Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Workshop with current Exhibiting Artist - Kathryn Crowder

Join us on Saturday, February 1, for a wonderful Artist Talk & Workshop with current exhibiting artist, Kathryn Crowder!

The workshop will feature a small video presentation of Kathryn's process, followed by a Shadow Box project.

Kathryn uses local materials, and will be teaching weaving and basketry techniques to create her work.

Inspired by Kathryn's current show Grapes..., the Artist talk will take place from 2pm2:30 pm, with the remaining hour and a half to create a project!

The workshop is $30 plus a $10 material fee, payable to the instructor.

Kathryn Crowder Artist Talk & Workshop

Saturday, February 1, 2014
2pm - 4pm

Cost: $30 (+$10.00 material fee, payable to the Instructor)

Monday, January 20, 2014

The GPAG is currently accepting applications for a March Break Instructor!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Application Deadline: February 7, 2014

Start Date: Mar 10, 2014
Salary: $25/hr
Term: Contract

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is located within the new Library and Art Gallery complex located on Carnegie Lane (formerly Victoria Avenue). The Gallery was established in 1975, as a non-profit organization which operates for the benefit and enrichment of the public. Our immediate audience is the Town of Grimsby and surrounding centres in the Region of Niagara.

Job Description
Work Term(s): March Break Camp - March 10th – March 14th, 2014

1 week contract (1 position available)

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is seeking a Visual Arts Instructor/Arts Educator for our 2014 March Break Session.

Responsibilities include:

Reporting to the Education Coordinator, our March Break instructor will be responsible for:

-Developing comprehensive art projects and visual arts curriculum
-Supervising volunteers and students
-Monitoring inventory and supplies
-Lead two classes daily (am & pm)
-Assess needs on a student by student basis
-Assess and report program evaluation to the Education Coordinator
-Set up and clean-up of studio facility


-Completion or enrollment of Post-Secondary Visual Arts related studies.
-Experienced in teaching and working with children
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Demonstration of Excellent leadership skills
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint

Additional Info:
Contract is conditional upon receipt of a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Criminal Background Check acceptable to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby.

How to Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, cv and resume by February 21, 2014

by email to: (please send in PDF format)

or by mail to:

Chris O’Hoski,
Education Coordinator,
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery,
18 Carnegie Lane,
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Contact Info:
Name: Chris O’Hoski
Telephone: (905) 945-3246

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter 2014 Classes Spotlight: Instructors Erna de Vries and Kendra Spurgeon

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is focused on creating unique, relevant and educational programming both for the larger community and for our artist community. It is our goal to create a sense that art is for everyone and is pertinent in the lives of our community members. Art is integral to the overall well-being and vitality of any community and this is highlighted through our programming. 

Our Spotlight this week is on two instructors who put their hearts into what they do.  Two artist educators who bring a wealth of experience and care to each of the classes they teach. Erna and Kendra bring care to their practice, in their own artistic practices as well as in the classroom.  Both instructors teach with compassion and truly make art fun and accessible.

Instructor Erna de Vries B.A., B.Ed.

Workshop: Encaustic Workshop

Erna has been an art educator for the past 35 years,  recently re-directing her attention on developing mixed media and encaustic painting techniques.

Born in the Netherlands, Erna immigrated in 1957 with her family to the Hamilton, Ontario area where she now resides with her husband whose photography 
has been utilized in her photo transfers. 

As a full-time high school art teacher she also developed curriculum for the visual arts until her retirement in 2011. Over the years she organized art shows, conducted workshops for educators, judged fine arts competitions and created artworks for the private sector.  She is a member of a variety of art organizations including EAI, IEA and the AGH. She obtained her B.A. in Art/Art History from McMaster University in Hamilton and her B.ED from Queen’s University in Kingston, and took a variety of related art courses for certificate programs.

