Priceless is the art auction for Yo-Pros. Bid on art with volunteer hours instead of money!



The Priceless Art Auction event allows Yo-Pros to bid with their time, not their dime.

Pieces of art are auctioned off to young professionals. The winner of each piece of artwork is the ‘Yo-Pro’ who pledges the most volunteer hours. These hours are worked off at valued not-for-profit  organizations. Each piece of artwork will hang in the office or building of the sponsors until the volunteer hours are completed by the winner of the piece.


Priceless brings together local Yo-Pros, artists, and organizations to encourage young professionals to get involved in their community and to make Niagara a more vibrant place to live.


Established in 1936, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens presents visitors with 99 acres of beautifully maintained gardens that include perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, and a world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses.

Amazing Music

Featuring the Devin Cuddy Band and Kalle Mattson. The son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy has picked up rock & roll’s torch for a new generation. Ottawa-based folk singer Kalle Mattson sets himself apart with an upbeat attitude and a musical charm.

Amazing Art

All art is done by local artists and sponsorships are collected to support the artists. The 15 artists selected work with a range of media from painting to photography and sculpture.


Featuring the Devin Cuddy Band

The son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy has picked up rock & roll’s torch for a new generation

A lanky young man sits at a battered piano in a dark, cramped club. His hair falls in large sweaty tussles over his eyes. As he kicks his band into the immortal “Mystery Train,” he tosses back those curls while cocking his head toward the crowd, Jerry Lee Lewis-style. The setting could indeed be Memphis or New Orleans in 1959, but this is Toronto in 2018 where a new generation has picked up rock and roll’s torch. Not in any kind of fashion sense, mind you, but in a spiritual sense, chasing the rhythm with pure heart and soul.

Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin’s entire life—he was born the same week Blue Rodeo began recording its 1987 debut album, Outskirts. But from the moment Devin was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’s honky tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz.


And Juno & Polaris Music Prize Nominee Kalle Mattson

Folk music is about storytelling, which is something that Kalle Mattson excels at.

However, since the release of the Polaris Music Prize nominated Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold (2014) and the JUNO Award nominated EP Avalanche (2015), Mattson has progressed beyond the purely folk tag that has accompanied him thus far and is examining what it means to be a ‘folk-artist’ in 2018. The discovery is Mattson’s new mantra: “folk is dead.”

Mattson’s new single, “Broken In Two” is a sonic palate cleanser for those audiences familiar with his past. Though the song began as a stark, guitar-based composition, the focus shifts to haunting keyboards and drum machines from producer Colin Munroe (Drake, Sky Ferreira).

“Broken In Two” leads the way for a new coming-of-age album about the in-between days of post-adolescence and pre-adulthood to be released later this year. Sonically, the LP imagines what it would sound like if Tycho made a folk record… or if 80s-era Kanye got his hands on some Sufjan Stevens demos. Watch for more details on the new record to be released in the near future.

THE ARTISTSTo learn more about the Artists and the pieces please click on the name of the piece.

Andrea Burns

Fleur en Rouge

Andrea Burns is a 28-year-old mother of one. She has always had a interest in art, particularly painting in all its media. Whether painting acrylic on canvas or refinishing used furniture, she finds great joy in being able to create unique art.

David Chapman

Heart Tree

David T. Chapman taught himself the art of photography at the age of 16, and has been pursuing this career professionally since the age of 18. He enjoys taking photographs of weather phenomena, especially lightning, as well as scenery and nature.  

Diane Croker


Diane was born and educated in Montreal, Quebec. Her paintings use colour and shape to create movement and often aim to capture a specific moment in time, whether it is a young girl practicing ballet or birch trees on a sunny day.

Renu D’Cunha


Renu is a self-taught artist and has been mentored by award-winning artists. Her work has been deeply influenced by the Master of watercolor himself, Zolton Zabbo. Renu has traveled to over 20 countries and has always painted during her travels.    

Lisa Fluke

Winging It

Lisa Fluke is a self-taught photographer/artist who has a passion for capturing beautiful moments. She loves the images she creates and does so with passion in mind. Lisa’s mission is to put her Art out there and make a name for herself.

John Garry

Sunrise Canal

John Garry’s education and profession are in engineering, but his mother always painted as he grew up, and she taught many painting classes, all at the kitchen table. Given that brushes were lying around, it was inevitable he would pick one up.

