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Charles Pachter: A Romance with Canada

The iconic work of the esteemed Canadian artist Charles Pachter was showcased at the 2022 CNE. Before he became a noted Canadian visual artist, Charles Pachter starred in the National Film Board of Canada film Johnnie at the Fair, which celebrated a five-year old child’s experience at the 1947 Canadian National Exhibition after the fair had been closed from 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War. During this period, the CNE grounds became a training and recruitment camp for the Canadian Military.

The CNE’s Withrow Common Gallery attempts to show a story of becoming a great Canadian artist within a story of a 4-year-old boy and was divided into five distinct sections to showcase Pachter’s work into themes including: Royalty, Flags, Leafmotif, CNE and Johnny at the Fair.