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Art club has novel idea to celebrate Platinum Jubilee, its own 75th anniversary

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The Porcupine Art Club has received just over four-thousand dollars from Canadian Heritage for a project to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

On Canada Day, it’s holding a Royal Tea. “That’s R-O-Y-A-L  T-E-A,” says president Ted O’Connor.

From noon until 4:00pm at its clubhouse at Roy Nicholson Park, the club will serve coffee, tea and Royal Crown cookies; have entertainment and art demonstrations; and let visitors do some art work of their own.

“We have 70 six-inch-by-six-inch canvases and we’re sketched out a design there and colour coded it,” O’Connor explains, “and the public that comes by will be able to join in and paint.”

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They’ll be used in December, when the club marks its own 75th anniversary with a display at the Timmins Museum, called “Honouring the Past”.

“So it falls in nicely,” O’Connor remarks. “We’re going to join all these 70 paintings together and they’ll form a large mural about five feet by three-and-a-half feet.”

O’Connor says you’ll have to go to the museum in December to find out what the mural will depict.  The only hint he drops is that it will be local.

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