Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Canadian designer Jennifer Newman channels her artistic expression through her love for unique jewellery.

Her inspiration is derived from organic form found in semi-precious natural stones and pearls. Over her years of style development this has taken many forms experimenting with traditional beading techniques, fine macramé and has now evolved to silver wirework producing beautiful yet simplistic contemporary shapes.

Watches form comfortably to your wrist.
Jennifer Newman - Kaunis Jewellery 
*glass paperweight by Kelly Lowe

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cogeco TV Spot!

Our current exhibition is definitely getting some attention and interesting reactions! Here is a Cogeco TV interview with our Director, Rhona Wenger about Annie E. Brown: In Memory which will be on display until October 30th:

Have you seen the show yet? What did you think of it?

Culture Days

Fall Open House

Sunday, October 2, 2011 — 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Building on our partnership with the St.Catharines Folk Arts Council, we will be offering a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon of art activities on October 2nd from 1-5pm. Local and regional artists will help you get your hands dirty in our Studio, while our knowledgeable Tour Guides will be available to discuss our exhibition Annie E. Brown: In Memory, curated by Virginia Eichhorn.
Support your community art gallery and join us for this Canada- wide interactive celebration of Arts and Culture!
Here are some images from last year's Culture Days:

Admission is Free. All are welcome!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Doors Open Grimsby

This coming weekend: Sep 24 & 25 from 10am- 4pm will be the very first Doors Open Grimsby.

Although Grimsby has participated in Doors Open Niagara in the past this is the first time we've had our very own Doors Open weekend and we are pretty excited about it!

The GPAG will be offering all-day tours of our current exhibition Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory guided by our dedicated volunteers and staff. We will also be featuring art activities for kids from 10am- noon and 1-3pm on Saturday, and 1-3pm on Sunday.

Come celebrate, explore and discover your community along with its history and all that it has to offer to its residents and visitors!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Opening reception for Annie E. Brown Tonight!

Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory opens tonight at 7pm.
Admission is free and all are welcome!

Here is a sneak peek: 

From the full colour, softcover catalogue which will be on sale for $10 each:

"The life of an individual tells us much about who someone was and how they lived.  A detailed recipe book lets us know this person liked to cook.  An inscribed book reveals that the person read a lot and loved poetry in the same way that a decorative perfume bottle indicates a love of things that were beautiful.  Annie Brown, a Victorian woman who lived in the Muskokas and who died in 1917, is the inspiration for this exhibition.  The exhibition isn’t so much about her specifically though as it is about the lives of “typical” Victorians and in particular their attitude towards death and mourning, how it changed and what may or may not be similar today.  For the details of an individual’s life, can reveal much about the society that he or she was a part of.

At the beginning of the Victorian period the over-riding religious sensibility was that which might best be described as Evangelical.  The practices were characterized by devoutness and piety. The world of the living was understood as being fraught with temptation, sin and hardship. Suffering was expected and one was to accept it as part of God’s will.  This is reflected in the mourning practices of the time. It was hoped that one would have a “good death”.  In this case, that means that one retains one’s faculties and is able to make a confession of sin and ask for God’s blessing before passing into the next world. By the 1860s there was a change in how death was understood. Euphemisms such as “eternal sleep” began to come into common usage. Rather than focusing on mortality and the corporality of the body, these Victorians stressed the connection with and continuation of the spirit or soul beyond death.  Connections with loved ones, eternal life and the promise of redemption brought solace as did mementoes and items (including hair) associated with the person when he or she was living. 

As the Victorian era progressed and drew to a close attitudes towards death and dying shifted once again. Atheism began to rise and there was more open questioning of traditional beliefs. Scientific discoveries changed how people understood the world and its workings. Advances in medicine and health care prolonged lives and more and more people began going to hospitals rather than dying at home. World War I traumatized the European and North American continents. 

Never before had war brought about such large numbers of casualties: almost nine million dead, over twenty-one million wounded and close to eight million missing or POWs.  Coming on the heels of the war was the Spanish Influenza which is estimated to have killed between twenty to one hundred million.   The world was reeling. Some coped by clinging tightly to their faith and historical traditions: others could not find God’s presence and embraced Atheism. Spiritualism, which combined a belief in God but also the belief that one could contact spirits through mediums or spiritualists, was extremely popular, with a ground-swell of believers in World War I.

