Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

These beautiful handcrafted pieces of jewellery are created by Grimsby's Josephine's Distinctive Creations.  Pieces of dichroic glass with the desired colours and textures are first cut and shaped, positioned, then fused together in a kiln. 

The term 'dichroic" (two colours) refers to a molecular coating on the glass, and it's ability to transmit certain wavelengths of light and reflect others.  The effect is seen in nature in peacock feathers and opals.

Check out Josephine's Distinctive Creations and other talented local artists  at the Grimsby Festival of Art next Saturday September 10.  Check out the Festival webpage for location, time and vendors! 

Mini-Masters Exhibition Follow-Up!

The Mini-Masters opening reception was a big hit with kids, parents and visitors on Monday! Everyone enjoyed art, refreshments, our current exhibition, and many took a little keepsake home.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the kids and their creative efforts.

Please note: The exhibition will be up until September 2nd, 2011.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Upcoming Exhibition

Annie E. Brown: In Memory
September 16 - October 31, 2011                                        
Opening reception: Friday September 16, 7 – 9 p.m.

Annie E. Brown: In Memory explores the mythology, ritual and reality of death. Inspired by a “true” ghost story about a Victorian woman named Annie E. Brown who lived in Bracebridge Ontario just over 100 years ago, curator Virginia Eichhorn seeks to understand how we view life and death and in what way our understanding is different from that of generations past. Eichhorn first encountered Annie E Brown in the Bracebridge cemetery where the elaborately carved tombstone commemorating Annie and her husband James stands taller than most of the surrounding markers. The discovery that she and Annie Brown shared a birthday, exactly one century apart, intrigued Eichhorn, but it was the gradual accumulation of fragments of Annie Brown’s life – a photographic portrait, letters, postcards – that convinced her to explore Annie’s life further and to collect, interpret and present her interpretation in the form of an exhibition.
In addition to the Annie-specific artefacts Eichhorn has collected a number of Victorian and Edwardian funerary and memorial items and researched their use by and meaning to the people who created them. She has also traced the changes in understanding and ritual that occurred during the long years of Victoria’s and later Edward’s reigns; and discusses these changes in relation to the different objects. Eichhorn was also interested in exploring contemporary responses and meditations on the transition from life to death and invited five contemporary artists who work in the media of clay or glass to create works exploring this subject. Laura Donefer, Karina Guevin, Paul Stankard, Catherine Vamvakas Lay and Tim Whiten considered historic artefacts and traditional rituals as well as their own experiences and personal spiritual beliefs and each has created poignant contemporary works that are displayed along with the historic materials.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by NRB Inc.; Don Loney, Lawyer; Livingston Animal Hospital; P. Tomlinson Insurance Inc.

Today: Mini-Masters Opening Reception!

August 29th- September 2nd
for Art Adventures & Art Smarts students
Join us on Monday August 29th from 3pm-5pm for an Opening Celebration
We love to show visitors the wonderful works our Summer Camp kids create, and they like to show them off, so this week each student will show one piece of art that they completed during their time with us at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Please come support our programmes and our regional kids today August 29th from 3-5pm, enjoy some refreshments, marvel at they creativity, and maybe take a little creation home.


All proceeds will go towards future classes for kids!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Last day of Summer Camps!

Today is the last day of Summer Camps here at the Gallery and what a Summer it has been! The kids had a great time learning about art, exploring our exhibitions, painting, sculpting, making prints, paper, masks, puppets, lions, tigers, and bears...oh my!

We are gearing up for Fall programmes and we have lots of great new classes and workshops to offer as well as Education Programmes for schools and community groups. Don't miss out! The 2011- 2012 Education Guides will be distributed to regional schools and clubs and will also be available for download on our website:
For Seasonal classes please have a look at the Classes section of this blog or visit our website for a pdf. of our Fall 2011 Courses and Workshops brochure.

Thank you to Olivia our studio instructor, Natasha our co-op student, our volunteers, students and parents for making this a great Summer!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fall Classes & Workshops


Arts Club Junior
With Katia Perez– Turgeon
From ages 5-8 years
Saturdays October 1 – November 5, 2011 (6 sessions) 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

Arts Club
With Katia Perez Turgeon
From ages 8– 12 years
Saturdays October 1 – November 5, 2011 (6 sessions) 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 October 14 – November 4, 2011
(4 sessions) from 10:00 am – 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


Drawing Without Borders
With Chris O’Hoski
Wednesdays September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 2011 (4 sessions) 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Perhaps at some point you were made to feel that you’re not good enough. Maybe you think you can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. Maybe you’ve never been encouraged to draw what you want or what you’ve been encouraged to draw doesn’t interest you that much? Drawing without Borders is a class designed for you to alleviate  intimidation and create an environment for you to learn how to draw, or improve on the drawings you want to improve on.
$55 members / $65 non–members

