Thursday, December 12, 2013

Opening this Sunday! Grapes: Kathryn Crowder. Sunday, December 15, 2013. 2pm-4pm

Kathryn Crowder

December 14, 2013– February 2, 2014
Opening reception:
Sunday, December 15, 2pm-4pm

Artist’s Talk & Workshop
Saturday, February 1: 2pm-4pm

Stay for the afternoon, and join us for a fundraising concert in the evening.

A Coriolis Brass Presents:

A Coriolis Christmas!

Sunday, December 15, 2013
7pm- 9pm
Admission by donation,
with proceeds going to
The Wells of Hope Group

Monday, December 02, 2013

Art House Café Lecture Series: Prof. Sally McKay, December 10th!

Join us Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7pm for our Art House Café Lecture Series.

This AHC Lecture features Professor Sally McKay from McMaster University (Also a PhD Candidate at York).

Keynote Lecture with Prof. Sally McKay:
Examining Art and the Brain: An Introduction to the Problems
and Possibilities of Neuroaesthetic Research.

About Professor McKay:

Recently, neuroscientists and art historians have begun studying art and the brain. Neuroscientists produce knowledge in the lab, through the use of neuro-imaging technologies, such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). But what kinds of knowledge about perception and cognition do artworks produce in the context of the gallery? How do these situated art experiences impact neuroscientific theory, and how can neuroscience inform engagements with art? This lecture will provide an accessible introduction to key issues arising at the intersections of art and neuroscience, offering new entry points for understanding contemporary art.
Sally McKay is an artist, curator and scholar. Currently based in Hamilton, she teaches Art History and Studio Art at McMaster University. McKay is near completion of a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture at York University.

All are welcome, Admission is free!

Please RSVP by phone

(905) 945-3246 or email:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Join us November 22, 2013 for A Musical Journey through Grimsby Park!

Join us Friday, November 22, 2013 from 7-9pm for A Musical Journey through Grimsby Park!

A Musical Journey through Grimsby Park is an evening of Art and Music featuring George Brasovan and Tricia Cole, who perform professionally as Gin and Tonic.

George Brasovan is a Juno award nominee, a composer for motion pictures, and a multi-instrumentalist and teacher.  In 1999 George was the Recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Tricia Cole has been singing and performing since the age of 10, and has been cast in Garden City Productions' Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes.

As Gin & Tonic, George and Tricia have performed everything from jazz standards to pop hits, from timeless classical pieces to world music.

A Musical Journey through Grimsby Park will be inspired by our current exhibition, The Chautauqua Experience. George and Tricia will bring both the artwork and Grimsby’s history alive with their unique interpretations of the music that could have been enjoyed by people summering at Grimsby Park in the early 1900’s.  This concert will also be an important fundraiser for the Grimsby Public Art Gallery; all proceeds will support upcoming Educational programs.

Tickets are only $20, and are on sale now at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Chautauqua through sight and sound, enriched with the splendour of Grimsby's past.

For tickets, please give us a call (905) 945-3246 or email:

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Chautauqua Experience: Opening This Sunday! (Double Feature) Closing Celebration of the Farm Show by Floyd Elzinga!

Join us this Sunday, November 10 from 2pm – 4pm for opening of The Chautauqua Experience, and the closing celebration of The Farm Show by Floyd Elzinga!

Admission is ALWAYS free.

The Chautauqua Experience

November 8th, 2013 – December 8th , 2013

Opening Reception: Sunday November 10th, 2pm-4pm.

The Chautauqua Experience features local and regional artists in all disciplines, with a specific focus on Chautauqua, Grimsby and its history.
Come see photography, paintings, drawings and three dimensional works featuring Grimsby Beach, Grimsby Park, takes on our beautiful town and its surrounding area.

The Farm Show: Floyd Elzinga

Closing Celebration:  Sunday, November 10, 2013, 2pm – 4pm.

