Friday, September 21, 2012

Culture Days at the GPAG

A Canada-wide interactive celebration of arts and culture.

F Friday September 28th @ 7pm
2012/ 2013 TIFF Film Series Gala Premiere

Film: Monsieur Lazhar
Director:   Philippe Falardeau
Cast:   Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse
Runtime:   94 minutes
Year:   2012
Country:   Canada
Language:   French with English subtitles
Monsieur Lazhar is a 2012 Canadian French language drama film directed by Philippe Falardeau. The screenplay was developed from Bashir Lazhar, a one-character play by √Čvelyne de la Cheneli√®re. 2012 Oscar nominee.

F Saturday September 29th from 2-4pm   
2012 Heritage Art Competition Project: The Grand White Oak Tale – War of 1812
Book Signing by Andrea Eby and contributors.

F Sunday September 30th from 2-4pm 
Biannual Juried Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards

Support your community art gallery and join us for this Canada- wide interactive celebration of Arts and Culture!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Biannual Juried Exhibition on Cogeco TV!

Our Biannual Juried Exhibition is getting a lot of positive feedback, have you seen it yet?
What did you think?

Here is an interview with Director, Rhona Wenger by The Source/ Cogeco TV:

The exhibition will be on display until October 7th, 2012. Admission is free.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wayzgoose 2013: Call for Entry

35th annual Bookarts Fair
APRIL 27, 2013 ~ 9am - 5pm
FREE admission!

Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of traditional book related crafts including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to present their work to the public, renew connections with colleagues and share their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans. 

Wayzgoose Anthology 2013
Celebrating the 35th annual Grimsby Wayzgoose
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is excited to announce an open call for submission of print works for the special 35th Anniversary 2013 Wayzgoose Anthology Vol II. 

The Grimsby Wayzgoose is a one-day festival held annually on the last Saturday of April to celebrate the books arts. Private press printers, printmakers in all media, book binders, papermakers and related artists gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to celebrate the art of the hand-made book. Each year the gallery also publishes an anthology of signatures submitted by participants of Wayzgoose. 

To celebrate Wayzgoose’s 35th anniversary, the gallery is publishing a special two-volume anthology in an edition of 135 that will showcase and celebrate print media and the books arts across Canada and internationally.  The exhibition Sense of Place from the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, will be on display at the gallery during Wayzgoose 2013.  Sense of Place examines the theme of personal interactions with space and place.

We are accepting submissions for the second volume of the Wayzgoose Anthology 2013 from printmakers, private presses, and other print media artists for inclusion in the anthology.  The work may be a collaboration or individual work. 

A completed entry form, sample of work and $10 non-refundable entry fee should be received by the gallery no later than 5pm on 16 November 2012. The theme for submitted works is the artists’ sense of place in the world, which will provide the anthology with a panoramic perspective on the world and people around us. Your work must measure 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches and accommodate binding in size and folding.  Signatures may be between four and eight pages long, and we require the first 135 copies for the anthology.  The hand of the artist must be visible in each signature, whether it be hand set type, hand made paper or hand printed artworks.  A jury of local arts professionals will make a selection from the submitted works for inclusion in the 2013 Wayzgoose Anthology Vol II.

Artists will be notified no later than 14 December 2012 whether or not their work has been selected.

We look forward to your submissions! 

Questions? Please contact us: 905 945 3246,, with “Wayzgoose Anthology Vol II Attention Maeve” in the subject line.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Doors Open Grimsby & Niagara Nights of Art

September 22, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Town of Grimsby is proud to present the second annual Doors Open Grimsby Festival to be held on September 22, 2012.  Buildings and places of architectural, historic, cultural, social and industrial significance will open their doors to the public for a town-wide celebration.  Access to the sites is free from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during Doors Open.

Doors Open Grimsby is designed for you to discover this unique, historical and scenic West Niagara town.  Explore, ask questions, and reflect as you travel to Grimsby’s meaningful places.  Learn the stories; interact; have fun and discover something new.  Make it an adventure.

This year, Doors Open Grimsby will feature some sites as part of the Trails Open Ontario Program. Please visit: for a full list of participating locations.

