McLaren art on display at Huron County Museum

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The work of one of the area’s most prominent artists is on display at the Huron County Museum until April 30.

Praised by visitors, Reflections: The Life and Work of J.W. (Jack) McLaren, has been on display since last October. The exhibit explores McLaren’s prolific career as an artist, illustrator, and performer, and features close to 100 pieces of his art on loan from the community.

Presented in partnership with the Huron County Historical Society, Reflections not only shares an incredible local collection of art, but also examines McLaren’s fascinating life, including his time in the First World War when he performed as a member of the Dumbells Comedy Troupe, and his membership in the Toronto Arts and Letters Club where he became associated with the Group of Seven.

For those unable to visit the exhibit in person, the Huron County Museum will be be host to Jack McLaren: A Soldier of Song, a virtual event that can be enjoyed from home on April 9.


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The event will feature a presentation and performance by Jason Wilson, musician and author of Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties.

Wilson’s performance is based on the original works of the Dumbells, a Canadian concert party that entertained the troops on the front lines in the First World War and featured McLaren.

To register for this event, or to explore more ways to enjoy the Reflections exhibit from home, go to

The public is invited to book a visit to catch the exhibit by calling 519-524-2686.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Reflections is included with regular admission, or free for museum members and Huron County Library cardholders.

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