Floyd Elzinga is a farmer’s son who went on to grow metal flowers and plow Art Gallery floors.  Elzinga’s art is conceptual, environmentally influenced and often reflects his early life on a dairy farm. Farm Show is a ground-breaking work. It challenges viewers to consider their relationship to food production and take an active step to be stewards of the earth. It contrasts ideas of modern and urban with idyllic and rustic to create a glimpse of a dystopian future of cultivation. Farm Show evokes thoughts about the ongoing breakdown in the relationship between the natural and industrialized worlds and emphasize the enormous disconnect between the production of food and the people who consume it. It juxtaposes the traditional male fashion requirements of the office place (suit and tie) against the physical labour so necessary and prevalent in traditional farming practices. Elzinga is drawn to explore, highlight, and create objects and ideas that embody polar opposites and as a result dualist themes are often present in his work.
Floyd Elzinga is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with a major in Sculpture and minor in Art History.

Monday, October 21, 2013

GPAG's Fall Indoor Yard Sale: This Saturday!

It’s that time of year again..

We invite you to our Indoor Yard Sale at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

10am – 4pm

Summer is over, the weather turned cold,
But many fine items remain to behold,
Selling or buying, there lots to be eyeing,
With pleasure we’ll label it SOLD!
Have items to sell?

A limited number of six foot tables are available to rent at $20 per table. Please contact the Gallery to reserve yours today, space is limited! The Gallery and Library are cleaning house and will have plenty of items on sale as well. Who knows what treasure you may find?


Tables still available! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Drawing & Painting classes for Seniors Open for Registration!

In partnership with the Grimsby Senior Centre, The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is now offering Drawing and Painting at the Seniors Centre!

These classes run for 5 weeks, Wednesdays, Nov. 13 - Dec 11 from 10am - 11:30am in the Grimsby Seniors Library. pre-registration is reguired as space is limited.

5 sessions $45.00 + HST (materials included)

Class Description

“Drawing & Painting for Seniors”

This drawing and painting course will provide participants with an opportunity to be introduced to, or enhance their existing skills.  Through a look at historical and contemporary art, basic to advanced techniques will be utilized to be creative, and have fun in a relaxed, stress-free environment.  Projects can be designed on an individual basis with coaching from the instructor – to be free and to create!
In partnership with the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, classes will be taught by GPAG’s Education & Media Coordinator, Chris O’Hoski.
Chris studied at Sheridan College, The Dundas Valley School of Art and is a certified educator through the Royal Conservatory and Living through the Arts.

Aside from teaching at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Chris has taught at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Grumbacher and Culture for Kids in the Arts.

To register please call the Grimsby Seniors Centre: (905) 309-2075

Movies at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery & Library care of The Grimsby Film Club!

Movies at the Grimsby Public Library & Art Gallery care of The Grimsby Film Club!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery & The Grimsby Public Library are proud to offer movies for kids, teens and adults. Movies are shown in the Studio, just off the lobby.

This fall we're featuring:


Epic: Friday, October 11 at 10 a.m
Rated G

Turbo: Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m.
Rated G


Halloween Movie Night!

World War Z: Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m.
(ages 14+) Rated 14A

Man of Steel: Thursday, November 28 at 6 p.m.
(ages 12+) Rated PG

ADULTS (Movie Night)

Renoir: Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m.
(Rated R)

Quartet: Friday, November 1 at 7pm
(Rated PG-13)

More films to come: Friday, December 6 and Friday January 10, 2014 - Stay tuned!!!

For tickets call the GPAG @ (905) 945-3246

Artist Call for Entries: The Chautauqua Experience

This call is open to all artists with an interest in Chautauqua.

In November 2013 the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and regional artists will celebrate Grimsby Beach, formerly known as the Chautauqua of Canada.

Artists are invited to explore both the history and the current resurgence of this dynamic area through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture or any other medium they might choose, and we look forward to displaying this artistic homage to Grimsby’s history from November 8 – December 8.

During the past few months Erin Aults, Digitization Assistant for the Grimsby Chautauqua Project, has been creating a digital archive of information about Grimsby Beach; bringing together news stories, documents, images and more that are held in a variety of public and private collections around town. Her research has uncovered some obscure and nearly forgotten Grimsby Beach history including the single week in August 1914 when the community experienced a murder, a devastating fire and the naive glory of watching a group of young men head off to war. We are looking forward to presenting some of the more intriguing information Erin has documented to Library and Art Gallery visitors during Culture Days on September 28 & 29.

