Friday, July 29, 2011

Printmaking and Collage

Did you know?
The GPAG has a strong interest in print-making and other multiples, with a particular interest in the book arts, a cross- disciplinary area which incorporates many different types of artistic production including multiples, fine crafts and an understanding of the pivotal role of books in information dissemination.

It follows naturally then that we love offering classes and workshops that reflect our artistic focus, and Summer Kids Programmes are no exception. Students had a blast during Week 4 of art camps learning how to do monoprinting, relief printing, collagraphs and much more!

Clay Kids 2 starts next week on Tuesday (short week), and we still have spaces available.
Register today: call 905-945-3246

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Art in the Library


Irma- Joy Tinus


Irma-Joy Tinus was born and raised in Southern Ontario. She is married to her husband Paul and has three grown children and 5 grandchildren. She began painting oils in 1998 and has had the honour of having her art grace many homes and offices, both nationally and internationally. She is a realist painter and offers many different subjects. Irma-Joy is a successful art teacher and holds several art classes each year and various workshops.

Art in the Library is a GPAG Programme and is run by the Volunteer Committee. For more informaton please visit the Artists section on this blog.

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week!

Opening this Friday on July 29th will be a small historical display from the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, helping to create context for our main exhibition, Steven White’s, Combine Project. Each work illustrates rural life in Ontario during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the agricultural landscape that make up an important part of our Canadian heritage.

An interesting artist being featured is John Sloan Gordon. Gordon began teaching art in 1897 shortly after returning to Hamilton from Paris where he had been studying at the Academie Julian. There are a couple of Gordon’s Graphite drawings from 1895 that will be displayed. Of particular interest is an untiled graphite drawing of a farmer’s well groomed cabbage patch field. There is a feeling of peace and calm when gazing at this image, as well as a distinct sense of distance from a bygone era. Gordon shows us a lifestyle that appears simpler in contrast to our fast- paced era of rapidly transforming technologies, offering further commentary on White’s themes of agriculture and technology.  

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

John Sloan Gordon (1868 -1940)
Untitled (Light Coloured Cabbage), 1895
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Anonymous gift to honour the Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Combine Project Opening Reception this Friday July 29!

Steven White's Combine Project: an exhibition of whimsical works will be opening this Friday, July 29th from 7-9pm. The artist will be in attendance ready to discuss his work and visitors can even set the kinetic scuptures in motion (everyone always wants to touch the artwork, so here is your chance!)
Refreshments will be served and admission is free. All are welcome!

Catalogue available at the gallery.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by Dr. Paolasini; Canadian Tire RJJ Holdings; The Grimsby Historical Society

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Irresistible little creatures from Stick Man are made of sterling silver with a brushed satin finish. Located in Montreal, this small company produces and finishes their entire line in their own workshop.  This hands-on approach allows them to create unique, handcrafted jewellery of excellent quality.  Necklaces come on either 16" or 18" sterling silver box chains while earrings features sterling silver hooks.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tour & Activity Day at the GPAG!

Red-Leaf Student Programs

On July 21st, Red-Leaf Student Programs came to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery for their annual tour and activity. It was one of the hottest days of the Summer so far, but 28 kids visiting Canada from Spain kept cool as cucumbers in our Gallery space enjoying our Flights of Fancy Permanent Collection exhibition and drawing up their own fantastical beasts. Afterwards, it was a short stay in the Library's Reading Garden for a bit of painting (and a box of Freezies!) with our three-eyed octopus from our Beasties in the Garden Community Project providing the inspiration.

It was a wonderful day, and we hope they enjoy the rest of their stay in Canada!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

In last week’s blog I talked about the Canadian artist Fred Hagan and his work Garment for Living. I would just like to share an interesting discovery made recently about another one of his works from the gallery’s permanent collection. After finishing up my blog from last week I had a meeting with a guest who was also interested in finding out more about Hagan, as well as getting the opportunity to see his works up close. While we both examined one of Hagan’s lithographs titled Capricious Encounter we noted that the gargoyles depicted on the bottom left corner seemed peculiar and did not seem to flow with Hagan’s usual style. After a few moments of contemplation the picture resonated with my guest as she exclaimed “Goya! I should look up Goya!” After some research she was able to determine that the image is in fact a direct reference to the Spanish artist Francisco Goya and his artwork titled They Spruce Themselves Up from Los Caprichos (a set of 80 aquatint prints created by the artist in 1796 and 1798). These little details that Hagan includes in his works make them so fascinating, as if he has left a mystery to be solved. It is moments like this that make the job of a Collections Management Assistant so attractive. It is the piecing together of art history, in order to make a clearer account for future generations, that makes curatorial work so significant and meaningful.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management


