Monday, September 22, 2014

Classics in New Clothes: Fundraiser & Concert!


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!

Celebrate Culture Days at the GPAG this weekend!


SEPT. 26, 27 & 28, 2014

We’re just FIVE DAYS away from a JAM PACKED weekend at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery!

Culture Days raises awareness, accessibility, participation and the engagement of Canadians, nation-wide, with a specific focus on celebrating culture, and inclusivity.

Doors Open Grimsby, ArtsWalk 2014 and the Rikochéz Parking-Lot Paint-Off encourage participation, engagement, culture, and we welcome you cordially. 



RIKOCHÉZ PUB & EATERY: 54 Ontario St., Grimsby, ON.


1PM - 5PM
@The GPAG & Downtown Grimsby

1PM - 5PM
@The GPAG & Downtown Grimsby

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Culture Days at the GPAG!!!

As always, The Grimsby Public Art Gallery joins Culture Days with a weekend FULL of inspiration.

In Conjunction with Doors Open Grimsby, The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is proud to kick off the weekend with the Rikochèz Parking-Lot Paint Off for youth, followed by our incredible ArtsWalk 2014 event.

Participation for all of our events is FREE, and we cordially welcome you on each stop!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Culture Days, Doors Open Grimsby, and ArtsWalk 2014!

As part of Culture Days 2014, and in conjunction with Doors Open Grimsby, The GPAG is proud to bring you ArtsWalk 2014!  Join us on our walk as you'll meet visual artists, musicians, performers and more!

Walk with us Saturday, September 27, from 1pm-5pm!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Instructor Spolight: Alicia Tompkins!


We have an exciting line-up of incredible Courses and Workshops coming this Fall to the GPAG.  Today we're proud to introduce our After School Mixed Media Makers Instructor! 

Meet Alicia Tompkins!

About Alicia,

I have always had a passion for all types of art including; drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, videography and editing. 

I attended Sheridan College for Art Fundamentals and Television and Film where I learned a variety of different techniques and was able to explore my artistry. 

I attended Brock University for Child and Youth Studies, where I majored in Visual Arts and graduated from Medaille Teachers College in Buffalo, NY, with a Masters degree in Education, fulfilling my passions of becoming a teacher and an artist.

Over the past 3 years, I have been teaching and sharing my passion for the arts with my students. Over the years, I also worked as a Videographer / Editor for Weddings and a Photographer for children and families portraits and today I own my own Photography business.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Instructor Spotlight: Tabitha Stephens!


We have an exciting line-up of incredible Courses and Workshops coming this Fall to the GPAG.

Classes for Kids, Teens and lots for Adults too!

Today we look at a wonderful instructor who will be teaching our Teens!


About Tabitha:

I have been making art all my life. I first started taking a serious interest in painting when my high school, E.L. Crossley asked me to create a mural for their music department. Painting became a daily part of my life my junior and senior year and I never looked back. After receiving the Pelham Art Society Scholarship I went on the Brock University where I received my BA in History and Visual Art. 

I have always had a fascination for history and I draw a lot of inspiration for my work from history, as well as nature. Almost all of my abstract pieces are based around nature. I also love to travel and get a lot of inspiration from that. I don’t limit myself to just one medium. I enjoy drawing, photography as well as painting and love combining these mediums. I hope to pursue a career in Art and am currently trying to make my way into the art scene.


(Ages 12-17)


September 28- October 26 (no class Oct 5)

2pm - 4pm

4 Sessions

$30 Members/ $40 non-members

Open to all experience levels, the Fundamentals of Art will take students through traditional aspects of drawing, painting, composition, perspective and creativity.  Each week will present a different project utilizing traditional and modern techniques in art. All materials are included!

Early registration is OPEN!  Contact the Gallery to reserve a spot!

P: (905) 945-3246

Friday, August 15, 2014

Instructor Spotlight: Tracey-Mae Chambers!


We have an exciting line-up of incredible Courses and Workshops coming this Fall to the GPAG.

Classes for Kids, Teens and lots for Adults too!

Today, we look at an incredible instructor offering TWO exceptional workshops.



I am a work in progress both as a native artist and as a person. My work has evolved over the last few years from non-representational abstract to encaustic and sculpture. This is largely due to the Ontario Arts Council ~Career and Access Development Grant which involved a mentorships under Christi Belcourt and Linda Lundstom as well as my month learning encaustics from Ann Shier. Since then I have been honing my skills and developing my strategy for the First Nations show in the spring. 

After working with Christi Belcourt I realized that I have gravitated towards creating works that address social issues in general and women's body image problems. I have represented this in both paintings and in sculptural form. The exhibition includes thirty three sculptures of women's torsos which I have made from paper mache and then painted with bees wax. These women have donated their 'shape' to the exhibition and they will be grouped together and address our perceptions of body image. These volunteers range from thirteen women at a women's shelter, a women suffering from anorexia, a mastectomy survivor and most touching, a women who asked that the ashes of her mother be incorporated into the wax for her contribution and also friends and relatives. 

