Now more than ever, art can help lift our spirits and support our well-being. Stay connected with the Public Art Centre at home with our online activities, exhibitions and explore your local artists. Visit our Access to Art online art education page for great programs and activities.
Annual Juried Exhibition
September 11 to October 9, 2021
Gallery One and Two
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to present, “In View of the Artist”, an annual juried exhibition featuring local and regional artists. This exhibition highlights works of art that celebrates the artist behind the work, what the artists sees and creates, “in their view”, real or imagined. This year over 21 artists have been selected for the exhibition. Artwork ranging in subject matter, mediums and techniques will be on display until October 9th.
September 11 to October 9, 2021
Cathy Horvath Buchanan
Jane Atkinson White
Alice Price Vermeulen
The St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to present, Collective Chemistry, a group exhibition featuring four local artists working with various media such as painting and collage. Focusing on their most recent works, the exhibition runs from September 11 to October 9, 2021 and will explore the relationship between the forms, themes, and techniques of this diverse range of contemporary artists.
Jane Atkinson White is a portrait artist creating colourful, representational works of art. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1983. After graduating, her focus was on painting. She became known for her large acrylic portraits and exhibited her work in numerous juried and solo art shows throughout Southwestern Ontario.Jane lives in Belmont, Ontario, with her husband and daughter. Her work is in private art collections throughout Ontario and the United States.
Alice Price-Vermeulen "I have always done art in some form or another. More recently, since relocating to St. Thomas, I have been exploring Mixed Media, using mediums to provide texture and certain affects in my paintings, whether oil or acrylic. As well, I have been exploring the medium of Collage, which is helpfully nurtured through the London group I belong to "Collage Collective''.
My style is my own and often I have a canvas or panel before me with no idea what I am about to paint, but it is a fascinating process of intuitive exploration that makes my work uniquely my own, and often a happy surprise! I love colour and some of my work is more colourful than others, but colour always weaves it's spirited way throughout my work." ~ Alice Price-Vermeulen
Cathy Horvath-Buchanan is a Canadian artist living in the charming town of Port Stanley, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie, along with her husband Shawn & dog Patches.
The art she creates is the product of her years at art school, practical experimentation and quiet observation. Over time her art has evolved to become a unique amalgamation of colorful folk art as seen through the lens of a graphic, realistic style. Having started with landscape painting, she has been expanding her subject matter to encompass art themes suitable for licensing.
Cathy is always amazed how putting color to canvas can absorb and convey a lifetime spent looking. To her, a beautifully rendered colorful image is a joy to create and even more joyful to share. She takes great pride in creating artworks filled with bright happy colors to cheer your heart and home.
Annual Art Auction on display starting October 12, 2021
Ends Saturday November 6, 2021
Support the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre by participating in our Annual Art Auction. This year's selection of art works is better than ever with a mixture of returning and new artists. We encourage you to come and support the biggest fundraiser of the year for the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. You won't be disappointed! More details will follow...
Online bidding will be availiable.
November 13 to December 23, 2021
Gallery One & Two
Mary Donlan is a painter working in the abstract expressionist tradition with a collage aesthetic. Currently, she works with paper collage and painting. She is a resident of St. Thomas, Ontario.
My painting is rooted in the history of abstract art and I work from a collage aesthetic. I love abstract art and I am interested in how an artist develops a vocabulary. I use collage to address how we create – merging, synthesizing, layering material on material, pattern on pattern, fragment on fragment, building up an image. So that is my chosen process - layering. I see the process of layering, merging, changing, interweaving, and synthesizing as simulating the creative process.
I have evolved from an abstract expressionist into a conceptual/minimal artist. My paintings are artistic explorations of material. I use paper, acrylic skins, paint shards, and sometimes fabrics, to reference the surface of things, to convey a sense of fragility, vulnerability, and impermanence. Softness and strength. In recent years I have minimized colour and simplified my images. I use acrylic mediums and paints to create luminous surfaces, to embody positive, high energy, and resilience.
We are at one with nature in our frailty and mortality.
I have been very influenced by Canadian abstract painters - Les Automatistes, Ron Martin, Jack Bush, Paterson Ewen (with whom I studied at UWO), Ronald Bloore, and Painters Eleven, Cy Twombly, Rebecca Morris, Christopher Wool, and many other contemporary abstract artists. Recently I have become interested in Minimalism, in artists such as Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman. I also enjoy contemporary textile art.
Mary Donlan 2020.
Preservation : Caring for a Collection
November 21 to December 19, 2020
Gallery One and Two
In over 50 years of its existence the St. Thomas-Elgin Public art Centre has amassed one of the most significant collections of local and regional artworks of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs. From the beginning with the purchase of Clark McDougall’s, Talbot Street 1964, the collection has grown to more than 2000 works today.
During the lockdown brought on by the pandemic, the duty to protect our important collection has occurred behind the scenes. These works are vulnerable to pests, changes in temperature and exposure to light all of which demands constant vigilance. This preservation has been happening in large and small galleries and museums all around the world, in our own community and at the Public Art Centre.
