MERA Art Exhibitions in Dean Hall

The largest room at MERA is the original one room school, now named Dean Hall in honour of Ankaret Dean, one of MERA’s founding members and still an active volunteer.

Today, with its high ceilings, wainscoted walls and good lighting, the hall lends itself well as an art exhibition space. MERA has happily promoted it as such for several years, featuring local artists in shows that change monthly.

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Artists will often open their shows with a vernissage, which is an excellent opportunity to view the works, meet the artist, and have the best chance to purchase that “must have” piece. MERA is a busy place and you can drop in other times as well when the building is open and the hall is not otherwise occupied. Some of these times are:

  • During the warmer months – Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm during the Farmers Market
  • Wednesdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm while the Quilters are in the building
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – while the Fibre arts & Weaving groups are in the building (Except June, July & August)
  • Fridays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm while the Arts Circle is in progress.
    This group uses the hall so please check first that your visit will not interfere with the Art Circler activity.
  • If you are attending any of our special events such as music concerts or community suppers.
  • For other times contact the artist and arrange to visit by appointment.


The Artful Auni - January 2020 Art Exhibition at MERA

On Sunday January 19th, 2020 at 1:00 pm a vernissage for the latest art exhibition at MERA will be held. The Artful Auni features the work of Auni Milne.
Auni is a visual artist living in the Lanark Highlands in Ontario, Canada. When not creating her personal work, Auni works as a graphic designer and illustrator. You can see her professional work at
Growing up in an artistic family means Auni has been drawing ever since she could hold a piece of chalk. As a child she spent all her time either drawing animals, outdoors trying to find and pick up as many creatures as she could, or with her head in a book — about animals!
Auni attended a school of Beaux-Arts in France as a youth and became a graphic designer and illustrator as a way to be able to make a living in a way that accesses her creativity. She lives deep in the forests of Lanark County in a newly built hand-crafted log house, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the local flora and fauna, and is inspired by these to produce drawings and paintings that reflect that beauty.
Auni explores the reality that we humans are merely another species of animal, since she feels it’s important to the future of our planet that we remember our connection to this world of ours, and that we share it with many other animals who are no less nor more valuable than we are.
She works primarily in acrylic, watercolour, graphite, and charcoal.


Scheduled Exhibitions for 2020
January - Auni Milne
February - Lanark Life Learners
March - MERA’s Art Circle and Friends
April - Laurie Winter
May - open.
June - MERA's Arts Circle
September - MERA Heritage Weavers
October - Russ Paquette
November - Anne Roxbugh and Helen Mogford
December - no show

Are you an artist (of any medium) who would like to display your work to the public in a beautiful old venue that is popular with the local community and visitors alike?

Then consider contacting Wayne Stryde via email or at 613-259-5433 to schedule a show.

For more information, please see the MERA Art Exhibitors’ Information Sheet.