Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from the GPAG

Season's Greetings from the Grimsby Public Art Gallery!

We hope you have happy and safe Holidays and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

The GPAG will be closed December 24th-27th & January 1st and 2nd. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sharing the Legacy

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012, 2 – 4 p.m.

Many visitors to our current show, A Surgeon’s Hand, an Artist’s Heart have been moved to tell us stories of their own turned wood treasures made by featured artist, Sandy Graham. We know that there are many more works – and stories to go with them – in our community and we would like to invite community members to bring their treasured Sandy Graham pieces into the gallery for a special afternoon of sharing those stories. If you are interested in bringing in a work please contact the art gallery at 905-945-3246 or email ; even if you don’t own a work please come to enjoy the works shared by others and to learn a little more about this marvellously generous and talented individual. Admission is free, refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Upcoming NFB Film Nights

Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 2pm (for KIDS)

Noel, Noel – Animation (22 mins 30 s)
A misguided billionaire falls in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy. Noel, Noel is a Christmas fantasy, reminding us that happiness comes when the heart is allowed to speak.

Lights for Gita – Animation (7 mins 34 s)
Eight-year-old Gita can’t wait to celebrate Divali. The Hindu festival of lights in her new Canadian home. She discovers that Canada is nothing like her earlier home in New Dehli and worries the celebration is impossible. As Gita experiences the glittering beauty of the icy streets, the traditional festival of lights comes alive in a sparkling new way.

Friday January 20th, 2012 at 11am (for KIDS)
Sunday – Animation (9 min 50 s)

Battling his Sunday afternoon boredom, a young boy places a coin on the train tracks and soon witnesses a remarkable transformation.

Oma’s Quilt – Animation (12 min 52 s)

A film about love, life and change. Oma is moving to a senior’s residence where she doesn’t know anyone. Her granddaughter Emily tries to ease the burden of such a momentous change.

Painted Tales: In Winter Still – Animation (10 min 10 s)

When Monet’s selfish gardener bans children from the gardens at Giverny, spring refuses to come. Without his garden and young visitors, Monet loses his desire to paint. Inspired by one of Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales.

The Dingles – Animation (7 min 47 s)

Doris Dingle fights a ferocious windstorm to save the lives of her three beloved cats in a charming adventure story.

Thursday February 23rd, 2012 at 7pm
A Cloud’s Dream – Hothouse 7 (1 min 25 s)                

One cloud’s imagination soars in a captivating journey from dusk ’till dawn in this stereoscopic particle simulation.

Mighty Jerome – Documentary (83 min 38 s)  

 Marking African Heritage Month (February 2012)
A film about the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, one of Canada’s greatest athletes. Gorgeous imagery, impassioned interviews and archival footage tell the story of what has been called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.”

These films will continue to be shown at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery as part of a collaborative programme between the GPAG and the Grimsby Public Library

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cogeco TV Interview

In case you missed it, here is Cogeco TV's interview with our director Rhona Wenger for A Surgeon's Hand, An Artist's Heart:

The exhibition is on display until january 29th, 2012. Book your tour today!

Monday, December 12, 2011

No Tax Tuesdays!

For the month of December, all customers save the 13% HST on their Gallery Shop purchases on Tuesdays December 6, 13 & 20!

Please note that Gallery members will not receive their usual 10% discount in addition to the 13% on these 3 sale days.  Items may not be put on hold for the sale.  Thank you

A Surgeon's Hand, An Artist's Heart

Thank you to all who came out on Sunday December 11th to celebrate the life and work of Sandy Graham. The reception was exceptionally well-attended which is a testament to this late artist's talent and his positive rapport with our community.

Please follow this link for a feature in the Grimsby Lincoln News:'s%20on/article/1258660--vet-s-passion-on-exhibit

Here are some images of the exhibition opening:

For those interested in knowing more about Sandy Graham, his son was kind enough to provide us with a touching and informative write-up on his father. Please read after the page break:

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Installation Week at the GPAG!

