Showing posts from September, 2011

Dolls house final days

Just a reminder that the Dolls House is only at Hand Held for a few more days.

Due to the Grand Final on Saturday we won't be open - I can't imaging anyone will be in the city with all that hoo-ha going on - so Friday(30th) will be it's last day.

Next up is Light and Lines by Barry Smith and Fiona Dempster which will open Thursday eve 6-8pm.

Have a Little Conversation with us this month...

New News:

Opening this Friday, September 30th with a reception that evening from 6-11 pm is Little Conversations, new work by Geri Shields.

Shields' work includes whimsical paintings that reflect both her training as an illustrator and a playful interest in childlike characters in coy and somewhat awkward situations. The work is a light-hearted narrative done with a fast and precise hand; rendering soft faces and little conversations.

Exhibition continues through October 22nd, wiith regular gallery hours Thursday-Sunday: 12-4, or by appointment.


Also- Don't forget Yuletide '11 is coming up in just a couple of months and we have a few spaces left for creative cuteness or elegant handiwork- whatever your specialty is. Contact Lily with ideas, images, and interest. Deadline for submissions is Halloween! If you're already a participant in Yuletide and just need to sign your contract for this year please respond to this email ASAP to set up a meeting time!

Best & S…

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Canadian designer Jennifer Newman channels her artistic expression through her love for unique jewellery.
Her inspiration is derived from organic form found in semi-precious natural stones and pearls. Over her years of style development this has taken many forms experimenting with traditional beading techniques, fine macramé and has now evolved to silver wirework producing beautiful yet simplistic contemporary shapes.

Watches form comfortably to your wrist. Jennifer Newman - Kaunis Jewellery *glass paperweight by Kelly Lowe

Cogeco TV Spot!

Our current exhibition is definitely getting some attention and interesting reactions! Here is a Cogeco TV interview with our Director, Rhona Wenger about Annie E. Brown: In Memory which will be on display until October 30th:

Have you seen the show yet? What did you think of it?

Culture Days

Fall Open HouseSunday, October 2, 2011 — 1:00 PM - 5:00 PMBuilding on our partnership with the St.Catharines Folk Arts Council, we will be offering a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon of art activities on October 2nd from 1-5pm. Local and regional artists will help you get your hands dirty in our Studio, while our knowledgeable Tour Guides will be available to discuss our exhibition Annie E. Brown: In Memory, curated by Virginia Eichhorn.
Support your community art gallery and join us for this Canada- wide interactive celebration of Arts and Culture! Here are some images from last year's Culture Days:

Admission is Free. All are welcome!

Heat Beaten - On Display till Oct. 2nd



Doors Open Grimsby

This coming weekend: Sep 24 & 25 from 10am- 4pm will be the very first Doors Open Grimsby.

Although Grimsby has participated in Doors Open Niagara in the past this is the first time we've had our very own Doors Open weekend and we are pretty excited about it!

The GPAG will be offering all-day tours of our current exhibition Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory guided by our dedicated volunteers and staff. We will also be featuring art activities for kids from 10am- noon and 1-3pm on Saturday, and 1-3pm on Sunday.

Come celebrate, explore and discover your community along with its history and all that it has to offer to its residents and visitors!

Opening reception for Annie E. Brown Tonight!

Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory opens tonight at 7pm.
Admission is free and all are welcome!

Here is a sneak peek: 

From the full colour, softcover catalogue which will be on sale for $10 each:

"The life of an individual tells us much about who someone was and how they lived.A detailed recipe book lets us know this person liked to cook.An inscribed book reveals that the person read a lot and loved poetry in the same way that a decorative perfume bottle indicates a love of things that were beautiful.Annie Brown, a Victorian woman who lived in the Muskokas and who died in 1917, is the inspiration for this exhibition.The exhibition isn’t so much about her specifically though as it is about the lives of “typical” Victorians and in particular their attitude towards death and mourning, how it changed and what may or may not be similar today.For the details of an individual’s life, can reveal much about the society that he or she was a part of.
At the beginning of the Victorian period the…

Inside Out/Outside In - Dolls House Project

The lovely Dolls House Gallery was installed in Hand Held last weekend. Within it was installed the exhibition Inside out/Outside In - an exhibition that questions the notion of inside and outside as being mutually exclusive terms. As Dave Nolan explains in his catalogue essay, each artist approaches the exhibition premise in different ways - Heather Hesterman with her ' beguilingly simple representation of houses within houses', Raquel Osterman with her peek-a-boo tie, Secret Glimpse #1 which not only reflects inside and out but upside and underside, Rebecca Mayo's AMile and a Half Deep which 'refers us to the complex tangle of past and present' and Richard Hardings The Cottage was at the End of a Tree Line Square which reflects on 'coded forms of communication and comportment'.

Dave's entire essay.

Grimsby Festival of Art: TV Cogeco Spot

Here is a nice little recap on the Grimsby Festival of Art's 44th year. If you missed it this year do not fret as we have the highly anticipated Doors Open Grimsby coming up on September 24-25th from 10-5pm and Culture Days at the GPAG on Sunday, October 2nd from 1-5pm.

More details to come soon!

Exhibition installation for Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory

Annie E. Brown: In Memory September 16 - October 31, 2011                                         Opening reception:  Friday September 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Annie E. Brown: In Loving Memory arrived at the GPAG from The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery yesterday and what a treasure hunt it is this morning!

We have donned our kit gloves and are marvelling at every object from Victorian memento mori to delicate contemporary glasswork. We are looking forward to hearing the reactions from visitors as they experience the same curiousity and fascination towards these objects and contemplate the mysteries of life and death and how we reconcile them.

Here are some images to pique your interest:

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Livingston Animal Hospital; Donald C. Loney, Lawyer; NRB Inc.; P. Tomlinson Insurance Inc.
Special thanks to The Canadian Clay and Glass and Forks Road Pottery.

Spotlight on the Gallery Shop

Part of Grimsby's small town charm is the Grimsby Beach area with it's colourfully restored cottages turned full-time homes. Grimsby Beach began life as a Methodist summer church camp. In the 1870s, the original tent accommodation began to be replaced by permanent board and batten cottages, trimmed with elaborate gingerbread or fretwork. The neighbourhood fell into disrepair after the Second World War, but was given a second chance to shine when new owners moved in over the past two decades.

Grimsby Beach Cottages - image courtesy of Doors Open Grimsby Tumblr

Now you can send a little piece of Grimsby's history to your friends and family with brand new Grimsby Beach greeting cards!  Thunder Bay artist Sandra McInnes fell in love with the Grimsby Beach cottages while visiting her sister and is working on painting a number of these cottages paired with local flowers.  The Gallery Shop currently has three designs available and hope to get mor…

Catherine Ryan: work available

Available through Sky High Gallery through October 15th are Catherine Ryan's pieces from The Things They Do. Fifteen beautiful framed, charcoal & gouache on paper works from 2011. Purchased pieces will ship via Fedex the week of October 15th. Gallery sales can be made with credit card or via paypal.

Prices available upon request and please email with any additional questions:
faythelevine [at]

Instruction (6.5 x 9.5)

To Watch (8 x 10)

The Pact (6.5 x 9.5)

Waiting for the Answer (8 x 10)

The Family (6.5 x 9.5)

The Exhilarated (8 x 10)

Study (6.5 x 9.5)

Reconnaissance (8 x 10)

Practice (6.5 x 9.5)

Initiation (8 x 10)

In The Water (8 x 10)

Hocus Pocus (8 x 10)

Eternal Home (8 x 10)

An Invocation (8 x 10)

All Together (8 x 10)