Life Drawing
No instructor
Tuesdays October 11, 25 & Nov 8, 22, 2011
 (4 sessions) from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
This Open Studio format allows each artist to determine their own needs ~ quick studies to extended poses. There is no instructor and each participant chooses their own media. No materials are provided by the gallery.
$50 members/ $60 non–members

Bare Bones— Acrylic Painting Workshop
With Andrea Eby
Sunday October 16, 2011
(1 session) from 1-4 pm
Skulls, bones and skeletons. To master the art of figure painting start from the inside out. Come study the human form without flesh in this creepy workshop and create your masterpiece in time for Halloween. Minimum age requirement is 11 years.$25 members/ $35 non–members 

 **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. 

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!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

In 2006 the Grimsby Public Art Gallery received a large donation of prints made by the artist Stanley Lewis.  I chose a couple examples from his Pollution Series titled Dawn and Dusk. It’s interesting that although these prints were made in 1968, the issue it presents is not far removed from our issues with pollution today. When I first came across these prints, I immediately assumed it was a recent depiction of the Hamilton steel industry. I was quite drawn to the way Lewis depicted the human figures with their disproportioned bodies, mouths gaping open, breathing in the smog from the city below. Also, the fact that the figures are nude makes them seem all the more vulnerable in this toxic environment that Lewis is illustrating. Overall, this series makes for a chilling reminder of the reality of this world issue.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

Stanley Lewis
Pollution Series: Dawn, 1968
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of Francois Beauchamp

Stanley Lewis
Pollution Series: Dusk, 1968
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of Francois Beauchamp

Friday, August 19, 2011

An Artist A Day!

Today is the last day of our 7th week of Summer Art Classes for Kids. For An Artist A Day, students explored the works and stylistic innovations of a variety of famous artists resulting in some pretty great creations of their own!

Next week's Story Time Mixed Media classes will close the Kids Summer Programmes Season. We still have spaces available in both morning and afternoon classes, so register today! Detail can be found n the Classes section of this blog, or call 905-945-3246 for more information.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Combine Project Update

Visitors have been loving our current exhibition: Combine Project by Steven White. Many have returned for repeat visits with their family and friends and we swear the adults are having more fun "playing" the sculptures than the kids are!

We love to see our community members interacting so positively with an exhibition, especially one with such particular relevance to the history and contemporary concerns of Grimsby.
We would like to share a few of the comments they have left for us:

"Wow! So Creative!!"
"Best show I've seen in years"
"Loved it before the sounds & then WOW!"
"Really enjoyed this display with our granddaughter"
"Amazing. I love the fact that it is interactive to the senses as well as physically"
"Oh this was great fun! A kid again!"
"So fun - that sure puts a smile on your face"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

During this week’s art classes at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, the kids have been focusing on a particular artist a week. On the first day of class they learned about the 20th century surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. I think Dali is one of the most intriguing artist’s of that era. His work is greatly influenced by the thoughts of the time, such as Sigmund Freud’s theories about the subconscious mind, as well as Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. For example, Dali’s art illustrates a dream-like atmosphere, loaded with symbolism, reflecting the artist’s personal fears and anxieties.

 While working on my inventory of the gallery’s permanent collection, I found 15 Dali prints just in time to show the art classes. Below are a couple examples of these prints. The first print shows what looks like an angel flying away with a man’s shirt. This drawing seems to express the artist’s fear of death because the angel is attempting to lift the man away to heaven, but fails and only manages to grab his shirt. His fear of death has a lot to do with the way the artist was raised as a child. For example, his parent’s first son (also named Salvador Dali) died, and 9 months later the new Dali was born, and the parent’s firmly believed that he was the reincarnation of their lost son. They treated him like a king, but they also greatly feared his death.

The second print I pulled out is an image of a man in a bath tub. The bath tub is placed outdoors on a lake, with ants crawling on its side. There is an ominous tone to this drawing because of the dark shades and the way the figure is slouched down with his back turned to us. This drawing also portrays a surrealist, dream-like atmosphere with symbols that can be decoded through Freud’s methods of analyzing symbolism in dreams. Overall, this makes an exciting way to learn more about the man behind the art.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management


Salvador Dali
Untitled (Angel), 1958
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of Dennis Lukas

Salvador Dali
Untitled (Bath Tub), n.d.
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of Dennis Lukas


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Check out these brand new items to the Gallery Shop!  Wood artist Brent Rourke is inspired by the Northeastern Canadian lanscape, which his workshop in Bloomfield, New Brunswick looks out over.  He hands selects the wood for each piece - only the finest cherry, roasted wood and birds-eye maple will do.

Finely handcrafted cheese boards, dory baskets and cutting boards of varying sizes are now on display.  Hurry in before they're gone!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Creative Cultures Mixed Media

Another week of Summer Camps wrapped up!

We still have plenty of space available in both morning classes (5-8 year olds) and afternoon classes (8-12 year olds) for the next two weeks. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for your kids to get creative, make new friends and see some great art, all under the guidance of an enthusiastic instructor and dedicated volunteers.

