Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery

Located in the Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s heritage south stairwell, the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery is a space for visitors to enjoy original art and for artists to showcase and sell their work.

The gallery is open during regular operating hours, 9 am to 9 pm, Monday through Sunday, and is free to enter.

The gallery may be accessed through either the second or third floor.

Artwork may be purchased by directly contacting the artist.

Click HERE to visit the exhibition in the Virtual Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery 

Mika Babineau

Ace and In Your Face

“Heck ya I’m ace!!!!” by Mika Babineau (2018, 18×24 inch, Acrylic on stretch canvas)

I am a Toronto based artist that specializes in portraits and landscapes. Upon realizing that I was asexual during my college years I felt the need to educate and shed some light on the topic, a topic seldom, if ever, discussed. My “Ace And In Your Face” series does just that. By painting portraits of myself I explore various topics and themes pertaining to asexuality and answer commonly asked questions. Both my frustration at the lack of understanding as well as the pride I feel towards my asexuality are displayed in this series covering a wide range of emotions. I am challenging the viewers preconceived and limited notion of what they think asexuality is as well as showing how I overcame these notions myself.

About the Artist

Mika Babineau was born in Moncton, New Brunswick but always longed to be an artist in a big city. Once she graduated high school it was time for her to move on to a bigger city and move to Ontario. She was accepted in the art fundamentals program, then the visual creative arts program at Sheridan College and while there discovered her passion for painting, especially with acrylic paints. Mika creates portraits and landscapes bursting with colour energy and life that challenge the viewer to see beyond the beauty of the surface.

Call For Submissions

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is open to showcasing solo or group exhibitions of any medium.  Artwork is rotated every six weeks, offering slots for seven exhibitions throughout the year.

This is an open call.  Submissions are accepted until all available slots are filled.

Now accepting submissions for 2020.

Artists interested in exhibiting in the space should first review the Framework for the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery.  Proposals are made by completing the 2020 Submission Form and sending it, along with photos of the artwork, to

Upcoming Shows

Special Exhibition (April 18 to April 26, 2020)

Lauretta Mendez – Canadian Paradox (May 1 to May 31, 2020)

Mika Babineau – Ace and In Your Face (June 6 to July 19, 2020)

Previous Exhibitions

Wendy Lu – The Transformation of Portraits, Landscapes & Technologies (January 19 to February 24, 2019)

Sheryl A. Keen – Daring to Defy the Status Quo of our Minds (March 2 to April 14, 2019)

Jeff Mann – DeTrOiTuS MaSks (April 20 to June 2, 2019)

Clare Allin – Scum City (June 8 to July 21, 2019)

Ferida Dilmaghani – Memories (July 27 to September 8, 2019)

Jaehyun Han – Coexistence (September 14 to October 27, 2019)

Ami Xherro – La Isla De La Fantasia (November 2 to December 15, 2019)

Aqsah Shah – Quiddity (January 11 to February 23, 2020)

Chris Dale – Light in the Well (March 3 to April 12, 2020)

Lauretta Mendez – Canadian Paradox (May 1 to May 31, 2020)