A Surgeon's Hand, An Artist's Heart is a retrospective exhibition of work by Grimsby artist Sandy Graham. This week is installation week at the GPAG and we are amazed at how much skill and dedication are evident in his pieces as we unpack, sort through and marvel!  This show is not to be missed, nor is the opening reception for that matter! Please join us this weekend on Sunday, December 11th from 2-4pm to celebrate the life and work of a spectacular local talent.

Here are some images of the installation process to give you a taste of what's to come:

Friday, December 02, 2011

Exhibition Assistance

Need help with an exhibition? Don't forget!

Exhibition Assistance Grant Deadline

Next Deadline: January 13, 2012
Please note that we have three deadlines for Exhibition Assistance grant applications annually.

Applications for exhibition assistance grants are now being accepted.  Applying artists must have an exhibition scheduled and confirmed in a publicly accessible venue. Grants can assist with exhibition costs, including materials, framing, presentation and shipping.

All applications must include 10 slides or jpegs (compatible with PC), resume, budget, a letter of confirmation for upcoming exhibition, an artist’s statement and description of the exhibition, as well as a SASE with sufficient postage for return of all submitted material.  All support material will be returned following the recommender’s decision. Grants amounts range between $500 - $1500 and are now handed out three times a year (deadlines for the GPAG: January 31, July 31, & October 31 of each year)

Visit for more information and to download the application & guidelines. 

Hard copies of the application & guidelines may also be picked up at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, located at 18 Carnegie Lane.

Upcoming Winter Courses & Workshops


Arts Club Junior
With Katia Perez-Turgeon
From ages 5 - 8 years
Saturdays January 28 – March 3, 2012 (6 sessions) from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Students will learn the basics of fundamental art practices and media while creating exciting works of art.
$80 members / $96 non–members

Art Club
With Katia Perez-Turgeon
From ages 8 – 12 years
Saturdays January 28 – March 3, 2012 (6 sessions) from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Students will further develop existing skills and improve creative thinking as they experiment with a variety of media and techniques in the creation of challenging projects.
$80 members / $96 non–members

Art Tots
With Brigitte Huard
From ages 3+ years with a parent
Fridays January 20 – February 10, 2012 (4 sessions) from 10:00 – 10:30 am

Learn new art techniques and craft ideas that parents and young children can do together. Child friendly materials and a hands–on approach will allow junior artists to express themselves in a fun & safe way.
$27 members / $32 non–members

Fantasy Drawing
With Brigitte Huard
From ages 12+ years
Sundays February 5– March 11, 2012 (6 sessions) from 1 – 3pm

For young artists who are serious about drawing and would like to improve their skills this course provides technical lessons that will help you draw creatures and characters from classic mythology to pop culture with your own unique style.
$80 members / $96 non–members


Heritage Art Competition Workshop
With Andrea Eby
From ages 5-8 years
Sunday January 29, 2012 (1 session) from 1:30-3:30 pm

Once Upon A Time... in 1812
The 8th Annual Grimsby Heritage Art Contest is coming up! The theme this year is The War Of 1812 here in Grimsby. This art class will start with a simple history lesson through story telling geared to 5 - 8 year olds. What happened here 200 years ago? Students will use their imaginations to illustrate a story told by the instructor about a time they may know little about but is a very important part of our country's and more specifically, Grimsby's history. The works created during class will be photographed and reproduced to illustrate the story (with parents' permission). Every student will receive one free copy of the book for themselves. Extra copies will be available (price to be determined).
Learning about art and history.
Grimsby 1812 - Create works that are submission ready for the Heritage Art Contest
$15 members / $20 non–members

Drawing from the Costumed Model   
With Chris O’Hoski
Wednesdays January 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, 2012 (4 sessions) from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

