Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Domestic Acts of Love: Opening February 7th!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery cordially invites you to the opening of The Domestic Acts of Love!

This retrospective exhibition blends incredible textile work with nostalgia. 

The Domestic Acts of Love
Michèle Karch-Ackerman
February 6 - March 20, 2016

Opening Reception
Sunday, February 7
(The Artist will be present)
Admission is FREE

Michèle Karch Ackerman, The Lost Boys

Michele Karch-Ackerman creates ways to soothe the physical and psychological suffering of others. Through her artwork, she has honoured the often brief lives of pioneer babies (Sweet Breath of Trees), offered comfort to the young men who fought in WWI (Lost Boys), asked forgiveness from the Dionne quintuplets for their stolen childhoods (Springtime Story of a Little White Flower School for Girl Saints). In 2002 the GPAG hosted Lost Margaret, which provided travelling kits to ease the passage of individuals lost at sea, and in 2010 we featured Foundling, in honour of the lives and loss of unwed mothers and babies given up for adoption. The Domestic Acts of Love is a retrospective that includes elements from all of these and from Little Flower Sanatorium, a more recent installation that offers solace and grace to people who have experienced profound illness.

Karch-Ackerman channels comfort through lovingly hand-made textiles and purposefully collected vintage objects. A museum artefact garners significance from its provenance and from the lives it has touched. Karch-Ackerman creates equally powerful objects, imbuing them with significance and meaning through her choice of materials and subject but more importantly through the love that she brings to them, the power and personal integrity of her stitches.

Originally exhibited at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and Owen Sound Museums in Owen Sound, The Domestic Acts of Love is the result of a curatorial partnership between Virginia Eichhorn, Director/ Curator, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and Rhona Wenger, Director, Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Introduction to Encaustic: Spots filling up FAST!

Spots are filling up fast for Introduction to Encaustic
with Jan Yates, S.C.A.!

Try one of painting's oldest mediums!

About Jan Yates, S.C.A.

Since moving back to Canada from California Jan Yates has been elected as a member of the Society of Canadian Artists and her work is held in collections throughout North America, Shetland, Ireland, England and Australia. She has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council including two international travel grants. Yates has also  garnered recognition from selected juried exhibitions. The artist was awarded a residency from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland in 2012 with a second residency awarded  in 2015 at 'the Booth' in Shetland, Scotland. In June 2016 Yates will be attending another residency in the Shetland islands.

Above all else, the land informs the development of Yates’ work. For over a decade the artist has made paintings and constructions directly on rural land near her home on the Niagara Escarpment, a Unesco biosphere reserve. The process of creating on site is integral to Yates, cultivating an intimate dialogue with the earth’s growth, decay and renewal. These direct encounters are the catalysts for in-studio exploration, evolving into a cyclical body of work mapping a quest for preservation, while contemplating the consequence of change.

Jan Yates has been an influential figure in the regional art scene, contributing her time and ideas to many community endeavors. She has spent five years researching Greenbelt legislation in Southern Ontario and recently expanded her investigations to include rural communities outside of Canada. Yates continues to teach and her work is represented by the Jordan Art Gallery, of which she is a partner.

With Jan Yates
Saturdays: February 13- February  27
3 Sessions
$55 Members/$65 Non-Members
Individual Session
$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

Encaustic mixes dry and oil pigments in hot beeswax.  Jan Yates has been working in encaustic for over 15 years and will share techniques including image transfer, collage, colour, glazing, layering, relief, and drawing. 
Open to those with no previous art-making experience as well as returning artists who want to further explore this alluring and tactile medium. A materials fee of $15 payable to the  instructor at the beginning of class will cover the cost of wax, tools and pigment. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

Friday, January 15, 2016

March Break 2016!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s popular March Break Programme continues in 2016!

Join us for a single day, or spend the week and save!

Led by instructor Julie Wurtele, this year promises to be exciting and full of creativity!

MARCH 14– 18, 2016 

Single Class: 
members $18/ non-members $22 

Clay Day*: 
Members $22/ Non-Members $24 

Whole Week: 
members $80/ non-members $96 


For ages 5 – 8 years 
9:30am – 12:00 pm 

Children will learn important skills and work with a variety of materials while exploring a new theme each day! Exciting projects will challenge and entertain students. 


