Artists take inspiration from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


The Porcupine Art Club, monarch celebrating milestones in longevity

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The Porcupine Art Club and the Queen have one thing in common: this year is a milestone for both.

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As the Queen is the first sitting monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne, the PAC is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

PAC received $4,030 from Canadian Heritage to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The idea was born when it was discovered that there was a grant available to help the City of Timmins celebrate the royal occasion, according to club president Ted O’Connor.

The community is invited to a “Royal Tea Paint Party” at the clubhouse Roy Nicholson Park on July 1, from noon to 4 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy a retrospective exhibition of works by PAC artists since its founding in 1947.

Costumed actors from the Take Two Theater Company will moderate the proceedings, while musicians from the TSO will provide musical accompaniment, as will local musical personality Mr. Bill.

Tea, coffee and Royal Crown biscuits will be served.

The public is invited to participate in the creation of a mural by painting 70 six-by-six-inch canvases based on the number of years the Queen has been on the throne. The overall design was created by PAC artists and will be a celebration of Timmins and the Platinum Jubilee.

Attendees won’t know the contents of the mural until next December, when it will be unveiled as part of Honoring the Past, the CAP’s retrospective at the museum.

O’Connor is waiting to get permission to incorporate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee emblem into the mural.

The Queen holds special significance for O’Connor, whose younger brother Alex, a sea cadet, was one of 12 Canadian sea cadets invited to her coronation in 1953.

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“I wasn’t there, but I was there because my brother was there,” he said. “It was quite an honor for him to be chosen.”

Karina Douglas-Takayesu, a PAC member and local historian who will demonstrate how to make origami at the tea party, said: ‘This is probably the first and last time we will see someone who has been a monarch for seven decades. .

“It’s very rare to have her longevity, plus she was crowned as a young lady.”

Douglas-Takayesu, reference librarian, pointed out that the Queen is part of Canadian heritage, having signed the Bill of Rights with Pierre Trudeau, who has just celebrated his 40th birthday.

Across Canada, the Platinum Jubilee sparked discussions about Canada’s future as a constitutional monarchy. Douglas-Takayesu thinks the conversation is worth it, as times and values ​​change, but adds that Canada has followed the British monarchy since the 1760s, the Queen is on our money and government documents are protected by the Crown copyright.

“There’s always this question, ‘Will there be an alternative?'”

The PAC also has remarkable longevity.

O’Connor attributes it to the abundance of artistic talent in the North and the inspiration that comes from artists working together.

“Being an entertainer is like being a long-distance runner. It’s a lonely thing, but we’re trying to change that,” O’Connor said. “We’re going, six or seven of us, to Deadman’s Point, at Schumacher Lion’s Park, and we sit down and draw the shore.”

Group of Seven painter AY Jackson gave a three-day workshop at the club in the 1950s.

PAC members range in age from 20 to 80. Membership includes access to the pavilion’s studio space, workshops and the chance to show your work at the annual group exhibition at the Timmins Museum. The PAC currently has 36 members, but has room for more.


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