Arts Place Gallery

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New Exhibition: February 23 – April 3

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Mary Unrau, Paintings

Reception: Sunday, March 4, 2 – 4 pm

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Mary studied theatrical stagecraft and design at Niagara College, which led her to staff positions as a theatrical scenic artist at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. In Toronto, Mary attended the Toronto School of Art and the Ontario College of Art and concentrated her studies on anatomy and the human figure. As an entrepreneurial artist, Mary served the theatrical market with contracts throughout Canada, the United States, the Far East and Europe. With over 600 productions to her credit, Mary branched out into fine art and a holistic lifestyle. Her passion is nature, nutritional healing foods, yoga, Reiki, and Indigenous healing circles. Mary is currently residing in Port Colborne, Ontario. One of her dreams is to drive coast to coast of Canada and paint the magnificent scenes, then eventually choose a place to build an artist’s wilderness retreat centre, on a lake, with a forest.

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March Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12n – 4pm


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February 24, 2018 at 6:14 pm

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“Poetry, Music & Art”, February 25

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We are especially pleased to present a “Poetry, Music & Art” event on Sunday, February 25 from 2 – 4 pm.

Poetry, Music & Art will be a rare opportunity and unique afternoon to enjoy.  The presentation will consist of four experienced poetry writers who will read their poetry with musical interludes; simply a delightful event and a presentation that is not to be missed.

The scheduled program will be poetry reading by Mori McRae.  Mori is a Fine Arts Graduate of the Ontario College of Art: Drawing and Painting, 1982-1986. She has lived and worked in Niagara for the past 27 years, developing strong ties to the region and the artistic community. She is a member of the Niagara Artist Centre, a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery and a member of the Canadian Authors Association.    She began writing poetry late in life. Her debut chapbook titled Shelf Life was launched in 2017. She is currently working on a new collection of poetry called Passersby which will be released this April, at In the Soil, in downtown St. Catharines. Both chapbooks are published by Grey Borders Books.

Following Mori’s readings, James Millhaven will read his work.  James was born in St. Catharines in 1987. His published works include three chapbooks–Edges, As Well, and Thirty–and a new and selected collection–new & used–published in 2017. In 2015, he wrote and co-produced a one-act play (Untitled #33) as part of the In The Soil Festival.   He can usually be found downtown, avoiding his deadlines.

A brief intermission will take place before Poetry reading by Adam Richards, who began writing poetry at the age of 13.  He stopped soon after, and started again when he realized that girls like it.  Since then, he’s earned a B.A. in French Language and Literature, an M.A. in Comparative Literature and the Arts, and is presently enjoying a peaceful lull before completing his Ph.D. in Digital Humanities, investigating the power of the word to shape human perception.  He’ll be reading from “Andrea’s Book of Love”, the single edition of which belongs to her, and which he presents, with her permission, as proof that poetry really does get the girl.

Finally, our Gallery Coordinator and host, Joyce Honsberger, will read from her poems, “The Interiors of Intimacy”.  Joyce is a  graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Toronto and a member of the S.S.C and S.C.A., has exhibited extensively and is well known for her space sculpture.  Her Windpoppy Studio is located adjacent to Arts Place Gallery which she founded & has been the coordinator since 1991.  Joyce is also a member of the Jordan Art Gallery.   Joyce is currently focusing on writing & has compiled 39 theme booklets of her poetry musings . . . exploring the behind scenes of emotional content and the weaving of daily living bombarding the psyche.  Each musing is placed in a space on a companion page of colourful imagery.

The Gallery is especially pleased to be able to have musical interludes provided by Mary Lou Minor.  Mary Lou is a Port Colborne-born singer-songwriter whose writing is eclectic, being influenced by her classical piano background, classic country, her brother’s jazz collection, and folk. Her stories tell of real emotions lived by real people.   While living north of Toronto she co-founded an acoustic roots band, Three Penny Opus, that took ‘Gold’ at Havelock’s Ontario Country Music Showdown and ‘Best Country’ at the Barrie New Music Fest in 2009.   Moving back to Niagara, she was nominated for ‘Country Group of the Year‘ and ‘Folk Group of the Year‘ at the Niagara Music Awards, 2012, and ‘Country Group of the Year‘ in 2013. Minor was a finalist in the Ontario Arts Council’s ‘Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award’ in 2015 and again in 2016.