This course offers artists the opportunity to work from costumed models with the guidance of an instructor. Perfect for the absolute beginner or the for those artists looking to sharpen their skills. Quick studies to extended poses will be explored. A materials list with suggestions will be provided but artists are free to choose their own media (no oils please). No materials are provided by the
$65 members / $75 non–members


Colour Theory for Beginners
With Brigitte Huard
Fridays January 20– February 10, 2012 (4 sessions) from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

For beginners who would like to explore the physical properties of colour through paint, this course will cover a spectrum of basic color mixing techniques and tricks of the trade.       Watercolor and acrylic are welcome, no oils please. Students will mix paint to explore hue, value, intensity and temperature. The workshop will cover color relativity and optical color       mixing. Utilize the color wheel to maximize the visual impact of your paintings by selecting the perfect color scheme to suit your compositions. A materials list will be
$55 members / $65 non–members


The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to offer this opportunity to members with a family    membership. Birthday Parties can be booked for groups of up to 15 children. You provide the cake, decorations and refreshments, we provide an artist to instruct the children in a craft or art project.
We are happy to customize the activity to fit a theme if you have one in mind!
Parties are 3 hours, with the art class lasting  approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours. The          remaining time can be used for refreshments, games, gifts and cake. Parties must be organized during regular gallery hours and around Studio availability so we may not be able to accommodate your preferred time. It is a good idea to book your party early.
Fees for a 3 hour party are $175. A $50 security deposit is required on all room rentals.
Media available: Painting, drawing, collage and/ or printmaking.

Remember ~ The Grimsby Public Art Gallery offers a wide range of programming for students at both the Elementary and Secondary School levels, including exhibition tours, and virtual exhibitions that bring the art to the classroom! Our Education Guide is available at the gallery for further information. Make sure your child’s teacher is aware of this great opportunity to enrich their students’ art education!

**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. 

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Upcoming Exhibition: A Surgeon's Hand, An Artist's Heart

Retrospective of work by Sandy Graham
December 9, 2011– January 29, 2012
Opening reception: Sunday, December 11th from 2-4pm

Wood turning was far more than ‘just a hobby’ for Graham; he approached the craft as an artist and continually challenged himself to learn new techniques, create new designs and further develop his means of creative expression. Graham’s process was meticulous and detailed; his notebooks and sketchbooks reference his broad range of source material – books and journals, conversation with colleagues, observation of art and nature, both at home and during his extensive travels – and how he incorporated these ideas into his own vision.

Graham’s approach included an intensely personal relationship with his chosen material. Many of the pieces of wood that Graham turned had their own recorded pedigree; both the human and the natural history of the Niagara region is captured in his work. Individual land-owners often brought him wood from cherished trees that had graced their property and in at least one case the beam from a historic barn was given new life in his workshop. Later, once Graham had allowed time to carefully cure the wood and his own artistry to find its ideal form, these individuals would receive an exquisite vessel in thanks for their contribution
Wood turning requires a unique combination of artistic vision and technical expertise, as well as a deep knowledge and love of wood. Graham produced many types of turnings, from rigorously functional to exquisitely artistic, but in all of them his sense of design, his sensitivity to sculptural form, and above all his love of wood are clearly evident.
This exhibition of fine woodworking by the late Sandy Graham is a fascinating display of one craftsman’s long and complex relationship with his chosen material. Graham was well known to many Grimsby residents as a founding partner of the Grimsby Animal Hospital and a well respected practitioner of veterinary medicine in the community, but he is equally applauded for his magnificent work as a fine craftsman.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Local Produce 2011: On Ice

Closing Event and Art Auction
Sunday December 4th, 2 - 4 p.m.

The 2011 Local Produce theme, On Ice, encouraged regional artists to be inspired by winter activities. Sports, including ice-skating, hockey, and skiing come to mind, as well as other activities like sledding, hiking – or maybe just a good old fashioned snow-ball fight. It is hard to be Canadian without enjoying outdoor winter activities; even if we do it from the comfort of a warm studio!  The Niagara region offers a wealth of opportunities for winter fun and our talented regional artists provided many wonderful images inspired by the season.