This display will also provide artists with even more inspiration as they plan submissions for The Chautauqua Experience. The Chautauqua Submission form for artists to use when they bring their artwork in to the gallery will also be available by Culture Days. Artists will need to bring their work to the gallery between Tuesday October 15th  and Tuesday November 4th ready for display and clearly labeled as indicated in the Submission Form.

A maximum of three works may be submitted, the Gallery will select works to be included in the show based on available space and quality of works.  The Gallery’s decision will be final.

Please feel free to contact the Gallery for a Submission Form, or if you have any additional questions – Have fun, explore and create!

Friday, September 06, 2013

The Occurrence of You and Me: Ehryn Torrell, Opening September 20th!!

Pull, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 20cm x 24cm

September 21– November 3, 2013
Opening reception:
Friday September 20, 7 to 9pm
Artist’s Talk & Workshop
for Culture Days 2013:
Saturday September 28 at 12pm

The Occurrence of You & Me is a poignant body of work that explores relationships, closeness and distance, and various forms of personal vulnerability. In this exhibition Ehryn Torrell presents works in a variety of tradition and new media created in collaboration with close friends and family. The works reveal attachment, anxiety and loss and speak powerfully about the processes of creation. In a recent description of her new work Torrell said:
Recently I have examined my research methods, which often involve long-distance travel. In my last body of work, I examined the visual and mental complexity of an empathetic relationship to China's built environment. To create the work, I travelled to cities across China, searching for ways to visualise the complexity of urbanization…Time and distance gave space for empathy and abstraction within complicated subject matter. Eventually, I was able to fill canvases with personal references alongside things I had seen. In more recent work, I have started to paint the quieter domestic spaces I've spent increasing amounts of time in as a new mother. There is a movement toward personal reference in my work and I want to explicitly examine the processes of translation and distancing .

I am currently making a body of work that explicitly involves translation and relinquishing control of the outcome. These new works involve collaboration, which allows me (typically a painter working alone in a studio) to question things like control and authorship in new and exciting ways. This marks a new direction for my artistic practice, although it still very much continues my interest in the representation of experience and our relationship to objects.
Relationships, closeness and distancing are at the heart of these new projects.…By choosing personal subjects and collaborating with close friends and family, I hope to reveal something about attachment, anxiety, and loss. By making something new - in mediums that I have less experience with - I hope to speak about vulnerability and the very human processes of creation and attempts at 're-creation.'

The exhibition will include some paintings, which have typically been Torrell’s primary form of expression, but also installation, prints, drawings, video and performance.
Ehryn Torrell studied at McMaster and NSCAD Universities. Her exhibition Self-Similar was exhibited at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery. She has taught at Guelph U, Brock, and NSCAD. Originally from southern Ontario, she currently lives in London, England.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Walk with Us:)

ArtsWalk 2013 is right around the corner...

ArtsWalk 2013
Visual Art  Music  Dance  Theatre  Multimedia
September 14, 2013 from 1-5 pm

Be Inspired and celebrate culture in Grimsby. Inspired by the very successful 2012 event, Grimsby’s Night (and Day) of Art, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and ReMax Garden City Realty present ArtsWalk 2013. An exciting variety of creative people will be active along Ontario, Adelaide and Main Streets in downtown Grimsby, taking visitors on a leisurely stroll from the Gallery to Trinity United Church. Make your mark on the collaborative painting project at ReMax Garden City Realty on the corner of Main and Christie. See how Peninsula Players design and construct sets at Trinity United Church. Enjoy a variety of dance, music and visual arts performances, demonstrations and displays. At the end of the day participants and the public will all be welcomed back to the gallery for refreshments and a chance to share the day’s accomplishments.

1pm - 3:30pm stroll through downtown Grimsby to enjoy music, performance, visual art and collaborative Painting. From 4-5pm join the wrap-up party at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Event maps will be available for pick up at the Gallery and from all participants on September 14th.

This event is generously sponsored by Remax Garden City Realty and The Dog Spot

Friday, August 30, 2013

GPAG Fall Courses are OFFICIALLY open for registration!


Painting, printmaking, clay, collage, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, found object art and so much more! Children will learn important technical skills while exploring fun and educational themes. All our classes are taught by professional artists with experience working with children.

