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Minister’s Maundering Preamble

There’s been more action in the members’ gallery lately than CGI explosions in X-Men: Days of Future Past so it’s probably appropriate to recap.

NAC’s exhibit celebrating the life and work of founding member Thomas Craig Oliver generated over $8,000 as friends and family purchased prints and assemblages from a career spanning over forty years. NAC extends a grateful thanks to members of the Oliver family for their generous and remarkable benevolence.

SMALL FEATS, our annual fundraiser, followed quickly on the heels of Craig’s show. Sixty-four little wonders flew out the door generating $4,600 for working Niagara artists. And including door and bar sales­, over $10,000 for your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre. Thanks to the members who contributed to create a great showcase of Niagara’s visual arts talent, and thanks to all the patrons for getting in the swing and snatching up original art for their collections. Gratitude is also extended to our generous sponsors of SMALL FEATS: Creekside Estate, Fielding Estate, Henry of Pelham, and Stoney Creek wineries, Silversmith Brewing, and Superplak.

Next up in the members’ gallery is an exhibit of paintings by long-time NAC member Ted Ziegler entitled Used Art Supplies. Ted is real old school. Meaning, he’s authentic and he’s without email, a portfolio of fuzzy selfies, or social media channels. This is of course to his credit, but I mention the reception he’s planned at NAC on Sunday 4 May at 7PM so the lowdown gets around. All the details and other stuff follow.

Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources

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Used Art Supplies
Paintings by Ted Ziegler
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
Sunday 4 May 7PM

Join the artist on Sunday 4 May at 7PM for an artist talk and reception.

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A Short Film by Ian MacKenzie
Tuesday 6 May 8PM at NAC

Join media activist Ian MacKenzie (Sacred Economics, Occupy Love) for a screening of his short film REACTOR, exploring post-Fukushima Japan and the unfolding crisis. How can we see the shadow of our existing paradigm? How can we awaken towards a world that works for all life?

Includes a special performance by Aaron Berger


On March 11th, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami off the coast of Japan. This disaster resulted in an estimated 15,878 deaths and trillions of dollars in damage, including a partial meltdown at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

In April 2012, Yogi, Buddhist teacher and activist Michael Stone arrives on a pilgrimage to Japan in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima meltdown to learn how the Japanese are responding to the crisis. Michael speaks with local residents, artists, activists, and researchers about life in the aftermath and reflects on the old Zen traditions and cities of beautiful temples. How we can embody the Bodhisattva vow in this time?

REACTOR is a short film that aims to uncover how and why we can let go of old stories, and move towards personal and social awakening by bringing to light our interconnectedness and showing us that our actions matter.

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City of St. Catharines Arts Awards
Saturday 3 May at 7PM
Rodman Hall Arts Centre

32 Nominations, 6 Awards, 1 big party!

Join us as the City of St. Catharines recognizes and celebrates excellence in artistic creation and contributions to the arts.

Tickets are by donation (suggested $10/person) and are available at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre Gift Shop, daily from 9AM to 5PM. Or, to reserve your tickets for the evening call 905-688-5601 ext 5229.
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Work by Jim Maunder
Opening Reception Saturday 3 May
On display from until 31 May 2014

Modified is a retro-futurist dystopian vision of a genetically modified world. Over-sized organic forms, mainly seeds, are made with industrial materials to evoke the ethical dilemmas of bio-engineering. I use rust as a metaphor for nature reclaiming the industrial, as it inevitably will.

Jim Maunder, originally from St. John’s, NL, now lives and works in St. Catharines. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Jim works primarily in sculpture, but also in encaustic, watercolour, acrylic and printmaking.  His main concerns involve the natural world and humankind’s interaction and interference with nature. Jim has shown in several solo shows in St. John’s, one in Toronto and many group shows in Newfoundland, and in Owen Sound, Halifax, Hamilton, New York and Tokyo.
[su_divider top=”no”] CANTER ART
Saturday 10 May 2014 6-10PM
Niagara Artists Centre

Bronies and Pegasisters! You are invited to a celebration of art, music, and friends! Refreshments will be served. For more info check out our facebook page at: