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.

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