Group of Seven:Not Formed in a Day

Group of Seven:Not Formed in a Day

Jul 5, 2022

The River Bookshop's Group of Seven exhibition continues all this week with viewing available every day from noon to 5 pm.  And best of all it’s free !

In addition to having the chance to view the collection of sketches and canvasses we will host two other events during the exhibition:
Thursday, July 7 at 6:45 pm - a Zoom presentation from Author Douglas Hunter discussing his book Jackson’s Wars - A.Y. Jackson, the Birth of the Group of Seven and the Great War. This event will be presented at the Hole in the Wall and also via Zoom. Please register by email at or by calling 226-906-8311 and we will reserve you a space - we will send you a link just before the event.

And then, Saturday, July 9 from 1 pm -3 pm – AWE Executive Director, Jennifer Matotek, will host an informal Q&A on the exhibition while our exhibition sponsor, Cooper’s Hawk, will be sampling some of their delicious wines.


Why the title “Not Formed in a Day”?

Well, It took a while for the Group to come together.  They painted and worked together prior to their first show in 1920. Participants in that show were the original Seven: Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald and Frederick Varley.  Later A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate and LeMoine FitzGerald were invited to join. Two artists commonly associated with the Group, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr were made honorary members. This group of 12 Canadian landscape artists were the most important Canadian artists of the 20th century. Our exhibition displays a number of beautiful and informative books on the Group. To encourage you to pick these up we are offering a 12% discount on all books highlighted upstairs during the show. 

Don’t miss out on this unique exhibition - only in Amherstburg!  

~ The River Bookshop Team 


Mark your calendar so you don't miss these upcoming events - more details to follow.

July 10th - 1pm Storytime with Deputy Fire Chief Dan Monk


July 14th - 6:30pm Local author Mary Anne Adams, author of The Medicine Bag


July 16th - 12-2pm Children’s author Pete Billing, author of The Road Hockey Crew. Fun in the streets with games, colouring and more! Informal street hockey game at 1pm for interested kids!

July 17th - 1pm - Author booksigning - Carly Verheyen, author of Life’s Letters

July 17th - 1pm - Storytime with Miss Lauren

July 19th - 6pm Amherstburg Freedom Museum - Going Beyond Religion: The Activism and  Community Service of Black Churches in Amherstburg and Colchester.

July 23rd - 12-2pm Local author Edmond Gagnon - author of the Norm Strom series and more!                       

July 24th - 1pm Storytime with Miss Lauren + Cars Gone Crazy 

July 26th - 6-7pm Booksigning with author Claire Ross Dunn followed by 7-8pm Book club meeting - At Last Count by Claire Ross Dunn 

July 28th - 6pm - Mike Evans - From Warblers to Tree Frogs and Coyotes...Filming Wildlife in the Ojibway Prairie Complex.

July 31st - 1pm Storytime with Gary Archibald & The Amherstburg Freedom Museum