BFGP Short Film Matinee

BFGP Short Film Matinee
Short Films by the Brock Film Group Productions
On display every Sunday until 9 December 2012

The Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) presents six short films by Brock Film Group Productions (BFGP) in our adapted Flea Market film theatre.  Members of the BFGP wrote, filmed, directed, produced and acted in these films which cover such genres as documentary, horror, drama, action, etc.

BFGP is a student run organization that encourages art through film and offers hands on experience to those who wish to make films. For more information about BFGP check out their website at

65-Point Plan for Sustainable Living & Other Works

65-Point Plan for Sustainable Living
and Other Works
 by Jeremy Drummond
Saturday 8 October – Saturday 7 December

Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Saturday 15 October at 3pm

65-Point Plan for Sustainable Living
In the summer of 2006, I embarked on a road trip across the majority of North America as a means of capturing source material for future projects. Upon returning home, I decided to archive this source material and shift my focus towards satellite and digital imaging technologies. Foregrounding virtual exploration as a form of contemporary experience; I became interested in this collapse of space and time as an extension of physical, yet peripheral experiences associated with older forms of mechanized travel – particularly, the automobile. Drawing connections between medieval urban design and contemporary gated communities, I also became interested in issues regarding environmental stability and false notions of safety within the context of globalization. In both content and process, I consider 65-Point Plan for Sustainable Living as an extension of my previous works and a point of departure for my expanding interests in landscape development, architectural environments, and relationships between technology and human perception.

65-Point Plan for Sustainable Living exists as a collection of sixty-five aerial images depicting every Canadian Province and US State. Each image portrays a single subdivision that has been digitally reconstructed into an enclosed geographical space – with no roads leading in or out. As an installation, these images are displayed to loosely reflect their original geographic and spatial relationship – functioning as a re-mapping of Canada and the USA. These images are printed as Lambda prints and are face and back-mounted to clear acrylic. As a multiple, these sixty-five images exist as a limited edition boxed-set of offset postcards.
— Jeremy Drummond

Jeremy Drummond is a Canadian artist currently living in Richmond, VA. In 1999 he received a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Western Ontario and in 2003, a MFA in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University. His work has been exhibited widely in festivals, galleries and museums throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry

Dennis Tourbin
The Language of Visual Poetry

A city-wide celebration of the
St. Catharines-born artist’s life and work

Presented by Rodman Hall Art Centre
in collaboration with Niagara Artists Centre
& CRAM International

Rodman Hall Art Centre
109 St. Paul Crescent |
29 September – 30 December 2012

Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street |
29 September – 30 December 2012

CRAM International
24 James Street, 2nd Floor |
5 October – 30 October 2012

Opening Reception: Friday 12 October 7-11 pm
Opening Remarks at Rodman Hall at 7:30 pm
Gallery crawl to CRAM International at 8:30 pm
Performance at Niagara Artists Centre at 9:30 pm

A pioneer of interdisciplinary practice in Canada, Dennis Tourbin produced a distinctive body of work integrating the written word with painting, drawing, video and performance. From the early 1970s until his death in 1998, Tourbin’s prescient work engaged with mass media, using mediated text and imagery in an exploration of language and meaning. Part documentarian and part storyteller, Tourbin employed the aesthetics of collage and a serial approach in the drawings and vivid paintings he called ‘visual poems.’ Tracing Tourbin’s practice from his first painting to his final print, this retrospective is the first comprehensive consideration of the artist’s oeuvre.

Anchored by Rodman Hall, the exhibition extends to Niagara Artists Centre and CRAM International in recognition of Tourbin’s contribution to the development of local artist run culture. This multi-venue exhibition has been curated by Marcie Bronson, with special thanks to Shirley Madill for her early support of the project. An illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Diana Nemiroff, Guy Lachapelle, and Judith Parker will be published in 2013.

Rodman Hall Art Centre is grateful for the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council. Niagara Artists Centre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of St. Catharines, and the Niagara Community Foundation. CRAM International is supported by the CRAM Collective, and Lisa Matheson and Frank Coy.
Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Dennis Tourbin (1946-1998) was a self-taught artist and writer. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and in Europe, and is held in major Canadian institutions. He published numerous books of poetry and novels including The Port Dalhousie Stories (Coach House Press, 1987), a chronicle of growing up in St. Catharines in the 1960s. A fervent arts activist, Tourbin played a vital role in artist-run culture in Ontario and was a founding member of Niagara Artists’ Cooperative (now Niagara Artists Centre) in St. Catharines.

