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.

Jeff Mann

DeTrOiTuS MaSks

April 20 to June 2, 2019

WINTER by Jeff Mann (Metal Sculpture)

These masks are sculptural gesture drawings. By gesture I mean direct, without over-thinking. That doesn’t mean they are quick–that flash of response saying this mask wants to have, for instance, a thinner exhaust pipe section requires cutting, bending and welding. Even when that alteration is complete, another may be needed–it may still not feel right. This face wants to be brought into the world and I have to be midwife with an angle grinder and a MIG welder.

I work by response and not pre-conceived ideas. These car parts and shovels speak to me—if they stop speaking, I put them away until I find their voice again.

We’ve lost our landscapes to cars. There are too many of them. We need to wake up and see what we’ve done. Also, cars get junked at an incredible rate so there are lots of parts for me to work with.

About the Artist

Jeff Mann started sculpture in 1998 and has had numerous solo and group shows in the US Northeast and Ontario.  He has been involved in schools doing mini public art projects. Other projects involved autoworkers and residents of public housing in Oshawa.

Mann lives in Kingston, Ontario, and he works out of a shipping container.

He prefers to work by response rather than narration or representation.

All of his work involves car parts or car related designs.  His interest in this theme stems from his belief that there are too many cars in the world.

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.

There is currently space available in the 2019 schedule.

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

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

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)