Thursday, December 20, 2012

Doomsday Rides!

Doomsday Rides
Friday December 21st, 2012 from 3:30-5:00pm
The end is near, the time has come, bring some quarters and have some fun!

Bring the kids in tomorrow after school for some colouring activities, candy canes, and horsey rides on Mary Anne Barkhouse’s coin- operated Doomsday horses!
Pick up a Winter 2012 Courses and Workshops brochure to see all the great classes and workshops we have planned for this Season and don’t forget to take a look in our Gallery Gift Shop for that unique, hand-crafted gift.

Admission is free, all are welcome!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Holiday Sales at the GPAG!

The Gallery Shop
For the month of December, save the HST on all purchases in the Gallery Shop!
Please note that members do not receive an additional 10% off their purchases. 
ALL customers receive 13% off only.

Anthology Sale
Give the Gift of the Goose!

All in stock Wayzgoose Anthologies are 20% off for the entire month of December.
The perfect gift for the art collector with no more wall space!
Don’t miss out on this bargain!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


Some local kids having a blast while visiting our current exhibition Reins of Chaos: The Apocalypse as Four-Part Concerto by artist Mary Anne Barkhouse.

Bring some quarters and hold on tight!

Winter Courses and Workshops


Art Tots
With Brigitte Huard
From ages 3+ years with a parent
Wednesdays January 16 – February 26 (4 sessions)
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

Arts Club Junior
With Katia Perez–Turgeon
From ages 5-8 years
Saturdays January 26 -  March 2 (6 sessions)
10 am - 12 pm

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 January 26 -  March 2 (6 sessions)
1 pm - 3 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


Waterfall Necklace Workshop
With Crystal Zettel
Saturday December 15  (1 session)
1:30- 4:30 pm 

Using wirework and basic stringing techniques, participants will make a beautiful and unique cascading necklace of crystal with chain during this workshop. Perfect for the beginner or students interested in furthering their skills. A materials fee of $40 payable to the instructor at the start of class will cover a personal kit containing an    assortment of crystals and Swarovski crystals, sterling silver chain and findings. Students must bring: scissors, flat nose and round nose, flush cutters.
$25 members / $35 non–members

Paint Play
With Jan Yates
Tuesdays January 8, 15, 22 (3 sessions)
6 pm - 8 pm

This series will open up new ideas and fresh ways of 'seeing'. Exploration in varying influences and techniques are emphasized and you will be encouraged to experiment with colour, brush work and paint application. We will work from direct observation as well as learn how to use reference materials so your paintings look fresh and vital-not copied. Choose your preferred subject matter i.e. landscape, abstract or still life. A materials list will be provided upon registration.
$40 members / $50 for non-members

Life Drawing
No instructor
Wed Jan 23, Feb 6, 20 & Mar 6 (4 sessions)
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

Introduction to Drawing and Design
With Chris O’Hoski
Tues Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 & Mar 5 (6 sessions)
6 - 8 pm
Traditional artists to high-end designers have always  utilized tricks for their compositions and drawings. This course is meant to take a hands on approach using    traditional materials, Art History and what discoveries led to the drawings and designs we see today. Open to all levels, participants will learn to take a fun, simple approach using a variety of materials, in a stress-free environment.
$70 members / $80 non–members

Cluster Bracelet Workshop
With Crystal Zettel
Sunday February 3 (1 session)
1:30 pm- 4:30 pm  

 Using basic wirework techniques, participants will make a stunning cluster bracelet during this workshop. Perfect for the beginner or students interested in furthering their skills. A materials fee of $30 payable to the instructor at the start of class will cover a personal kit containing Rose Quartz, fresh water pearls, an assortment of semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Students must bring to class: needle-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush cutters
$25 members / $35 non–members

Abstract Painting
With Priscilla Cranley
Thursdays February 21, 28 & March 7 (3 sessions)
6 - 8 pm
Explore painting from a non-representational point of view. This course will review well-known abstract  painters while the instructor assists you in creating your own design ideas. All levels are welcome.
$50 members / $60 non–members
Heritage Art Competition Workshop
With Andrea Eby
Sunday January 27 (1 session)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The 9th Annual Grimsby Heritage Art Contest is coming up! The theme this year is Grimsby’s Heritage. Your art piece can focus on any theme that portrays Grimsby’s rich culture and history. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery offers workshops and guidance to those who wish to create work for submissions. This art class will start with a simple history lesson through story telling geared to 5 - 8 year olds. Students will use their imaginations to create inspired works of art.
$15 members / $20 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. 


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!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

TIFF Film Night- Moonrise Kingdom

Tickets are $8.00 or purchase a 4-movie pass for $25/person.

Tickets and passes may be purchased through the Gallery

Friday November 30 @ 7pm
Director:   Wes Anderson
Cast:   Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Bruce Willis
Runtime:   94 minutes
Year:   2012
Country:   USA
Language:  English

On the fictional New England island of New Penzance in 1965, lovestruck twelve year-olds Sam and Suzy have decided to run away together. Moonrise Kingdom is sure to be a joyful experience for Anderson fans, and a treat for the uninitiated.

