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.

Sheryl A. Keen

Daring to Defy the Status Quo of our Minds

March 2 to April 14, 2019

Mind Matters 2 by Sheryl A. Keen (Mixed Media on Canvas)

My work is an examination and exploration of self. It asks a couple of questions, who am I, what is my place in the world, what is my best self and how do I get to that best self that I see in my mind’s eye.

As multi-layered people, we can be several things at once or we can be one thing today and something completely different tomorrow. Or maybe we just become better versions of ourselves. The one thing that leads us to any place is our thoughts. Because it is what we think that guide our actions. It will always be our thoughts that will get us to our best selves.

It is my belief that art can change a space dramatically and in so doing, change the mood of the persons who use the space. Art can also change the way the world is viewed and an individual’s impression of himself/herself. On all counts, my intention is to help bring about these changes.


About the Artist 
Sheryl Keen has been an artist since she could first hold pencil and paper. She works mainly with acrylic mixed media. She uses a technique that stacks modeling paste to create a 3D effect. Her works have been included in solo and group exhibitions. She has been featured at the Pickering Canadian Caribbean Cultural Association Dinner, at CIBC Black History Month Events, at several of Toronto Public Library and at private showings. Sheryl is also the author of two works of fiction, Journal According to John and Lost at Running Brook Trail.

Her most recent exhibitions include her solo exhibition at Station Gallery 2018, solo exhibition at A Different Booklist 2017, and a solo exhibition at Knowledge bookstore 2017. Other exhibitions include group exhibition at the Feminist Arts Conference 2017 at OCAD, Station Gallery Group Exhibition 2017. Her piece Brainstorm has just been accepted in to the Ontario Legislature’s A La Carte Artist Program for a year’s showing.

Sheryl explores themes that include the internal struggles that take place within a person that leads to outward change.

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

Jeff Mann – DETROITUS MASKS (April 20 to June 2, 2019)

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)