Capturing Our Collective Memories
November 12-December 22, 2022
Art is an essential tool in learning about history. Paintings, drawings, and photographs communicate a wealth of information about historical events and periods. Art reflects society and culture and assists in digging deeper into communicating ideas, emotions, and knowledge from past generations. It is a source of any society's collective memory and a visual record of history that can tell a story to anyone regardless of the language they speak. The artworks in this exhibition are on long-term loan from the Elgin County Museum to better provide storage in the Art Centre's permanent collection and to allow for increased potential for exhibiting the works to the communities of St. Thomas-Elgin.
November 12 to December 22, 2022
The Public Art Centre is pleased to present the third annual Miniature Show and Sale. You will find over 200 amazing miniature works of art in many different mediums and styles. Looking for a special gift or something for yourself, this exhibition has something for everyone. #supportlocalartists
January 14 to February 18, 2023
Closing Reception February 18 1-3pm
"In the past, I believed that there were separate and definitive paths for my art and spiritual practice, however the study of both areas was just the beginning of a simultaneous journey. It is the weaving and crossing of these two paths in my life that compliment and infuse a continuous search within, to viscerally express the metaphysical within my art and at the same time my response to my exterior environment. It is the search for the essence of the familiar and semblance of a time, place or thing which is not in any defined order. Further, the materials that I use in my art practice come to me as a mechanism for purpose which may have some kind of resolution, but in the end is an expression of my inner being." Kim Wilkie
Image: Kim Wilkie, Soft Picasso 2021
The Dresses My Daughter Never Wore
February 25 to April 8, 2023
Gallery One and Two
This body of work developed over a dozen years beginning and ending with self-portraits. Paint based images evolved into still life objects such as feathers, eggs and shorelines fragments that have been my mainstay. Then dresses I had worn as an infant were given to me by my mother. I failed to have children, so my daughter never wore them. Eventually I decided to include them in the paintings as still life objects. My earlier work was highly illusionistic but with this series the images lack specificity, as soft-focus sabotaging some of the detail making some passages almost abstract. They are meditative paintings that draw tthe viewer in for contemplation, asking questions in one image and seeking answers in another. Rosemary Sloot
Selections from the Permanent Collection
In Memory of Eric Atkinson (1928-2022)
February 25 to April 8, 2023
Eric Atkinson was an influential Canadian abstract landscape painter and art educator. He studied at West Hartlepool College of Art, under Harry Thubron, 1943–7, and from 1950 to 1955 studied the Royal Academy Schools, under Henry Rushbury.
After teaching at Leeds College of Art, 1964–9, he moved to Canada, settling in London, Ontario, where he was the Dean in the faculty of applied arts at Fanshawe College in London from 1972–82 then held the position of Professor until he retired in 1994 to concentrate on his artistic pursuits full-time.
Eric believed that his artworks were “records of journeys through the landscape … and explorations into the existence of possible bridges between the physical structure of man and his empathy for the environment”.
Eric Atkinson introduced generations of students, artists, culture workers, and collectors to the influences of European art and design and
we are honoured to display the collection’s holding of his artwork. These works span over 30 years and demonstrate his passion for creating.
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 2000 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.
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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.
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 by mail to:
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, ON. N5P 1B5
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