIFT OF CREATIVITY:
DECORATE OUR OUTDOOR TREE
November 12 – January 3 In partnership with Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood, the Gardiner Museum celebrates 12 Trees with a 40-foot tree designed by Dee Dee Eustace of Taylor Hannah Architect. Help decorate our tree with a $5 clay ornament, and your gift will allow us to offer a special holiday clay workshop for children in need.

SPREADING THE JOY OF CREATIVITY: RETAIL CAMPAIGN
November 12 – November 27   Toronto retailers and businesses have joined us in celebrating The Joy of Creativity this holiday with window installations featuring stunning trees. Spot The Joy of Creativity logo in a store window and vote for your favourite tree via Twitter using the hashtag #SpreadtheJoyTO.

 12 TREES G PARTY GALA
Tuesday December 1, 7 – 11 pm  
Visit gardiner12trees.comCelebrate The Joy of Creativity at the Gardiner Museum’s signature holiday gala. Guests will enjoy inventive cuisine, live performances, and other surprises embodying the spirit of creativity.

12 TREES MARKET & GARDINER FRIENDS DAY
December 4   
Friends Day, 12 – 8 pm  |  Market, 5 – 8 pm Celebrate 12 Trees: The Joy of Creativity on this Friends Day. Bring unlimited guests, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and a special Friends discount of 20% off regular merchandise in the shop and market*.To enquire about a special 12 Trees tour email friends@gardinermuseum.com. From 5 – 8 pm, join us in the lobby for a very special holiday market including both current and new artists featured in the Gardiner Shop.*Some restrictions apply

HOLIDAY CLAY WORKSHOP
December 5 & December 12
$45 General / $38 Gardiner FriendsJoin us for a 2 session class this December as you prepare for the winter holidays. Work with our potter Lynn to make a candle holder, Menorah, Christmas tree or ornament out of clay.

12 TREES FAMILY DAY
December 6  |  11 am – 4 pm  
Free with admission (kids under 12 are free!) Bring the kids for paper crafts, cookie decorating, hands-on clay activities and more!


THE G PARTY

Join us at the 12 Trees G Party gala on December 1, a vibrant event to celebrate the Joy of Creativity. In addition to the exhibition, guests will enjoy inventive cuisine, live performances and other surprises embodying the spirit of creativity. Enjoy a silent auction featuring art photography of the Gardiner’s collections by renowned photographer Kevin Allwood at the event.
 CLICK HERE TO SEE THE G PARTY PHOTO GALLERY

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