This summer, as the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre hosts a show and sale of local art, our history feature deals with art.
The Porcupine Art Club formed in the late 1940s. The downtown Hollinger Store would take some of its members’ works and bring in art from outside Timmins. Museum director-curator Karen Bachmann tells us that some would be displayed at local hotels, and some in the store’s windows.
“They brought in not only exhibits of things like fur trade and that kind of stuff, but they also brought in art exhibitions,” says Bachmann. “(It) had a big storefront with big windows and they always would exhibit all kinds of things there, including things like spiders they’d find in bananas and stuff. They had a lot of fun with that.”
We’ll have more on visual arts in the weeks to come in our history feature, including some names associated with them.