Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TIFF Films are coming to Grimsby!








The Toronto International Film Festival comes to Grimsby!
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Grimsby Public Library are thrilled to announce the new Grimsby Film Club.
Join us in the Gallery for our premiere screening and watch for more award-winning films to come.

Tickets are $8.00 or purchase a 4-movie pass for $25/person.
Tickets and passes may be purchased through the Gallery. 


MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Thursday, March 8 @ 7pm
Director:   Simon Curtis
Cast:   Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench
Runtime:   101 minutes
Year:   2011
Country:   United Kingdom
Language:   English

Few celebrities have been able to rival the allure and magnetism of Hollywood’s most tragic and enduring icon, Marilyn Monroe. With My Week With Marilyn, director Simon Curtis offers a fascinating dramatized glimpse during Marilyn Monroe’s time shooting one of Hollywood’s most challenging film productions The Prince and The Showgirl. Based on Colin Clark’s memoir “The Prince, The Showgirl, and Me” the film recounts the young man’s experiences as assistant to director Lawrence Olivier, as well as the personal relationship he shared with the fragile screen icon. Williams is luminous as the dazzling screen star, and offers a layered performance that goes beyond impersonation. Playing both the damaged, insecure woman and the sensual celebrity construct, Williams’ tour-de-force turn offers a rare intimacy with one of Hollywood’s most infamous personalities. With a supporting cast of characters that includes British acting luminaries Judi Dench (Jane Eyre, Nine), Emma Watson (Harry Potter series), and Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Che: Part One), My Week With Marilyn is one of the most entertaining films of the year.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
Friday, April 20 @ 7pm
Director:   Werner Herzog
With:   Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes
Run Time:   95 minutes
Year:   2011
Country:   USA
Language:   English

Sealed shut by a landslide for 20,000 years until it was finally discovered in 1994, the Chauvet Cave in southern France contains some of the oldest known examples of pre¬historic art. By comparison, the famous cave art of Lascaux is roughly half as old. Since Chauvet’s discovery, access has been extremely restricted due to concerns that overexposure, even to human breath, could damage the priceless drawings. This invaluable historic site had been open only to a select group of scientists until legendary director Werner Herzog obtained permission to film. The result is a quiet and captivating documentary that not only raises questions about history and art, but the nature of creation and the eternal struggle of mankind to understand.

BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR
Thursday, May 17 @ 7pm
Director:   Barbara Willis-Sweete
Cast:   Eric Peterson, John Gray
Run Time:   86 minutes
Year:   2011
Country:   Canada
Language:   English

First World War flying ace Billy Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario. He grew up a fighter, though not much of a team player; his preference for more solitary pursuits was perhaps a sign of things to come. At fifteen he built his first airplane out of cardboard, wood and string. At seventeen he entered the Royal Military College of Canada, where he was deemed a “convicted liar, a cheat and the worst student — the bottom of the barrel.” Nonetheless, he would soon reach the top of his military vocation. Over the course of the war, Bishop shot down seventy-two enemy planes, ultimately becoming the Royal Flying Corps’ most honoured member.  As we continue to struggle with questions about our country’s military presence abroad, this intelligent exploration of a life defined by conflict prompts us to re-examine current events in a broader historical context.

In the News: Art In the Library!




















Please follow this link for a great article on our current Art in the Library exhibition in Niagara This Week, Grimsby Lincoln News, featuring the works of local artist (and GPAG instructor) Chris O'Hoski:
http://www.niagarathisweek.com/what's%20on/article/1305015--stepping-into-immortality

Notice: Course date changes!

Creative Mosaic Design Workshop
With Tibor Nyilasi
Thursday May 17 (1 session)
From 9:30am– 5:00pm
A most permanent and creative beauty will be designed with opaque glass and natural stones in this 6-session course. Learn to work with the “freed” colours of neglected stones under the guidance of an established artist with international experience. An additional $15 dollar fee paid to the instructor on the first day will cover materials. Come with a love for art and beauty.
$45 members / $50 non-members

http://home.mountaincable.net/~samspoto/tibor/pages/mosaics.html

Please register early to avoid disappointment!

*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.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Greenbelt Dichotomy on The Source!

If you haven't had a chance to see our current exhibition This Land is Our Land: The Greenbelt Dichotomy we hope that this feature on The Source, Cogeco TV will inspire you to visit the GPAG:



The Greenbelt Dichotomy has been attracting attention and stimulating discussion about how we use and preserve our rural lands since it opened in early February. Many visitors have applauded the artists’ initiative in tackling this complex subject; comments in the guest book include:

You have created a display that truly tells the story of an unfair law severely limiting land use.

My heart is always with the land, and the farmers. There should be more dialogue on many issues.


Perhaps some members of the Ontario Govt should be notified of this excellent – and direct – exhibit.

Great show that inspires great questions and much needed discussion and awareness

The diversity of artistic voices mirrors the complexity of the issues. Each artist has deliberately chosen to focus on an aspect that has particular personal resonance and relevance to their practice. Jan Yates’ landscapes focus on once productive fields now fallow and overrun by weeds. Michelle Teitsma‘s portraits show rural individuals in their homes and fields. Gordon Leverton presents a row of near identical houses; a superficial view of the landscape as if seen from a speeding car. Jefferson Campbell Cooper’s installation depicts an esker, a geological formation of gravel deposits left behind by retreating glaciers, gravel that is easily surface mined for use in many industrial and construction projects.

