Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GPAG Winter Courses & Workshops!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is excited to announce our line-up of Courses & Workshops this Winter!  Give the gift of art this Christmas, and sign up a loved one!

KIDS


SUPERHERO ART MAKERS
Natalie Armistead
Ages 5-8
Saturdays: January 14 –February 18
2pm-4pm
6 Sessions
$75 Members/$82 Non-Members

It’s time to Save the World! In this Super-fun series participants will use a variety of powerful art techniques to create their own superheroes. Bring your super art-making-powers and prepare to save the day! 


CARTOONING & ANIMATION
With Hope Grant
Ages 8-12
Sundays: January 22-February 26
(No class Feb. 5 & Feb. 19)
2pm-4pm
4 Sessions
$58 Members/$65 Non-Members

Learn about flipbooks, story boards, character creation and more. This class will engage the imagination and teach participants traditional animation, using problem solving and collective brainstorming to create both group and individual projects.


ADULTS


CAFÉ WITH MONET I & II
With Jan Yates
2 Different Sessions!
Session 1
Sunday, January 8: 2pm-4pm
Session 2
Saturday, February 25: 2pm-4pm

$45 Members/$50 Non-Members each session

Looking for something creative to do while enjoying a cup of coffee and sweets? Paint a Monet masterpiece with a group of inspiring people.. You will learn how to apply Monet’s techniques and complete a finished work of art – all in one sitting! Workshop price includes all art supplies, coffee, sweets and instruction; the fun is free. 
We will work from this famous Monet masterpiece!



INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOUR
With Julie Snider
Tuesdays: January 10-February 14
6pm-9pm
6 sessions
$95 Members/$110 Non-Members

Develop your watercolour painting with expert guidance that will push you to new levels of artistry. Lessons include brushwork, values, colour blending, and textures. There will be special emphasis on design elements and creative development, from backgrounds to a finished painting. 
Some experience required

**Material List to be provided upon 
registration.


SQUARE ROOTS PROJECT
OH CANADA—MAPPING OUR ROOTS
With Jan Yates
Sunday, January 15
1:30pm-4:30pm
1 Session
$40 Members/$45 Non-Members

This workshop invites you to contribute to a deeper understanding of what it means to be Canadian. Utilizing the ancient medium of encaustic (natural warm beeswax), participants can collage, paint, write or carve out personal connections with our ‘true North strong and free’ or that depict well known Canadians that have impacted ways of thinking about our ‘home and native land’. No experience required.  All participants must be registered for the Square Roots Project and will create on their 8” X  8” square!
**Material List to be provided upon Registration


INTRODUCTION TO ACRYLIC
With Rachel Tirone
Thursdays: January 19-March 2 
6pm-8pm
6 Sessions
$60 Members/$65 Non-Members

This introductory course will guide participants through colour theory, uses of acrylic applications and creativity.  Through 6 sessions participants will be introduced to a variety of acrylic styles and concepts - perfect for a beginning painter.
*Material List to be provided upon registration



*All gallery programs are subject to minimum and maximum registration. Payment is required
 7 days after the date of registration to ensure a spot. 
Classes are subject to change. 
Cancellations require 7 days notice to receive a full  refund. The gallery is not responsible for missed classes, and does not pro-rate classes without prior arrangements. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

CURTAIN: Demystifying Death Through Art Workshop - THIS SUNDAY!

In proud partnership with McNally House, The Grimsby Public Art Gallery proudly presents:
CURTAIN: Demystifying Death Through Art; a special workshop.  Admission is free, and all are welcome!