For ages 8 –12 years 
1:30pm – 4:00 pm 

Students will learn techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media, while being taught about art and artists. Each day will cover new ideas, artists and skills. 

Monday: Painting 
Tuesday: Printmaking 
Wednesday: Clay* 
Thursday: Collage & Book Arts 
Friday: Found Object Sculpture


Julie Wurtele has studied Fine Art in England, UK and Dundas Valley School of Art, Ontario.  She regularly exhibits her work in galleries an juried shows across Ontario.   She is a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Association and an art teacher for the Oakville Art Society, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery as well as an independent instructor for 
private clients.  Classes include drawing, painting, abstraction, colour theory, collage, wood engraving, clay crafts, card making, jewellery and floral arranging.

She has developed a unique teaching method using shapes and symbols children and adults can relate to, breaking the project down step by step and encouraging the development of individual styles.  She believes anyone can learn to be a great artist.  She teaches art and crafts from kindergarten to seniors in various locations across the GTA, runs children’s birthday art parties, ladies paint nights and offers private art therapy to children and adults.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Art Club for ages 5-8 at GPAG!

The Art Club for Kids 5-8 is coming soon! Join us on Sunday afternoons for painting, drawing and much more!!

This fantastic class will give Students the opportunity to further develop existing skills and improve creative thinking as they experiment with a variety of media and techniques in the creation of challenging projects.

Participants will be guided through painting, drawing, clay, mixed media and much more!

2015-2016 OAC Exhibition Assistance Final Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016

Our Final deadline for OAC Exhibition Assistance is this Friday, January 15, at 5pm! Have your applications in!

This program helps Ontario Artists cover the costs of exhibiting their work. You must have
a confirmed exhibition to apply.

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.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Cartooning & Animation: Spots are filling up fast!

Spots are filling up fast for Cartooning and Animation! Join us Saturday afternoons and learn the traditions of art coming to life!

With Hope Grant
Ages 8-12
Saturdays: January 16-February 6
4 Sessions
$35 Members/$45 Non-Members

Participants will learn about animation, flip books, and special tricks for cartooning!  This 4 session series is likely to be FUN and creative. Through the use of story boards,  character creation and imagination, Cartooning and Animation will teach participants traditional animation, problem solving and collective brainstorming.

Have you seen Echoes? The show remains up until January 31!



A.Y. Jackson, Untitled (Winter Landscape)
Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

This incredible exhibition focuses on new works that have entered the permanent collection within the past 10 years.  Some of these pieces include the Group of SevenArthur Lismer & A.Y. Jackson, while featuring some favourite pieces from Franz Johnston and Theodore Ziegler.

About Echoes: Recent Acquisitions

Public Art Galleries typically have three primary functions: exhibition, education and preservation of visual art. Exhibition and education are the public face of the gallery. Preservation, including the various activities involved in building and maintaining a collection, is usually a behind the scenes activity. Grimsby Public Art Gallery, like many other contemporary art galleries and museums, is seeking to de-mystify the backroom. The gallery’s collection is held in trust for the people of the town of Grimsby. It belongs to the public and as such the public has every right to enjoy it – and to understand it. Echoes: Recent Acquisitions in Context seeks to increase knowledge about the collection by showing viewers how some of our recently acquired art works enhance existing areas of strength.

Most of the pieces featured in this exhibition have entered the collection during the past ten years. They include works by several members of the Group of Seven; pieces that help extend our understanding of the more traditional historic Canadian paintings in the collection. We have also added some significant works by regional artists that demonstrate the concerns and interests of both the individual artists, and concerns of our  society. Environmental issues, international events, even changing depictions of local landscape all help us to better understand our particular place in the world.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Art Classes for Kids!

It may be cold outside, 
but GPAG's full of warm creativity with our 
2016 Winter Courses & Workshops!

For KIDS, we have The Art Club and Cartooning and Animation - All fundamentals of art are included in these courses!  Don't forget about March Break at GPAG!