Thursday, 27 December 2012

Getting By in the Foreverscape

Getting By in the Foreverscape: New work by Colin Matthes
January 18- March 10, 2013
Join us for the opening reception Gallery Night January 18, 6-10pm. Artist will be in attendance.

Getting By in the Foreverscape 

Colin Matthes makes work about engineering the absurd, which allows him to address economic and environmental crisis from a funny, critical, fatalistic, and industrious point of view. His upcoming exhibition, Getting By in the Foreverscape, is influenced by empty places and harsh weather. Featuring drawings made while in residence at Cow House Studios in Wexford Ireland and the release of the limited edition poster set, Essential Knowledge: Volume 1 this is Matthes’s first solo exhibition in Milwaukee since 2008. Within this exhibition the viewer will find advertising, questionable science, obsessiveness, paranoid ramblings, and genuine concern laced with humor. 

Colin Matthes’s drawing based multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, object making,installation, public art projects, and zine and graphic production. Arts writer Rafael Salas described his work as, “heartwarming, nostalgic, and full of humor despite its grim prognosis.” He works collectively with Justseeds, a decentralized network of twenty-six artists living in the US, Canada, and Mexico. They run a print collective, produce portfolios, contribute graphics to movements, co-publish books, and build installations. Matthes, based in Milwaukee, WI, has exhibited across Europe and the United States, including solo-exhibitions at Artspace Leguit, Antwerp, Belgium and Igloo Gallery, Portland, Oregon, and group exhibitions at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and the Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI. He has completed numerous residency programs including Hotel Pupik (Austria), Werkkamp (Belgium), Cow House Studios (Ireland), Harold Arts (USA), and AS220 (USA). Colin’s upcoming projects include exhibitions at Monster Truck, Dublin, Ireland and El Butron, Seville, Spain.

Above image: Moving On: ink, acrylic, gouache, and flasche on paper, 40x58in, 2012


Debbie grew up in Kinston, NC and graduated from East Carolina University with a BSN. She went on to get an MSN from Duke University with a concentration in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Her career eventually brought her to Morehead City.

Most of Debbie's spare time is spent painting, attending art workshops or touring art museums. She has attended many workshops given by renowned American artist James Sulkowski and has been awarded certification by John Howard Sanden, one of America’s top ten portrait artists. She has also studied the art of portraiture with John De La Vega, a well known artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Debbie prefers painting with oils but also enjoys acrylics and pastels. Her favorite technique when painting portraits is the discipline and structure of the classical academic method of the old masters such as William A. Bouguereau, a nineteenth-century French artist. For landscapes and still life she prefers the avant-garde method as used by John Singer Sargent. Debbie has been juried into several art competitions and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Her works are in many private collections.

 Please contact the gallery regarding sizes, pricing or shipping.
Email - Call: 910-325-0660  or 919-593-0024

Friday, 21 December 2012

Summer BAZE

The wonderful BAZE (book and zine exhibition) opening on Thursday night with a big crowd and excellent response.

Today (Saturday) is our last trading day of the year so don't miss out on the chance to buy a unique gift or stocking filler - I'm here till 5pm today.

We reopen on Wednesday January 16th so you will still have a chance to check out this great show and all of the fabulous (50+) books and zines on display.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Doomsday Rides!

Doomsday Rides
Friday December 21st, 2012 from 3:30-5:00pm
The end is near, the time has come, bring some quarters and have some fun!

Bring the kids in tomorrow after school for some colouring activities, candy canes, and horsey rides on Mary Anne Barkhouse’s coin- operated Doomsday horses!
Pick up a Winter 2012 Courses and Workshops brochure to see all the great classes and workshops we have planned for this Season and don’t forget to take a look in our Gallery Gift Shop for that unique, hand-crafted gift.

Admission is free, all are welcome!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Summer BAZE


Join us at Hand Held for Summer BAZE (Book Art and Zine Exhibition) opening next Thursday 20th December 6-8pm.

Books will be available to take home on the night so dont miss out - take this opportunity to purchase a unique Christmas gift, seriously cool stocking filler or a little something for yourself!

We're open Friday and Saturday too so plenty of time before Chrissy to drop in and pick something up!



Friday, 7 December 2012

Holiday Sales at the GPAG!

The Gallery Shop
For the month of December, save the HST on all purchases in the Gallery Shop!
Please note that members do not receive an additional 10% off their purchases. 
ALL customers receive 13% off only.

Anthology Sale
Give the Gift of the Goose!

All in stock Wayzgoose Anthologies are 20% off for the entire month of December.
The perfect gift for the art collector with no more wall space!
Don’t miss out on this bargain!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Some local kids having a blast while visiting our current exhibition Reins of Chaos: The Apocalypse as Four-Part Concerto by artist Mary Anne Barkhouse.

