Carl Beam - ExhibitExhibits

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 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 


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.  

2019 Annual Juired Exhibit: Transformations 


“Transformations” investigates the positive and negative transitions and transformations that shape human beings and the world.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Emily Andrews, Yvonne Benyo, Irma Bull,  Danny Custodio,  Renu D’Cunha, Sandy Fairbairn,  Janny Fraser,  

Janet Ingrao,  Arnold McBay,  Colleen McTigue, Lauren Regier,  Kaitlyn Roberts,  Jon Shaw,  Bruce Thompson,  Kim Van Stygeren, 

 Art Weaver and, Jan Yates


FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

People and Places  

On Display: August 23 to TBD 


Carl Beam: Us and Everything 

Exhibition | Carl Beam: Us and Everything

January 11, 2019 to December 18, 2019 

An exhibit of works by contemporary Indigenous artist Carl Beam.


Carl Beam (Ojibwe, 1943 – 2005), is one of the most important artists in Canadian Contemporary Art History, noted as the first Canadian of Native Ancestry to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as Contemporary Art.

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

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call: 905 6885601 x 5244


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