New exhibition: Reins of Chaos: The Apocalypse as a Four-Part Concerto

Reins of Chaos: The Apocalypse as a Four-Part Concerto
Mary Anne Barkhouse
Dec 1, 2012 - Jan 20, 2013
Opening reception: Sun, Dec 2,  2-4pm

In Reins of Chaos Mary Anne Barkhouse explores the concept of the Apocalypse, both as told in the biblical Book of Revelations and as referenced in a range of modern environmental, technological and psychological crises. Barkhouse has chosen to focus on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and presents them in three versions; as coin-operated kiddie rides; as rocking horses and as small bronze statues. In each version, however, the horses are riderless, suggesting that there are options to Conquest, War, Pestilence and Death and simultaneously encouraging the viewer to interact with the works and complete the gaps in the expected story. With the coin operated horses the potential for interaction is quite literal. The viewer can become a rider since these ponies are fully operational. The horses are contrasted with the Donkey of Eternal Salvation. This humble creature, often perceived as the horse's inferior, is the creature in the Bible ridden by Jesus on his triumphant arrival into Jerusalem and, in its quiet and non-imposing position, offers a moment of hope.

The horses also make reference to colonial history, to a North American cultural tradition of Cowboys and Indians and the complex relationships between animals and humans in general.  The mechanical and wooden horses evoke nostalgia for childhood; they are playful and fun, but they represent animals that have been tamed, even made captives. By presenting them as the horses of the apocalypse, Barkhouse reverses these roles and we become subservient to them.

As with all her work, Barkhouse presents this story from the perspective of a native Canadian, whose culture does not have an apocalyptic end-of-the-world story. The exhibition is beautifully executed, engaging, humorous, challenging and perhaps most importantly, Barkhouse has taken an old story and made it relevant in a whole new light.

A member of the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation, Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in BC. She currently lives near Minden, Ontario. She creates art that addresses the relationships between humans, history and the land with intelligence and humour.

Friday, November 16, 2012

cNiagara Post-It Party at the GPAG


Join cNiagara for a Post-It Party in Fort Erie & Grimsby!

A great opportunity to post events, ask questions and learn how to optimize the site's many features with members of the cNiagara team...and what is a party without favours ;) 

PLEASE NOTE: These Post-It Parties are BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) - wireless internet will be made available, your laptop will have to be capable of this.
  • Fort Erie at The Sanctuary Centre for the Art - Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:30pm
  • Grimsby at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery - Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:00am



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Annual Christmas Sale!

Annual Christmas Sale
November 15th, 16th & 17th
Thursday 10am-8pm   
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 1-5pm

Gallery members receive 20% and non-members receive 10% off their Gift Shop purchases!
The Gallery Shop offers a wide array of exclusively Canadian, handcrafted giftware with much of its stock coming from regional artists. Gallery members enjoy a 10% discount on their purchases and an annual Members sale before the holiday season. We are open every day of the year during gallery hours with the exception of statutory holidays.
The Shop is run entirely by the Volunteer Committee of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Art House Cafe Lecture Series

Art House Café Lecture Series 
Inaugural Lecture
16 November 2012, 7pm
Keynote Speaker: Virginia Eichhorn, Director/Curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery presents “Tom Thomson: The Man, The Myth, and Why He Means So Much To Us”

Hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in the Periodicals reading room of the Grimsby Public Library. 
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON

Admission is Free! 
Light refreshments will be served

The Art House Café Lecture Series promotes the ideas of young and emerging scholars from regional universities and provides an opportunity for them to present their research through lectures in a Parisian café ambiance that encourages sharing inspiration and cultivating ideas.

The keynote lecture for this series will be presented on 16 November 2012 at 7pm by Virginia Eichhorn, prominent art historian and Director and Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound.  Eichhorn’s talk, “Tom Thomson: The Man, The Myth, and Why He Means So Much To Us” will investigate Thomson’s personal and artistic appeal and the myriad ways that people choose to remember him and honour his legacy.

Virginia Eichhorn has been active in the arts community for more than twenty-five years.  She is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, has curated exhibitions featuring such prominent artists as Carl Beam, Judy Chicago and Vessna Perunovich and is published in numerous art periodicals including Canadian Art and Border Crossing Magazine.

The Art House Café Lecture Series is dedicated to the memory of Pat and Edith Brown.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to acknowledge the enthusiastic partnership of the Grimsby Public Library and the generous sponsorship of the Niagara Neighbourhood New Idea Fund, as well as private donations made in memory of Edith and Pat Brown. The Series is also sponsored by Lenore Kummel, Dr. Andy Lam, Dr. Donald G. Smith and Phelps Homes Ltd.  We would like to extend our gratitude to Mr. Alan and Mrs. Margaret Goddard for their kind and generous sponsorship of the keynote lecture in this series. 

Please RSVP by 14 November to or 905-945-3246 as seating is limited. 

