TOM donates calendars to local long-term care homes

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The Tom Thomson Art Gallery has donated its 2022 fundraising calendars to local long-term care homes to celebrate the success of its recent calendar campaign.

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Calendars have been donated to 19 long-term care homes in Gray and Bruce counties after more than $25,000 was raised through the campaign for exhibits and programming at the art gallery, it said. he said in a press release.

With the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic magnified for people living in seniors’ homes, the gallery distributed the calendars to local homes for staff to distribute to residents, it said in the statement.

The gallery has also invited residents of the houses to arrange a visit to visit the gallery and view the calendar artwork, which includes 13 paintings by Tom Thomson that are part of the gallery’s permanent collection.

Lee Manor resident Mary Ellen Robinson plans to accept the gallery’s offer and pay a visit to view the artwork, according to the statement.

Robinson remembers his mother having a painting by Tom Thomson hung in her brother’s house after his mother died, and she felt a strong connection to the works in the calendars, he said in the statement.

Calendars are still available for purchase at the gallery or online at www.owensound.ca/en/tomthomson.aspx

The gallery reopened to the public this week and operated Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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