Monday, October 27, 2014

Precious Little: Opening This Sunday!

JOIN US SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, FOR THE OPENING OF PRECIOUS LITTLE

 FEATURING THE WORK OF
AMY SWARTZ, MELANIE MACDONAD AND MICAH ADAMS, THIS UNIQUE EXHIBITION WILL EXPLORE SCALE AND OUR OWN FASCINATION WITH SIZE.


PRECIOUS LITTLE

AMY SWARTZ
MELANIE MACDONALD
MICAH ADAMS


NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 6, 2014






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.

Title:   

This may be an initial working title.

Abstract:   

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:  gpag@grimsby.ca 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
2pm-4pm

$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!


Get your thrift on at the GPAG with our GPAG Art & Treasure Market!

Join us Saturday, October 25, 2014
for our annual indoor yard sale,

The GPAG Art & Treasure Market!

This year's GPAG Market will have a wonderful selection for EVERYBODY.

From art to clothing, to collectibles, you're SURE to find something!



WarGames & Classics in New Clothes: October 18th!


OCTOBER 18TH IS GOING TO BE AN
 EXCITING DAY AT THE GPAG!


JOIN US AT 9:30AM IN THE GALLERY'S EXHIBITION SPACE FOR WARGAMES! WARGAMES IS AN INTERACTIVE HANDS-ON GAMING EXPERIENCE USING MINIATURES AND DIORAMAS TO RE-ENACT THE WAR OF 1812!




**PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED





IF YOU LIKE LIVE MUSIC, JOIN US AT 7:30 FOR CLASSICS IN NEW CLOTHES!
CLASSICS IN NEW CLOTHES WILL FEATURE THE MUSICAL STYLING OF VOCALIST TRICIA COLE AND GEORGE BRASOVAN OF GINTONIC!



TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!
(905) 945-3246




Friday, October 10, 2014

WarGames at the GPAG: October 18th!

GAME MASTERS FROM ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO WILL
UNITE IN THE GALLERY’S EXHIBITION SPACE FOR AN INTERACTIVEGAMING EXPERIENCE:  WAR GAMES!

WARGAMES
A DAY OF GAMING AND SCENARIOS OF THE WAR OF 1812
(IN THE EXHIBITION SPACE)





FOR AGES 15 & UP
(UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)

PARTICIPATION: $10
SPECTATING: FREE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
9:30AM

*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED


WHAT IS WARGAMES?

WARGAMES IS A GAMING EXPERIENCE USING SCENARIOS CITING BATTLES OF THE WAR OF 1812.

WITH THE USE OF DIORAMAS, FIGURINES AND MINIATURES, PLAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO RE-ENACT BATTLES AFTER BEING GUIDED THROUGH A SET OF INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES.

PLAY AND LEARN ABOUT ART AND CANADIAN HISTORY AT THE SAME TIME!


EACH PARTICIPANT WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF CHOOSING 5 SCENARIOS FOR GAMING:


Battle of Chippewa (Craig Alexander):

The Battle of Chippewa, fought on July 5th, 1814, was the opening engagement of the Niagara campaign of 1814, the longest and bloodiest of the War of 1812.  The battle took place on the fields of Samuel Street's farm near the banks of the Niagara River. It began when a British, Canadian and aboriginal force of about 2,000 men attacked an invading American army of about 3,500 men. The fighting started early in the morning and lasted until nearly six o'clock in the evening. When it was over, the British were forced to withdraw and the Americans won the day.  Will history be repeated?  

The game will be played with 28mm miniatures and the rules will be British Grenadier.  The scenario is ideal for 4 players.



Afternoon of Queenston Heights (Dan Abbott)

This scenario takes place in the afternoon of Oct. 1812,and focuses on the mistakes committed by both sides.
The game is based on 28mm figures. It will run twice and can take 4 to 6 players.



Battle of Baltimore (Ft. McHenry) (Stephen J. Arthurs):

Will incorporate a land and sea battle, involving natives, privateers, militia and regular forces of both Americans and British.

8 to 10 players, and it will run the full duration of the day roughly 5 to 5.5 hrs. 




Once Upon a Time In Upper Canada (John Goldsworthy and Andy Hohn):

We'll be using Iron Ivan's This Very Ground rules for be a War of 1812 skirmish "patrol" game which will  accommodate 8 players. Each player will run a "patrol" of 12-20 figures and each will have a mission to complete. Cooperation is possible but ONLY if the commander figures are within speaking distance. British regulars, Canadian fencibles and militia, First Nations warriors, US regulars (infantry and rifles), State militia are all included, all in 25mm. There are objective markers on the table which must be touched to see what is there. Some are the real objectives, some are booby prizes like a nest of rattlesnakes, a group of refugees, a group of bee-hives, or even a cart full of liquor!