The works, viewed together, recognize the many pressures that affect management of the lands within the Green Belt. A wide range of human needs and activities compete for space along with sensitive natural ecosystems. There is no clear right and wrong; many of us want to listen to indigenous songbirds while we eat fresh local produce grown close where we reside – and have easy access to transportation that will take us someplace else when we want to go. This exhibition does provide information and viewpoints that encourage all of us to see the area we live in with fresh – and possibly more sympathetic – eyes.

On Sunday March 18 at 2 p.m. all four artists and a variety of other interested individuals will be present at our Kitchen Table Talk, an opportunity to encourage discussion and share ideas in a casual round table format.
This is a joint Gallery Volunteer Committee presentation.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

VISIONS 2012
of LIONS and LAMBS
Fundraising Auction & Gala Event

Saturday March 31 @ 7pm
Tickets $30 cash bar
* silent and live auctions
* live musical entertainment
* hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
* themed artwork by local artists
* door prizes and much more!  

FREE Artists Reception & Auction Preview
Friday March 30 @ 7pm

Please visit our webpage for our Juried Call to Artists complete package
http://www.town.grimsby.on.ca/Artist-Opportunities/

Friday, February 17, 2012

Art in the Library

ABSOLUTION
























ABSOLUTION 18" X 24" Acrylic On Canvas 2011


Currently on display:

The Twelve Steps to Immortality
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.
O'Hoski primarily creates his work using Acrylic and Oil, but still finds favour in using Watercolour. To date, he has exhibited in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Portland, Hamilton and Toronto, while recently being published in International Contemporary Artists Volumes I & II (textbooks) out of Europe and New York .
Christopher remains an active and emerging visual artist represented by the Trillium Gallery, New York.
He is also an educator and has taught all ages as a drawing, painting and mixed media instructor. http://www.chrisohoski.org/

Spring 2012 Courses & Workshops + March Break!!

 MARCH BREAK
 March 12th -16th, 2012

Single Class: members $18/ non-members $22
Whole Week: members $80/ non-members $96


Mini Maker Mornings
For ages 5 - 8 years
9:30am - 12:00pm

Children will learn important skills and work with a variety of materials while exploring a new theme each day! Exciting projects will challenge and entertain students. 

Avid Artist Afternoons
For ages 8 - 12 years
1:30 - 4:00pm

Students will learn techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture & mixed media, while being taught about art & artists. Each day will cover new ideas, artists and skills.

Monday : Drum-Making
Tuesday : Book-Making & Collage

Wednesday : Clay Crazy

Thursday : Puppet-Making
  
Friday : Puppets in Action!



 CHILDREN’S CLASSES


Art Tots
With Brigitte Huard
From ages 3+ years with a parent
Thursdays April 5 – April 26, 2012
(4 sessions) from 10:00 – 10:30am

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 May 5 – June 9, 2012
(6 sessions) from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Students will learn the basics of fundamental art practices and media while creating exciting works of art.
$80 members / $96 non–members


Art Club
With Katia Perez-Turgeon
From ages 8 – 12 years
Saturdays May 5 – June 9, 2012
(6 sessions) from 1:00 – 3:00pm

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



 ADULT CLASSES



Lino Block Workshop

With Sherilyn Lehn
Tuesdays April 3, 10 & 17, 2012
(3 sessions)
From 6:00 – 8:00pm
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

Life Drawing
No instructor
Wednesdays April 4, 18 & May 2, 16, 2012, 2012 (4 sessions)
From 6:30 – 9:30pm

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

Book-Binding Workshop
With Louisa Kratka
Sunday May 6, 2012 (1 session)
From 10:00am – 5:00pm

In this one-day workshop, learn the basics of bookbinding by constructing two small hardcover journals by hand ~ from the folding of paper, sewing of signatures, pasting and covering of boards to the final pressing. One exposed spine and one flat-back casebound journal will be made. An additional $25 dollar fee paid to the instructor on the first day will cover a large portion of the materials. A materials list for the remainder will be provided upon registration.
$55 members / $65 non–members

Creative Mosaic Design Workshop
With Tibor Nyilasi
Thursday May 17 (1 session)
From 9:30am – 5:00pm
A most permanent and creative beauty will be designed with opaque glass and natural stones in this 6-session course. Learn to work with the “freed” colours of neglected stones under the guidance of an established artist with international experience. An additional $15 dollar fee paid to the instructor on the first day will cover materials.
$45 members / $50 non-memberswww.tiborart.ca


*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. 


KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES


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!

**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. 




Friday, February 03, 2012

The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad Recap


We were thrilled to have so many attend yesterday's Volunteer Committee talk The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Pat Ruggles (pictured here with one of her quilts) in honour of Black History Month!

Here is a link to an article about this event in the Hamilton Spectator: http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/665068--true-or-not-possibility-of-quilts-helping-slaves-escape-fascinates-quilters#

Thanks again to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed your afternoon at the GPAG!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

This Land Is Our Land: The Greenbelt Dichotomy

It's installation week for our next exhibition This Land Is Our Land: The Greenbelt Dichotomy featuring works by Jan Yates, Michelle Teitsma, Gordon Leverton and Jefferson Campbell Cooper.

Don't forget to check out Cogeco TV for an upcoming interview on the project and please remember to join us this Sunday, Feb 5th at 2pm for the free opening reception!

Pictures of the installation in progress after the page break:

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

English Conversation Circle

The Secret Story of Quilts

The Volunteer Committee of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery invites you to:
The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad.
A presentation by Pat Ruggles

Location: Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Time: 2pm

February is Black History Month, please join us for this event.

Free admission, everyone is welcome!