To meet community needs, we have made some changes to Seasonal Programming this Fall. We hope you will take advantage of the new opportunities we are offering and welcome your feedback and suggestions!

NEW Art Club for Kids!
Ages 5-12 years
Thursdays September 12 – November 28
from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
(October 24 will be from 6-8pm)
12 sessions
With Kendra Spurgeon

$5.00 Drop-In fee OR buy a 10-class pass and attend regularly: $45 for members/ $50 non-members.
Following the success of this Summer’s Go! Anywhere Drop-In Programme (a collaborative programme between the gallery and the library that was funded by the Niagara NEW Idea Fund), we have decided to continue the series as a new Art Club for Kids!

Each week , students will complete a project in a different theme or media, make friends and learn valuable skills in a creative and fun environment. Please note that space is limited (maximum 15 students) and that due to the drop-in format of the series, we cannot guarantee a space in the class. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The second session will be announced in the Winter 2013-2014 Courses and Workshops Brochure.

NEW Family Friendly Sundays
Ages 5–12 years
(We welcome 3 - 4 year olds in our Tots Corner – with parental supervision)
September 29, October 27, November 24 &   December 29, 2013 from 2 - 4 pm
Ongoing sessions
$2.00 per child — if parents choose to make a project of their own alongside their child the $2 fee will apply. Pre-registration is   required as space is limited.
Join us on every last Sunday of the month for our Family Friendly Sundays. Enjoy art activities as a family, connect with other community members and make new friends! 
Take a moment to marvel at the artwork by local and regional artists in both our Gallery Gift Shop and in our regular exhibitions.  Family Friendly Sundays will be a great way to get your family involved with your local gallery!


Painting the Still Life Lively
With Jan Yates
Saturday October 5, 2013
From 1:30 – 4:30pm
1 session
$30 members/ $40 non-members

Alla Prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), may also be referred to as 'direct painting'. It is a method in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, and usually has to be finished before the first layers of paint have dried. Jan will demonstrate how to achieve a fresh and painterly effect that incorporates alla prima techniques. You will work from a colourful still life set up featuring seasonal foliage and interesting objects. This series is suitable for those with a general knowledge of paint handling. A material list will be provided upon registration.

Encaustic Workshop
With Erna de Vries
Saturday October 19, 2013
From 10:30 am - 4:30pm
1 session
$70 members/ $80 non-members
This introductory workshop will provide participants with basic skills and techniques     necessary for working in encaustic painting.  Students will be introduced to: safety precautions, materials and tools, melting and fusing, colour mixing, texturing, photo transfers and collage methods. Plenty of time will be allotted for participants to experiment with demonstrated   techniques using a variety of supports, and work on individual projects. An additional fee of $25.00 made payable to the instructor at the beginning of class will cover all material needs. There will be a 1-hour break for lunch.


We offer life drawing sessions in our studio during regular gallery hours to students interested in working from a live model. Classes are subject to a minimum and maximum number of students. Pre-booking is required. Costume modeling is available.

No instructor (minimum 6 students)
$10 members / $15 non–members per session
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.

With an Instructor (minimum 6 students)
$25 members/ $30 non-members per session
These guided sessions provide students with the instruction and assistance of a professional artist through quick studies and extended poses. Each   participant chooses their own media. No materials are provided by the gallery.

Herringbone and Free Form Peyote
Cuff Bracelet
With Crystal Zettel
Saturday November 2, 2013
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
1 session
$30 members / $40 non–members
Students will learn how to use the peyote/ herringbone stitch while creating a beautiful beaded cuff bracelet. Materials will be on hand to purchase for $5. If you have a colour preference, please inform upon registration.
A materials fee of $5 payable to the instructor at the start of class will cover materials.


Seniors Art Classes
at the Grimsby Senior Centre
Ongoing sessions

Due to the success of our first art programme at the Grimsby Senior Centre in the Spring of 2013, we are planning more classes for the Fall and Winter of 2013 at their location.

Drawing and Painting for Beginners
Learning some of the basic concepts of drawing and painting as you start to explore your artistic self!

The Legacy Project
An art project that will transform some of your favourite life moments into a visual work of art to share and display.

Details to be announced mid-September.
Please contact the gallery for more details.