Looking forward to 2020
- Our first exhibit will showcase 3 aboriginal artists and we will be having a traditional blessing before the festivities at the gallery on opening night.
- We are partnering again with Stratford Theatre for our exhibit, Mask.
- Our end of year pop up show will showcase artwork from students from St. Marys DCVI.
- Stone – In 2018, our curator approached both the Clicks photography group and Poetry Circle in St. Marys to create photographs and poetry which was organized as both an exhibit and book. The exhibit ran from Feb. 22 to April 6, 2019 and the book Stone has sold over 300 copies to date. We consider the book our “ambassador” in the community and engaged people of all ages and backgrounds. The youngest poet that was published was 14 years old.
- Holy Name of Mary School – With the success of Stone, with the direction of teacher, Caroline Brekelmans, her grade 6/7 class did their own version by taking their own photos and creating poetry and prose, then having an exhibit of their work at their school. “As a teacher, finding ways to motivate students to explore and practice their talents, outside of our classroom walls, can really pay off in terms of their learning. Our gallery visit was certainly an inspiration for wonderful student photography and poetry writing.” – Caroline Brekelmans
- School tours – We have local schools tour our exhibits throughout the year.
- School engagement – We engage with both the grade school and high school classes with tours and exhibits.
- Stratford Tour – Each year our gallery is on the route for the Stratford Arts Tour.
- Open Doors St. Marys
- Open Doors Ontario
- Stratford Theatre – With our curator, Cameron Porteous having a theatre design background, we have a wonderful connection with the Stratford Theatre. We had the exhibit, Fabulous Fakes this year that showcased props and archives. The chance to see some of the archived items was a treat for visitors. In 2020 we have an exhibit on the history of the Mask showcasing masks from the theatre.
- Friends of the Gallery – we have around 12 volunteers who help us around the gallery helping us with setup and take down of exhibits, organize food for exhibit openings, and organize our archives.
- Heather Meakin – The Gallery is hosted a free event which featured a talk by Heather Meakin – Rock, Paper, Memory: The Quest for Permanence, on Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm at the Gallery. Heather Meakin, is a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing (Poetry).
- Stonetown Arts – With this year dubbed as “Women’s Doubles” it included members of Stonetown Arts for various exhibits throughout the year.
- Poppy Art – This exhibit showcased the art of students from the Little Falls Public School and Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic School. – see the archived article from the St. Marys Independant paper. With the success of this exhibit 2 more local schools voiced their interest in participating in an exhibit at the gallery.
- Partnership with St. Marys Museum on their exhibit on illustrated books.
For the entire year of 2018, the Station Gallery had 2000 people visit, not including VIA passengers. Due to poor weather in the spring, we are closer to 1700 people for 2019.
As of Oct 2019 we have over 550 followers and have a reach of 6000 people for our posts.
2019 – 1538 visitors, 4791 views
2018 – 229 visitors, 815 views