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Exhibits

Exhibit space at City Hall, 3rd FloorExhibits in public spaces provide the community an opportunity to experience original art, historic photos, or cultural treasures that reflect St. Catharines' stories, creative self-expression, experiences, and perspectives.

Each year, exhibits are displayed on a rotating basis on the 3rd floor of City Hall, in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Centennial Gardens. These exhibits are co-ordinated by the City's Cultural Services office with support from the Public Art Advisory Committee.

St. Catharines City Hall

An exhibit space on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, outside Council Chambers displays two to four exhibits each year including the City of St. Catharines Annual Juried Exhibition.

Current Exhibit

Josh Silburt, St. Catharines 1937: A Snapshot in Caricature

Dec. 2016 - April 2017

An exhibit of political cartoons by artist Josh Silburt, Josh Silburt, St. Catharines 1937: A Snapshot in Caricature features work produced while he was the staff cartoonist for the St. Catharines Standard.

Presented in partnership with the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is the home of spectacular performances and presentations, in Downtown. In addition to the four theatre spaces, the centre's open spaces are used to exhibit artwork for visitors to discover.


Current Exhibit in the Film House Gallery

George Zimbel: A Documentary Photographer's Vision

Oct. 2016 to Jan. 2017

An exhibit of works by photographer George S. Zimbel. George Zimbel: A Documentary Photographer's Vision is a small selection of Zimbel's seven-decade long career that produced works of immense significance. He has pursued his documentary photographic projects alongside commercial ones, photographing larger-than-life characters like Marilyn Monroe and, JFK and Jackie to street scenes that reveal the inner lives of the denizens who inhabit these spaces, Zimbel has established his art through a generous, expansive, and encompassing conception of the reality that surrounds him.

This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Niagara Artist Centre. Artwork framing provided by Artscapes Gallery.

Next Exhibit: Leading the Way: Pioneering Women of St. Catharines presented in partnership with the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.


Current Exhibit in the Partridge Hall Upper Lobby

Views of Downtown St. Catharines by Sandy Fairbairn
Nov. 2015 to April 2017

This exhibit of photographs was selected from an ongoing body of work exploring vernacular architecture and signage throughout the old, downtown cores of the Niagara region. Fairbairn has been photographing these sites at various times of day and year for decades.

Centennial Gardens

When Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 it included commemorative plaques representing the 12 provinces and territories of the time. These plaques were installed on a concrete wall that surrounds the Doug Cranmer Totem Pole. The original plaques disappeared years ago but distinct blank rectangles remain. These spaces now provide an opportunity for public art exhibits.

Current Exhibit

Merritton logo

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

 

An exhibit of political cartoons by artist Josh Silburt, produced while he was the staff cartoonist for the St. Catharines Standard.

 

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