Showing posts from August, 2011

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

These beautiful handcrafted pieces of jewellery are created by Grimsby's Josephine's Distinctive Creations.  Pieces of dichroic glass with the desired colours and textures are first cut and shaped, positioned, then fused together in a kiln. 
The term 'dichroic" (two colours) refers to a molecular coating on the glass, and it's ability to transmit certain wavelengths of light and reflect others.  The effect is seen in nature in peacock feathers and opals.

Check out Josephine's Distinctive Creations and other talented local artists  at the Grimsby Festival of Art next Saturday September 10.  Check out the Festival webpage for location, time and vendors!

Mini-Masters Exhibition Follow-Up!

The Mini-Masters opening reception was a big hit with kids, parents and visitors on Monday! Everyone enjoyed art, refreshments, our current exhibition, and many took a little keepsake home.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the kids and their creative efforts.

Please note: The exhibition will be up until September 2nd, 2011.

A very exciting week

Join us on Thursday September 8th 6-8pm for the opening of 'INSIDE OUT/OUTSIDE IN'.

Curator Rebecca Mayo is taking the Dolls House gallery on the road - first stop Hand Held Gallery. We are very excited to have the Dolls House within Hand Held during IMPACT7's month of Print.

Also as part of IMPACT7's month of Print - 'The Wonderful Printed Things Fair' will take place at St.Helliers St. Store and Gallery at Abbotsford Convent next Saturday September 10th. I will be participating with my 'little red fish books'. I have some new books in the works as well as some newly editioned oldies. Several of Hand Held's past and current exhibitors will also be showing their work at TWPTF. With som many exciting artists and all work UNDER $100 I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Upcoming Exhibition

Annie E. Brown: In Memory September 16 - October 31, 2011                                         Opening reception: Friday September 16, 7 – 9 p.m.

Annie E. Brown: In Memory explores the mythology, ritual and reality of death. Inspired by a “true” ghost story about a Victorian woman named Annie E. Brown who lived in Bracebridge Ontario just over 100 years ago, curator Virginia Eichhorn seeks to understand how we view life and death and in what way our understanding is different from that of generations past. Eichhorn first encountered Annie E Brown in the Bracebridge cemetery where the elaborately carved tombstone commemorating Annie and her husband James stands taller than most of the surrounding markers. The discovery that she and Annie Brown shared a birthday, exactly one century apart, intrigued Eichhorn, but it was the gradual accumulation of fragments of Annie Brown’s life – a photographic portrait, letters, postcards – that convinced her to explore Annie’s life further and to col…

Today: Mini-Masters Opening Reception!

August 29th- September 2nd for Art Adventures & Art Smarts students Join us on Monday August 29th from 3pm-5pm for an Opening Celebration We love to show visitors the wonderful works our Summer Camp kids create, and they like to show them off, so this week each student will show one piece of art that they completed during their time with us at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
Please come support our programmes and our regional kids todayAugust 29th from 3-5pm, enjoy some refreshments, marvel at they creativity, and maybe take a little creation home.

All proceeds will go towards future classes for kids!

Last day of Summer Camps!

Today is the last day of Summer Camps here at the Gallery and what a Summer it has been! The kids had a great time learning about art, exploring our exhibitions, painting, sculpting, making prints, paper, masks, puppets, lions, tigers, and bears...oh my!

We are gearing up for Fall programmes and we have lots of great new classes and workshops to offer as well as Education Programmes for schools and community groups. Don't miss out! The 2011- 2012 Education Guides will be distributed to regional schools and clubs and will also be available for download on our website:
For Seasonal classes please have a look at the Classes section of this blog or visit our website for a pdf. of our Fall 2011 Courses and Workshops brochure.

Thank you to Olivia our studio instructor, Natasha our co-op student, our volunteers, students and parents for making this a great Summer!

Fall Classes & Workshops

Arts Club Junior With Katia Perez– Turgeon From ages 5-8 years Saturdays October 1 – November 5, 2011 (6 sessions) 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Students will learn the basics offundamental art practices and media while creating exciting works of art. $80 members/ $96 non–members
Arts Club With Katia Perez Turgeon From ages 8– 12 years Saturdays October 1 – November 5, 2011 (6 sessions) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Students will further develop existing skills and improve creative thinking as they experiment with a variety of media and techniques in the creation of challenging projects. $80 members/ $96 non–members
Art Tots With Brigitte Huard From ages 3+ years with a parent Fridays October 14 – November 4, 2011 (4 sessions) from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Learn new art techniques and craft ideas that parents and young children can do together. Child friendly materials and a hands–on approach will allow junior artists to express themselves in a fun & safe way. $27 members/ $32 non–members

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

In 2006 the Grimsby Public Art Gallery received a large donation of prints made by the artist Stanley Lewis. I chose a couple examples from his Pollution Series titled Dawn and Dusk. It’s interesting that although these prints were made in 1968, the issue it presents is not far removed from our issues with pollution today. When I first came across these prints, I immediately assumed it was a recent depiction of the Hamilton steel industry. I was quite drawn to the way Lewis depicted the human figures with their disproportioned bodies, mouths gaping open, breathing in the smog from the city below. Also, the fact that the figures are nude makes them seem all the more vulnerable in this toxic environment that Lewis is illustrating. Overall, this series makes for a chilling reminder of the reality of this world issue.
Rebecca Madamba Collections Management Assistant
Stanley Lewis
Pollution Series: Dawn, 1968 Stonecut Collection of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of Francois Beauchamp


"Heat Beaten" Artists


Thomas Buildmore received his diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2004. Since then, Buildmore has taken part in and/or curated many fine art installations in a variety of arenas, receiving acclaim from publications such as The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The New York Daily News, And the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2007 Buildmore established Overkill Studio in South Boston, Massachusetts. In 2008, Overkill Studio relocated to Philadelphia. In 2010 Thomas Buildmore co-founded Stupideasy Studio in Old City Philadelphia with fellow Artist/Photographer Dan King.



