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Saving Tom Thomson
By Liz Pead

Opening Reception Sunday 13 May at 12nn
On display every Sunday until 29 July 2012

The Niagara Artists Centre presents Saving Tom Thomson, a cross-discipline installation by Liz Pead on exhibit at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery booth.  Liz creates large mosaic wall hangings, sculpture, and video using heavily used and discarded hockey equipment.

Liz’s work addresses a relationship between two of Canada’s predominant signifiers of identity; the landscape and ice hockey. In her process she mimics landscapes similar to those of Canadian painter Tom Thomson. Liz’s work acts as an ode to the life and death of Thomson. Similarly, by recycling old hockey equipment, she adds a layer of nostalgia and satisfies her inner environmentalist.

As part of her installation, Liz has made a canoe and paddle fashioned out of old goalie pads and a broken goalie stick. We encourage visitors to take part in the exhibit by posing in the canoe, taking a photograph, and uploading it to NAC’s Facebook page at,

About the Artist
Liz Pead graduated in 2007 from OCAD as the Medal Winner in Drawing and Painting. Liz lives in Toronto with her husband and is a hockey mom; twice. Her studio is located in the Queen Street West Art + Design district. Her work has received the attention of the Toronto Star and The New York Times.