Friday, May 01, 2015

Spots still remain in our Spring Courses & Workshops!

WE STILL HAVE SOME SPOTS 
REMAINING IN OUR 
SPRING COURSES & WORKSHOPS!

CLASSES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS!





'EN PLEIN AIR’ (Outdoor Painting) 
with Jan Yates, S.C.A.
Wednesdays: May 6- June 7, 2015
From 6pm-8pm
6 Sessions
$65 Members/ $75 non-members
*Class Location: 140 Mountain Rd. 
Grimsby, ON: L3ME7 


Spring is HERE and it’s time to paint in beautiful green fields with vineyard views!  Through 6 sessions, there will be lots of time to immerse yourself in making art. Painting outdoors improves your skills when working back in the studio. Learn about simplifying your pallet, working fast in the changing light, mark making/ brushwork and paint handling, as well as colour and value relationships. 


*Material list to be provided upon registration




INTRODUCTION TO WASHI

with Tracey-Mae Chambers
Saturday, May 9, 2015 
From 1:30pm-4:30pm
1 Session
$50 Members/$60 Non-Members


Learn how to transform flat pieces of Japanese Paper in to lightweight, malleable, translucent sculptural material. Using konnyaku (traditional starch paste), leather, fur, inks, acrylics, and raw beeswax you will play with manipulating this beautiful paper into your own creations!

*$15 Material Kit payable to instructor at the
Beginning of class





HOW TO APPLY FOR AN EXHIBITION 
(Portfolio/Professional Development)

with George Wale
Saturday, May 23, 2015
From  2pm-4pm
1 Session
$50 Members/ $60 non-members


This artistic development workshop will look at how to prepare your portfolio, shortlist galleries, what to send them and when.





DIRECT ENCOUNTERS - LAND ART (Ages 9-12)

with Jan Yates, S.C.A.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 
From 1:30pm-4:30pm
1 Session
$25 Members/ $35 non-members


Our goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as we can. Working outdoors with whatever comes to hand -twigs, leaves, stones, litter, seeds and flowers, participants will create temporary works of art. We will look at the work of renowned environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, who leaves the landscape he has worked with unharmed. In this way the work of art arises out of sensitivity towards habitat. 

Each participant will make their own piece of outdoor art although working collaboratively on the same construction is also an option. Your land art will be documented right after it is made, so bring your cameras! 

* Please dress for the weather as we’ll work outdoors, rain or shine











Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wayzgoose 2015: Thank You!




With special thanks to our vendors (Wayzgeese), The Grimsby Public Library, our members, our volunteer committee, our community and our sponsors, Thank you for making our 
37th annual Wayzgoose such an incredible success!















































































GPAG Virtual Exhibitions thanks to RBC!


Article thanks to Amanda Moore of Niagara This Week:
April 29, 2015, Page 23






On Thursday, March 26, The Grimsby Public Art Gallery was honoured to receive a grant from the RBC Foundation for our Virtual Exhibitions Programme.

GPAG believes that art is integral to the overall well-being and vitality of any community and supports this belief by creating unique, relevant and educational programming for children, adults and seniors. As the only public art gallery in the Niagara Region, GPAG offers innovative and challenging programmes and activities that support and enhance the Ministry of Education’s Visual Arts Curriculum and exposes students to the vast range of creative experiences available to them in today’s visual culture. We encourage teachers to participate in planning art education experiences, and we are pleased to design programmes that suit individual classroom needs. 

The gallery’s Education Coordinator is readily available to meet with teachers, individually or as part of a staff meeting to discuss programming options.

GPAG offers a dynamic schedule of nine to ten exhibitions each year, featuring contemporary and historic artworks by regional, national and international artists. Exhibitions change approximately every six weeks and each exhibition is complemented by a variety of educational programmes designed to enhance the viewer’s understanding of and interaction with the artwork presented. Specifically for schools, we develop educational programmes that provoke dialogue, enhance critical thinking and teach analysis skills. Hands-on activities allow students to apply what they have learned to their own artistic creations. Our goal is to provide a supportive and inspiring environment where students feel comfortable sharing their ideas and develop confidence in their creative abilities. 

Although we always stress the importance of interacting with original art, we do realize that for logistical or financial reasons it is not always possible for classes to physically visit the gallery. 

Our Virtual Exhibitions Programme is the perfect solution for schools and organizations in that situation; it allows the GPAG to come to them! Developed in 2005 with the help of the Niagara Community Foundation and the RBC Foundation, this programme brings virtual tours of gallery exhibitions into classrooms across our region.
Using a digital projector, the Education Coordinator or a trained instructor will show students images of the work currently on display in the gallery along with relevant supplementary materials. The presentation is complemented by a Hands-on art class where students will create their own art work, inspired by what they have seen and applying what they have learned. Virtual Exhibitions can also bring any of our regular Hands-on art activities or our themed Six Session Series into the class room.