The Ontario Heritage Trust and Doors Open Ontario are supporting partners of Doors Open Grimsby

September 22, 2012

Along with Doors Open Grimsby, plan to attend Grimsby’s Night (and Day) of Art on September 22nd.  This event is part of the Niagara Region’s Cultural Capital of Canada 2012 festivities and features the many creative individuals who call Grimsby home. Practitioners of all creative disciplines will enliven Grimsby’s built and natural heritage with musical, theatrical and spoken word performances and a range of visual artists at work. There will be children’s activities in the GPAG sculpture garden all afternoon. The event culminates in the evening with an autumn garden party, music, teen video screening and more at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Our creative community welcomes you!

Niagara Nights of Art (NNA) is designed to celebrate the arts and highlight their value in our communities. NNA will be free, family-friendly public events that celebrate all arts disciplines:  music, theatre, dance, literary arts, visual art, media, new media, installation arts and heritage. As part of this project an NNA event will take place in each of Niagara’s twelve municipalities in 2012, and each will feature the artists resident in that municipality.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Random acts of ART!

While out and about in beautiful Grimsby, one of our instructors, Chris O'Hoski, was stopped in his tracks:

Welcome back to school everyone, it's going to be a great year!

Fall Courses and workshops



Arts Club Junior
With Katia Perez–Turgeon
From ages 5-8 years
Saturdays October 6 - November 10 (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 6 - November 10 (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
Wednesdays October 17, 24, 31 & November 7 (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


Life Drawing
No instructor
Wednesdays September 26, October 10, 24 & November 7 (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

Intro to Design
With Chris O’Hoski
Tuesdays October 16, 23, 30 & November 6 (4 sessions) From 6 - 8 pm

Design is all around us. It's on our coffee cups, soda cans, magazine covers and even starts with the houses we live in. Traditional artists to high-end designers have always used tricks for their compositions. Introduction to Design is meant to take a contemporary look at how design came to be, and what discoveries led to the billboards we see today. This course is open to all levels, and will take a fun, simple approach using a variety of materials.
$50 members / $60 non–members

Lino Block Workshop
With Sherilyn Lehn
Sundays October 21, 28 & November 4 (3 sessions) from 2 - 4pm

In this workshop students will learn about shape, line and texture and how these relate to the composition of lino block printing. Draw, transfer, chisel, ink, and print as you explore the world of multiples using this wonderful printmaking method. A materials list will be provided upon registration.
$45 members / $55 non–members

Bare Bones - Acrylic Painting Workshop
With Andrea Eby
Sunday October 28 (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

Abstract Painting
With Priscilla Cranley
Thursdays November 15, 22, 29 and December 6 (4 sessions) from 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
*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!

Fall Exhibitions @ the GPAG!

Biannual Juried Exhibition
August 31 – October 7, 2012
Exhibition reception & Awards Presentation:
Sunday September 30, 2 – 4pm

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Bi-annual Juried Exhibition is a province-wide competition, open to artists working in all media, including visual art, fine crafts, installation and new media. The call for entry was widely advertised earlier this year and by the June 29th deadline we had received over 250 entries. From these, the jurors selected the 32 pieces that will be in the show. The 2012 Biannual Juried Exhibition will be on display in the Main Gallery from August 31st to October 7th.

Like many juried shows that draw entries from a large geographical area, ours is selected from images. There are many advantages to this system. The cost of transportation to enter the show is minimal; a couple of dollars to send a cd in the mail instead of having to drive or ship the work to the gallery for consideration. This makes it possible for artists from across the province to enter the show for the same minimal cost. We also accept works in all media, including installation and outdoor works, as entries; again jurying from images is virtually the only way for artists who work in these media to participate.

Our three jurors for the 2012 show, Carolyn Dover, Ivan Jurakic and Stuart Reid, were faced with a diverse range of entries when they gathered in early July to make their selections. In the Jurors’ statement they said:

As a jury we worked towards a singular vision and all decisions were made by consensus.  Our mutual interests and observations guided the decision-making process and lead us to select works that we found stimulating, thoughtful and provocative.  We hope that you enjoy our selection.

The jurors will be returning once the works are in the gallery to determine the prize winners. These prizes – the first place Canadian Tire Award for $500; the second place NRB Inc Award for $300; the third place Coles Florist Award for $200 and the Special Effects Art Shoppe Award for the Best Local Artist – will be presented at the Exhibition Reception on Sunday September 30th. One further award, the Viewers Choice Award sponsored by the Gallery Shop, will be presented after the exhibition closes.

Plan to visit the gallery during this exciting exhibition to see amazing works from across Ontario – and remember to vote; your favourite artist may win the Viewers’ Choice Award.

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.