Summer Sunday Open Studio Season is Under Way!

Sunday Open Studio 2019

The Porcupine Art Club’s Summer Sunday Open Studio season is under way! Drop by the Porcupine Art Club’s headquarters (brick building in Roy Nicholson Park – intersection of Pine St. N. and Eighth Ave., Timmins) between Noon and 4:00 P.M. today to meet the artists, and learn more about the club. Rain or shine, we’ll be there!

This year’s Sunday Open Studio season runs weekly from June 30, 2019 to September 30, 2019.


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N.O.A.A. Entry Fee Due May 23rd, 2019


Reminder: If you are entering the 63rd Annual Northern Ontario Art Association, the deadline for your $25.00 entry fee is Thursday May 23rd, 2019 – cash or cheques are made out to the Porcupine Art Club. 

If you need assistance photographing your entry, Ted will be hosting a session on the evening of Thursday May 23rd, 2019. Bring your artwork, unsigned and unframed, for 7:00 p.m. (If your work has been signed, the signature will be covered.)

If you are photographing your artwork independently, the photograph must be 4000 pixels on its longest side. The deadline to email your photo to Ted is May 30th, 2019, to allow time to prepare the USB keys for NOAA submission.

Details on the NOAA submissions are on the back of your bulletin, in emails sent to the membership, and have

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Thursday, May 2, 2019: Mini-Workshop on Recycled Paper Making

Join club member Allison Gallant for a mini-workshop on recycled paper making this Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The workshop will take place at our clubhouse in Roy Nicholson Park (brick building at the intersection of Pine Street North and Eighth Avenue, Timmins). The workshop is free for members, $5 for non-members.


Barry, Catherine, et al., editors. Paper Crafts. Select Editions, 2001. pp 46-47.

We’ll experiment with techniques to layer colours of paper into a single sheet, and try adding textures or inclusions.

Participants may bring some paper to recycle if they have some – scraps of watercolour paper (used or unused) or coloured printer paper or card-stock would be perfect. If you want to add any inclusions such as flower seeds or petals, please feel free to bring those as well.

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Spring 2019: Calls for Entry Deadlines

Here are some calls for entry in the region. Two are open to all artists. Please read the descriptions below for details. 

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Inscription à la 10e édition de l’Internationale d’art miniature (Lévis, Québec)

Open to all professional artists aged 18+; photography not accepted. 

Online Registration/Pre-selection (mandatory outside Canada): April 26, 2019

Submissions by mail: May 10, 2019 (postmark will serve as proof)

Information & Registration Forms (English Page)


63rd Annual Northern Ontario Art Association (NOAA) Juried Exhibit

Open to all members of art clubs belonging to the NOAA. Members must have attended at least 3 business meetings in the past year. New club members, who joined during the 2018/19 year are exempt from this rule. Refer to the NOAA Bulletin for details. Each eligible artist can submit ONE (1) work. 

Entry Fee ($25): Due at the May business meeting (May 09, 2019 for Porcupine Art Club)

Deadline for digital submissions to your club: May 31, 2019. If you are doing your own photography, please send the file to the Porcupine Art Club Gmail address. Images need to be at least 4000 pixels on their longest side. 

For the Porcupine Art Club, ideally they should be at the clubhouse by Thursday May 23, 2019 to be photographed that evening.

*Note: Works should not be signed or framed for photographing

7th Annual Juried Postcard Exhibit (Englehart & Area Historic Museum)

Open to all artists showcasing contemporary Northern Postcard Art. All works must be for sale (commission is 20% for works that are sold). Works are NOT to be framed. 

Submissions accepted by mail, courier, or in-person: May 08-29, 2019.

Details and Submission Forms (downloads as Word file)


Reminder: Porcupine Art Club Show “Sunlight and Shadows” December, 2019

Open to all members of the Porcupine Art Club who have attended at least 3 business meetings in the past year. New club members are exempt from this rule. 

We will be having our themed show “Sunlight and Shadows” at the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre in December. All club members are encouraged to have at least 2 pieces related to the theme ready for mid-November. At least one work by each member will be exhibited; depending on the number and size of the pieces received, you may have a second piece on display. This is not a juried exhibit; however, all pieces must be framed/finished to gallery standards. If you are uncertain about how to finish a piece, feel free to ask a senior club member or director for advice.