There are 20+ encaustic paintings as well as the central piece which is a life size women dresses in a hooped shirt dress and bodice made from Japanese paper which is filled with dolls and lit from within, illustrating women as a human incubator.


Introduction to Encaustic (Workshop)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 

From 2pm - 5pm

1 Session
$30 members/$40 non-members


Introduction to Encaustic painting is the process of using wax based paints that are heated to a molten state, applied while molten and fused with a heat source between each layer of paint to bond it to the layer below. This art form engages artists from a wide variety of mediums, such as mixed media, photographers, printmakers, painters and more.
In this one day workshop you will learn about the basic methods of painting with encaustic. Class time is structured with a demonstration and then a space of time for students to experiment on their own. Questions and answers are welcome throughout the class.
No experience is necessary.

Material list to be provided upon registration****

Self-Portraits in Paper Mache and Acrylic 
(Two Day Workshop)
Saturday, November 8, & Sunday November 9, 2014

From 2pm - 5pm

2 Sessions
$45 members/$55 non-members


Join us for this two day sculpture workshop facilitated by encaustic artist Tracey-Mae Chambers. Participants will learn to create their own piece of unique body sculpture. Using paper mache students will construct a model of themselves using a t-shirt and tape. Artfully painted and decorated using a variety of textural styles and mixed media techniques to complete the final form. The participant will be asked to bring odds and ends to the class to add to their sculpture - things that represent them in some way. 
This workshop is catered to all skill levels, and open to first-timers as well as the experienced. 

Early registration is OPEN!  Contact the Gallery to reserve a spot!

P: (905) 945-3246

Monday, August 11, 2014

FANTASY ART WEEK - Spots Still Available!

Our Summer Art Camp continues next week with


There are no creative limits for our sixth week - open to ages 5-12!

To register, please contact the Gallery!

Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition: Opening August 1st!

Join US!

2014 Bi-Annual
Juried Exhibition

August 1 – September 7, 2014

Opening Reception

Sunday, August 10, 

This exhibition has been generously sponsored by:

Canadian Tire Store #40,  NRB Inc., 
Coles Florist, & Special Effects Art Shoppe

Every two years the GPAG hosts a juried exhibition to showcase new and exciting works by artists from across Ontario. This competition often attracts up to 200 entries; from these the jurors select about 30 pieces to be in the show.

The jurors for the 2014 competition are Denis Longchamp, Curator at the Burlington Art Centre,  Deirdre Chisholm, Director-Curator, Norfolk Arts Centre, Simcoe and Jane Adeney, senior artist from Hamilton. As well as selecting works for the show, the jurors will be determining the winners of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes and the Local Artist’s Award. The winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award will be determined at the end of the show.

The juried process is always an exciting one – for the artists; for the jurors; for the gallery; and for the viewers – and a process in which we all manage to experience something new!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spots still left in our Summer Art Camps!

We still have LOTS of Spots left in our Summer Art Camps!

These BEAUTIFUL clay aliens were made Wednesday by our Mini Morning Makers AND Avid Artists in the afternoon!

To register, please contact the Gallery!

(905) 945-3246

Still to come!

Week 3: July 28 – August 1

Wild Animal Safari

Regular 1/2 day: 
Members $80 / Non-members $96
What kid doesn’t love animals? For those students with an equal love of wildlife and the Arts, this week will explore the captivating world of zoology through works of art inspired by their favourite beasts!

*Week 4: August 5 - 8 (no class Monday)

Arts & Letters 

For Ages 5 - 8 years 

9:00am - 3:30pm
Extended care is available for an additional $30 
Extended care begins at 8:30am and ends at 5:00pm
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Grimsby Public Library invite your little Book Worms to come explore the wonderful world of books and book-related arts. Through an exciting combination of literacy and creativity, students will create artworks and stories to share!

Week 5: August 11- 15 

Earth Week: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!

Regular 1/2 day: 
Members $80 / Non-members $96
Don’t throw it out, make it into Art! Students will be amazed to discover the infinite creative possibilities of every day objects, all you need is imagination and a love of nature! Be Green and grow through the Arts!

Week 6: August 18 - 22

Fantasy Art Week

Regular 1/2 day: 
Members $80 / Non-members $96
In a land far, far away, on a street named Carnegie Lane, brave heroes and crafty villains will gather to create wondrous works inspired by legends and myths of old. This is the perfect week for Fantasy-loving students!

Week 7: August 25– 29

Deep Sea Adventures

Regular 1/2 day: 
Members $80 / Non-members $96
Yarrr mateys! What fascinating creatures and lost treasures lie at the bottom of the ocean? Students will explore the watery depths through art projects inspired by sea life, ship wrecks, mythological creatures and much more!