Friday, November 21, 2014

GPAG's 6th Annual Open House: Colour Me Winter, November 30th!

Our sixth annual open house, 
Colour Me Winter 2014 is just 9 days away!

Join us from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, November 30 for Art 

Activities for the WHOLE family, 

Refreshments and some surprises!

Admission is free and ALL are welcome!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial: Memorial Talk by Reinhard Reitzenstein & Arden Phair TONIGHT!

In partnership with the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, The Grimsby Historical Society brings you The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial!

This exciting talk will be presented by artist 
Reinhard Reitzenstein and curator Arden Phair.

Join us at 7:30pm in the Carnegie Commons Building!

"To recognize those who lost their lives, the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force was created with a goal to erect a memorial recognizing the 131 workers who died during the construction of the Welland Canal. View an archival story on Manus Dugan, a worker who died building the canal."
-City of St. Catharines

Friday, November 14, 2014

GPAG's Annual Gift Shop Sale: Have a look!

It is that time of year again, and our Gallery Shop has something for EVERYBODY!

All of our items are handmade by Canadian artists, and many local to the region.
Non-members receive 10% off items, and members receive 20%!

We have Cards, Christmas Ornaments, Pottery, Jewelry, Sculpture, Paintings and much much more!

Artist and designer Sandra Yemm continues to create intricate and ornate Jewelry! 

Studio Potter Louis McCann and GPAG's Silva Talmassons create this beautiful display of handmade pottery and decorations!

Hand blown art by Gray Art Glass!!!

Our Annual sale would not be the same without the incredible metalwork of artist 
Floyd Elzinga!

We certainly have handmade cards a plenty!

Paintings by GPAG's Education & Media Coordinator Chris O'Hoski.

INCREDIBLE Hand woven scarves by Lucy Slykerman!

GPAG's Administrative Assistant & artist Allison Poole creates these beautiful "cupcakes" that look good enough to eat!

Monday, November 10, 2014

GPAG's Annual Gift Shop 3 DAY Christmas Sale! Nov. 13, 14 & 15!!

It's that time of year again!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery's Gift Shop's 
Annual 3 day Christmas Sale starts

Thursday, January 13th!

Get your hands on some beautiful handmade Canadian Art, Jewelry, Sculpture, Books and much much more!

Gallery Members receive 20% off and non members receive 10% off!

Join us on November 13th, 14th and 15th!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Art House Café Lecture Series: Launches November 21 with Dr. Benedict Leca!

Art House Café Lecture Series



The Grimsby Public Art Gallery continues its 3rd series of our Art House Café Lecture Series!

What better way to start  than with the Art Gallery of Hamilton's Director of Curatorial Affairs,
Dr. Benedict Leca!?

Join us 7pm in the periodical reading room as Dr. Leca
discusses curating and bringing together the AGH's current monumental exhibition, Cézanne!

Admission is free, RSVP to the Gallery!

(905) 945-3246

Friday, October 31, 2014

Colour Me Winter: Open House, November 30, 2014!

Join us for our sixth annual open house, 

Colour Me Winter!

Colour Me Winter is a FREE open house, inviting you to join us for Art Activities, refreshments, and some surprises!

Join us Sunday, November 30 from 1pm-4pm!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Precious Little: Opening This Sunday!






Precious Little is about the
 impact of scale and the power of shifts in scale to present creative and intellectual revelations. We have a long history of fascination with extremes of size; think of Gulliver’s Travels and the Lilliputians and Brobdingnagians, or the Colossus of Rhodes and ivory miniatures. Either extreme attracts admiration and awe; the simple act of stepping outside natural scale, and particularly ‘human scale’, encourages our minds to make atypical connections. We often associate over- sized objects with power or threat, miniature ones with preciosity. Artists, however, have a tendency to start with the ‘usual assumptions’ and adapt them in a way that guides the viewer to a refreshing new perspective. 

Amy Swartz creates personalities in a tiny hybrid society by attaching miniature human or superhero limbs and heads to dead insects. Micah Adams manipulates and recombines an incredibly eclectic selection of materials using his accumulated knowledge of sculptural techniques, meticulously re-scaled to suit the jewellery maker’s realm. Melanie McDonald paints small ordinary objects, both fabricated and natural, on a grand scale, elevating their impact and importance.

Swartz, Adams and MacDonald each starts with something small and insignificant and imbues it with impact and meaning through the artistic process, stimulating our imaginations into diverse areas of creative speculation.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mixed Media Makers 2: November 11 - December 16th!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to offer a SECOND session for Mixed Media Makers  by popular demand!

Mixed Media Makers  2 is a comprehensive art session for ages 5-12, led by instructor Alicia Tompkins.

Each week will introduce a new media, with a focus on process, new materials, techniques; but mostly FUN!

Join us on Tuesday nights, (6:30-8pm) from November 11 - December 16!

Register today, space is LIMITED!

Call for Entry! Our Art House Café Lecture Series at the GPAG!

Call for Entry!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery's Art House Café Lecture series continues in its 3rd year, for our 2014-2015 season!

If you're an emerging scholar, graduate or undergraduate in Art History or its related fields, we want to hear from you!

The Call:

Upper year undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates of Art History or related fields are invited to propose topics to be presented as talks for the Art House Café Lecture Series at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. This series is devoted to the cultivation and sharing of ideas, and aims to promote both the study of art history and the research of emerging scholars throughout Ontario. Lectures will be presented once a month from January to April 2015, following a keynote talk in late fall 2014.   A small honorarium will be paid to each speaker. Please note that although we welcome proposals from across Ontario, we are currently not able to provide assistance with travel costs.

Hosted in the Grimsby Public Library’s Periodical Reading Room, the Art House Café Lecture Series is free to the public, and a café reception will follow each talk. 

The Art House Café Lecture Series is dedicated to the memory of Pat and Edith Brown, two dedicated members of the arts community in Grimsby and long-time supporters of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The series is run in partnership with the Grimsby Public Library.

Please include the following information with your proposal:

Contact information:   

This includes your university affiliation, level of study, address, phone number and email address.


This may be an initial working title.


A brief description of your proposed paper should be no more than 500 words. Ensure that your name does not appear on the abstract itself, as the entries will be juried.

Abstracts will be assessed by a committee of arts professionals from the local community.

Please send the abstract for your proposed talk by November 14th, 2014 to the following:

ATTN:  Art House Café Lecture Series
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y1
Fax: 905-945-1789

E-mail: and include “Art House Café Lecture Series Proposal” in the subject line.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Instructor Spotlight: Ruth Emerson!

Meet Instructor, Ruth Emerson!

Ruth Emerson started learning Traditional Rug- Hooking in 1972 and has been teaching since 1985.  

Ruth presently teaches at the the GPAG, the Art Gallery of Burlington her Home studio as well as various mini workshops including the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Annual in 2000, OHCG branches in Ontario, two OHCG Quebec branches and the International Guild Handhooking Rugmakers’, 2003 in Toronto.

Ruth has also been featured as a designer in "A Needle Pulling Thread" on top of more recent publications.

This Fall, Ruth will be teaching:

Introduction to Rughooking:
Christmas Ornaments

Saturday, November 22, 2014

$30 members/$40 non-members

*registrants to pay a small $10 fee to the instructor for materials at the beginning of class.

Space is LIMITED, register while you can!