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.

Chris Dale

Light in the Well

January 13 to February 25, 2024

Red Bird by Chris Dale (latex on hardboard)

My work is mostly based on found images, and sometimes they come from my drawings.

Going through these images, something jumps out at me.

Sometimes I’m captivated by recurring poses.

Sometimes the thing that grabs me is something that is only seen by me.

Quite often I have a file for years before it becomes the subject of a painting.

The paintings I have chosen to display here are portraits that I believe represents a place that accepts all.


About the Artist

Chris Dale lives in Toronto. He works with latex paint on hardboard, applying paint with a palette knife and brush. The goal of his art is to push emotions through portraiture as a documentary.

Chris has a degree in philosophy and anthropology, and he is familiar with the concepts around art. He had some art training in high school around painting techniques and photography, as well as college courses in carving.

Most of his exposure has been online magazines and small galleries.

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.

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

Upcoming Shows

Chris Dale – Light in the Well (January 13 to February 25, 2024)


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)

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

Mika Babineau – Ace and In Your Face (October 6 to December 22, 2023)