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