Long-term reminder for Porcupine Art Club members: We will have another themed showed at a date to be determined. The theme is “Flower Power”. 

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April Business Meeting: April 11, 2019

The Porcupine Art Club’s April business meeting takes place on Thursday April 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse in Roy Nicholson Park. (Intersection of Pine Street North and Eighth Avenue, Timmins.)


Important for club members: If you are entering the 2019 N.O.A.A. Juried Exhibit, you must have attended three business meetings during the 2018/19 year. There is one business meeting left before the NOAA digital deadline of May 31st, 2019, and two meetings left in our year. New members (just joined between September 2018 and the present) are exempt from this rule.

If you are a member of the public interested in the joining the club, and are over eighteen, you are welcome to attend this meeting to learn more about us.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 Workshop: Portraits in the style of Modigliani

Join club member Allison Gallant for an introduction to the portraits by Amedeo Modigliani this Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The workshop will take place at our clubhouse in Roy Nicholson Park (brick building at the intersection of Pine Street North and Eighth Avenue, Timmins). The workshop is free for members, $5 for non-members. Participants need to bring their own supplies, listed below.

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Portrait of Beatrice Hastings by Amedeo Modigliani, 1915, Private Collection (Source: WikiArt, accessed 2018-02-07)

We’ll review sample works by Modigliani, discuss some points on technique, and make our own simplified portraits/self-portraits imitating his style. You can aim to finish during the workshop time-frame (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) or finish at home if you prefer.

Participants will need to bring:

  • Pencil for sketching
  • Acrylics with prepared canvas OR pastels and black paper*
  • A photo portrait of a person or a mirror if you want to do a self-portrait from life

*These are suggestion only, you can work in whatever medium you choose.

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Thursday February 07, 2019 Workshop Postponed



The Porcupine Art Club is postponing this week’s workshop, in order that club members can attend the opening of “My Story, My Tattoo” from the Wellington County Museum, at the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre, which runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday February 07, 2019. The show opening will feature a special guest speaker, Sahaja Freed of Freed Om Ink (, who will also be doing a live demonstration.

This show opening is free for the public to attend, and there will be a cash bar from Full Beard Brewery.

For more information, you can read an article in The Daily Press, found at this link:

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Visit the BNSA Show in Kirkland Lake

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Members of the Boreal North Sculpture Association (BSNA), a Northern Ontario group, whose mandate is “To Foster The Art Of Sculpture”,  are hosting a Juried Sculpture Exhibit from February 01 to 23rd, 2019 at the Museum of Northern History Art Gallery, located in the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau  – 2 Chateau Drive, Kirkland Lake, Ontario.

Three members of the Porcupine Art Club: Nicky Alexander, Cathy Cribbs, Karina Douglas-Takayesu, are also members of the BNSA, who have pieces on exhibit in this show.

There will be a show closing reception on Saturday February 23rd, 2019 from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m., which will also feature a presentation on contemporary sculpture. 

For museum hours and details, visit or phone 705-568-8800.

Note: If you want to explore the rest of the museum, there is a small admission fee of $6.10, plus tax for adults, seniors (age 55+) and students (5-17) is $4.10, plus tax, and children under the age of 5 can attend for free. Group rates, as well as other museum use fees (e.g. research), can be found on this detailed document for 2019.



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Video Night – Thursday Jan. 31, 2019



This week’s workshop/demo is a video night. PAC Director Ellen Catherwood will bring in some of her art instructional videos and participants will choose which ones to see. Bring along a notebook and a snack if you like. We can make tea at the clubhouse.

Location: PAC Clubhouse in Roy Nicholson Park (Pine St. North and Eighth Avenue, Timmins)

Time: 7:00pm

Cost: Free for paid members, $5.00 for non-members.


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January 24, 2019 Thursday Evening Workshop: One-Touch Painting Technique

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On Thursday January 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse in Roy Nicholson Park (brick building at the intersection of Pine Street North and Eighth Avenue, Timmins), P.A.C. artist Bruce MacKinnon will be demonstrating a one-touch painting technique in acrylic.

You will need to bring:

  • Acrylic Paint and brushes
  • A small canvas or board (9 X 12″ or smaller is ideal)
  • A photographic image for inspiration

This workshop is free for members and $5.00 for interested non-members to attend. It will be no longer than two hours in the evening.

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