Fred Hagan (1918 – 2003)
Capricious Encounter, 1985-1989
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of the artist

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Well known Dundas, Ontario potter Lou Hanson makes it easy to "put a little art on your table" with her beautiful serving dishes, berry bowls and one-piece chip & dips in fresh, classic white.  A perfect gift for showers and weddings!

Lou's new line features a colourful chicken motif that will brighten your mornings.

Don't forget to check out her porcelain night lights at $20 each

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Artist Opportunities

Exhibition Assistance Grant

Next Deadline: July 31, 2011

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.

Clay Kids

Next Week is Week 3 of our Summer Art Programmes for Kids! Clay Kids is a favourite at the Gallery and fills up quickly. We currently have a few spaces left so if you haven't signed up yet for this fun and creative week, do it today!

Clay Kids
July 19- 22, 2011
Full- week, half-day programme
Mornings from 9:30am - 12:00pm for 5-8 year olds
Afternoons from 1:30pm - 4:00pm for 8- 12 year olds
Members $80/ Non-Members $96

Children can expect to create one project a day exploring handbulding techniques using self-drying clay under the guidance of an enthusiastic instructor. The last day is reserved for painting their creations!

For additional information on our classes and workshops please visit our Classes section on this blog, and call 905-945-3246 to register.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mini Masters Exhibition

Mini-Masters Exhibition!
August 29th- September 2nd
for Art Adventures & Art Smarts students
Join us on Monday August 29th from 3pm-5pm for an Opening Celebration

The kids are having a blast in our Summer Art Classes! We love to show visitors the wonderful works they create, and they like to show them off, so at the end of the Season 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 on August 29th from 3-5pm, enjoy some refreshments, marvel at they creativity, and maybe take a little creation home; the kids have been hard at work making colourful bookmarks to sell.

All proceeds will go towards future classes for kids!

Please note: We still have lots of space in many of our programmes, please see our Classes section on this blog for more details and contact the GPAG to register: 905-945-3246

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

Our gallery’s permanent collection has various works by the Canadian artist Fred Hagan. There is an attention-grabbing appeal to his work that crafts a sense of mystery and awe. For example, one of his artworks that caught my eye is a painting called Garment for living. The painting depicts an abstract human figure looking up towards a garment hanging on a line above his head.
 According to Hagan in the exhibition catalogue “Hagan: The Mind and the Hand:”

Garment for Living is concerned, in my way, with some of the wonder of passion that is the essential core of expression.”

With just over one hundred works being preserved in our permanent collection, these make up a meaningful contribution, acting as a fascinating record of one artist’s place and time.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

Fred Hagan (b. 1918)
Garment for living, n.d.
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of the artist

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Add a little whimsy to your garden or patio!  Uxbridge, Ontario metal sculptor Jean Pierre Schoss of Dog Bite Steel has used recycled steel from oil tanks and farm implements to create these wonderfully playful creatures.

Prices start at $14
Christmas critters available during the holiday season!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Upcoming Exhibition: Combine Project

Combine Project         
Steven White
July 29 – September 11, 2011                                           
Opening reception: Friday July 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

In honour of the decisive effect that the War of 1812 had on the development of the Niagara region the gallery will, over the next few years, explore various aspects of the history and development of the Niagara region. The Combine project, and artist Steven White’s symbolic commentary on the changing nature of Ontario’s agricultural sector, is part of this exploration.  

When White moved from Toronto to a property in rural Ontario he discovered a completely intact 1964 Allis-Chalmers All-Crop combine harvester – including the original owners manual – left behind by a previous owner. Over a period of 5 years, White completely dismembered the combine and used the various parts to build a large body of kinetic sculptures. Images taken from the original owner’s manual, combined with botanical drawings of crops, are lithographed onto the flat steel surfaces of the combine and painted wood panels. As White says in his artist statement:

The symbolistic potential is rich within this type of subject matter.  The current fate of the family farm is uncertain, as factory-style farm operations have become one of the only ways for farming to remain profitable in our changing global economy. Large biotech companies are securing patents on genetically altered seed stock, referring to their products as “technology”.  It is clear that we are in a period of rapid change and the abandoned combine harvester acts a metaphor for these changes.  The interactive nature of this work brings the viewer into direct physical contact with these ideas and engages them in a playful dance.  Cranks get rotated, sounds are produced and our individual roles in these complex webs are highlighted.  In an age of intense digital technological development, the low-fi nature of these sculptures engages the viewer, who then becomes a collaborator in the finished work.

