Art Me Up exhibit Comes to City Hall
An exhibit of original artwork by Expressions Art Collective, Art Me Up Goes to City Hall features 17 artists whose creations emerged in the face of significant life challenges. The original Art Me Up exhibition “A sight for more eyes” was first displayed at the Niagara Artists Centre with 81 pieces of art by 44 visual artists and 10 musicians in February 2016. The exhibition at City Hall was inspired by Mayor Walter Sendzik’s Compassionate City program which seeks to establish a city of dignity, respect and opportunity for everyone and is a partnership with Start Me Up Niagara.;
“I’m excited to bring more public art and culture to City Hall, especially with the Art Me Up exhibition which shows the diversity of talent and creativity in St. Catharines. City Hall really belongs to the community and I want everyone to feel welcome, supported and represented in our city – that is what a compassionate city is about,” stated Mayor Sendzik.
Sponsored by Canadian Tire Financial Services and Walker Environmental Group, Art Me Up Goes to City Hall will open on Wednesday, May 25 at 4 pm on the third floor of City Hall by Mayor Sendzik, Start Me Up Niagara and several of the artists will be in attendance. The exhibit will run until November, 2016. Additional work from February’s Art Me Up exhibition “A sight for more eyes” will be on display at the Fine Grind Café at 37 James St. from May 25 to June 25, 2016.
“Art Me Up changed my perception of community building, community events and the community as a whole and I’m proud to see the exhibition come to City Hall,” said curator Aaron Wagner of Start Me Up Niagara.
With support from the Public Art Advisory Committee, the City of St. Catharines provides rotating exhibits at City Hall to make art accessible, honour our cultural heritage and artistic diversity, and promote civic identity. The City’s Cultural Services office welcomes the opportunity to showcase exhibitions from community organizations and local artists.
For more information on the Public Art Committee or City Hall Exhibit Program visit www.stcatharines.ca/publicart.