Friday, April 24, 2015

Join us for Wayzgoose 2015 TOMORROW!

The eve of Wayzgoose is upon us, and the excitement in the air at GPAG is inspiring!

Join us tomorrow from 9am-5pm for nearly 50 vendors, prints, books, paper, and an all around celebration of hand made art!


Admission is free, and there is LOTS of free parking!







Saturday, April 25, 2015
9am-5pm
Admission is FREE!




Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of a wide variety of book related arts, including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders, gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to present their work to the  public, renew connections with colleagues and share their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans. 

The Grimsby Wayzgoose started in 1979 as a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with 45 to 50 artisans exhibiting their creations for the more than 2000 people who regularly attend the event. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. There are also often a few travelers from Europe, Japan and across the U.S. who find their way to Grimsby to enjoy and appreciate this fascinating craft. 

The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the tradition since 1981. Each contributing artist creates a sample of work in a format that can be bound into a book. These sections are known as signatures, and the signatures from all the contributing artists are organized and hand bound into a volume that is sought after and cherished by many bibliophiles.  The 2015 Anthology will be available on the 25th; many back issues are also available.

The impact that Wayzgoose has on culture and tourism in the Grimsby area is significant, both because of the number of people that come to town for the event and for the potential it has to generate repeat visitors. Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 25th.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Summer Employment Opportunities at GPAG!



Thanks to the generosity of Young Canada Works, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to offer 3 positions THIS Summer!

Candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements of this job directly to the gallery as well as applying through the YCW website. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Members of designated equity groups are encouraged to self-identify on their application.


Young Canada Works








Curatorial Assistant
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Wage: $12.00 per hour
Start date: June 8, 2015
End date: August 28. 2015
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday May 22, 2015 and will be accepted in hard copy via mail or hand delivery at Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1, or by email at gpag@grimsby.ca.
Attn: Rhona Wenger, Director

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a well-organized, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Curatorial Assistant. The Curatorial Assistant, supervised by the Gallery Director, will primarily work with the Permanent Collection and temporary art exhibitions at the gallery. Tasks will include examining and inventorying artwork; updating documentation; research on relevant art and artists; preparing and delivering brief public presentations of this material and curating an exhibition. The ideal candidate will have some post-secondary training in visual arts, art history, museum studies and/or history. S/he will have a good understanding of and the ability to recognize different art media and exhibit meticulous attention to detail in his/her work. Flexibility is essential, as is the ability to work efficiently both as part of a team and independently. Solid computer skills are required and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn other programs quickly, would be helpful. 

Candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements of this job directly to the gallery as well as applying through the YCW website. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Members of designated equity groups are encouraged to self-identify on their application.





Summer Studio Instructor
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Wage: $12.00 per hour
Start date: June 8, 2015
End date: August 28, 2015
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday May 22, 2015 and will be accepted in hard copy via mail or hand delivery at Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1, or by email at gpag@grimsby.ca.
Attn: Chris O’Hoski, Education & Media Coordinator


The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a well-organized, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Summer Studio Instructor. The Summer Studio Instructor will be responsible for developing and running the summer children’s programs at the gallery and for helping to plan educational programs for the upcoming school year. The ideal candidate will have a least some post-secondary training in visual arts, art history or museum studies. S/he will have experience working with a variety of art media as well as experience working with children. Flexibility is essential, as is the ability to work efficiently both as part of a team and independently. Fluency in English is required, a basic knowledge of French is an asset. Basic computer skills are required and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher, as well as the ability to learn other programs quickly, would be helpful. 

Candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements of this job directly to the gallery as well as applying through the YCW website. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Members of designated equity groups are encouraged to self-identify on their application.




Summer Studio Assistant
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Wage: $11.00 per hour
Start date: 22 June 2015
End date: 28 August 2015
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday June 5, 2015 and will be accepted in hard copy via mail or hand delivery at Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1, or by email at gpag@grimsby.ca.
Attn: Chris O’Hoski, Education & Media Coordinator

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Summer Studio Assistant. The Summer Studio Assistant, supervised by the gallery’s Education Coordinator, will assist the Summer Studio Instructor with running the Gallery’s summer art program for children. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of basic art materials and creative processes. S/he will enjoy working with children. Experience working with groups of children, interacting with the public and/or working with art processes are assets. Flexibility is essential, as is the ability to work efficiently both as part of a team and independently. Basic computer skills are required. 

Candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements of this job directly to the gallery as well as applying through the YCW website. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Members of designated equity groups are encouraged to self-identify on their application.





Monday, April 20, 2015

Wayzgoose 2015 THIS Saturday, April 25th!

We're less than 7 days away from our LARGEST event of the year; Wayzgoose 2015!

Join us for our 37th Annual Wayzgoose - and begin celebrating 40 years of GPAG!







THIS Saturday, April 25, 2015
9am-5pm
Admission is FREE!





Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of a wide variety of book related arts, including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders, gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to present their work to the  public, renew connections with colleagues and share their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans. 

The Grimsby Wayzgoose started in 1979 as a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with 45 to 50 artisans exhibiting their creations for the more than 2000 people who regularly attend the event. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. There are also often a few travelers from Europe, Japan and across the U.S. who find their way to Grimsby to enjoy and appreciate this fascinating craft. 

The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the tradition since 1981. Each contributing artist creates a sample of work in a format that can be bound into a book. These sections are known as signatures, and the signatures from all the contributing artists are organized and hand bound into a volume that is sought after and cherished by many bibliophiles.  The 2015 Anthology will be available on the 25th; many back issues are also available.

The impact that Wayzgoose has on culture and tourism in the Grimsby area is significant, both because of the number of people that come to town for the event and for the potential it has to generate repeat visitors. Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 25th.


This year, Wayzgoose has been generously sponsored by:

Aulward Graphics, The Japanese Paper Place, Tim Hortons
& Van Huizen Bookbinding.

Friday, April 17, 2015

How to Apply for an Exhibition with George Wale!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is proud to continue its Professional Development portion in our Programming!

Check for classes and workshops like Life Drawing, Portfolio Development, Technical drawing, courses for Educators, and much much more!

Even if you're a beginner, How to Apply for an Exhibition with George Wale presents a wonderful opportunity to learn about the internal workings of a Gallery, submitting your artwork, what galleries to submit to, and when!


HOW TO APPLY FOR AN EXHIBITION
(Portfolio/Professional Development)

with George Wale
Saturday, May 23, 2015
From  2pm-4pm
1 Session
$50 Members/ $60 non-members

This artistic development workshop will look at how to prepare your portfolio, shortlist galleries, what to send them and when.






Join us Saturday, May 23 from 2pm-4pm for this incredible workshop!



About George Wale:


George Wale is an artist, educator and curator.  He studied visual art, philosophy (BA) and adult education (MEd).  He has exhibited his artwork around southern Ontario since 1976.  George teaches a variety of workshops and courses in the region. He was the Director of Programs at the Burlington Art Centre 1997 – 2013.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THIS FRIDAY! Art House Café Lecture Series' Finalé!

Join us, THIS Friday, April 17, at 7pm, for our Art House Café Lecture Series Finalé!


J.P. King will give us an exciting behind the scenes look at how Art Galleries operate as he presents, Operating Information as Contemporary Artistic Practice.






ART HOUSE CAFÉ LECTURE SERIES FINALÉ 
J.P. KING
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
@7PM

ADMISSION IS FREE, RSVP to 
reserve a spot!



Join us for another enlightening night as our Series comes to an end. 

gpag@grimsby.ca
(905) 945-3246



Paint Outdoors with Jan Yates!

Have you ever painted outdoors?

While most of us love painting inside, traditionally, most landscape artists have taken to the fields, vineyards and mountains for inspiration.

Join Artist Jan Yates, and explore painting in the great outdoors for 6 sessions off-site as part of our Professional Development Programme - beginners are welcome!







'EN PLEIN AIR’ (Outdoor Painting) 

with Jan Yates, S.C.A.
Wednesdays: May 6- June 7, 2015
From 6pm-8pm
6 Sessions
$65 Members/ $75 non-members
*Class Location: 140 Mountain Rd. 
Grimsby, ON: L3ME7 




Spring is coming and it’s time to paint in beautiful green fields with vineyard views!  Through 6 sessions, there will be lots of time to immerse yourself in making art. Painting outdoors improves your skills when working back in the studio. Learn about simplifying your pallet, working fast in the changing light, mark making/ brushwork and paint handling, as well as colour and value relationships. 

*Material list to be provided upon registration




About Jan Yates, S.C.A.



