An exhibit space on the third floor of City Hall showcases original art, historic photos and cultural treasures that reflect St. Catharines' stories, creative self-expression, experiences and perspectives. Each year, three to four new exhibits will be displayed on a rotating basis. These exhibits are co-ordinated by the City's Cultural Services office with support from the Public Art Advisory Committee.
An exhibit of original artwork by Expressions Art Collective featuring 17 artists whose creations emerged in the face of significant life challenges.
Artists Include: Julian Anderson, Jenn Bazeley, Kathy Black, Krysie Brant, TJ Brauweiler, Benita Collini, Jane Cousins, Barb Dueck, Daniel Gold, Fabiola Hernandez, Veronika King, Bob MacDonald, Craig Maclean, Jenn Ralph, Donna-Lynn Roulston, Cathy Sisler, Loriann Smith and Floor Waters.
The original Art Me Up exhibition "A sight for more eyes" was first displayed at the Niagara Artists Centre with 81 pieces of art by 44 visual artists and 10 musicians in February 2016. The exhibition at City Hall was inspired by Mayor Walter Sendzik's Compassionate City project which seeks to establish a city of dignity, respect and opportunity for everyone and is a partnership with Start Me Up Niagara.
Visit the Fine Grind Café on James Street from May 25 to June 25 to view more artwork from the ArtMeUp exhibit.
Expressions Art Collective is supported by the Niagara Region's Niagara Prosperity Initiative.
Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 to commemorate Canada's centennial year. The original park included commemorative plaques representing the 12 provinces and territories of the time. These plaques were installed on a concrete wall that surrounds the Totem Pole created by Kwa' Waka' Wak artist Doug Cranmer. The original plaques disappeared years ago but distinct blank rectangles remain.
In 2011 the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) was contacted by a resident suggesting that these spaces could provide an opportunity for a public art project. The Committee worked with the Niagara Artists Centre to create the first poster exhibit in the summer of 2012. The result was vibrant contemporary art posters designed by local artists in an exhibit titled Emblemata.
This exhibit of historic photos celebrates the vibrant history of the former Town of Merritton, now a neighbourhood within St. Catharines.
"No matter how far they may wander, no matter how high up the ladder of success they climb, there is still no place like home." Hugh J. Main, former owner of Main Drug Store, from the book Merritton Centennial 1874-1974