Steven White, from Walter’s Falls, ON, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University.  His solo exhibition “The Combine Project” was shown at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON, and at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON.  He was recently awarded a significant Project Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and an Emerging Artist grant from the Ontario Arts Council. His works are in many private and corporate collections.  .

Along with White’s stunning assemblages we will present a small display of historic works from our permanent collection that illustrate rural life in Ontario during the 19th and early 20th centuries; these works will help create context for White’s contemporary pieces. Both exhibitions will be on display from July 29 to September 11, 2011

Admission is free. All are welcome!

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Dr. Paolasini; Canadian Tire RJJ Holdings; The Grimsby Historical Society

Watercolour for Beginners


Our upcoming Watercolour Painting class is perfect for Beginners and for students who want to brush up (ha!) on their skills in a creative and relaxed environment.

                                                           AWAKENING, 14" X 17". Watercolour, 2003

Watercolour for Beginners 
with Chris O’Hoski
Wednesdays July 20, 27 & August 3, 10, 2011 (4 sessions) from 6:00 8:00pm
$55 members / $65 non–members
A course designed for those who have never painted with watercolour (or any painting medium) and for those looking to further understand the wonderful medium of watercolour. Participants will be shown step-by- step as to how watercolour has been used by various contemporary artists, as well as simple techniques used for drawing and creating paintings. Classes may be taken outdoors (weather permitting). This course is designed to help participants be creative, have fun, and be comfortable learning how to paint. 

A little bit about your instructor, Chris O'Hoski:

Born in South-Western, Ontario, Canada, Christopher O'Hoski studied art history, painting, drawing, design and arts education at Sheridan College, the Dundas Valley School of Art and the Royal Conservatory.
Christopher has exhibited in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Portland, Hamilton and Toronto, and has recently being published in International Contemporary Artists Volumes I & II (textbooks) out of Europe and New York .

Christopher is represented by the Trillium Gallery, New York.

Spaces are still available, please call 905-945-3246 for more information and to register. Payment is required 7 days prior to the start of class.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

Every Wednesday, we will be featuring works from our Permanent Collection in a special Pick of the Week post! Our Collections Management Assistant is hard at work doing inventory, inputing information into our database and planning her own Permanent Collection exhibition in 2012. We thought it would be interesting to hear her thoughts as she sorts through close to 1500 works. We hope you enjoy these glimpses into our vaults!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Summer Art Classes & Workshops


 There are still spaces available in all classes, please pre-register to avoid disapointment!

Regular week-long 1/2 day programs ~ Members $80 / Non-members $96
*August 2-5 (short week Clay) ~ $64 Members / Non—Members $77

Art Adventures
For ages 5-8 years ~ Mornings 9:30am-12:00pm
Children will learn important skills and work with a variety of materials while exploring a new theme each week! Exciting projects will challenge and entertain students.

July 4-8: Painting & Drawing
July 11-15: Mixed Media Sculpture
July 18-22: Clay Kids
July 25–29: Printmaking & Collage
* Aug 2-5: Clay Kids 2
Aug 8-12: Creative Cultures (Mixed Media)
Aug 15-19: An Artist a Day (Mixed Media)
Aug 22-26: Story Time (Mixed Media)

Art Smarts
For ages 8-12 years ~ Afternoons 1:30-4:00pm
Students will learn techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture & mixed media. Each week will cover new ideas, artists and skills.

