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Portrait Gallery of Canada Hosts Curator's Tour of
Portraits on the Ice Exhibition

Ms. Lilly Koltun, Director General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, would like to invite you to a media tour of the exhibition Portraits on the Ice on Thursday, February 5, 2009. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Ottawa's Rideau Canal Skateway under the Bank Street Bridge. Hot chocolate will be served!

From an action portrait of Olympic champion speed skater Gaétan Boucher to self-portraits of Yousuf Karsh and Emily Carr, Ms. Koltun will provide insight into the stories behind these important works from the national portrait collection of Library and Archives Canada.

A collaboration with the National Capital Commission, Portraits on the Ice features 10 portrait reproductions. The exhibition will be in place throughout the month of February during Winterlude celebrations in Ottawa.

What: Curator's tour of Portraits on the Ice exhibition
When: Thursday, February 5, 2009, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: On Ottawa's Rideau Canal Skateway under the Bank Street Bridge

The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, is dedicated to showcasing the men and women who have helped shape and continue to shape our country. Through exhibitions, collections and programming, the Portrait Gallery of Canada reflects the diverse values of Canadians and provides an enduring basis for the country's vision of nationhood. For more information, visit:

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Pauline M. Portelance
Senior Media Relations Officer
Library and Archives Canada
819-994-4589 or 613-293-4298