Image: Dennis Tourbin with painted paddle from The Writing of Painting of Martha, A One Act Play, 1975. © The Estate of Dennis Tourbin, CARCC, 2012.

Limitations and other discontents

Limitations and other discontents
A three-channel video installation by Faye Mullen

Friday 8 July through Saturday 17 September
Special exhibit preview Friday 8 July at 8:00pm

On Hearing performed by the artist
Saturday 10 September at 8:00pm
With an artist’s talk and reception to follow

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Saving Tom Thomson

Saving Tom Thomson
By Liz Pead

Opening Reception Sunday 13 May at 12nn
On display every Sunday until 29 July 2012

The Niagara Artists Centre presents Saving Tom Thomson, a cross-discipline installation by Liz Pead on exhibit at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery booth.  Liz creates large mosaic wall hangings, sculpture, and video using heavily used and discarded hockey equipment.

Liz’s work addresses a relationship between two of Canada’s predominant signifiers of identity; the landscape and ice hockey. In her process she mimics landscapes similar to those of Canadian painter Tom Thomson. Liz’s work acts as an ode to the life and death of Thomson. Similarly, by recycling old hockey equipment, she adds a layer of nostalgia and satisfies her inner environmentalist.

As part of her installation, Liz has made a canoe and paddle fashioned out of old goalie pads and a broken goalie stick. We encourage visitors to take part in the exhibit by posing in the canoe, taking a photograph, and uploading it to NAC’s Facebook page at,

About the Artist
Liz Pead graduated in 2007 from OCAD as the Medal Winner in Drawing and Painting. Liz lives in Toronto with her husband and is a hockey mom; twice. Her studio is located in the Queen Street West Art + Design district. Her work has received the attention of the Toronto Star and The New York Times.


Alicia Eggert and Mike Fleming
Saturday  30 June – Friday 31 August
Reception Saturday 30 June 7pm

The Niagara Artists Centre presents Alicia Eggert and Mike Fleming’s Eternity, a time based installation in the Plate Glass Gallery.

Eternity consists of 30 electric clocks rear-mounted to a large sheet of white acrylic. During installation, the black hour and minute hands of the clocks are aligned to spell the word ‘eternity’, and the clocks are plugged in to a series of power strips on the floor. The hands begin to move when the switch on the last power strip is flipped, and the word almost immediately becomes a jumble of moving black lines. ‘Eternity’ does not reappear until the hour hands return to their original positions twelve hours later. And even then, it lasts a mere split second.

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Salvage Swell

Salvage Swell
Jarod Charzewski
Opening Reception Saturday 26 May at 7pm

It is our consumer culture that enables Salvage Swell to be produced. The structure takes the form of a wild mushroom and has a double meaning. The term mushroom is used in the English language to emphasize something growing rapidly in size and scope. This growth is parallel to our consumer culture and the many industries that feed it. The speed at which we consume and reproduce materials and goods has long been questionable in regards to our own survival. The materials obtained for this project were provided by Goodwill Industries and represent a small fraction of the unwanted discarded items that are unsold – and therefore labeled as salvage.

There is hope for us yet. Mushrooms are a fungi commonly growing on decaying logs and stumps on forest floors. By this logic, the mushroom portrayed in Salvage Swellbecomes a symbol for re-growth. The recycling industry is catching up to our consuming habits. The question of what to do with our discarded items is now more easily answered than ever before. Unwanted clothing is donated to nonprofit organization like Goodwill Industries and is resold. What does not get purchased, however, used to be deposited in landfill sites by the ton on a daily basis. More and more, these materials are being recycled. Denim is made into home insulation and clothing in general is being made into paper.  What’s more, it was very expensive to discard the unwanted clothing. Now, these many tons of clothing can be surprisingly profitable.

– from the artist’s statement

Four from Six: Four Artists from Six Nations

Tracey Anthony, Jay Carrier, Elliott Doxtater-Wynn,
& Brenda Mitten – Curated by Shelley Niro


Takin’ it to the Curb
An installation by Clinton Michael Lown
Plate Glass Gallery

Artist-talk and reception Saturday 28 April 3pm

The exhibition 4 from 6 Four Artists from Six Nations, features the photographs and paintings of Brenda Mitten, Tracey Anthony, Jay Carrier, and Elliott Graham Doxtater Wynn. Artist and curator Shelley Niro has gathered works by these artists which heighten contemporary perspectives emerging from ancestral knowledge and an oppressive social and political history, while seeking to assist in the formation of a positive cultural, social and political future.