Encaustic Workshop (description)

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 costs.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

10:30am - 4:30pm

$70/$80 non-members

Kendra Spurgeon, B.F.A. (Hons)

Course: Afterschool ArtsClub Thursdays, (Ages 5-12)

Kendra Spurgeon completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honors Specialization in Studio Art at The University of Western Ontario. 

During university, Kendra was an assistant professor for  a full-year introductory studio art course.  In June of 2013 Kendra joined the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to lead our first summer drop-in program called Go Anywhere.   Kendra has since been teaching Art Club Thursdays and Family Friendly Sundays. Kendra enjoys drawing, photography, watercolour painting, making multi-media collages and printmaking.

Afterschool ArtsClub Thursdays (description)

Following the Success of our Go Anywhere! and Drop in ArtsClub Thursdays, Afterschool ArtsClub Thursdays brings a unique, diverse and comprehensive program.

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. 

Thursdays: January 23 - February 27, 2014
(6 Sessions, Ages 5-12)

4:30pm - 6pm 

$30 members/$40 non-members

For more information, or to register for any of our programmes, 
please contact the Gallery:

(905) 945-3246

or email:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Call for Artists: Visions 2014: Puttin' on the Ritz!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is having its annual fundraising auction & gala, Visions 2014: Puttin' on the Ritz!  This year, the Auction takes place Saturday, March 29, 2014 AT 7pm.  The free artists preview is Friday, March 28 from 7pm - 9pm, ALL are welcome!

Artists are encouraged to submit works in any medium either by regular submission or through the juried process.

Artist submission forms can be downloaded here:

Hey There Daddy-O! Get yourself all dolled up and put a wiggle on! Visions 2014: Puttin’ on the Ritz at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery is the Bee’s knees, the Cat’s pajamas, the eel’s hips and so much more! On Saturday, March 29 every hip to jive guy and doll who knows their onions will hit the joint for an evening of art, music and a swanky good time. It’s the real McCoy and pos-i-lute-ly the place to be, both on March 29th and for the Artists’ Preview on Friday March 28th. Visions is the GPAG’s biggest fundraising event of the year; proceeds from Puttin’ on the Ritz will support our educational programs and care of the art in the Permanent Collection. 
 As always, there will be an exciting array of items up for  auction - art, antiques, gift certificates, collectables and more. Regional artists will be lending their talents to the cause, as will the many generous individuals and businesses in our community. We will once again be inviting the public to meet the artists at the Artists’ Reception and Auction Preview on Friday, March 28th 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 on Saturday  evening.  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. 
Your help with this event would be very much appreciated; if you have time to give or just need a little more information, 
please contact the gallery at 905-945-3246 or 

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Winter 2014 Classes Spotlight: Instuctors Jan Yates & Rinske Salverda

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is focused on creating unique, relevant and educational programming both for the larger community and for our artist community. It is our goal to create a sense that art is for everyone and is pertinent in the lives of our community members. Art is integral to the overall well-being and vitality of any community and this is highlighted through our programming. 

Our Spotlight is on two instructors who easily compliment that mandate.  Two courses that are unique and represent true accessibility to Art.  Classes meant to make you feel welcome, encouraged, comfortable, and ultimately inspired.

Instructor Jan Yates, SCA

Course: Encaustic 2

Jan Yates is an award winning Canadian artist. Since moving back to Canada from Southern California she has been elected as a member of the Society of Canadian 
Artists and Landscape Artists International. Her work is held in collections throughout North America, Ireland, Europe and Australia. Yates has been the recipient of several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, including an international travel grant in 2012. She has also garnered recognition from selected juried exhibitions and was recently awarded a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland.
'Above all else, the land informs the development of my work. I make paintings and constructions directly on site near my home on the Niagara Escarpment, a Unesco biosphere reserve. The process of creating on location is integral as it cultivates an intimate dialogue with the earth’s growth, decay and renewal. These outdoor paintings and constructions are then used as catalysts for in-studio development.’