For more information contact:
Maeve Hanna, Project Coordinator or Brigitte Huard, Education and Media Coordinator
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
(904) 945 3246

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

TIFF Film Series: The Lady

The Grimsby Film Series is happy to present our next TIFF Films feature:

The Lady
Friday, October 26 @ 7pm

Director:   Luc Besson
Cast:   Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis
Runtime:   145 minutes
Year:   2011
Country:   France/ United Kingdom
Language:  English

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.

Tickets are $8 at the door (first come basis) or purchase a 4-movie pass for $25. You can call 905-945-3245 to reserve your tickets.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Grimsby Public Art Gallery receives OAC Operating Grant

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery was recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) operating grant of $27,500 to assist with programming and exhibitions in 2013. The Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, provides support that is crucial to the well-being of the arts community in Ontario; last year the OAC funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario. A healthy arts community that provides access to visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature and much more for all Ontarians is essential to the well being of all citizens. The arts enhance the quality of life and stimulate creativity in all sectors. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has been a regular recipient of funds through the Public Art Galleries Operating Grant program for many years. As well as being an important source of funding, this documents that our peers and colleagues recognize the quality of the activities offered at our gallery.

The OAC has numerous programs that make it possible for artists and arts professionals to serve their communities in a variety of ways. All are competitive and applicants must prove that they adhere to recognized standards of professionalism in their chosen field. As well as receiving funding, the GPAG has an important role in distributing funds directly to regional artists through the OAC’s Exhibition Assistance Program. Any artist with a confirmed exhibition in a publicly accessible location can apply to this program for funds to help with the costs of exhibiting their work. The GPAG receives applications and recommends who should receive the available funding based on an established set of criteria. Our next deadline for Exhibition Assistance Grants is October 31st. Please visit the OAC website ( or call the gallery for more information.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Exhibition Assistance Grant Deadline

Exhibition Assistance Grant

Next Deadline: October 31, 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.

Winners of the Biannual Juried Exhibition

We've announced the winners of our 2012 Biannual Juried Exhibition! Thank you to all the artists who submitted, participated, and to all who voted for the Viewer's Choice!
AWARDS: First Place- Canadian Tire Prize & Viewer's Choice- The Gift Shop Prize
Amanda McCavour- Floating Garden
AWARD: Second Place- NRB Inc. Prize
Amanda Burk- Dual (Wooten & Davis)
Charcoal on paper
AWARD: Third Place- Coles Florist Prize
Danny Custodio
Welland Canal Pkwy # 2
Archival pigment print
Honourable Mention:
Micah Adams
Dead Leaves: Dead Pennies
Cut Canadian one cent coins (copper)

All in All on The Source, Cogeco TV

Our current exhibition All In All features works by artists Jaime Angelopoulous and Derrick Piens. We would like to thank all who attended and enjoyed the opening reception this weekend where both artists were in attendance.

The Source, Cogeco TV interviewed both artists:

The exhbition will be on display until November 25th, 2012. Admission is free!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall Exhibitions

Jaime Angelopoulous & Derrick Piens
October 13 – November 25
Opening reception:

Sunday October 14, 2-4 pm

Derrick Piens and Jaime Angelopolous are creators of dynamic and evocative abstract forms. These are sculptures that reference a variety of familiar objects and by doing so explore a wide range of viewer response and interaction. Familiar materials used in unusual combinations and exciting contrasts of texture and colour are brought together in these objects in ways that encourage the viewer to laugh out loud while simultaneously pondering the inexplicable.
The interaction of the sculpture, the space and the viewer is important to each artist. In her artist statement Angelopolous says:
…I am interested in exploring aspects of bodily experience including perception, sensation, physicality and …the immaterial emotional self. My sculptural works emphasize tactility, promoting a physical engagement with the viewer…Narrative based titles…set a conversational tone, inviting the viewer’s participation, infusing abstract and ambiguous forms with personal meaning.
Piens expresses parallel concerns with the intricate relationship between these elements:
My current studio practice considers the continuous process of transformation that objects undergo within urban and rural environments…I am interested in the transient and transformative character of objects as they evolve and erode throughout time…I am interested in exploring the physical relationship that exists between sculpture, the viewer and the space they both simultaneously inhabit.
Both artists earned their BFA’s at NASCAD, then went on to complete MFA’s – Piens at the Meadows School of Art in Dallas, Texas and Angelopolous at York University in Toronto. Both currently live and work in Toronto.

Autumn 2012
Simon Frank and Tor Lukasik–Foss

Naturivia at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery is a site-specific intervention of ten nature/culture interpretive signs, which will be installed along the 40 Mile creek trail that passes through Grimsby - from the Niagara Escarpment to the shore of Lake Ontario.
Simon Frank and Tor Lukasik-Foss view Naturivia as a kind of reinvention or recalibration of the “idea” of recreational parkland and hiking trails for a contemporary audience.  For this project they will create interpretive trail signage that poses contemplative and provocative questions, to direct people’s experience as they walk the trail. The trail signs will play upon the site’s natural heritage; its unique topography, and the flora and fauna found along the trail, as well as referencing the important human history of the place.

Along with the ten signs, the artists will also produce a small guidebook for the public.  These guidebooks will give the answers to the questions posed by the signs, as well as providing any annotated notes related to the ideas explored by each sign.