CURTAIN
Demystifying Death Through Art

A community discussion and workshop about death, dying 
and loss.**

Presented in partnership with McNally House Hospice &
The GPAG Volunteer Committee

Sunday, December 4
2pm

Panelists:

Jeff Bierk – artist
Maureen O’Connor - Psycho-Spiritual Clinician, 
Jennifer Sharman - Biological Anthropologist 
 
Moderator:

Matthew Ryan Smith Ph.D. – Curator, Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant and Sessional Professor, Indigenous Art, Department of Visual Studies, 
University of Toronto (Mississauga)

This event supports the Niagara West Compassionate Communities. 
The goal of this initiative is to increase awareness and access to resources 
around death, dying and loss, as well as, demystify death.
**Participants are encouraged to bring a personal photo that speaks to their experience of death, dying and loss 




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Colour Me Winter: THIS Sunday!

It’s that time of year when  GPAG opens its doors for 
Colour Me Winter!  Join us from 2pm-4pm for sweets, a sing along with Stan, art crafts and more!




Colour Me Winter
Sunday, November 27
2pm-4pm
Free Admission

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CURTAIN: Demystifying Death Through Art Workshop!

Join us Sunday, December 4 for a special workshop in partnership with McNally House!





CURTAIN: Demystifying Death Through Art
A community discussion and workshop about death, dying and loss.**

Presented in partnership with
McNally House Hospice &
The GPAG Volunteer Committee

This event supports the Niagara West 
Compassionate Community Charter. The goal of this initiative is to increase awareness and access to resources around death, dying and loss, as well as, demystify death.

**Participants are encouraged to bring a personal photo that speaks to their experience of 
death, dying and loss.



Friday, November 11, 2016

CURTAIN: Jeff Bierk - Opening THIS Sunday!

Join the Grimsby Public Art Gallery as it presents its next exhibition, CURTAIN by Jeff Bierk!

CURTAIN
Jeff Bierk

Curated by Matthew Ryan Smith
November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Sunday, November 13
2pm-4pm





The fascinating images presented in this exhibition are both autobiographical and politically significant. They are deeply personal in that most of the photographs were taken during visits to the hospital where Toronto based  Jeff Bierk’s former lover was receiving treatment for serious illness, but he finds that they have also become complex representations of strength and renewal, layered with the sometimes mysterious power of the medical industry. 

The photographs are aesthetically beautiful. Chiaroscuro renders the curtains as tactile, almost inviting, and brings to mind art historical references such as the rich drapery in paintings by Carravaggio; yet, considering that the sterile environment of the hospital they simultaneously dismiss the hand as a purveyor of sickness. 

For Bierk, the curtain photographs represent a serious dichotomy of aesthetic beauty and emotional pain. They force him to confront the hospital environment, in which loved ones have been both nurtured and passed away; he is both comforted and haunted by the complexity of their meanings. Curator Matthew Ryan Smith is particularly curious about this dichotomy and about the process by which seemingly neutral, beautiful images gain emotional and political currency through lived experience and personal history. 

A special project in partnership with McNally House Hospice is planned.


Wednesday, November 09, 2016

GPAG Gift Shop Annual Christmas Sale: Beginning TOMORROW!

Thursday  November 10 ~ 10am - 8pm
Friday  November 11 ~ 10am - 5pm
Saturday  November 12 ~ 1pm - 5pm




Gallery members receive 20% and non-members receive 10% off their Gift Shop purchases!

Jewellery • Pottery • Glass • Ornaments • Silk Scarves • Metal Sculptures • Greeting Cards
and much MORE!  

To view some of the items we have in the Shop, check out our Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thegpag/

All items in the Gallery Shop are handcrafted in Canada!

PLEASE NOTE
* Items cannot be put on Hold - they must be purchased during the sale - Nov 10, 11, 12
* Items already on Hold are not eligible for this sale

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Square Roots Project: Register Now!



The whole country will be celebrating in 2017 and so will Grimsby! Part of Canada’s theme for the our Sesquicentennial focuses on diversity and inclusion. To embrace that theme, the Town of Grimsby has decided not to hold an art competition with judges, awards and ribbons this year, instead every submission will be
included!

PARTICIPATION IS FREE!!  Grimsby residents or anyone affiliated with a Grimsby church, school, organization or club, can register to recieve one, 8”x8”x1" thick basswood square to create your art piece. Each participant must register individually.

