Special to Niagara Now/The Lake Report
The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre has reopened to the public and everyone is welcome to visit the art exhibitions on display.
The Joyner Gallery features the artworks of the arts centre’s talented instructors. Adorning the walls of the Walker Room Gallery are stunning pieces made by its talented members. The Instructors' Exhibition and Members' Show are available for viewing through a virtual tour by visiting the Pumphouse website.
Although its doors are now open, virtual programming continues. Online classes, lectures and workshops for students of all ages and skill levels, and of various mediums are being offered. Thanks to a Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, some of the online courses are free to the public.
The Founders’ Continuing Arts Program, aimed at enriching the lives of our elderly community, has also been converted into a virtual format as well. According to the arts centre’s director, Rima Boles, “We believe the arts are essential to human development and the well-being of society. Now more than ever programming like (the Founders' program) is important, which was recognized and made possible through the generosity and support of Niagara Recycling.”
Along with an easy-to-follow video that can be streamed any time, art-making kits required for the projects are supplied and delivered curb-side for the residents of Upper Canada Lodge in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The capacity in the gallery is limited and face masks are mandatory for all guests. The centre's hours are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca to plan your visit.