Encaustic 2 (course description)

Workshops are enjoyable for those who have taken an introductory encaustic class and want to further explore this alluring and tactile medium.
Grimsby artist & educator Jan Yates has been working with this luscious medium for over 15 years and will share techniques including image transfer/collage, colour, glazing, relief, and drawing with charcoal, graphite and pastel. Participants will also explore alternative media incorporated with encaustic including fabric, plaster, metallic pigment and shellac.

*Encaustic painting is natural, safe and non-toxic. Ancient and intriguing, this method of painting originated in Greece, where it was used for the earliest easel and mural painting. A heady combination of colour, melting wax and heat, encaustic mixes dry and oil pigments in hot beeswax.

Held Saturdays: 

February 22, March 1, and March 8, 2014

2pm - 4pm

$50 members/ $60 non-members

Instructor Rinske Salverda, RP-CRA, RSSW,  Art Therapist & Reiki Master

Course: Expressive Transformative Art (Clay)

RInske Salverda is a graduate of both Humber College and George Brown College.  Aside from being a practicing artist, Rinske is also a Registered Counsellor,  Art Psychotherapist and Reiki Master having studied at Ascura and the School of Spiritual Psychology in Great Barrington Mass, USA.
Rinske is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner .Rinske’s experience and expertise speak for themselves, as she has worked with Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, people with  Alzeimer’s and other forms of dementia, autism, phobias, abused women and men and much more.  RInske has also worked with various organizations across Ontario promoting creative healing, teaching, and developing her own artistic practice.

Expressive Transformative Art  (course description)

8 evenings exploring clay modeling with wet clay (non-firing) using mainly only our hands. 

Stories may be included, poetry, movement, music, song and guided imagery to lead us into the artistic activity creating abstract or realistic expressions. The activity of the art making is stressed over the end result. Sharing our experiences with class members is encouraged. We can practice looking at an artistic expression from various points of view and perspectives by sharing our art in an environment of non-judgment and genuine interest. “Go with the flow” is encouraged. If there is the wish in the group for an evening of abstract water color painting that is perfectly fine. No previous experience with art making is required!

Come on out and warm your hands and heart at the creative fire that we all bring with us. 

This is an evening of community, flexibility, friendship, non-judgment and freedom of expression.
The 8th evening we'll showcase our art work of the past 7 weeks with friends, family and interested community members in the form of a mini exhibit/ reception.

***There is space for 8 participants for this series

Held Tuesdays:  January 21 - March 4 , 2014

6pm - 8pm

$110 members/ $120 non-members

To register, please contact the Gallery! (905) 945-3246 
or email:

Monday, January 06, 2014

Grimsby Film Club Winter 2014 Series!

Our Grimsby Film Club continues!  We have movies for Teens and Adults!


Friday, January 10th @ 7pm

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Rated PG 13

Friday, February 7th @ 7pm

The Butler
Rated 14 A

Friday, March 7th @ 7pm

The Book Thief
Rated PG 13


Thursday, January 16th @6:30pm

The Wolverine
Rated 14 A

Thursday, February 20th @ 6:30pm

Rated 14 A

For tickets please contact the Gallery!

Friday, January 03, 2014

Art House Café Lecture Series: Laura Skellet January 17th!

Our Art House Cafe Lecture Series continues in 2014 with Laura Skellet, Friday, January 17th!

Laura Skellet
Friday, January 17, 2014
7pm in the Grimsby Public Library's Periodical Reading Room.

 Contemporary Art in Afghanistan, 2001-2013: An Examination of Female Creative Agency in the Post-Taliban State

Originally from Thorold, Laura Skellert recently completed her B.A.Hons in Art History and is currently working on her B. Ed, both at Queen’s University in Kingston. In her lecture, Skellert will discuss the experience of Afghan women after 2001. Examining contemporary art, artists and several organizations, the lecture will explore how women have used and engaged with the visual arts to tell their stories of life in Afghanistan.