Part of our commitment to preserving a community collection, Preservation : Caring for a Collection, Recent Acquisitions, will feature new works of art included in the permanent collection from 2019-20. The art works, all of which are donations, accentuate the continued importance of collectors and the preservation, in the development of the permanent collection.
Selections from the Permanent Collection
August 7 to September 4, 2021
This project will bring historic and contemporary artwork from the Art Centre permanent collection to our beautiful local trails and Elevated Park through the installation of attractive signs that feature high quality reproductions of many of our landmark paintings. The “Art, Trees & Trails” project has been generously funded with $115,000 by the Estate of Donna Vera Evans Bushell.
This exhibition will let you preview the original artworks that will be produced as the reproductions through out the trails. For more information and trial maps see here...
Merle "Ting" Tingley was born in Montreal in 1921 and is recognized as one of southwestern Ontario’s most influential cartoonists. He joined the Army Signals Corps in 1942, and in 1943 became staff cartoonist for The Khaki, the Canadian army’s official bilingual magazine.
In 1947 he bought a used motorcycle and toured the country showing his portfolio to numerous editors, before, out of desperation, he took a job retouching photographs at the London Free Press. Ting's fortunes improved when an editor on that paper noticed a cartoon Ting had drawn of the mayor during the municipal election. The editor was impressed with the drawing and Ting become the resident editorial cartoonist at the London Free Press until his retirement in 1986.
The Public Art Centre has more than 100 works by Ting in our permanent collection. These works document an extraordinary career and the political and societal events (locally, nationally and internationally) from the 1940’s to the 1990’s.
UNMASKED: Portraits from the Collection
August 15 to September 26, 2020
Drawing from a collection of over 1900 works of art, UNMASKED: Portraits from the Public Art Centre’s collection, features portrait works that explore how artists have chosen to portray themselves and their subjects. Created in all media, from plaster sculpture to oil painting, the works in this exhibition can inspire ourselves to see others with empathy and understanding.
As we are confronted each day with mandatory mask regulations and social distancing rules many find it difficult to connect with others. So, we think this is an opportune time to reassess the significance of self-portraiture and portrait art in relation to our current time in history.
The exhibition contains examples of self-portraits, with Dorothy Stevens’, Untitled Self Portrait, c. 1940, that is rarely seen. It also includes works by Mackie Cryderman, Clark McDougall, Bob Bozak, Marion Long, Greg Curnoe, Kathleen Daly, Gerald Pedros, Robert Reginald Whale, Norval Morrisseau and many more.
UNMASKED is curated by Laura Woermke, curator and Sherri Howard, program director at the Public Art Centre. The exhibition will also include self directed educational prompts to further develop your experience and exploration into the world of portraits.
With an evolving collection of more than 1900 works of art, we invite art lovers to browse our online exhibitions. Many of the selected works are by artists that have been featured in our exhibitions and some works have never been seen yet.
Visit online exhibitions
Thank you for your interest in the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre’s Miniature Show and Sale.
This exhibition will be held in Gallery THREE from November 13 to December 23, 2021.
Artworks must meet the following criteria:
Framed artwork ready to hang must not exceed 64 square inches (example Length x width = area e.g. 8 inches x 8 inches = 64 inches
Artworks volume no larger than 640 cubic inches
(i.e. length x width x height = volume: 8 inches x 10 inches x 8 inches = 640 cubic inches)
· All artworks must be original and made by the applicant: no craft kits, items purchased and assembled, imported crafts or items made by someone other than the applicant will be accepted
· Created in the past 12 months
· Up to a maximum of 5 artworks will be accepted
· All artwork must be ready to hang and/or display, 2D artwork must have hanging hardware and/or picture hanging wire securely attached
· All artwork is required to be for sale
· Entry fee of $20 per artist (1-5 works of art)
DEADLINE for submissions is Saturday October 30 at 4pm.
This is not a juried exhibition and all works will be accepted.
2021 Miniature Show and Sale
It is the mandate of STEPAC to advance knowledge and understanding of the visual arts within St. Thomas and Elgin County through exhibitions, acquisitions, lectures, public programs, education programs, traveling exhibitions, and adherence to standard museum practices. STEPAC seeks to present and facilitate a broad range of visual art practices and to reflect excellence through all aspects of its programs.
STEPAC’s exhibition program is invitational, and the also accepts exhibition proposals on an ongoing basis from artists and curators. The exhibitions are booked at least two years in advance.
In the event that the proposed artworks have not yet been produced, please provide a detailed description of the intent in addition to support material featuring past work.
The Art Centre is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions. Please do not submit original slides, artwork or master DVDs. If you want to have your support materials returned, you must include a self-addressed envelope with the required postage. Please remember to contact the Art Centre if you have a change of address and/or telephone number.
Please note, the Art Centre will only reply to proposals in which it is interested.
Submit applications to:
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, ON. N5P 1B5
Submission Guidelines for Artists and curators