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St. Lawrence College to observe Diamond Jubilee with exclusive exhibition of Royal Commemoratives


Brockville, ON – An exhibition of Royal Commemoratives to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will go on display in the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at St. Lawrence College's Brockville campus from May 4 to June 2, 2012.

The exhibition of Royal Commemoratives will explore significant milestones of the Monarchy, from the reign of HM Queen Victoria to the recent marriage of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The exhibition includes beautiful limited edition ceramics, autographed photographs, official Royal event programs, personal correspondence, as well as apparel and other unusual items of interest once belonging to or related to members of the Royal Family.

The Royal Commemoratives in this exhibit are from the private collection of Brockville area residents Richard and Sarah Jane Dumbrille. It is the first time that Mr. and Mrs. Dumbrille have publically exhibited pieces from their commemorative collection.

Mrs. Dumbrille’s mother, Ruth Connell, and her great aunt, Lillian Connell, instilled in her an enthusiasm and passion for the Monarchy at a very young age. "I remember, as a child, sitting on my great aunt’s lap and looking at pictures with her of the Royal Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret," said Sarah Jane Dumbrille. "Likewise, I was also inspired by my mother, Ruth Connell, who following the wedding of Princess Elizabeth in 1947 helped me make a scrapbook at the kitchen table of all the newspaper and magazine articles I had collected on the Royal wedding."

The exhibit of Royal Commemoratives runs from May 4 to June 2, 2012 and is scheduled to coincide with Ruth Connell: Life’s Journey with Flowers, an exhibition of oil paintings by Sarah Jane Dumbrille’s late mother at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at St. Lawrence College.

Admission to both the Royal Commemoratives exhibit and Ruth Connell: Life’s Journey with Flowers exhibit is free.


About the Gallery
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College and is a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area. Creation of the gallery was made possible by the generous bequest from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Art program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence Foundation.

About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Denise Corcoran
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St. Lawrence College
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