Saturday, 31 March 2012

"I find it an exciting challenge to explore a way to give a relinquished book a new life. The process of remodeling damaged and discarded books and their jackets into sculptural art pieces has developed over the past several years, stemming from my life-long practice of painting and of crafting objects of art by hand. 

Through the process of folding and the cutting away of parts of a book's pages, revealing its interior, the remaining fragments are still attached to the binding and brought through or around the piece allowing the book to be viewed inside-out." Anita Francis

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

Friday, 30 March 2012

Carolina Shuckers Oyster Knives

Hand-forged oyster knives made in North Carolina. 

Carolina Shuckers is the collaboration of sculptor Kirk Davis and Michael Waller. Their passion for art, food and the rich North Carolina coastal heritage fuels the creation of these, hand forged oyster knives. They are treasures meant to be handed down for future generations to enjoy.

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

Thursday, 29 March 2012

George Mitchell


A native of Jacksonville, NC, George Mitchell was educated in photography at Palomar College in California. He is familiar with all photographic formats including view cameras and is currently working with high end digital cameras and archival prints for clients across the US. George Mitchell also works in local advertising, wall decor, and custom portraits.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Auction and Wayzgoose madness!

Springtime definitely keeps us on our toes here at the GPAG with March Break, our Annual Fundraising Auction and our big Annual Book Arts Fair Wayzgoose!

Here are a few pictures of the "magic" behind the scenes:

A sneak peek into our items for the Auction (and half our Studio in the Lobby!)

Our Annual Fundraising Auction & Gala Event is this Saturday March 31st, 2012 at 7pm. Tickets are $30 each and are still available at this time. Expect the rush of a quick bid, great art, good food, wine from the Niagara region's own Legends Estates Winery, and live entertainment by Adante Celtic Singers. If you would like tickets, please call 905-945-3246 to reserve.

How about a look at our upcoming 2012 Wayzgoose Anthology?

Every Wayzgoose, the Gallery produces an Anthology of signatures from Book Artists from across Canada and parts of the U.S. It is available for purchase during Wayzgoose (as are back- issues) and all year-round for $80 ($5 for shipping, if requested).

We receive the awe-inspiring signatures over a period of weeks, we then collate them, and send them off to get bound by Van Huizen Bookbinding & Finishing Ltd. in St.Catharines.

Wayzgoose will be held on April 28th from 9-5pm. This is a family-friendly free event featuring the talent of about 40 Book Artists and collectives!

More information to come! (please visit our webpage in the meantime: )

Saturday, 24 March 2012

A room in time comes to an end

The lovely 'A room in time' by Ngaio Lenz has just a week to go.

Drop by before next Saturday.

Just the two dresses pictured are still available for those wishing to purchase a piece of this beautiful work so don't miss out.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Visions 2012: Of Lions and Lambs

Fundraising Auction & Gala Event
Saturday March 31st @ 7pm

The month of March is here and, along with the last of winter’s roar and gentle spring breezes, March brings the Volunteer Committee’s annual fundraising auction, a major source of support for the Art Gallery. On Saturday March 31st, Visions 2012: Of Lions and Lambs will take place in the Gallery, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets to Saturday evening’s event are $30.00 each and are now available at the Gallery.

The fundraising auction is always an exciting evening, filled with fun, food and good fellowship. Live music will once again be provided by Dan Kozar. Legends Estates Winery has generously joined us as our wine sponsor. The Auction will feature works by prominent regional artists including Reinhard Reitzenstein, Grace Cowling, Bruno Capolongo and the late Conrad Furey. Works by regional artists are always an important part of the event and this year art for our featured Juried Show will be selected by Tibor Nyilasi. Live auction items will be sold by Nello Romagnoli; bidding on silent auction items will be open throughout the evening.

Auction items will be on display for previewing by Friday, March 30th with a special Artist’s Reception and Preview from   7 - 9 p.m. Guests will be able to bid on silent auction items Friday and Saturday; advance bidding numbers are available for those who are unable to attend the main event.

