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!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kaoru Ryan Klatt speaks about Setting: land - This Saturday!

There's LOTS happening this weekend at the GPAG, and admission is ALWAYS free!

Join us on Saturday from 2pm-4pm as Kaoru Ryan Klatt gives us insight into Setting:land, currently showing at the Gallery.

RSVP to the gallery to reserve a space!

(905) 945-3246

Rikochéz Parking Lot Paint-Off TOMORROW AFTERNOON!

Tomorrow Afternoon!

Youth ages 11-18, are welcome to join us for the first Rikochéz Parking Lot Paint-Off!

Join us for an afternoon of painting and food from 1pm-5pm, and watch our incredible youth collaborate and create!

Summer Art Camp at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery: Spots still available!!

We still have spots left in our 7 Week Summer Camp!

With Circus Week, Fantasy Art Week, Earth Week, Space Invaders, Wild Animal Safari, Arts & Letters and Deep Sea Adventures, the imagination could know no bounds.

Contact the Gallery to reserve a spot!

(905) 945-3246

Monday, July 07, 2014

The GPAG has joined NARM and ROAM!

The GPAG has recently joined two membership enhancement organizations, NARM and ROAM. (The North American Reciprocal Museum Association and the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums)

If you top up your basic membership fee with a donation that brings the total to at least $100 you will receive a special membership card with the NARM and ROAM logos printed on it. These will give you free entry and other membership privileges at an immense range of galleries and museums across North America! 

Contact the Gallery for more information!

(905) 945-3246

Setting: land Artist Kaoru Ryan Klatt talks: This Saturday!

Join us THIS Saturday, July 12, as Kaoru Ryan Klatt talks about Setting: Land

Kaoru Ryan Klatt will discuss the relationship between people and the land, as well as giving an in-depth look at his piece: Yulaska - the true story of an adventure to the arctic circle gone awry..

Admission is FREE! Contact the Gallery to reserve a spot!
(905) 945-3246