Artist donates original paintings to the Timmins Museum to support Indigenous women



When Molly McTiernan, Development and Marketing Coordinator at the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition saw the art of Johanne Lamarche, she was inspired.

“It’s very deep. When you look at it, it’s abstract and it’s not just something typical that you see every day, ”McTiernan said.

McTiernan met Lamarche who was in town this fall to visit his family.

“She was very moved by the work and I was very moved by her interest in the creation of the work,” said Lamarche. I told him, I’ll leave this job to you, I think it belongs to Timmins. I would love to do something good with this work and would like to find a charity that I can donate to that may have some connection with aboriginal people.

When Lamarche was growing up in Timmins, she said she was aware that Indigenous people faced problems and realized the gravity of them when she heard about residential school burial sites.

“You really feel helpless when news like the horrific discoveries of residential schools were made and I thought art can heal,” Lamarche said.

Each painting costs a hundred and fifty dollars and every cent will go to the Timmins and Area Women in Crisis. Center officials said the donations help cover costs that government funding will not cover.

“For example, if a woman needs to leave the province and tries to return to her home province, such as Alberta, victim services can only pay in the province. Therefore, when she gets to Thunder Bay, there is no money to get her out of that province. so that we can help provide that additional support. Explained Julie Nobert-DeMarchi, Executive Director of Timmins and Area Women in Crisis.

Lamarche, a retired periodontist, lives in Philadelphia. She said her favorite medium is an ancient one, which involves adding beeswax to oil.

The original works she gave to the museum are tangled, signed Lamarche and ready to be framed.


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