Express what you love about Canada and why you are proud to be Canadian! Each completed square will be unique... just like all of us! Then every single square will be brought together to composed a colourful, community-created masterpiece that will be unveiled and celebrated, February 19, 2017 at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Deadline for completed submissions is February 3, 2017.  Art will remain on exhibit throughout March, 2017 and then our goal is to find a permanent public home for the Square Roots Project!

You can choose to include something significant that Grimsby has contributed to Canada or focus on all Canadian heritage. This is something that will leave a lasting impression, so take some time think about these questions, discuss it with family and friends. What each of you deems meaningful, will vary, which is why this such a
compelling project! All ages and skill levels, amateur and professional artists, are invited to participate. We are excited to see what each of you will create!

REGISTER ONLINE AT: http://squarerootsproject.eventbrite.ca
PRINT OUT YOUR TICKET AND PRESENT AT THE GPAG TO RECIEVE YOUR SQUARE! Only one square per person. Limited quantities available. If you need help decorating your square, sign up for project specific workshops at the GPAG!

The Square Roots Project is a collaborative community project. It is the creative initiative of the Town of Grimsby’s Heritage Advisory Committee and the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Call for Papers: Art House Café Lecture Series: DEADLINE EXTENDED!

We've extended our deadline for submissions for our Art House Café Lecture Series!

Have your papers in before November 25 at 5pm!






Upper year undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates of Art History, fine arts, cultural studies 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 in February, March and April 2017, following a keynote talk presented by an established scholar in late fall 2016. 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 Fireside Lounge, the Art House Café Lecture Series is open to the public, admission is free and light refreshments are served following 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: Please include your university affiliation, level of study, address, phone number and email address.
•        Title: This may be a preliminary working title.
•        Abstract: A brief description of your proposed paper that 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 25th, 2016 to the following:

Papers may be submitted by email to:
gpag@grimsby.ca (please include Art House Café Proposal as the subject line)

or by mail/hand to:

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.

For more information, please contact the Gallery
gpag@grimsby.ca

(905) 945-3246

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

GPAG Gallery Shop Annual Christmas Sale!

Grimsby Public Art Gallery - The Gallery Shop

Annual Christmas Sale!




Thursday  November 10 ~ 10am - 8pm
Friday  November 11 ~ 10am - 5pm
Saturday  November 12 ~ 1pm - 5pm

Gallery members receive 20% and non-members receive 10% off their Gift Shop purchases!

Jewellery • Pottery • Glass • Ornaments • Silk Scarves • Metal Sculptures • Greeting Cards
and much MORE!  

To view some of the items we have in the Shop, check out our Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thegpag/

All items in the Gallery Shop are handcrafted in Canada!

PLEASE NOTE
* Items cannot be put on Hold - they must be purchased during the sale - Nov 10, 11, 12
* Items already on Hold are not eligible for this sale

Friday, October 28, 2016

Your Art Collection at Your Fingertips: One Day left to Vote!


Help us digitize our collection with Aviva.  Just one day left to vote!

Your art collection, at your fingertips!
GPAG On-line Catalogue, Education Portal and Art Rental

http://www.avivacommunityfund.org


Art for the masses!  Both large and small art galleries are actively seeking to engage the public with their collections.  Galleries have become spaces where visitors of all ages are welcomed not only to exhibitions, but also to workshops and events that allow us to explore art and art-making on many levels.  Technology offers us a chance to interact with art beyond the parameters of exhibitions and the limitations of physical space.  Catalogues are moving online, and this is especially important for smaller galleries like the Grimsby Public Art Gallery (GPAG).

We are celebrating 40 years by looking back, at the formative years of the gallery and its holdings; as well as looking forward, to share and grow the collection in a digital age.  Access to the permanent collection has lagged because of practical limitations and we are eager to give the community ‘your art collection… at your fingertips!’

VOTE NOW to help the GPAG receive funding for this important project at: https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/16-455

Voting ends October 28th!