Bring some quarters and hold on tight!

Winter Courses and Workshops


Art Tots
With Brigitte Huard
From ages 3+ years with a parent
Wednesdays January 16 – February 26 (4 sessions)
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

Arts Club Junior
With Katia Perez–Turgeon
From ages 5-8 years
Saturdays January 26 -  March 2 (6 sessions)
10 am - 12 pm

Students will learn the basics of fundamental 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 January 26 -  March 2 (6 sessions)
1 pm - 3 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


Waterfall Necklace Workshop
With Crystal Zettel
Saturday December 15  (1 session)
1:30- 4:30 pm 

Using wirework and basic stringing techniques, participants will make a beautiful and unique cascading necklace of crystal with chain during this workshop. Perfect for the beginner or students interested in furthering their skills. A materials fee of $40 payable to the instructor at the start of class will cover a personal kit containing an    assortment of crystals and Swarovski crystals, sterling silver chain and findings. Students must bring: scissors, flat nose and round nose, flush cutters.
$25 members / $35 non–members

Paint Play
With Jan Yates
Tuesdays January 8, 15, 22 (3 sessions)
6 pm - 8 pm

This series will open up new ideas and fresh ways of 'seeing'. Exploration in varying influences and techniques are emphasized and you will be encouraged to experiment with colour, brush work and paint application. We will work from direct observation as well as learn how to use reference materials so your paintings look fresh and vital-not copied. Choose your preferred subject matter i.e. landscape, abstract or still life. A materials list will be provided upon registration.
$40 members / $50 for non-members

Life Drawing
No instructor
Wed Jan 23, Feb 6, 20 & Mar 6 (4 sessions)
6:30 - 9:30 pm

This Open Studio format allows each artist to determine their own needs ~ quick studies to extended poses. There is no instructor and each participant chooses their own media. No materials are provided by the gallery.
$50 members / $60 non–members

Introduction to Drawing and Design
With Chris O’Hoski
Tues Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 & Mar 5 (6 sessions)
6 - 8 pm
Traditional artists to high-end designers have always  utilized tricks for their compositions and drawings. This course is meant to take a hands on approach using    traditional materials, Art History and what discoveries led to the drawings and designs we see today. Open to all levels, participants will learn to take a fun, simple approach using a variety of materials, in a stress-free environment.
$70 members / $80 non–members

Cluster Bracelet Workshop
With Crystal Zettel
Sunday February 3 (1 session)
1:30 pm- 4:30 pm  

 Using basic wirework techniques, participants will make a stunning cluster bracelet during this workshop. Perfect for the beginner or students interested in furthering their skills. A materials fee of $30 payable to the instructor at the start of class will cover a personal kit containing Rose Quartz, fresh water pearls, an assortment of semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Students must bring to class: needle-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush cutters
$25 members / $35 non–members

Abstract Painting
With Priscilla Cranley
Thursdays February 21, 28 & March 7 (3 sessions)
6 - 8 pm
Explore painting from a non-representational point of view. This course will review well-known abstract  painters while the instructor assists you in creating your own design ideas. All levels are welcome.
$50 members / $60 non–members
Heritage Art Competition Workshop
With Andrea Eby
Sunday January 27 (1 session)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The 9th Annual Grimsby Heritage Art Contest is coming up! The theme this year is Grimsby’s Heritage. Your art piece can focus on any theme that portrays Grimsby’s rich culture and history. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery offers workshops and guidance to those who wish to create work for submissions. This art class will start with a simple history lesson through story telling geared to 5 - 8 year olds. Students will use their imaginations to create inspired works of art.
$15 members / $20 non–members

*All gallery programs are subject to minimum and maximum registration. Payment is required 7 days after the date of registration to ensure a spot. Classes are subject to change. Cancellations require 7 days notice to receive a full refund. The gallery is not responsible for missed classes, and does not pro-rate classes without prior arrangements. 


The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to offer this opportunity to members with a family membership. Birthday Parties can be booked for groups of up to 15 children. You provide the cake, decorations and refreshments, we provide an artist to instruct the children in a craft or art project. We are happy to customize the activity to fit a theme if you have one in mind! Parties are 3 hours, with the art class lasting approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours. The remaining time can be used for refreshments, games, gifts and cake. Parties must be organized during regular gallery hours and around Studio availability so we may not be able to accommodate your preferred time. It is a good idea to book your party early.

Fees for a 3 hour party are $175. A $50 security deposit is required on all room rentals. Media available: Painting, drawing, collage and/ or printmaking.

Remember ~ The Grimsby Public Art Gallery offers a wide range of programming for students at both the Elementary and Secondary School levels, including exhibition tours, and virtual exhibitions that bring the art to the classroom! Our Education Guide is available at the gallery for further information. Make sure your child’s teacher is aware of this great opportunity to enrich their students’ art education!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

TIFF Film Night- Moonrise Kingdom

Tickets are $8.00 or purchase a 4-movie pass for $25/person.

