Friday, July 31, 2015

Call for Artists: Doors Open Grimsby!


Culture Days and Doors Open Grimsby approaches, and we need some help painting doors!

Paint a door as part of a team or individually and showcase your creativity!

Contact the Gallery at your earliest to express interest.  If you need a door, we've got them!

Doors must be completed by September 18, 2015 at 5pm.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Permanent Collection Feature: Work in Progress....

Permanent Collection Feature:

Work in Progress, 1986
Frederick Hagan

Frederick Hagan, Work in Progress, 1986

Today’s featured artwork from the GPAG’s vast permanent collection is a lithograph by Canadian artist Frederick Hagan (b. Toronto, 1918) titled Work in Progress (c. 1986). Between 1986 and 1989, Canada Post commissioned Hagan to create a series of stamps based on the exploration of Canada. Hagan developed 55 pieces in total for the series, out of which 16 were chosen for reproduction. Work in Progress is part of the Exploration series, but was not chosen as a stamp.

At the forefront of this scene is a surreal depiction of the printmaking process: a nude woman is straddling the printing press while peeling a freshly printed piece of paper away from the lithographic stone. To the right are a man and a woman who appear to be printmakers as well, indicated by the rolling pin held in the man’s hand, a staple tool in the lithographic print process. They are busy at work, and there isn’t much time for organization in this print shop as eyeglasses, envelopes, frames and papers are astray.

A closer look at the print inside this artwork reveals that our nude protagonist may possibly be the model central to the piece she is creating. Behind the nude figure in the small print are a choir of children and an older person gazing up at the nudist. Her twofold placement in the print and the echoing of the lithographic print process as both a subject in the piece and the medium used by Hagan to create this artwork entice the viewer to enjoy a world of interconnectedness, thus, making Work in Progress a meta-print.

Nedda Baba
Curatorial Assistant,
Grimsby Public Art Gallery

GPAG Summer Art Camps: Creative Comic Makers begins NEXT WEEK!

If you're looking for a SUPER camp, with SUPER creations and heroes, Creative Comic Makers begins next week!
In partnership with the Grimsby Public Library, this all day camp will allow participants to immerse themselves in the world of 
Superheroes, villains and wonder.

Register TODAY!

Creative Comic Makers 
For Ages 5 - 8 years 
9:30am - 3:30pm
Extended care is available for an additional $30  
Extended care begins at 8:30am & ends at 5pm

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Grimsby Public Library invite you to explore the wonderful world of comic books and book-related arts. Through an exciting combination of character building, literacy and creativity, students will create artworks, characters and stories to share!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Art of 40: Selected Artists Announced!

GPAG is proud to announce its selected artists for the Art of 40!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to announce that two Niagara artists have been selected to create original art works to commemorate the Gallery's 40th anniversary. The art works chosen for The Art of 4O celebrate Grimsby's artistic history and the relationship between the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and community within which it exists.

Alisa Cunnington and Jan Yates will create two outdoor art works for The Art of 4O to be installed in and around the Rotary Clubs of Grimsby Sculpture Garden, near the main entrance to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The artists will also lead workshops where community members will be able to explore the cultural history of Grimsby.

About the art works:

Alisa Cunnington's approach to GPAG 40th project will be an outdoor map made of recycled materials "that speaks to the idea of the rhizome qualities of both maps and stories". Alisa will physically map and chart as well as digitally connect the stories of the GPAG and give them roots to places both real and virtual.

Jan Yates has conceptualized a thoughtful installation symbolizing 40 "aha" moments of creativity at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. An interactive component has gallery visitors creating a collage with prints of archived material from the past 40 years of gallery exhibitions.

- The Art of 4O selection jury

The Art of 4O will be accompanied by a commemorative catalogue and DVD that reflects on the history of the Gallery, its relationship with regional artists, and all of the creative energy that it engenders for residents of the Niagara Region.

The Art of 4O will be on display from September 1 to October 31, 2015. The official opening of the exhibit will be held Friday September 25th from 7pm to 9pm. Workshop times will be announced at a later date.
The Art of 4O exhibit is made possible by the financial support of the Niagara Region's Niagara Investment in Culture program, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Town of Grimsby.

For more information, please contact

Kate Leathers


Chris O'Hoski

About the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery was founded in 1975 as a committee of the Grimsby Public Library Board. In 1999 the Gallery became a separate sub-department of the Town of Grimsby.
In 2004 the Gallery moved into a new purpose-built facility that significantly enhanced our ability to fulfill all aspects of our mandate:

• To be a public, non-profit gallery, serving the Town of Grimsby and surrounding areas.

• To be dedicated to the exhibition, preservation, encouragement, and collection of visual art of professional standard.

• To provide lectures, seminars, workshops, tours, and other forms of public education relating to visual art.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Creative Comic Makers: August 4-7!!!

While we're gearing up for Culture Camps next week, 
we're also gearing up for Creative Comic Makers! 
In partnership with the Grimsby Public Library, this all day camp will be SUPER!!!!

Creative Comic Makers 
For Ages 5 - 8 years 
9:30am - 3:30pm
Extended care is available for an additional $30  
Extended care begins at 8:30am & ends at 5pm

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Grimsby Public Library invite you to explore the wonderful world of comic books and book-related arts. Through an exciting combination of character building, literacy and creativity, students will create artworks, characters and stories to share!

Spots remain, register today!
(905) 945-3246

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Afternoon Drop-In Art Sessions THIS WEEK!

Join us any afternoon for the week of 
July 20-24, and create!