All of the works in the exhibition are for sale by silent auction; bidding has been on-going through out the show and will close on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. Make sure to be at the gallery between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday to enjoy the art, share some seasonal friendship and good cheer and place your bids. You could walk away s with a wonderful work of art – the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.

A sampling of works up for auction:

Dennis Chilton

Duane Nickerson

Shirley Dolby

Pat Thompson 

Helen Baradziej

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Colour Me Winter: Seasonal Open House

Join us on Sunday November 27, 2011 from 2 - 4 p.m.

For Apple Cider and Sweets
Music, Art, and Crafts for Kids


Tours available from our dedicated Tour Guides of our current exhibition:
Local Produce: On Ice
Artwork by regional artists inspired by winter sports and activities

Admission is Free and
Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NFB Film Night

Thursday November 24, 2011 at 7pm

Hothouse 4: One (1:05)

One is a minimalist animated piece about the origin of life.

Act of Dishonour – Documentary (91 min)
Shunning easy answers and challenging preconceptions on both sides of the cultural divide, this eloquent, nuanced portrait of life in Afghanistan is part lament against injustice, part testament to the spirit of a people who have survived decades of war.

These films will continue to be shown at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery as part of a collaborative programme between the GPAG and the Grimsby Public Library


Monday, November 21, 2011

By the Beard of Zeus!

We had a great time and raised much needed funds for Prostate Cancer on Friday Nov 18th. Thank you to all who participated, twirled their whiskers, and shared some laughs during Beard Envy!

And now...the mustaches!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Education Guide Series

The GPAG offers many opportunities for school and community groups to come learn about art, explore our exhibitions and get their hands dirty in our studio.

After the jump are some images from our Artists Series. It introduces students to the works and stylistic innovations of a variety of artists. This program is designed for students in grade 1 through 5, but can be adjusted to suit the needs of younger and older students. Each class will cover the work, or a specific period of work, of a different artist. The objective will be to learn about the history of art and to inspire students in the creation of mixed media projects. Students can expect to complete one project for each class.

For more information on our programmes please see our Education Guides for both Elementary and Highschool students:

Annual Christmas Sale

Our much anticipated Annual Christmas Sale is just around the corner (much like Christmas!) . The Gallery Shop offers a wide array of exclusively Canadian, handcrafted giftware with much of its stock coming from regional artists.
Find the perfect gift with a personal touch for your loved one(s) and support your regional artists too!

November 17th, 18th & 19th

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

Thursday 10am-8pm   
Friday 10am-5pm / Saturday 1-5pm

Thank you for your continued support of the Gallery!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Beard Envy!

MOVEMBER 18, 2011
7 to 9 pm

During the month of November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Canada. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

Join the Grimsby Public Art Gallery for Beard Envy, an evening of art activities, refreshments, and moustache twirling in support of this worthy cause. Beards and moustaches will be created from all manner of materials to amuse and amaze participants.

$2 per person or $5 per family
All are welcome!

All proceeds will go to Movember Canada ·

Monday, October 31, 2011

Art Gallery/ Library Yard Sale!

Indoor Yard sale
10 am - 4 pm
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!
Available to purchase from the Gallery: frames, artist oil paints, ceramic items, exhibition catalogues, and other miscellaneous treasures.
Have items to sell?
A limited number of six foot tables are available to rent at $20 per table.
Contact the Gallery to reserve your spot now before they run out! 

Giant Book Sale
10 am - 4 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
Choose from hundreds of books: children's books, mysteries, romance, science fiction, fantasy and classics, as well as non-fiction such as biographies, history, art, "how to" books on cooking, gardening and other hobbies.  Tables re-stocked continuously.  Proceeds from the book sale will be used to purchase new books for the Library’s collection.
1 item  for 25¢ « 5 items for $1.00
Fill a plastic bag for $2.00
Fill your new Grimsby Public Library bag for $5.00