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In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. What About Rodman Hall? > Opening Reception TONIGHT at 9PM
  2. SMALL FEATS 2016 > Saturday 9 April at 8PM
  3. Melanie MacDonald at The Post Office – Shannon Passero – Gallery
  4. Thunder Gallery in Niagara Falls > Call for Artists
  5. In the Soil Arts Festival > Call for Volunteers

What About Rodman Hall?

A Group Show by
Members of the Niagara Artists Centre

Opening Reception > Friday 1 April 9PM at NAC
Gregory Betts, Marcie Bronson, Brittany Brooks, Sandy Fairbairn, Geoff Farnsworth, Alexa Fraser, Janny Fraser, Amy Friend, Will Griffiths, Maggie Groat, Joe Harris, Marinko Jareb, Duncan MacDonald, Melanie MacDonald, Kate Mazi, Sandy Middleton, Ben Mosher, Catherine Parayre, Carrie Perreault, St. Catharines Arts & Letters Club, Donna Szőke, Matthew Tegel, Amber Lee Williams, Carolyn Wren

As an art gallery, Rodman Hall’s place in the consciousness of our community has fluctuated over its fifty-five-year history. The art gallery has at times been a proud emblem of civic health and an indicator of our collective progress, while at other times it has been misunderstood and purposefully marginalized.

The history of the Niagara Artists Centre and Rodman Hall are intertwined. Rodman Hall’s founding curator and director, Peter Harris, was one of NAC’s founding sixteen members. NAC also made an early home in the Coach House on the grounds of Rodman.

The place of the Rodman Hall Art Centre in our community is once again the subject of deliberation. Brock University, which in 2003 pledged to be the sole operator of the art gallery for twenty years, is now reconsidering the terms of its supporting role.

Why is it that our community leaders have not always recognized the value of having a strong, well-resourced public or university art gallery like Rodman Hall?

NAC is interested in the ideas that the visual artists of Niagara would like to share about Rodman, an organization that is mandated to support the development of artists and cultural workers in southern Ontario, as well as providing art experiences that enrich peoples’ lives.


NAC Member artists will come together on Friday 1 April at 9PM to explore the questions and issues surrounding the role of Rodman Hall in our community and the possible future of the centre.

saturday 9 april
Doors at 8PM / VIP Preview at 7:40PM*
Largest Art Exhibit + Sale in Niagara


Support Niagara Artists! Support the Niagara Artists Centre!

believe the hype!
The SMALL FEATS show and sale is NAC’s largest annual fundraiser and an assured rocking good time in beautiful downtown St. Catharines-on-the-parking-lot. Every year NAC challenges our artist members to create killer-diller visual art no larger than one square foot. These are veritable OXO cubes of artistry, the sweet and condensed distillations of visual expression. They pack a wallop but they’re small enough to hang almost anywhere in your house: in the hall, beside the fridge, in front of the TV, or hey, stick one up in the car.

*VIP Preview for NAC Supporters, Patrons, and Champions – sign on, renew, or upgrade your membership today!

Melanie MacDonald
Exhibition at The Post Office
Shannon Passero – Gallery

On display until Wednesday 11 May 2016

I am pleased to be displaying a new group of paintings at Shannon Passero’s store, The Post Office, in downtown Thorold from 10 March to 16 May. As well, the paintings can be viewed on my website

The Post Office
18 Front Street North, Thorold, Ontario
Mon to Wed 10am to 6pm | Thurs to Fri 10am to 8pm | Sat 10am to 6pm | Closed Sun

Thunder Gallery
Niagara Falls
Call for Artists

Thunder Gallery, a new fine art gallery, craft and cultural ephemera boutique is set to open in May 2016 in the heart of the tourist area of Niagara Falls, Canada. We are located at 5400 Robinson Street in the old Pyramid Place complex. We are looking to connect the diverse tourist market to local artists and crafts people in a contemporary, inviting and comfortable atmosphere. We are currently seeking hand-made products, artist multiples and distinctly Canadian antique ephemera for sale at our space on a consignment basis.

If you think you have something that would interest us, please email Marinko Jareb with the following information…


name –
email –
phone –

website / etsy shop / best weblink for your art or products –
general description –
product images –

Call for Volunteers

8th annual In the Soil Arts Festival
Downtown St. Catharines Ontario
29 April – 1 May 2016


The eighth year of the In the Soil Arts Festival is in the works; seeds are sprouting, gears are turning and we can’t wait to share what we’ve got in store for you. This year, In the Soil Arts Festival will take over the downtown core once again with a special program of of over 140 acts and installations in music, media, theatre, visual arts and more.

Volunteers are the fertilizer of our festival. Each and every year the festival the festival comes to life thanks to the loving support and hard work of over 100+ volunteers. And we’re putting out this call to invite YOU to get in on the action!

Volunteering will get you an inside experience of In the Soil Arts Festival, and provide ample opportunity to catch an eclectic program of live theatre, poetry, music, dance, media and special streetscape art throughout ITS weekend.

what you get:

  • A really good time and new friends;
  • A chance to contribute to this growing community festival;
  • Volunteer for three shifts and get a FREE festival pass;
  • Volunteer for 1 – 2 and receive $20 discount on Festival Passes (regular price $40).

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