Our drop-in sessions require no commitment, and you can come and go as you please.
Create one project for as low as $2 or stay and create more!

Calling ages 4-13!!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

How it's Made: Special Workshop and Demonstration on Textiles!

Threadworks 2013 opens this Sunday at the 
Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

To compliment this exciting exhibit, we want to show you
How it's Made!

Join us for an afternoon of interactive demonstrations of 
Textile works! Techniques including: English Paper Piecing, 
Texturing with Tyvek, layered waves and MUCH more

Admission is free, contact the Gallery to Register!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GPAG Summer Art Camps: Space Invaders begins next week!

A Summer at GPAG is FULL of creativity, ideas and ART making!

As our Wild Animal Safari week is coming to an end, Space Invaders! begins Monday, July 20!

Some spots still remain, register today!

Space Invaders!
Regular 1/2 day: 
Members $80/ Non-members $96

Kids in spaaace! This is the week for all the little space cadets out there who love looking up at the night sky, counting stars, finding constellations and dreaming about the Milky Way. Learn about the cosmos through art, and maybe run into an alien or two along the way!

Our Summer Programmes 
have been generously sponsored by 
Performance Lexus, St. Catharines.

Threadworks 2013: Water - Opening this Sunday!

Threadworks 2013: Water

July 17 - August 30

Opening Reception: Sunday July 19, 2-4pm

Threadworks: Water is a project of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers in association with the Wellington County Museum and Archives. This tri-annual juried exhibition was organized and first exhibited at the Wellington County Museum and has been travelling across Ontario for the better part of three years. Grimsby is one of the last stops on the exhibition tour.
The competition attracted 170 entries from across Canada. Jurors Judy Martin, William Hodge and Sylvia Naylor selected 59 of these to be included in the exhibition; 
most have continued to travel with the show.
The Niagara Region is well represented with works by Dianne Gibson of Fonthill, Wendy Anderson Breedveld from Niagara on the Lake and the grand prize winning piece, Waves and Flowers by Patricia Menon, also of Font Hill. Menon’s piece is a traditional kimono format, exquisitely pieced together in a range of blue and gold fabrics, 
with just a touch of brilliant red to add interest and highlights.
Textile art is always very well received at GPAG. Many visitors relate to the use of fabric and the familiar formats including garments, soft sculptures and quilts at a fundamental level and with a degree of intimacy that it is difficult for traditional fine art media to approach. We look forward to hosting this intriguing exhibition.

For more information and photos about this show, please visit:

Friday, July 10, 2015

OAC Exhibition Assistance: Deadline, July 31

Thanks to the generosity of the Ontario Arts Council, GPAG is proud to continue
its exhibition assistance program!

Our first deadline is July 31, 2015




What is Exhibition Assistance?

Program for: Individuals and Artists Collectives

Purpose: The program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition.

Grant decisions are made through third-party recommenders (public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations) throughout the province. Artists must apply directly to a recommender located in the zone in which they live. Approved applications are forwarded to OAC by the recommender once the decision to award a grant has been made.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists, media artists and artist collectives who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Exhibitions in Ontario, in other Canadian provinces and in international locations are all eligible.

Students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate level studies are not eligible.

Note: Aboriginal Artists may also be eligible to apply for Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance grants.

Deadlines: The program is open from June 2015 through January 2016. Recommenders establish their own application deadlines for Exhibition Assistance, or may decide to accept applications on an ongoing basis.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Summer Art Camps: Wild Animal Safari begins next week!

We're coming close to our first week of exclusive GPAG camps!
Wild Animal Safari begins next week!  Lions, and Tigers and Bears!!!!

Week 1: July 13– 17

Wild Animal Safari
Regular 1/2 day: 
Members $80/ Non-members $96

What kid doesn't love animals? For those students with an equal love of wildlife and the Arts, this week will explore the captivating world of zoology through works of art inspired by their favourite beasts!

To Register, please contact the Gallery!

(905) 945-3246

Friday, July 03, 2015

Art of 40 Call for Entries: Due today @ 5pm!

Our Call for Artists for The Art of 40, is due today, July 3 at 5pm!

Have your entries in, and don't miss this incredible opportunity!

The Art of 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Celebrating Art
(public outdoor installations)

Deadline TODAY!: July 3, 2015 @ 5pm

The Art of 40 will consist of four installations in the Rotary Clubs of Grimsby Sculpture Garden, near the main entrance to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The installations will address the 40 year relationship between GPAG and local and regional communities within which we exist, will celebrate this significant milestone and will look toward future achievements.

Many themes could potentially be addressed, including but in no way limited to: working with the concept of 40 (40 years, 4 decades, 4 seasons, 4 directions – even Grimsby’s historic name, The Forty for the 40 Mile Creek) or GPAG special areas of interest including book arts, the environment, and regional agriculture.

As part of their proposal artists are asked to develop a program or interactive component (performance, hands-on workshop, community art project etc.) that encourages community members to participate in the celebration and enhances their appreciation of the art. The Art of 40 will be documented and preserved in a digital/print publication.

Project goals are to enhance the public profile of GPAG during our 40th anniversary year, to strengthen and extend the strong and positive symbiotic relationship GPAG has with regional artists and to preserve knowledge of the project and all of the creative energy that it engenders for future residents of the Niagara Region.

Niagara artists working in any medium or media are welcome to apply; the out of doors location, and minimally monitored and protected nature of the site, should be taken into consideration. A site plan of the GPAG building and photographs of the sculpture garden from different angles are available on our website