Abby Goodman was born in 1972 in Philadelphia, PA. Desire to learn metallurgy led her to the French Alps, where she apprenticed an ironworker. Upon returning she accepted a job as a welder at a bronze foundry executing bronze sculptures for the public arena. Goodman continued her training at Syracuse University, where she earned a MFA,…

Bright ideas?

Having finally taken the opportunity to have a show in the gallery we installed 'lightbulbs, teabags and post-its' last Thursday eve.

Inspired by post-it note jottings of sudden ideas, thoughts and philosophical musings and the beauty of the discards of idle moments which lead to the occasional 'lightbulb' moment or flash of inspiration.

"Heat Beaten" 9/10/11

Well it's been hot... DAMN HOT! The heat has beaten us yet again. But the summer is about to start winding down into fall, and to the eventual cold grip of winter. So in celebration... or acceptance... of this annual de-swelter we are hosting a multimedia group show with 9 great artists hailing from New York and Philadelphia. With work ranging from painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation, as well as murals painted directly on the gallery walls. The show will be a great farewell to the hot summer and a welcome mat for the cool autumn season.

Please join us for:

"Heat Beaten"

A summer's end art show

Saturday, Sept. 10th

opening 7-11pm


Abby Goodman


El Hase

Ellis G

John Skibo


Noah Sparkes

Sofia Maldonado

W. Thomas Porter

An Artist A Day!

Today is the last day of our 7th week of Summer Art Classes for Kids. For An Artist A Day, students explored the works and stylistic innovations of a variety of famous artists resulting in some pretty great creations of their own!

Next week's Story Time Mixed Media classes will close the Kids Summer Programmes Season. We still have spaces available in both morning and afternoon classes, so register today! Detail can be found n the Classes section of this blog, or call 905-945-3246 for more information.

Combine Project Update

Visitors have been loving our current exhibition: Combine Project by Steven White. Many have returned for repeat visits with their family and friends and we swear the adults are having more fun "playing" the sculptures than the kids are!

We love to see our community members interacting so positively with an exhibition, especially one with such particular relevance to the history and contemporary concerns of Grimsby.
We would like to share a few of the comments they have left for us:

"Wow! So Creative!!" "SO COOL" "Best show I've seen in years" "Loved it before the sounds & then WOW!" "Really enjoyed this display with our granddaughter" "Amazing. I love the fact that it is interactive to the senses as well as physically" "Oh this was great fun! A kid again!" "So fun - that sure puts a smile on your face"

Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

During this week’s art classes at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, the kids have been focusing on a particular artist a week. On the first day of class they learned about the 20th century surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. I think Dali is one of the most intriguing artist’s of that era. His work is greatly influenced by the thoughts of the time, such as Sigmund Freud’s theories about the subconscious mind, as well as Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. For example, Dali’s art illustrates a dream-like atmosphere, loaded with symbolism, reflecting the artist’s personal fears and anxieties.
While working on my inventory of the gallery’s permanent collection, I found 15 Dali prints just in time to show the art classes. Below are a couple examples of these prints. The first print shows what looks like an angel flying away with a man’s shirt. This drawing seems to express the artist’s fear of death because the angel is attempting to lift the man away to heaven, but fails and only manages t…

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Check out these brand new items to the Gallery Shop!  Wood artist Brent Rourke is inspired by the Northeastern Canadian lanscape, which his workshop in Bloomfield, New Brunswick looks out over.  He hands selects the wood for each piece - only the finest cherry, roasted wood and birds-eye maple will do.

Finely handcrafted cheese boards, dory baskets and cutting boards of varying sizes are now on display.  Hurry in before they're gone!

Lightbulbs, post-its and teabags

Adrian Lawson and Megan Herring present an exhibition dedicated to sudden jolts of inspiration, quick jottings and the many cups of tea that some may call procrastination!

Opening night this Thursday August 18th 6-8pm.

Creative Cultures Mixed Media

Another week of Summer Camps wrapped up!

We still have plenty of space available in both morning classes (5-8 year olds) and afternoon classes (8-12 year olds) for the next two weeks. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for your kids to get creative, make new friends and see some great art, all under the guidance of an enthusiastic instructor and dedicated volunteers.

Week 7: Aug 15- 19 ~ An Artist a Day (Mixed Media)
Week 8: Aug 22-26 ~ Story Time (Mixed Media)

Full week, half- days. $80 Members/ $96 Non-members

DYK?: Our family membership for a year is only $32! If you sign up 2 kids and would like to join, the membership is FREE.
Now how great is that?

Festival @ the 40!

The Festival at the Fortyis a free community Festival with events for all ages scheduled over a 3 day period in Grimsby, Ontario.

Main Street, Ontario Street and Coronation Park is where all the events take place. From Military Re-enactments to Face Painting, Live Music and Buskers, the streets of Downtown Grimsby come alive with activity for residents and visitors alike. Stroll down Main Street and shop the sidewalk sales. Grab a delicious lunch on one of the great outdoor patios. Listen to live music on Main Street and Coronation Park. Talk to the representatives of our Service Clubs and find out how you can get involved. Feel like a kid and have your face painted. Linger in Coronation Park and learn about the history and the future of Grimsby through the Historical Society and the Green Vendors. Shop for fresh local products at the Farmers Market. Something for everyone at the Festival at the Forty.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery will have a booth in the Grimsby Square Plaza's K…