Local artists find new home at St. Marys VIA station

Launch event planned for September 5

Reed Needles, Cameron Porteous and Charles Sharun are proving that art and culture can happen anywhere. The three have rented space in the St. Marys VIA station, which is proving to be an ideal location for their studios. The group’s work is a welcome complement to the transportation hub and supports the community’s goal to celebrate and develop local art and culture.

The three have been working out of the station since 2015 and have developed their collective vision into the St. Marys Station Studios and Gallery. In September, the group will officially open its first exhibition, appropriately themed and titled “Famous Locomotives from the Turn of the Century to Present Time.” The display will include model versions of trains that traveled through and worked in St. Marys between 1900 and 2000. The models, which are from the private collection of Wayne Kelley, will be accompanied by historic photos courtesy of the R. Lorne Eedy Archives and the St. Marys Museum.

A launch event for the St. Marys Station Studios and Gallery will be held on Monday, September 5 at 3:00 p.m. St. Marys Mayor Al Strathdee will be on hand and light refreshments will be offered to attendees. Those who would like to see the first exhibit in advance can attend previews on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or visit the station on opening day starting at 10:00 a.m. Following the launch event, the exhibit will be available for public viewing daily from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday, October 7.

Two additional exhibits are planned for fall and winter. “Birds of St. Marys and Vicinity,” a collection of wildlife photographs by Herman Veenendaal, will be on display from Monday, October 10 to Monday, November 7. A Christmas-themed exhibit will decorate the space in December. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information about the upcoming exhibits, contact Cameron Porteous at 416-523-8899.

VIA Rail services will continue to operate normally alongside the exhibitions, with roundtrips arriving daily from London and Toronto. The station is located at 5 James Street North. For more information about VIA Rail services in St. Marys, visit www.townofstmarys.com.

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