Above all else, the land informs the development of Jan Yates’ work. For over a decade the artist has made paintings and constructions directly on rural land near her home on the Niagara Escarpment, a Unesco biosphere reserve. The process of creating on site is integral to Yates, cultivating an intimate dialogue with the earth’s growth, decay and renewal. These outdoor encounters are the catalysts for in-studio exploration, evolving into a cyclical body of work mapping a quest for preservation, while contemplating the consequence of change.Since moving back to Canada from California, Yates has been elected as a member of the Society of Canadian Artists and her work is held in collections throughout North America, Ireland, Europe and Australia. She has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, including international travel grants in 2011 and 2014. She has also garnered recognition from selected juried exhibitions. In 2012,  Yates was awarded a residency from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. A second residency was awarded in 2014, to take place at 'the Booth' in Shetland, Scotland, in 2015. 




Monday, April 13, 2015

Introduction to WASHI with Tracey-Mae Chambers!

If you're looking for a unique, creative experience, Introduction to Washi might just be for YOU!






Join us Saturday, May 9 for an exciting introduction to mixed media, new materials, paper mache and much more!

Learn how to transform flat pieces of Japanese Paper in to lightweight, malleable, translucent sculptural material.  Using konnyaku (traditional starch paste), leather, fur, inks, acrylics, and raw beeswax you will play with manipulating this beautiful paper into your own creations!


INTRODUCTION TO WASHI

Saturday, May 9, 2015
1:30pm-4:30pm

$50 Members/$60 Non-Members

**$15 Material Kit (covers all materials) available at the beginning of class from the instructor


About Tracey-Mae Chambers
tracey-mae.com



I am at present working on projects for as well as the ‘Walking Together’ project at Woodland Cultural
Centre and Planet IndigenUS which coincides with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.  I also continue to build
‘about eve’ my solo exhibition.

‘Walking Together’ pairs residential school survivors with grade twelve students at Pauline Johnson
Collegiate in Brantford ON.   The twelve students are required to do a photography and writing element. Two
students are paired per elder and they tour the school together taking photos and listening and recording
stories about the elder’s time at the facility.  I am responsible for teaching the students to paint with encaustic
paint and then help them use their writing and photos to create an artistic representation of their experience.
The result was both heart breaking and spirit lifting.  I strive to make my artistic presence and experiences have
meaning and substance by working on such projects.

‘Mother. Earth’ will be an installation piece at The Japanese Paper Place in Toronto.   I will be working with Ahmoo Angeconeb, from Lac Seul First Nation on this creation for Planet IndigenUS 2015. My portion of this work will be centred around creation and how we are linked to the Mother in so many intrinsic ways, yet
we continue to exploit and harm our very means of existence. I wanted to find a way to express that through
Washi.  I have begun creating seeds and eggs this weekend of varying shapes and sizes. From about 21” high
and 14” wide to very small ones that can fit in the palm of your hand. I will also be representing the trees which
are used to make Washi using the paper they produce. Illustrating the circular nature of our world.
After being mentored by such a powerful force as Christi Belcourt I find that I am gravitating towards
creating works that address social change in women’s roles as well as body image issues. The resulting body of
work is entitled ‘about eve’. The exhibition includes wax sculptures of thirty eight volunteers, three life size
dresses and twenty four paintings. The work has been very well received by visitors and school groups alike and
the exhibition gives an opportunity for teachers to discuss body image with students.

My body of work for exhibition focuses on negative body image and I strive to convey my dismay at its
prevalence through my art. Many others are dedicated to affect change in the sad statistics involved with the
diseases associated with our preoccupation with our self-image. So my solo show ‘about eve’ was and
continues to be well received. A residency in the fall of 2013 at Gushul Studio in Blairmore Alberta gave me the
opportunity to dedicate time to researching my direction for my project for 2014 First Nations Art at Woodland
Cultural Centre in as the first featured artist for the annual exhibition. I worked as an artist in residence at the
Living Arts Centre in Mississauga’s textile/encaustic studio to complete this project. I will be attending the
National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s ‘Body Image and Self Esteem Conference’ April 16 & 17, 2015 in
Toronto to further research this disturbing issue.

I have continued to put my education at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto to good use as I pursue
teaching positions at many art facilities across Canada and in my home studio space. I feel a great joy in sharing
my passion for art creation and I continue to reach out to anyone who wants to learn. I have recently become
one of the few instructors for Encaustikos which manufactures encaustic mediums and supplies. This
opportunity has enriched my practice due to the ongoing education in the art form. I also participate in both
gallery and art group auctions, as well as juried shows and am happy to have my work currently showcased at a
variety of venues across Ontario. I am looking forward to a bright 2015 continuing what I feel is important work
addressing our preoccupation with body image.


Miigwetch, Tracey-Mae Chambers