Brock arts venues welcoming visitors for Doors Open

For anyone yet to wander through Brock’s arts facilities, this weekend is your chance.Both the University’s state-of-the-art Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) and the historic Rodman Hall Art Centre will be offering tours Saturday, June 24 as part of Doors Open Ontario — an annual event that prompts more than 1,000 sites across the province to invite visitors in free of charge.More than 20 St. Catharines locations will open their doors on Saturday for the initiative.Rodman Hall Art Centre is one of several St. Catharines venues participating in Doors Open on Saturday, June 24.Brock ambassadors will be at the Marilyn I. Walker School in downtown St. Catharines providing tours and answering questions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will begin on the hour, with the final group of the day departing at 2 p.m.The building opened in 2015 on a former 19th century industrial site and includes a 235-seat theatre, digital media studios, photo darkrooms, music rooms and other specialized facilities that support students in Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts.Visits to specific studios and the theatre will be by supervised tour only, although the public is welcome to roam the halls of the accessible venue and visit the Visual Arts Gallery on their own. Refreshments will be available. Visitors are invited to have their photo taken with Brock’s mascot Boomer, who will be dressed in his arts gear to greet guests between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.Department of Music alumna Negin Rezaei Asl will perform an open recital in the Piano Suite from 1 to 3 p.m. At Rodman Hall Art Centre, guided tours will take place Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.Visitors will have the chance to explore the historical Thomas Rodman Merritt House, built in the 1860s, and its adjoining contemporary art gallery.There will be opportunities to create art and take a walk through the nearby Walker Botanical Garden and sculptures.More information on locations participating in Doors Open this weekend is available online. read more