St. Catharines seniors’ artwork featured in charity calendar

Published April 28, 2023 at 3:03 pm

Artist David Rose holds up a copy of the calendar, with his art work featured.

The artists who meet up to three times a week at the City of St. Catharines Older Adult Centres to paint will showcase and sell some of their work during the annual Older Adults Centre Art Show and Sale this weekend.

The group of artists, who meet twice weekly at Dunlop Drive Older Adult Centre and once a week at the West St. Catharines Older Adult Centre, will display and sell selected works Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, which is free to attend, will include live art demonstrations and kick-off calendar sales that will support Pathstone Mental Health. Donations will also be accepted at the door in support of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.

“We have some incredibly talented artists that meet at our centres, and we’re excited to once again have the opportunity to welcome the community to see their work,” said Simone Phelan, the City’s Older Adult Coordinator.

“There’s a great mix of subject matter and mediums that visitors will be able to enjoy, and in some cases be able to purchase and take home with them.”

The artists are also excited to launch the sale of a new 16-month calendar that supports Pathstone Mental Health, which provides children’s mental health treatment in Niagara. The artists developed the idea after they all expressed concerns about mental health in youth following the pandemic.

Phelan worked with the artists to develop a calendar that features a mix of vibrant and colourful images that reflect the selected month they represent.

The calendars, which start in September 2023, will be sold for $10 each, with a portion of the sales going to support Pathstone, which provides a broad spectrum of treatment services and programs – the majority free of charge.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their great talent, while also helping an organization that does crucial work here in Niagara,” said Phelan, adding the calendars will also be available for purchase at the City’s Older Adult Centres, Port Weller and Russell Avenue Community Centres, St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

“The quality of the artwork in the calendar is fantastic – with everything from local landmarks to animals and nature. It will look great on any wall with its vibrant imagery.”

The group of Older Adult Centre artists meet weekly on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. at Dunlop Drive Older Adult Centre, and from 1-4 p.m. at West St. Catharines Older Adult Centre.

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