Monday, April 29, 2013

Wayzgoose 2013 Pictures

It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our annual Wayzgoose! The Gallery hosted over 40 new and returning exhibitors in the lobby, the library, the studio and the Carnegie Commons building. More than 2000 visitors were welcomed over the course of the day. We sincerely thank every person and group that helped to make Wayzgoose 2013 a success.

Please enjoy photos of the day after the cut! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Geese are coming!

Wayzgoose is tomorrow!

You guys are a little eager...

Also, the new 2013 Wayzgoose Anthology, bound by Van Huizen Bookbinding has just arrived! Can we say WOW(!!)?

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Annual Book Arts Fair
Saturday April 27 from 9 am - 5 pm
In the Gallery, Library & Carnegie Building

Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of a wide variety of book related arts, 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.

The Grimsby Wayzgoose started in 1979 as a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with 45 to 50 artisans exhibiting their creations for the more than 2000 people who regularly attend the event. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. There are also often a few travelers from Europe, Japan and across the U.S. who find their way to Grimsby to enjoy and appreciate this fascinating craft.

The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the tradition since 1981. Each contributing artist creates a sample of work in a format that can be bound into a book. These sections are known as signatures, and the signatures from all the contributing artists are organized and hand bound into a volume that is sought after and cherished by many bibliophiles. In honour of the 35th anniversary of Wayzgoose a special juried call for signatures was distributed across North America and in Europe; these signatures will form a special extra section of the 2013 Wayzgoose Anthology. Sales of the Wayzgoose Anthology help to offset the costs associated with Wayzgoose; the 2013 Anthology will be available on the 27th; many back issues are also available.

The impact that Wayzgoose has on culture and tourism in the Grimsby area is significant, both because of the number of people that come to town for the event and for the potential it has to generate repeat visitors. Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 27th.

Free admission!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Sense of Place- TV Cogeco

Thank you to The Source, TV Cogeco Niagara for covering our very impressive new exhibition! Sense of Place is an exhibition organized by the Windsor Printmakers Forum. The show has been travelling and the Grimsby Public Art Gallery is its last stop, so don't miss it! The show closes on May 18, 2013. Admission is free.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Artist Talk for a Sense of Place

Hello everyone,

This is just a gentle reminder that our new exhibition open this weekend:

Sense of Place: A Cross- Border Print Exhibition
Opening reception on Sunday April 14 from 2-4pm
A Juried Exhibition organized by the Windsor Printmakers Forum

Special Guests: Alistair MacLeod and Nino Ricci will be reading from their works and speking about their roles in creating this exhibition.

Admission is free, all are welcome!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Visions 2013: Artists in Wonderland- Free Preview tonight at 7pm!

Below is a short feature by The Source/ Cogeco TV regarding our upcoming Auction & Gala Event Fundraiser- Visions 2013: Artists in Wonderland:

We still have tickets available and they can be picked up at the Gallery desk for $30 each. The Free Artists Preview is this evening, Friday April 5th from 7-9pm. All are welcome, light refreshments and entertainment will be provided. We thank you for your support!

Visions 2013: Artists in Wonderland
Fundraising Auction
& Gala Event
Saturday April 6, 2013 @ 7 pm
Tickets $30 each
Artists’ Reception & Auction Preview: Friday April 5 @ 7 pm

Don’t be late! Mark the Date! Tickets are now available at the GPAG or from the Volunteer Committee. Join Alice and her creative crew in a magical dream world full of art, music and wonderful surprises. Hang onto your head – you may well find the Queen of Hearts directing her court or the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Doormouse sharing tea or be greeted by Alice herself as the evening becomes curioser and curioser…

Artists in Wonderland will be an entertaining evening and a great party. As always, there will be an exciting  array of items up for auction - art, antiques, gift certificates, collectables and more. Some very special items this year will include the chance to meet Alice in person for the lucky buyer of four passes to Disney World for a family of four or you can relive the acclaimed performance of the ballet, Alice, with signed pictures and poster from the National Ballet. Regional artists will be lending their talents to the cause, by submitting original artwork and by decorating teacups for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Exciting donations are also coming from the many generous individuals and businesses in our community who support the gallery.

The annual Visions event is the Volunteer Committee’s main fundraiser and the source of vital resources that will allow the Gallery to continue providing top quality art programming for communities right across the Niagara Peninsula. Proceeds from this year’s auction will support our Educational programs for children and the work that we do to preserve and care for art in the permanent collection. Everybody is invited to attend the Artists' Reception and Auction Preview on Friday, April 5th when guests will have the opportunity to socialize with local artists, place advance silent bids and review the items that will be up for live auction during the Saturday evening gala. 

The Art Gallery and Volunteer Committee look forward to your continued support and attendance at this very important fundraising event. Many hands make light work and we are always happy to welcome new volunteers. If you have time to give or just need a little more information, please contact the  gallery at 905-945-3246 or

Monday, April 01, 2013

A Sense of Place- New Exhibition!

Victor Romao, Family Vacation, Algonquin Park, 2006.
A Sense of Place
A Juried Exhibition organized by the
Windsor Printmakers Forum
April 12 – May 19, 2013
Opening reception: Sunday April 14 , 2- 4pm

Sense of Place is the result of an international juried call for entries initiated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum in 2006. Print artists were invited to consider the sense of identity inherent in their specific communities; the result is an exhibition that includes print works from across Canada and the U.S. in a broad range of both traditional and experimental media. Awareness of physical space is important in many of the works, but the exhibition goes far beyond a literal interpretation of its theme.The work investigates universal ideas and concerns, from life’s daily questions and eternal mysteries to archetypal forms and human heritage to the place of nature in the world and of human beings in nature.  In the words of coordinator Patricia Coates, “the show celebrates the current momentum which flows through Canadian contemporary art”.

For the exhibition coordinators Windsor is their own special place. After searching the world for the right individuals to catalyze the creative processes into the exhibition, they recognized that “Windsor, itself, had two distinguished individuals, Alistair MacLeod and IAIN BAXTER&, who, if brought together with printmakers from across the country, could create something provocative and important.” When author Nino Ricci joined these two for a special presentation to open Sense of Place “Three creative minds gave one magical talk. The conversation played out almost like a good jazz performance. Flow and rhythm was picked up resonating through ideas of place, time, and memory.”All three of these men are prominent in the Canadian arts and literary worlds. All three are also particularly interested in the place where visual and written creativity interacts, especially as expressed by this notion of significant place. Furthermore, this fertile intersection of the visual and literary arts made Sense of Place extremely appropriate for the featured exhibition at the GPAG during Wayzgoose, our annual book arts fair.

Windsor Printmaker’s Forum was founded in 1987 as a working space for area artists to create and produce original limited edition prints. It encourages technical and artistic   excellence in printmaking by providing the best possible equipment and instruction and by maintaining professional standards of production, documentation and presentation of prints. The Windsor Printmakers Forum provides gallery space for monthly exhibitions and organizes an active guest artist program. GPAG will be the final stop for the exhibition tour of Sense of Place and we are thrilled to be able to feature this astounding collection in our community.