The Public Art Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a mission to promote the appreciation for and support the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County; with our doors closed and our programs cancelled we are already seeing the effects. If you are in a position to do so, you can help to support STEPAC the following ways, every bit helps!
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In 2019, the Public Art Centre celebrated its' 50th Anniversary, our successes have been put on hold for awhile. Our Redtail Cocktail Party and Silent Auction has been postponed and we will be working with Redtail to bring you the safest way for us to get together. Thank you to our sponsors for their ongoing support!
Director's Statement Public art galleries have a responsibility to present exhibitions that delight and inspire the viewer, and exhibitions that challenge the viewer to disrupt their comfort, toques-tion and re-evaluate their assumptions. Some exhibitions can be appreciated on a purely visual level, where others force a sense of self awareness or community con-sciousness. Enduring Women: Veils of Secrecy is an example of the latter. Violence against anyone, whether it be a woman, man or child, is a troubling thought. What is worse is the reality of the statistics.
CASO St. Thomas, ON
Walter Redinger is in a place that seems ever so slightly beyond a normal existence. He lives in a place that is abundantly spiritual yet grounded in earthly affects. From this chair, this special place, arm leaning on cane, he seems everywhere. He observes and records the inhabitants of his ongoing Garden Party series. He marks and tears and patches his 'visions' of beauty and wildness into a multitude of bulging workbooks. He orchestrates the ongoing evolution of a room that is slowly but magnificently evolving into an ultimate auto-biographical statement; a container of explosive gesture and movement abbreviated by areas of peace and total self-assurance. It is a dramatic and collective documentation of everything past and present filtered essentially into a black and white surround experience that is awe-inspiring and primal in its passion and scope. Compulsively and within minutes he moves from a last minute alteration of a sketch-book drawing to analyzing a 3 x 4 foot freshly emerged multi-colour image from a state of the art commercial printer. More images here...
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