July 4-8: Painting & Drawing  cancelled
July 11-15: Mixed Media Sculpture  cancelled
July 18-22: Clay 1
July 25–29: Printmaking & Collage
* Aug 2-5: Clay 2
Aug 8-12: Creative Cultures (Mixed Media)
Aug 15-19: An Artist a Day (Mixed Media)
Aug 22-26: Story Time (Mixed Media)


Watercolour for Beginners with Chris O’Hoski
Wednesdays July 20, 27 & August 3, 10, 2011 (4 sessions) from 6:00 – 8:00pm
$55 Members / $65 non– Members

A course designed for those who have never painted with watercolour (or any painting medium) and for those looking to further understand the wonderful medium of  watercolour. Participants will be shown step-by- step as to how watercolour has been used by various contemporary artists, as well as simple techniques used for drawing and creating paintings. Classes may be taken outdoors (weather permitting). This course is designed to help participants be creative, have fun, and be comfortable learning how to paint.


**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!

Community Art Project: Kosso Eloul Sculpture

This Summer, the GPAG combined efforts with the F.O.R.T. (Foundation of Resources for Teens) and students from Grimsby Secondary School in giving a fresh coat of paint to our Kosso Eloul sculpture Imsby  which sits on the corner of Ontario and Adelaide Streets. The participants were excited to volunteer their time to this community art project after presentations on Kosso Eloul using our RBC Virtual Exhibitions Programme, a Facebook colour survey where they picked the sculpture’s new colour (electric blue!), and finally an afternoon spent painting the sculpture itself. Many more projects are being developed and we look forward to continuing our affiliation with these enthusiastic local youths! 

Imsby, also known as Double is One, by Kosso Eloul, was originally purchased by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in 1978 with the help of Wintario, the Royal  Canadian Academy of Art and the Women’s Committee of the GPAG (now the Volunteer Committee). The sculpture stood at the top of the entrance ramp to the old Gallery until the fall of 2002 when it was put into storage to allow construction of the new Library/ Art Gallery building.

Imsby was re-installed at the corner of  Ontario and Adelaide streets in the Winter of 2008. 

Kosso Eloul was born in the USSR in 1920. He lived and worked in Canada from 1964 until his death in 1995. His sculptures are found in numerous collections and public places around the world; many are in major Canadian cities. Grimsby is one of the smallest communities to have a work by this prominent sculptor. Eloul was a strong supporter of public art and recognized a mutually beneficial relationship between artists and the public in Grimsby. 

Beasties in the Garden

Beasties in the Garden is a community art project featuring a large garden sculpture in the Grimsby Public Library’s Reading Garden.  The sculpture is a fantasy creature; a giant hot pink, three-eyed octopus to be exact!  The sculpture is on display at the same time as the exhibition Flights of Fancy in the main gallery. Flights of Fancy features art with marvellous and mythical subject matter including angels, dragons and dinosaur painters.
The beast was created by high school students with the guidance of artist-mentors. The team worked together to design concepts before construction.  This was an ideal opportunity for students to speak with artists who have had post secondary training and shown their work professionally.

We had so much fun making it that we are hoping to make this an annual community project!
Thanks to all the participants for their hard work and dedication!
This Community Project was made possible through the generosity of the Niagara Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Grimsby 

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Niagara Community Foundation, which is a public foundation serving the people of Niagara. The Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing need and opportunities of the community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in culture, health, education, environment, recreation and social service sectors.

Flights of Fancy: Niagara Surrealism & Other Imaginings

On display: June 10- July 24, 2011 

Over the course of the gallery's existence there have been many exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection. Each and every show has been different, the themes and arrangements create new thought provoking experiences every time. The diversity of curators who have had the opportunity to work with the gallery have lent to this distinctiveness but the variety and quality of the collection itself also allows for this seemingly endless reincarnation. 

 In many ways this show is about mythologies; the stories we tell about ourselves and the world in order to make sense of our existence. While some of these mythologies may have been displaced by science, which arguably has its own fantastic beasts and gods, most persist in religion, literature and popular culture. Art seems a natural avenue for mythology to become manifest through because art is fundamentally about rendering that in the world which was not previously visible. It is this ability to imagine something outside of immediate human experience in order to better understand our existence that interests me.

We invite you to take the time to contemplate the images presented and to consider how and why certain themes and images persist in mythology, art and literature. Finally, while visiting please take the time to sit and sketch your own fantastic creature, landscape or situation and help to shed light on this fantastic experience we call existence.

Guest Curator & former Collections Management Assistant
Melissa LaPorte, Curator

Interview with Melissa LaPorte by CogecoTV:

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Edith Brown; Kinsmen Club of Grimsby; Zoi Ouzas Realtor; Cole’s Florist & Paul McLeod, Lawyer

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is now blogging!

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