The Volunteer Committee would like to thank the many generous individuals and businesses in our community who have donated items and services for this event. Many exciting and desirable items will be available including art, antiques and collectibles; gift certificates and wine tours and the always popular weekend at the Sauble Beach cottage.

To reserve your tickets, phone or visit the gallery today; the auction has been a sellout for the past few years, so don’t delay! we look forward to your presence at this exciting event!

Here is a picture of one of the Auction's featured items:

This lovely, functional teapot was created by artist Tim Storey. You might recognize him as the same artist who created "Snap" the dragon (popular with the kids!) that lives right outside our studio (second picture).

Tim Storey graduated from Sheridan College School of Design in 1973, since that time Tim has exhibited his work in many one man/ group shows, exhibitions and ceramic competitions in North America and Europe. His work is in many public, corporate and private collections, including the Kamm Collection (Los Angeles), Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe Arizona), General Foods Canada (Don Mills), Claridge/ Bronfman Collection (Montreal), Canadian Clay and Glass (Waterloo) and the Grimsby Public Art Gallery (Grimsby).

Guerilla Art at the GPAG!

Nothing quite like some Guerilla art first thing on Monday morning!

Yesterday was our Kitchen Table Talk about our current exhibition This Land is Our Land: The Greenbelt Dichotomy. We had a great turn-out, and we are pleased to see that as well as encourage the exchange of ideas, the show inspired someone to create this wonderful piece.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and remember to read the label!

This Land is Our Land is on diplay until March 25 and features the works of Jefferson Campbell Cooper, Gordon Leverton, Michelle Teitsma and Jan Yates.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Judy Crane
I am fascinated with the play of light in nature, and in man’s created environment, ever changing and refocusing one’s attention. I strive to capture this fleeting reality in my work, and to impart my emotional reaction to it.

I have traveled and painted on location in France, Italy, Spain, and several areas of the US. I do small works on site, recording the essence of the scene--the light, color, and atmosphere. I refer to these
paintings, and to the photographs I have taken, when working on larger pieces in the studio. I am pleased when people express a feeling of 'being there' when viewing my work.

In this fast-paced age I hope my paintings will help viewers focus a little more carefully and enjoy a little more. - Judy Crane

Margo Dizney Loy - Oils
Margot began painting and drawing as a very young child. Noting Margot's interest, her mother enrolled her in oil painting lessons when Margot was in elementary school. Margot continued taking art classes through high school and while working on a double major in psychology and sociology in college. Although for many years clay sculpture has been her predominant medium, Margot also continues to work in watercolor and oils. Margot usually begins a work with the idea of evoking or communicating an emotive state or a concept. Many of her paintings begin with dream imagery. Margot presently lives in North Carolina and divides her time between the mountains and the coastal region our state.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Kitchen Table Talk: Greenbelt Dichotomy

Kitchen Table Talk Sunday March 18, 2 p.m.
Studio/Meeting Room of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby


A Special Invitation to individuals affected by and concerned about Ontario’s Greenbelt Legislation

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to present This Land is OUR Land: The Greenbelt Dichotomy, an exhibition of paintings and installation by four artists who are concerned, informed and moved by the Greenbelt Legislation in Southern Ontario. In their joint exhibition statement Jefferson Campbell Cooper, Gordon Leverton, Michelle Teitsma and Jan Yates say:

The Greenbelt Legislation protects almost two million acres, making it the largest policy of its kind in the world. At the start of this project we predicted opposition to the legislation by developers, but we were not prepared for the resistance of farmers and growers to the law and to the constraints it has imposed on their land. In effect, the legislation tells them what they can and can not do with the land that they have farmed, depended on and invested in all their lives or in many cases for several generations
...Initially hailed as the saviour by some of those working to conserve and protect our natural lands, the Greenbelt legislation has become a source of frustration and anger for others. Our combined bodies of work challenge preconceptions and present a diverse and compelling exploration of Ontario's Greenbelt.