8 players



Burlington Races (Wayne Kerr)

A development of Wooden Ships & Iron Men, re-scaled and adapted for battle on the Great Lakes. Fighting sail on the lakes is a little known aspect of the war. The specific scenario is called A Singular Afternoon. It was the one day in the war that both commanders sought active battle. It took place on Sept. 28, 1813 on Lake Ontario north of Grimsby. Historically it culminated with what is known as the Burlington Races. The scenario begins as the fleets close and before the Americans got their lucky shot.

4 to 8 players, runs about two hours



Wednesday, October 08, 2014

GPAG Art & Treasure Market, October 25th!


Our annual indoor yard sale continues this year with the 

GPAG Art & Treasure Market, Saturday, October 26th! 

If you have goodies to sell, we have a limited amount of 

tables available - reserve yours now!






Summer is over, the weather turned cold, 

But many fine items remain to behold, 

Selling or buying, there’s lots to be eyeing, 

With pleasure we’ll label it SOLD!

Monday, October 06, 2014

War Games at the GPAG!

When we think of Art Galleries, we think of pristine walls, quiet spaces, and formality.

On Saturday, October 18th, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery will be ANYTHING BUT!

Game Masters from across Southern Ontario will unite in a day of War Games! 






TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT THE GALLERY!



Battle of Chippewa (Craig Alexander):

The Battle of Chippawa, fought on July 5th 1814, was the opening engagement of the Niagara campaign of 1814, the longest and bloodiest of the War of 1812.  The battle took place on the fields of Samuel Street's farm near the banks of the Niagara River. It began when a British, Canadian and aboriginal force of about 2,000 men attacked an invading American army of about 3,500 men. The fighting started early in the morning and lasted until nearly six o'clock in the evening. When it was over, the British were forced to withdraw and the Americans won the day.  Will history be repeated?  

The game will be played with 28mm miniatures and the rules will be British Grenadier.  The scenario is ideal for 4 players.






Afternoon of Queenston Heights (Dan Abbott)

This scenario takes place in the afternoon of Oct. 1812,and focuses on the mistakes committed by both sides.

The game is based on 28mm figures. It will run twice and can take 4 to 6 players.



Battle of Baltimore (Ft. McHenry) (Stephen J. Arthurs):

will incorporate a land and sea battle, involving natives, privateers, militia and regular forces of both Americans and British.

8 to 10 players, and it will run the full duration of the day roughly 5 to 5.5 hrs. 
Once Upon a Time In Upper Canada (John Goldsworthy and Andy Hohn):

We'll be using Iron Ivan's This Very Ground rules for be a War of 1812 skirmish "patrol" game which could accomodate 8 players (I can be ready for 10 but eight is my probable "span of control"). Each player will run a "patrol" of 12-20 figures and each will have a mission to complete. Cooperation is possible but ONLY if the commander figures are within speaking distance. British regulars, Canadian fencibles and militia, First Nations warriors, US regulars (infantry and rifles), State militia are all included, all in 25mm. There are objective markers on the table which must be touched to see what is there. Some are the real objectives, some are booby prizes like a nest of rattlesnakes, a group of refugees, a group of bee-hives, or even a cart full of liquor!

8 – 10 players



Burlington Races (Wayne Keer)

A development of Wooden Ships & Iron Men, re-scaled and adapted for battle on the Great Lakes. Fighting sail on the lakes is a little known aspect of the war that I'm sure your participants would find fascinating. The specific scenario I have in mind is called A Singular Afternoon. It was the one day in the war that both commanders sought active battle. It took place on Sept. 28, 1813 on Lake Ontario north of Grimsby. Historically it culminated with what is known as the Burlington Races. The scenario begins as the fleets close and before the Americans got their lucky shot.



Monday, September 22, 2014

Classics in New Clothes: Fundraiser & Concert!


LIVE MUSIC  • FOOD  • PRIZES  


The Grimsby Public Art Gallery's Concert Series continues with George Brasovan & Tricia Cole of ginTonic!

Join us on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 7:30pm-9:30pm
for familiar songs with an unfamiliar twist!

Enjoy live music, food and support the GPAG at the same time!