Niagara’s Public Art Available for All to See Online

Venture Niagara launches www.artintheopen.ca

Art in the Open is a comprehensive on-line catalogue of more than 250 pieces of public art located throughout the Niagara region.  Venture Niagara Community Futures Development Corporation launched the bilingual website at their Annual General Meeting in front of more than 50 guests at Club Capri in Thorold, Ontario on Wednesday

“We were pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful art there is throughout the cities, towns and townships of Niagara,” said Venture Niagara Chair Mike Panich.  The number of sculptures, installations, murals and memorials is remarkable,” he added.

The project has taken a considerable amount of time from concept to finish largely because of the many pieces that needed to be located, identified, photographed and researched before being entered into a database for inclusion on www.artintheopen.caand the French version www.artenpleinair.ca

“We are very thankful for the detailed work done by our research team, Venture Niagara staff, all the people we contacted to learn about the pieces and especially the work done by Form & Affect. They are a digital design and marketing agency located in Downtown St.Catharines,” said Frank Rupcic the General Manager for Venture Niagara.  

Art in the Open users will learn about the artwork they pass by on a daily basis and they will also be able to see works that they are not familiar with in other parts of the region. It is hoped that this will be a popular tool used by out of town visitors to see this cultural aspect of Niagara.

“This is a great resource to plan a daytrip if you want to see some special pieces of art and the more intrigued people can plan walking tours, cycling trips or Sunday drives to enjoy the Niagara region through its art,” notes Susan Morin, Community Economic Development Manager for Venture Niagara. She adds that, “Art in the Open is a particularly good site for cyclists who want to see Niagara by bike. Much of our art is located on or close to the Greater Niagara Circle Route.”