Due to the uncertainty of 2020 and the risks and challenges, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 call for artists and the Annual Juried Exhibition, "in view of the artist".  We thank all the talented artists that have submitted artwork to this exhibition over the last seven years.  We will be continuing with the "in view of the artist" in 2021 with applications starting May 2021.


It is with disappointment that due to COVID-19 our fundraising event "Redtail Cocktail Party and Silent Auction" has been postponed until 2021.  We like to thank our sponsors of this event.  Please stay tuned for our online auctions throughout July to November.

Platinum  Doug Tarry Homes

Platinum  Kenny Insurance Brokers

Gold Aylmer Express

Silver Talbot Trail Physiotherapy

Silver Graham Scott Enns LLP

Silver  Geerlinks Design Gallery Home Hardware

Silver Railway City Tourism

Silver OMAC Mortgages Mike Rogozynski


Please note that our Summer Art Programs have been cancelled.  For over 40 years the Public Art Centre have provided summer art programs at the Art Centre so it is with disappointment that we are announcing this development. We cannot operate unless we are confident that we can maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as we can.


The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Laura Woermke, will be coordinating the new “Art, Trees & Trails” project, a community-wide collaboration with partners including the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, and St. Thomas Elevated Park. This project will bring historic and contemporary artwork from the Art Centre permanent collection to our beautiful local trails and Elevated Park through the installation of attractive signs that feature high quality reproductions of many of our landmark paintings. The “Art, Trees & Trails” project has been generously funded with $115,000 by the Estate of Donna Vera Evans Bushell.

Art has an incredible ability to unify. Supporting the mission of the Public Art Centre, especially “encouraging the appreciation for and supporting the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County”, the “Art, Trees & Trails” project will allow us to engage with the community outside the walls of the Public Art Centre, promote art education, and add to our visual environment in places where community members and visitors explore nature. Signs will be installed along the trails at Springwater Forest, Dalewood Conservation Area, and St. Thomas Elevated Park. In each case, the artwork selected will correspond to the precise physical location.



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Summer 2020

Reconnect! July 2, 2020

What you need to know before you visit the Public Art Centre.

The Public Art Centre will reopen on July 2, 2020 with new hours of operation.  

As the Public Art Centre re-opens, our priority is the safety of all visitors and staff. We want to welcome you in a safe environment so you can reconnect with the remarkable art and artists in our current exhibitions.

Following Public Health and government guidelines, new protocols are in place to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Thank you for your continued support during this unbelievable time. We send our best wishes to you and your family, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

For further information on our new protocols and what to expect see here..


New Exhibition

Selections from the Permanent Collection

Opens June 16, 2020
When we see you again:
As we prepare to welcome you back to the Public Art Centre, we are taking steps to ensure that your health and safety is protected.  Celebrating our amazing collection, Selections, will include some wonderful examples or portraiture, contemporary landscapes, abstract paintings and drawings including, Painters Eleven, and some new acquisitions.


Join us online!

The doors to our building may be closed, but please enjoy our online exhibitions and new artists biographies, online publications, and resources, sign up for the newsletter,  and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and subscribe on YouTube


Redtail Cocktail Party and Silent Auction Postponed

In 2019, the Public  Art Centre celebrated its' 50th Anniversary, our successes have been put on hold for awhile.   Our Redtail Cocktail Party and Silent Auction has been postponed and we will be working with Redtail to bring you the safest way for us to get together.  Thank  you to our sponsors for their ongoing support!


Heather Keating online

The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to present, Heather Keating, Presence of Light, in Gallery Three. “My artwork is a fusion of realism and impressionism. I attempt to create paintings that show a strong sense of light, vivid colour, fluid brushwork and deep emotional content. I strive to evoke in my viewers the same emotions that compelled me to paint the subject.” ~ Heather Keating 2020

Visit the VIEWING Room and find out more.