Millions died during World War I. There had never been death on such a monumental and far-reaching scale.  Across Europe and effecting North America as well, it seemed as if an entire generation of young men had been wiped out and nation upon nation was plunged into deep mourning.  A photo from 1917 at a London sporting event depicted a crowd of a few hundred people – with so many people in mourning that it was almost entirely a sea of black.  It was as if all of England was in mourning. The grief was collective and individual at one and the same time.  And it was at this point that traditional mourning began falling out of favour, being replaced by less rigid practices and conventions.  Perhaps philosophically and emotionally grief on that kind of collective scale could not be sustained and there came a realization that an entire nation could not be effective while in mourning: this is not to say that there was any lessening of feelings of loss or grief  – just different ways of making them manifest.  These days, here in Canada, soldiers who are killed in Iraq are honoured by impromptu gatherings of people on overpasses as hearses return their bodies via the “Highway of Heroes”.  December 1st marks World Aids day and on that anniversary many of us remember how AIDS became a modern day plague, robbing us of far too many talented and loved (mostly) young men in the 1980s.  Collectively and individually we still seek ways to honour our dead, to keep memories alive and to deal with our grief.

How the Victorians dealt with death and mourning gives us a vivid picture of their lives, beliefs and ideals. Likewise the works created by artists, the rituals of our contemporary society, how we remember our dead and express our grief, will tell future generations who we were.  One cannot help but feel that there are many things in the past and many people who are gone from us whose presence remains influential."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Grimsby Festival of Art: TV Cogeco Spot

Here is a nice little recap on the Grimsby Festival of Art's 44th year. If you missed it this year do not fret as we have the highly anticipated Doors Open Grimsby coming up on September 24-25th from 10-5pm and Culture Days at the GPAG on Sunday, October 2nd from 1-5pm.

More details to come soon!

Exhibition installation for Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory

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

Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory arrived at the GPAG from The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery yesterday and what a treasure hunt it is this morning!

We have donned our kit gloves and are marvelling at every object from Victorian memento mori to delicate contemporary glasswork. We are looking forward to hearing the reactions from visitors as they experience the same curiousity and fascination towards these objects and contemplate the mysteries of life and death and how we reconcile them.

Here are some images to pique your interest:

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Livingston Animal Hospital; Donald C. Loney, Lawyer; NRB Inc.; P. Tomlinson Insurance Inc.
Special thanks to The Canadian Clay and Glass and Forks Road Pottery.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Part of Grimsby's small town charm is the Grimsby Beach area with it's colourfully restored cottages turned full-time homes. Grimsby Beach began life as a Methodist summer church camp. In the 1870s, the original tent accommodation began to be replaced by permanent board and batten cottages, trimmed with elaborate gingerbread or fretwork. The neighbourhood fell into disrepair after the Second World War, but was given a second chance to shine when new owners moved in over the past two decades.

Grimsby Beach Cottages - image courtesy of Doors Open Grimsby Tumblr

Now you can send a little piece of Grimsby's history to your friends and family with brand new Grimsby Beach greeting cards!  Thunder Bay artist Sandra McInnes fell in love with the Grimsby Beach cottages while visiting her sister and is working on painting a number of these cottages paired with local flowers.  The Gallery Shop currently has three designs available and hope to get more in the near future.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Grimsby Festival of Art

On a grey, rainy day we all could use some good news and the promise of brighter, more colourful days ahead! You're in luck since this weekend will see the return of the Grimsby Festival of Art

You can find us at Booth # 111; come visit us and see what we have to offer for the Fall Season.

When ?

Saturday, September 10, 2011, rain or shine
Open to the Public from 9 am to 5 pm


Nelles Boulevard and Central School in Grimsby, Ontario

How much?

Admission: $5.00

Children 12 and under – Free

Each paid admission gives you a FREE ballot to enter a draw for a performance at the Shaw Festival.
To view a copy of this year’s program, please click here (printable version)

All proceeds from the Festival go to support community programs and services offered through Community Living, Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln and The Rotary Club of Grimsby

Here are some great pictures from the GPAG at the Festival last year:

We look forward to seeing you there!