Within this circular fabric of this dialogue, Elliott Graham Doxtater-Wynn layers dream-like visions as metaphysical interpretations of contemporary life. Jay Carrier challenges the misconceptions and stereotypes of Native America particularly surrounding the construct of the “urban Indian”. Brenda Mitten‘s photography records the community of Six Nations on an everyday basis. Tracey Anthony explores the visual narratives of archetypal heroes and anti-heroes in order to deconstruct cultural stereotypes.

The Artists in collaboration with the curator have worked to confront and transgress Aboriginal art expectations and have created a conversation that explores and scrutinizes cultural stereotypes related to nostalgic echoes of a more natural landscape and traditional community, visions and dream-states, contemporary and urban Indigenous personas, and the recent political tensions such as that surrounding the Six Nations land claims related to Caledonia and the Haldimand tract. The artists have used unconventional media, individual perspectives, and descriptive imagery to express a vision of both resistance and future possibilities.

  • Tracey Anthony is a visual artist of Iroquoian descent currently living on the Mississauga of the New Credit Reserve and holds a degree in drawing and painting from OCAD.
  • Jay Carrier is a visual artist born on Six Nations to Onondaga/Tuscarora parents, who is currently living in Niagara Falls, New York and holds a BFA from the University of Illinois.
  • Elliott Graham Doxtater-Wynn is a member of Six Nations and a visual artist living and working in Thunder Bay, ON, who holds a BFA from Lakehead University.
  • Brenda Mitten lives in Ohsweken, ON. She is a re-emerging documentary photographer and a member of the Bear Clan of Seneca Nation.
  • Curator Shelley Niro is an independent Curator, filmmaker, visual artist and member of the Mohawk Nation. She graduated from the OCAD with a Diploma of Fine Arts and holds an MFA from UWO.

The Bird is the Word

The Bird is the Word
derek beaulieu • Gregory Betts • bill bissett • Judith Copithorne • kevin mcpherson eckhoff • Marinko Jareb • Travis Kirton • Kelly Mark • Steve McCaffery • a.rawlings • Laurel Woodcock • Hallie Siegel & Matthew Donovan

On display from 9 March – 4 June 2011

Opening Reception Friday 11 March 7pm
Readings beginning at 8pm by
derek beaulieu, bill bissett & Honey Novick,
a.rawlings, and Steve McCaffery with Jeremy Lessard

Musical Performance by Gary Barwin

This exhibit explores the territory where language and visual art intersect through the work of writers and artists. This common (play)ground has been covered by Concrete Poets, Cubists, Dadaists, Futurists, and Surrealists among others. Expanding semantic expression beyond the conventional structures of language includes the exploration of typography as imagery and engages philosophy, semiotics, and political and social commentary. The Bird is the Word will feature poets and visual artists from across Canada delving into the conceptual, spatial, and material presence of the written word. It showcases a multiplicity of media and disciplines including video projection, onsite installation, collage, sculpture, and micrography.

This project is supported by the Grey Borders Reading Series
Laurel Woodcock gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council

Takin’ it to the Curb

Installation by Clinton Michael Lown
On display from 3 March – 9 June 2012
Preview: Saturday 3 March at 3pm
Opening Reception and Artist Talk to take place in April

On display in conjunction with Four From Six: Four Artists From Six Nations

I bought a VHS player at a garage sale for 5 dollars.  It worked for a good six months and then I took it to the curb.  My first beta was used and cost me 400 dollars which is the equivalent of 10 000 dollars in today’s dishwashing economy of St Catharines.  I used to work at a video store, gone; a factory, gone; and a full service gas station, gone. I could afford a made of steel, made in Japan Beta Max.  My first machine wasn’t even H Fi and cost me over 500 dollars.  You couldn’t buy a machine back then unless you went to a video store to buy one.  There was no Best Buy next to Future Shop next to Walmart and Zeller’s didn’t have them.  You can own it on Blue Ray and you can spend over 100 dollars a month on internet and cable even though the movies are still the same.  Oh they might look better, but they’re still the same.  I was given a DVD player; I didn’t have to buy one and I’ve already thrown two away.  Now if someone breaks into a house all they can steal has already been taken to the curb and anything made of steel has long been rusted away.  The crows stay high in the trees and wait patiently for me to be taken to the curb and when they do they will fly down and peck out my eyes and take me to a place that’s special.  A place where size matters most, the size of your Beta movie collection.