Exhibits 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 third 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.

Current: The Art of Resilience, 2021 Annual Juried Exhibit

This Just In Exhibit

On View: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 to Friday, Mar. 18, 2022

Third Floor, City Hall, 50 Church St.

Virtual Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.
Reception livestream presented at: www.stcatharines.ca/youtube

Artists were asked to share their insights and expressions of how the community has come together, demonstrated resiliency and adapted through a year of change and challenge as a result of COVID-19.

Participating artists: Emily Au, Rhiannon Barry, Stephanie Campbell, Taylor Elliott, Floyd Elzinga, Alexa Fraser, Lynne Gaetz, Tom Grantis, Ariadni Harper, Stephanie Iannacchino, Rae Kelly, Chris Liszak, Shelley Locke, Kathy McBride, Shara McLaren, and Audrey Parker.

Because of COVID restrictions, access to City Hall to view the exhibit may be impacted. Please visit our website (linked below) for the most up-to-date details. 

Appointments for In-Person Viewing
Please click here to visit the City Hall Appointment Booking Site.
Select: Exhibit Viewing: The Art of Resilience from the drop-down menu.
Please note that visitors age 12+ require proof of vaccination and ages 5+ must wear masks. One person/appointment. Appointments are for 15 minutes per booking. Please access City Hall from James St entrance. 

 St. Catharines City Hall, Citizens First, Second Floor


Abstract City Hall, currently on display at City Hall on the second floor, was created during a Willow Arts Community Workshop which was delivered by instructor Mark Roe -- Artist and member of Willow Arts Community. 

Willow Arts Community is a not-for-profit arts organization that supports the creative goals of aspiring, emerging, and established artists with lived experience  of mental health/addictions.  


Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, at this time, this piece is only available for viewing to those with an appointment with Citizens First. 

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Currently Closed to the Public

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

For More Information

Contact Cultural Services Staff:

email: culture@stcatharines.ca

call: 905.688.5601 x 5232


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