Geoff & Brooke Kulawick Open True North Gallery For Musicians’ PaintingsMonday, March 28th, 2016
Kulawicks’ Art Gallery Expands True North Brand For Artists
By Nick Krewen
True North is stretching its wings again – this time into the world of fine art.
Actually, musician-created art, to be exact: On Good Friday, label proprietors Geoff and Brooke Kulawick officially opened the doors of the True North Gallery – The Music Gallery of Fine Art, displaying over 100 originals and rarities from the likes of Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Joni Mitchell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joseph Arthur, Patti Smith, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Beatles’ Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr, Andy Warhol and such local artisans as Murray McLauchlan, Kurt Swinghammer, Martin Tielli, Mendelson Joe, Marc Jordan and many, many others.
Located adjacent to the True North Griffin House label office in Waterdown, Ontario, about 10 minutes north of Hamilton and just under an hour west from Toronto, the new gallery is the latest offshoot of the storied enterprise first founded by in 1969 Bernie Finkelstein as a home to recording artists Bruce Cockburn and Murray McLauchlan, one that, since its purchase by the Kulawicks partnered with numerous investors in 2007, has expanded beyond the confines of a record company to include an agency, festival curation and merchandising.
For this latest venture, which featured an arts conversation between the Academy- Award–and-Polaris-Prize-winning legend Buffy Sainte-Marie and Juno-Award-winning legend Murray McLauchlan – both True North artists – and full-house attendance by such music industry luminaries as Frank Davies, Ron Sexsmith, Joanne Smale, Jane Bunnett, Denise Donlon, and Kurt Swinghammer to name a few, the Kulawicks said a natural love of visual creation led to the birth of this new business.
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