The Gallery is both very honoured and appreciative to have these creative professionals take the time to share their passions in this venue.  We hope you can attend this occasion.

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February 21, 2018 at 8:47 pm

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New Exhibition: Sparkling Stars

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apg dec 2017

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October 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

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Divino Mucciante, Fine Art Photography

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New exhibition September 22 – October 29, 2017

Opening Reception Sunday, September 24, 2 – 4pm

Gallery Hours:  Thursday – Sunday, 12n – 4:30pm

Divino Mucciante began his training as a professional photographer in 1970, spending several years working for some of the finest photographers in Canada and gaining experience in portrait, wedding, advertising, commercial and corporate photography. As a result, he earned several prestigious first-place awards as a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) and more than a dozen of his award-winning prints were part of a PPOC display that toured Canada. His prints are now in the National Archives of Canada permanent collection.

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He retired in 2008, after 32 years as Brock University’s official photographer. During his university career he has photographed such personalities as James Cameron, Anne Murray, Barbara Frum and the Royal Canadian Air Farce, as well as politicians, philanthropists, Supreme Court judges and many community business leaders. He was also responsible for photographing major publication projects, such as the university annual reports, recruitment books, posters, pamphlets, brochures and official portraits of chancellors and presidents. Divino captured the laughter, joy and tears, the triumph and relief of every convocation ceremony. The science faculty especially provided a challenge wanting photographs of specimens and experiment setups.

Divino now focuses on Fine Art Photography, ranging from Abstract and Surreal to Portraits and Landscapes. He produces his limited edition prints on Giclee canvas and art paper with archival matting and custom framing. Divino and his wife Anna, with their two sons, live in rural Fenwick, where he often finds choice subjects and scenes for some of his landscapes images.

Divino sums up his inspiration with photography in these words: “The camera has been my passport to many events and ceremonies, in meeting interesting people and it has taught me to see and appreciate all that is around me, it has given me such a rewarding life.”

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September 18, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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New Exhibition: Tim Francis

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August 4 – September 17

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Meet Tim at Arts Place, Saturday, August 12, 12n – 4:30p

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August 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm

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Bravo for 25 Anniversary Exhibition

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“Bravo for 25” is a collection of work of the founding members of the Gallery, together with past and present members of Arts Place celebrating the Gallery’s 25th Anniversary.  The display of artwork by notable artists will span the Gallery’s entire history to present day and the exhibition is on through July 30th.

To provide a brief history, it was in March 1992, eleven area artists took a leap of faith and opened Arts Place Gallery, a contemporary fine arts and crafts collective for the promotion of the arts and a window to their studios, at its present location, 714 King St., Port Colborne.  Arts Place Gallery’s mandate provides ongoing exhibition space for its members and monthly solo exhibitions of area artists in all genres.  Cultural excellence over the years has provided support for developing artists and various community initiatives such as workshops, musical and visual events and awards for continuing art education, while encouraging the appreciation and understanding for the art experience.

We cordially invite you to join the artists, loyal volunteers, friends and patrons to commemorate the anniversary of one of the creatively committed cultural institutions of Port Colborne.  Please visit us on Sunday, July 9th,  2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Gallery, 714 King Street, Port Colborne, and celebrate with those who have helped make the Arts Place Gallery experience possible for the past 25 years by generously supporting its programs, exhibits and the artists. Refreshments and cake will be provided and your presence would be much appreciated.

Gallery Hours:  12n – 4:30pm, Thursday through Sunday.

Below:  Installing the exhibition.  Tim Francis, Diana Hinman, Jane Marshall, Joyce Honsberger, Derek Richards (Doug Carter not shown)

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June 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm

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