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Steve Martin makes surprise visit to London, Ont., museum

01/22/2015 08:37 EST | Updated 03/24/2015 05:59 EDT
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Actor and comedian Steve Martin made an unannounced visit Wednesday to a museum in London, Ont., to view paintings by Lawren Harris, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

Museum London officials said Martin was most interested in seeing the Harris oil on canvas painting called From the North Shore, Lake Superior, circa 1927.

Martin is co-curating an exhibition of Harris' work called The Idea of the North: Paintings by Lawren S. Harris. On Thursday night at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the comedian will participate in "an evening of conversation" about the exhibit with Adam Gopnik, a staff writer with The New Yorker.

After Martin's tour of Museum London, excited Londoners snapped photos of Martin feeding Canadian geese outside the museum.

The Group of Seven formed in the early 1920s, travelling and painting iconic landscapes of the Canadian wilderness until 1933. Harris' most well-known paintings are landscapes of Canada's cold north.

Check out the CBC's Digital Archives on the Group of Seven.

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