Tickets and passes may be purchased through the Gallery

Friday November 30 @ 7pm
Director:   Wes Anderson
Cast:   Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Bruce Willis
Runtime:   94 minutes
Year:   2012
Country:   USA
Language:  English

On the fictional New England island of New Penzance in 1965, lovestruck twelve year-olds Sam and Suzy have decided to run away together. Moonrise Kingdom is sure to be a joyful experience for Anderson fans, and a treat for the uninitiated.

New exhibition: Reins of Chaos: The Apocalypse as a Four-Part Concerto

Reins of Chaos: The Apocalypse as a Four-Part Concerto
Mary Anne Barkhouse
Dec 1, 2012 - Jan 20, 2013
Opening reception: Sun, Dec 2,  2-4pm

In Reins of Chaos Mary Anne Barkhouse explores the concept of the Apocalypse, both as told in the biblical Book of Revelations and as referenced in a range of modern environmental, technological and psychological crises. Barkhouse has chosen to focus on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and presents them in three versions; as coin-operated kiddie rides; as rocking horses and as small bronze statues. In each version, however, the horses are riderless, suggesting that there are options to Conquest, War, Pestilence and Death and simultaneously encouraging the viewer to interact with the works and complete the gaps in the expected story. With the coin operated horses the potential for interaction is quite literal. The viewer can become a rider since these ponies are fully operational. The horses are contrasted with the Donkey of Eternal Salvation. This humble creature, often perceived as the horse's inferior, is the creature in the Bible ridden by Jesus on his triumphant arrival into Jerusalem and, in its quiet and non-imposing position, offers a moment of hope.

The horses also make reference to colonial history, to a North American cultural tradition of Cowboys and Indians and the complex relationships between animals and humans in general.  The mechanical and wooden horses evoke nostalgia for childhood; they are playful and fun, but they represent animals that have been tamed, even made captives. By presenting them as the horses of the apocalypse, Barkhouse reverses these roles and we become subservient to them.

As with all her work, Barkhouse presents this story from the perspective of a native Canadian, whose culture does not have an apocalyptic end-of-the-world story. The exhibition is beautifully executed, engaging, humorous, challenging and perhaps most importantly, Barkhouse has taken an old story and made it relevant in a whole new light.

A member of the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation, Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in BC. She currently lives near Minden, Ontario. She creates art that addresses the relationships between humans, history and the land with intelligence and humour.

Saturday, 24 November 2012


Jill Hermans and Chloe McColl revealed their exciting new works at Hand Held this week at the opening of their new show MELT. The word 'Melt' inspires visions of soft undulating surfaces, intense colours, unusual shapes, unexpected unions and exciting textures and this collection of contemporary jewellery does not disappoint. Drop in and see the exhibition in the next few weeks.

Monday, 19 November 2012


"ALL SORTS" limited edition prints by Jessica Seamans will be available.

We will be kicking off our season at Art vs. Craft NOV 24. After that join us for our open house NOV 30th 5-10pm and enjoy hot cider & friends. The ALL SORTS boutique will be open in the gallery regular shop hours for the month of DEC. Remember, we only order in small batches so come early to pick out your selections. 

We couldn't be more excited about the list of designers we are working with this year here are a few to wet your whistle:

Danmala // Cards
Stone & Honey // Jewelry
Erin Smith // Jewelry
Wilder // Magazine
Uniforma // Accessories
David Scheid // Stained Glass
Ben Fiess // Ceramics
Nikki McClure // Calendars
Kaye Blegvad // Jewelry
ALL Knitwear // Hats
Jeremy Rendina // Moon Calendars & Stationary
Santa Fe Stoneworks // Knives
Jessica Seamans // Prints
The Wild Unknown // Tarot Cards

We will also have signed copies of Sign Painters in stock, gallery curator Faythe Levine & Sam Macon's new book published by Princeton Architectural Press

+ Special ALL SORTS gallery edition: Tapestries by artist and designer Hannah Waldron will be on display NOV-DEC 31, 2012

KURUKURU, 2012 // 36 cm x 60 cm // various yarns

Friday, 16 November 2012

cNiagara Post-It Party at the GPAG


Join cNiagara for a Post-It Party in Fort Erie & Grimsby!

A great opportunity to post events, ask questions and learn how to optimize the site's many features with members of the cNiagara team...and what is a party without favours ;) 

PLEASE NOTE: These Post-It Parties are BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) - wireless internet will be made available, your laptop will have to be capable of this.
  • Fort Erie at The Sanctuary Centre for the Art - Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:30pm
  • Grimsby at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery - Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:00am