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January 13, 2011 15:41 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Jewelled Necklace Collection Honouring Outstanding Canadian Women Exhibited for First Time in Toronto--Margaret Atwood, Measha Brueggergosman and Karen Kain Among Honorees

Homage: Celebrating Canadian Women in Support of Canadian Women

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 13, 2011) -

Attention: Art and Design Editors, Entertainment Editors, Fashion Editors

An exhibit of over 30 necklaces inspired by outstanding Canadian women including those who are artists and mothers, businesswomen and philanthropists, inventors and scientists, spanning the eleventh century to the present, is being presented in Toronto for the first time. Honorees include Margaret Atwood, Diana Krall, Belinda Stronach, Kim Campbell, Measha Brueggergosman, Laura Secord, Betty Fox, Catriona Le May Doan and Mary Pickford.

"This exhibit is special to us not only because the art pieces are exquisite, but also because it allows us to recognize the contributions of celebrated Canadian women in support of vulnerable Canadian women," says Marie Picton, Executive Manager of Elmwood Spa, which will be hosting the exhibit. Part of the proceeds from the show will be contributed to the YWCA Elm Centre, a 300-bed affordable housing project for low-income women and their families, women with mental health and addiction issues and Aboriginal families.

"Throughout the centuries, Canada has been blessed with many outstanding women. Through my research, I realized how much we are indebted to them in shaping our nation," says Donald A. Stuart, the necklaces' creator. His choice of materials for the one-of-a-kind art pieces reflects the achievements of each woman and includes exotic woods, ceramic, fabrics, gold and silver and gems including diamonds, onyx, pearls and Chinese jade. For the necklace inspired by Diana Krall, Stuart used antique piano keys with gold inlays in the ebony to represent music. One of Canada's leading gold/silversmiths, Stuart is the only craftsperson to be awarded the Order of Ontario, the RCA (Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) and the Order of Canada in recognition of his illustrious career as a craftsman and educator and his profound and lasting influence on Canada's Arts and Crafts industry.

The public will be able to view the exhibit by appointment beginning on Wednesday January 26, 2011 by calling Dominique Giliberti at 416-323-4275 or emailing dgiliberti@elmwoodspa.com

Media are invited to attend the art exhibit opening:
  Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  Elmwood Spa, 18 Elm Street, 2 blocks North of Dundas, West of Yonge Street
  Media are asked to RSVP to Anne Ptasznik, 416-251-9292

To see photographs of the necklaces honouring Diana Krall, Measha Brueggergosman and Karen Kain see the links below.




A full list of the honorees, photographs of the necklaces, portrait illustrations of the women by Susan Benson, RCA, curator of the exhibit, and brief biographies of each woman are available upon request. 

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