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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

Kitsch 4 Canada Exhibition

May 1 to November 4, 2017

As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation, a swelling wave of souvenirs are set to break on the Canadian consciousness. Often presented as works of art, the souvenir is one of the boldest emblems of kitsch: mass-produced, low-brow and often cheesy, the classic souvenir merges our understanding of history and place with personal sentimentality.

Nine local artists unpack the souvenir through art.  Or is it kitsch?

Participating Artists: Kim Bell, Irma Bull, Alexa Fraser, Wes Frost, Ariadni Harper, Jenn Judson, Katie Mazi, Sandy Middleton, and Joanne Ring.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

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

Current Exhibit in the Film House Gallery

Leading the Way: Pioneering Women of St. Catharines

Spring 2017 to Spring 2018

Originally displayed at the St. Catharines Museum, Leading the Way profiles some of the remarkable women who have called St. Catharines home over the last 150 years and highlights the important contributions women have made in our City's history.

Exhibit presented with the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

Current Exhibit in the Joy Williams LobbyOn the Down Beat | Seventy Years of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

April 24, 2017 to May 20, 2018

An exhibit of photographs and materials, On the Down Beat celebrates the 70-year history of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, from a community ensemble to a fully professional regional orchestra. This local display is part of a larger project to document the NSO's history in a comprehensive digital exhibit on the Virtual Museum of Canada's website.

Exhibit presented with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

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


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