Life as a Legend: An impressive group of photos, paintings, sculptures and prints of Marilyn Monroe are on exhibit until May 15th at this Canadian art gallery found in the small Ontario village of Kleinburg.
Kleinburg is different. The moment you exit off Highway 27 you are struck by the mix of plush look-a-like condominiums on the outskirts of the village. When you enter downtown, you travel back to a simpler time. Kleinburg was established in the mid 1800's as a result of the establishment of numerous mills. It gets its name from two German words: Klein translated as "little or small" and "burg" meaning "mountain."
Today, speed bumps on the main street ensure that you travel slowly through this village of about 13,000. This hamlet is part of the City of Vaughan, situated between two branches of the Humber River, surrounded by densely forested landscape. Here, you find upscale art galleries, antique shops, bakeries, and wedding boutiques.
This village attracts many affluent visitors and residents. It was at one time the home of former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and Canada's best known author and broadcaster Pierre Berton. The star of the village is the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery.
The gallery is most famous for its collection of Canada's Group of Seven artists. However, until May 15th taking centre stage is the exhibition Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe. I first became aware of the show when I was contacted by the gallery to provide information on one of the Marilyn photographs featured in my published book, Marilyn and the Making of Niagara. (The book is now out of print.)
Assistant curator, Chris Finn, says, "this exhibition explores artistic responses to the Marilyn persona. You will see works by artists such as Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, and John Vachon." Marilyn fans, like me, love it.
After your fill of Marilyn, drive to the outskirts of the village, where there are several conservation areas. Take the winding hills to the Humber River Ridge and soak up spectacular vistas and views. The early morning light is breathtaking.
When it's time to eat, I headed to the Doctor's House Restaurant, dating back to 1867. It gets its name from a succession of medical men who lived in the house. This is a favourite place for visitors and locals. There's lots of yummy stuff to eat.
If looking to get married, a non-denominational white chapel is nestled in woods behind the restaurant. Outdoors sculptured bronze works of art add to the ambiance.
George Bailey contributes to Sun Media's 43 paid-circulation newspapers across Canada as well as numerous magazines. George has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Canada AM, The Discovery Channel, and Live with Regis and Cathy Lee. He has published five books on Niagara Falls.
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