All four artists live in areas affected by the legislation. Through their art they address the complex and contentious issues created by the legislation, using their works and research to create a better understanding in the community of the effect of the legislation on rural individuals.

Visitors to This Land is Our Land have also expressed their desire to learn more and to continue the discussion beyond the exhibition. To facilitate this discussion we have invited all four artists back to the gallery to be part of our Kitchen Table Talk, an informal panel discussion that will be held Sunday March 18 at 2.p.m. The event is jointly presented by the GPAG and the Gallery’s Volunteer Committee and is open to the public, but we are particularly interested in having a number of people who are directly affected by the legislation attend. 

Please let us know if you are able to be part of this event; we hope to have a number of well-informed individuals present to help guide the conversation. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email ( or by phone (905-945-3246) if you have any questions.

Friday, 9 March 2012

A Dress in Time

Time worn surfaces; layers revealed through the process of time, found fragments reinterpreted, rust, metal, wood, paper and fabric - the soft hue of waxed surfaces.

Ngaio Lenz's new show at Hand Held is a subtle fragment of an imagined past.

The show runs through to March 30.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Opening 3/16/12

Pandemic Gallery Presents:

"20" a solo exhibition by Stikman

Opening Reception: Fri. March 16th 2012 • 7-11pm
show runs through April 6th

What more can be said about the mysterious artist known only as "Stikman" that hasn't been uttered hundreds of times by passersby all over the city? His work is sneaky, incredibly thought provoking and uncommonly satisfying to come across, and if you have been living on the east coast or, well, basically anywhere in the states you no doubt have discovered it in some aspect. It could be in the form of 3D men made of small sticks to figures hidden in iconic imagery pasted to doors, or literally under your feet, smashed into the concrete. The range of mediums used and the calculated creativity given to each piece is overshadowed only by the sheer amount of work he has affixed to our cities surfaces. Tireless efforts aside, his stick formed character remains one of the most recognizable images in urban art culture. So, on that note we are proud and excited to announce the first solo exhibition of our favorite and New York's most elusive street artist: Stikman.

from the artist:

It was the summer of 1992 that I deployed my first stikman in the East Village. In the early years the sticks were not painted, It took me much longer to make them at the time because I was always changing the way they were constructed. In the first year I don’t think I made more than 50 of them, they were between 5 and 6 inches tall and made of basswood. By 1996 I had started painting them and begun producing many more per year.

Once I started painting the 3-D stikmen I also started to paint stickers. Combining the 2 dimensional graphic element expanded my view of the ever changing stikman form, and the project took off in unforeseen directions. I was finding many different materials and processes with which to explore the realm of stikman. Over the years I have affixed and painted the stikman on numerous LP record covers, prints, book pages, cut paper paste-ups, hollow core doors and a variety of metal, wood, cloth and plastic objects. Some of my favorite pieces include stenciling images on ping pong balls, bricks, tiny slide viewers, and playing cards. And of course there were always little wooden men made of sticks.

My pieces start their lives as static objects, but they come to life when I place them in a public place where they are subject to the forces of time, interactions with humans and climate. I share this transient form of art to connect with a viewer whom I will never meet, in hopes that the joy of finding the unexpected has altered their consciousness. It finds an indigenous space in our surroundings like a flower escaping from the crack in a sidewalk. Continuously altered by time and circumstance.

To celebrate twenty years of playing in the street with sticks I have created a special battalion of twenty figures to send out into the world with the hope that the friends of stikman will take him along on new journeys to places he has not yet been. I have also created twenty works on paper to commemorate the paper element associated with stikman.
Ten of these are PAINTBLAST, which is a form of automatic painting that occurs when I paint the wood figures.

I hope you are all able to come experience "20" with me at Pandemic.

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