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In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Bowling > Fun(d)raiser for NAC / Thurs 1 June
  2. NUTS II: A New Bag / Sheldon Rooney / Fri 26 May 5:30PM
  3. DRONE DAY at NAC / Sat 27 May 6PM
  4. Pile On by Steve Debruyn in the Show Room Gallery at NAC
  5. This Week at The Film House
  6. On display at The Film House
  7. NEW and IMPROVED Gallery hours!


Thurs 1 June 7pm-9pm
Get shoed at 6:45!
Fairview Lanes / Fairview Mall

     Strikes and gutters, 
     ups and downs, 
     the Dude abides

It’s ten pin (the one with the holes in the balls)

Enter a team of five (save $25) or come on your own and we’ll gang you up.

There will be PRIZES and TROPHIES — the kind of stuff you put on the mantle and people come over and say what the heck is that? 

Sign-up in advance at NAC or email Tina at

You can also sign up the night of by coming by the lanes!

$25 per bowler or groups of 5 for $100
>> includes shoes! <<


Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
On dispay from 19 May – 2 June 2017

RECEPTION: Friday 26 May 5:30PM-8:30PM

“Nuts Two? I’ve never even heard of Nuts One! What’s your name? Never heard of ya.”

My name is Sheldon Rooney. Nice to meet you. Again, for the first time, perhaps. It’s been awhile. I’ll explain:

“Nuts: Another Mixed Bag” was a 2009 art show of mine at the forever revered CRAM Art Gallery here in St.Kitts. Tobey C. Anderson, Owner. I was welcomed into Tobey’s world after my first show “Private People” at the Niagara Artists Centre. He became my mentor and friend and we spent a lot of good times together. He’d let me crash on the couch and I’d dig him a koi pond. He’d give me endless encouragement and I’d help him pack a container to be shipped to artists in Cuba. He is now a beautiful memory and his art will live on. Tobe. We went to a Gentlemans Club once and you fell asleep. Watching your peacefully deep face that night as I swatted away the strippers I felt I had found family. Rest well. This show is dedicated to you.

It’s been six years since my last solo show. In that time I became a father to my son, Declan. I kept creating work but I had left the scene. My boy is a little man now and already a talented, and passionate art enthusiast. I want to show him what’s possible. Bring work out to the public and see what happens. Maybe make a couple bucks. Good stuff for young eyes to see in times like these, am I right?

This show is a celebration of perserverance through custody battle pain, depression, and fear. Everything we feel when things get heavy. I cope in colour. “Heavy Metal loud” colour as Tobey once described my work. Tears have fallen on this work but joy and love (Sara! Declan!) has raised it to the walls of the never dull, always delivering Niagara Artists Centre.

It’s crazy! It’s a New Bag! Of Nuts! Something for everyone young and old!! Won’t you come get Nuts with me?

Hope you have a chance to come and see the work and join me for a cheers on Friday 26 May from 5:30-8:30 at NAC.

-Sheldon Rooney


))))))))) S A T U R D A Y   2 7   M A Y   6 P M (((((((((((

Pile On > Steve deBruyn

Showroom Gallery at NAC
On display until Saturday 22 July

>> READ THE REVIEW by NAC Member Bart Gazzola here

The Niagara Artists Centre presents an installation of painted wooden sculptures by Steve deBruyn.

Working at a lumber yard—and busy constructing a backyard deck when called to discuss his upcoming exhibit—deBruyn’s work responds to the common discarded construction materials he reuses to build his sculptures, echoes of the skateboard culture he was once very much a part of, and his own sensibilities about the narrowness of our perceptions of what is beautiful in our living spaces and built surroundings.

deBruyn studied at both the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and Fanshawe College in his native London, ON. Self-effacing about his art work despite having exhibited across the country, his objective is only to have audiences reconsider the environments that we spend our lives in and possibilities for greater aesthetic pleasure from them.

He will be at NAC all of this week building his sculptures with the help of NAC volunteers. A reception for his exhibit will be held on Friday 12 May at 7PM. The artist will be in attendance. PILE ON will be on display at NAC until 22 June.


Canada 2016. Directed by John Bolton. 102 min. NR

TONIGHT! Wed 24 May 8pm, Sat 27 May 9:30pm

A one-of-a-kind film, about a one-of-a-kind album, about a one-of-a-kind stunt, all three of which could only happen in Canada. It blurs the lines between pathos & kitsch, and dignity & absurdity, through a barrage of original interviews, archival footage, dramatic recreations and musical numbers. It celebrates the beauty and the terror of making a living as a composer and as a stuntman. It’s for highbrow fans of the contemporary avant-garde and lowbrow fans of 1970s Canadian hoser-dom. (Think: Errol Morris & Philip Glass meet Super Dave Osborne.)


India, France, Germany, USA, Canada 2014. Directed by Ritesh Batra. 104 min. G

Middle class housewife Ila is trying to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. – This film is subtitled


UK, USA 2016. Directed by Colm McCarthy. 111 min. 14A

Fri 12 May 9:30PM, Fri 19 May 9:30PM, Wed 25 May 8PM, Fri 26 May 9:30PM, Mon 29 May 8PM


In the future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into a thoughtless, flesh-eating monster. When a scientist and a teacher find a girl who seems to be immune to the fungus, they all begin a journey to save humanity



Canada 2016. Directed by Ann Marie Fleming. 89 min. G

Sat 13 May 4PM, Sat 20 May 4PM, Sat 27 May 4PM


It’s about love (it’s always about love…) – love of family, poetry, history, culture. Here’s the story: Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself.


USA 1970. Directed by John Waters. 91 min. R

Sun May 28, 7pm, Sat Jun 10 9pm

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. ** Please note that this film is rated R for mature content.This film is loaded with outrageous satire, gratuitous ‘filth’ and countless moments of ‘blasphemy.’

Leading the Way:
Pioneering Women of St. Catharines
On display in The Film House Lobby

Presented by the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre on display until Spring 2018

Less than 100 years ago, more than half of the Canadian population was unable to vote in either provincial or federal elections due to their gender, their ethnic background or in some cases, both.

April 12, 2017 marks 100 years since women in Ontario were granted the right to vote in provincial elections. Ontario followed in thefootsteps of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, where women were granted the vote in provincial elections a year earlier. Women’s right to vote in federal elections followed in 1918.

To mark these important anniversaries, theSt. Catharines Museum sought out stories of remarkable local women and their pioneering work in our City over the last century. This exhibition highlights just a few of these women and their accomplishments.


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