Week 7: Aug 15- 19 ~ An Artist a Day (Mixed Media)
Week 8: Aug 22-26 ~ Story Time (Mixed Media)

Full week, half- days. $80 Members/ $96 Non-members

DYK?: Our family membership for a year is only $32! If you sign up 2 kids and would like to join, the membership is FREE.
Now how great is that?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Festival @ the 40!

The Festival at the Forty is a free community Festival with events for all ages scheduled over a 3 day period in Grimsby, Ontario.

Main Street, Ontario Street and Coronation Park is where all the events take place. From Military Re-enactments to Face Painting, Live Music and Buskers, the streets of Downtown Grimsby come alive with activity for residents and visitors alike. Stroll down Main Street and shop the sidewalk sales. Grab a delicious lunch on one of the great outdoor patios. Listen to live music on Main Street and Coronation Park. Talk to the representatives of our Service Clubs and find out how you can get involved. Feel like a kid and have your face painted. Linger in Coronation Park and learn about the history and the future of Grimsby through the Historical Society and the Green Vendors. Shop for fresh local products at the Farmers Market. Something for everyone at the Festival at the Forty.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery will have a booth in the Grimsby Square Plaza's Kids Zone on Saturday August 13 from 10am- 4pm. Come visit us, make some crafts and learn about the gallery and everything we have to offer including exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops and so much more!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Clay Kids 2

During our short week (Aug 2-5) there certainly was no shortage of fun and creativity! The kids had a great time learning clay handbuilding techniques and making new friends. This week is our Mixed Media Creative Cultures session and we are seeing some great things being made and lots learned!

Next week is our Mixed Media An Artist a Day session and we still have spaces available both mornings and afternoons, so call today to register! Please visit our Classes section for more information on Summer Programmes.

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

With the bicentennial year of the war of 1812 approaching, I've been paying particular attention to artist's work from our permanent collection that connects to themes of war. Also, I've been looking at artists whose work I think displays an interesting aspect of Canadian identity. For example, our collection holds a great number of works from the artist Aba Bayefsky, a Canadian artist born in Toronto, April 1923 and who was commissioned as an official War Artist in 1944. He displayed a large body of work at the Canadian War Museum in 1998 titled Reflections of the Holocaust, The Art of Aba Bayefky.  The gallery’s collection includes  Bayefsky's portfolio’s of lithographs based on Canadian Indian legends and mythology (Forces of Earth and Sky) as well as Hebrew religious themes (Tales from the Talmud), which alone make up a fascinating exhibition of the human condition while also contributing to a sense of our Canadian heritage.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

Aba Bayefsky
Night Spirit (from Forces of Earth and Sky), 1971
Collection of Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of William Poole

Aba Bayefsky
Tales from the Talmud No. 7, 1963
Collection of Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of William Poole

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Interview with Steven White: Combine Project

If you haven't had a chance to come experience and play with the Combine Project, here is an interview by Cogeco TV's The Source to offer a glimpse at this highly- praised exhibition:

Combine Project will be on display until September 11, 2011. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

Travel is a key part of my life that has always been important to me. I don’t think I would have the cultural perspective I have today had I not had the privilege of traveling through Europe, and other beautiful places. When time and money limits me from traveling I enjoy looking through the eyes of others, whether it is through a film, poem, novel or artwork.

Alan Stein is a painter and printmaker who studied at Humber College, and Three Schools of Art in Toronto and Burleighfield School in Great Britain. He also studied letterpress printing with Bill Poole. His work is collected internationally and has been exhibited at public galleries across Canada and the United States. A great number of his works have been influenced by his travel’s oversees.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s permanent collection holds a series of ten woodcut prints that were inspired by the artist’s travels in Mexico. Stein published these illustrations in a book called “In Mexico” written by Al Purdy, where the author looks back over the many years he spent traveling in Mexico. For example, one of the illustrations in our collection is a wood engraving titled Oaxaca (In Mexico). This print is a colourful, abstract illustration of a church in Mexico consisting of bright blue, yellow, gold and red colours that vibrantly pop against the black and white background. In the top centre of the artwork is a crowned figure, dressed in a medieval looking robe, encased in a golden altar with a heart above the figure’s head that is perhaps a depiction of a Martyr or a Saint. 

I find these prints of Stein’s Mexico series to be interesting in both its content and aesthetics. I hope to learn more about these prints as each one appears loaded with symbolism.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

 (click to enlarge)
Alan Stein
#3 Oaxaca (In Mexico), 1996
Wood engraving
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of the artist

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Inspired by cartoons, Montreal glass artist Catherine Labonte creates pieces that evoke laughter and wonder in hopes to lighten the heart.  Standing 3.5" tall these mini cats and bunnies make a great gift at $20 a piece and are available in a variety of colours.

Coming soon to the Gallery Shop - mini glass dogs!