Jennifer Gruhl


Jennifer Gruhl has been passionate about art and photography for most of her life. She is inspired by nature as well as busy city life. She loves bright, vibrant colours and images as well as more sombre black and white images.  

Ariadni Harper


Ariadni Harper is a St. Catharines artist with a Diploma in Advertising Art and Design from Fanshawe College. Ariadni’s primary inspiration for her vibrant and diverse subject matter comes from photographs of images that she has taken that have captured her interest.

Avneet Kaur Nagpal


Colours are the essence of this world and to be able to use them on canvas is nothing but sheer bliss for Avneet. From drawing cartoon sketches on the back of a notebook to painting on large canvas, he’s done it all.

Edward Leidel

My Thinker

Edward Leidel was born in Akron, Ohio, and his family later moved to St. Catharines. Since his retirement, he has been concentrating on his art: mosaics, wood sculpture, acrylic painting, and cast paper bas-relief sculptures. He’s now concentrating on metal geometric sculpture.

Shelley Locke

Tropical Daze

Shelley Locke is an internally driven and self-taught acrylic artist from St. Catharines, Ontario. Born with severe hearing loss Shelley’s motto ‘I may be deaf but I hear colour’ is apparent in her vibrant pieces, wide range in subject matter and style.

Paul McLagan

Ice Queen

Paul McLagan’s working method is to combine improvisational elements with implied structure to create paintings that are interesting and beautiful to look at. He’s primarily interested in exploring the properties inherent in the material of paint and not in depicting explicit imagery.

Tricia O’Connor

Deep Calls Unto Deep in the Roar of Your Waterfalls

Tricia O’Connor lived in Niagara as a child, and has travelled the world through her teaching career. She is drawn to the vibrant colors in the skies over Niagara, especially over the Falls. Night, day, winter or summer, Niagara Falls is spectacular!

Katelyn O’Neil


Katelyn O’Neil is a makeup and visual artist. Discovering the beauty of colour and tapping into my creativity has been one of the most positive and spiritual experiences in her life. She has always admired artists, amazed by their expression and confidence.

Barry Smith

exit from Port

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised in Niagara, Barry Smith’s unique pictures come to life like a fresh painting on canvas. He primarily prints on canvas to bring out textures and depths of his photographs. He enjoys photographing architecture, people and irony.


The Brush Brawl is an exciting onsite live-action competition! Five artists will go head to head for just 20 minutes to create the crowd’s favourite artwork.

Artists will all be given the same materials — a 24″ x 30″ canvas, paints, and brushes. They can create anything they like with the materials given.

With their applause, the crowd will then vote for their favourite! The winner will receive well-deserved bragging rights and a prize package from Niagara Parks!

All attendees at Priceless Niagara will receive a raffle ticket, and the artworks from the Brush Brawl will be given out as prizes.

BIDDERSWe look forward to working with you in giving back to the community.

Highest Bidding Volunteers

Successful bidders who pledge the highest number of volunteer hours will be provided with a “winner’s kit” that will assist them to begin their pledge to giving back to the community. This kit will include: instructions on how to track completed hours, a volunteer tracking form, information on the vendor non-profit organizations, and contact information for staff who can answer any questions you may have throughout your commitment. Volunteer hours do not have to be completed at one of the vendor or partner organizations, but we ask that you complete at least 5 hours of volunteer time at each and we would prefer if it is a new volunteer experience for you.

Successful bidders will be presented their piece of artwork at future NEXTNiagara events by the art’s sponsor, once all pledged hours are completed.

Looking to still get involved?

For those bidders who are not the winners, we still want to offer the opportunity to give back to the community. Leave us your contact information and we will be in touch to provide you information on  agencies needing help.

VOLUNTEERSStay tuned for volunteer opportunities with local non-profits

Priceless Niagara is offering Niagara-area not-for-profits a space at Priceless to promote their volunteer opportunities to young professionals in the Niagara Region!

Your staff or volunteers can interact directly with young professionals looking to grow their involvement in the Niagara community. These attendees will also be looking for ways to earn the hours they are bidding on, in order to win the pieces of art within the auction. To participate, please download the application, and return it via email to bryanna@gncc.ca

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For more information about Priceless email: pricelessniagara@gmail.com

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