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.