Showing posts from April, 2012

Thank you for a great Wayzgoose 2012!

Thank you!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our 34th annual Wayzgoose! The Gallery hosted a total of 49 new and returning exhibitors in the gallery, the library,  the lobby, the studio and the Carnegie building. More than 2000 visitors were welcomed over the course of the day. We sincerely thank every person and group that helped to make Wayzgoose 2012 a success.

Special thanks to WNY Book Arts Centre for the Wayzgoose 2012 poster; to our sponsors Brian Prince Bookseller, Aulward Graphics, The Japanese Paper Place, Giganti Events Planning & Catering, Tim Horton's Grimsby, Van Huizen Bookbinding for binding the Anthology, Thee Hellbox Press for the title pages, as well as the Advisory Board, volunteers, participants, visitors and the Grimsby Public Library for making their space available to us!

On a personal note i've just created a new big cartel store for littleredfish goods at

Freehand Jobs! on display now!


The Hunter and the Hawker

Sheridan Jones opens her new show at Hand Held Gallery this coming Thursday. Join us between 6-8pm.

Guerilla Artist in our Midst!

You might recall our post about a thought-provoking art installation that appeared on our grounds the day of our opening reception for This Land is Our Land: The Greenbelt Dichotomy?

Well, we have discovered who the concerned creator is through the magic of Facebook (where we have a page you should immediately go "like":!/pages/Grimsby-Public-Art-Gallery/129646767112893 )

The artist is none other than Diana Brown, our former Summer Studio Instructor extraordinaire (2008)!

Here is what Diana had to say about the piece:

I grew up in a small agricultural farming village called Jordan Station in the Niagara region of Ontario. In 2008 our cannery, which processed fruit for Del Monte, was closed down. This meant that not only when we bought canned peaches from the grocery store these peaches would be from China rather than our own backyards, but also now 2000 acres of orchards had…

Community Outreach at the GPAG

As part of our commitment to bringing art into our community, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery provides Community Outreach Education programmes. We love joining efforts with local schools and organizations to provide the best possible art experiences we can.

One of our long-time collaborators is the F.O.R.T. (Foundation of Resources for Teens) right here in Grimsby!

Participants have been having a great time these last few months at the GPAG making various art projects as part of the many activities the F.O.R.T. provides for local and regional youths. Here are some pictures of a great afternoon spent painting canvases which will hang in their facility!

If you are interested in Community Outreach programming at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, please email or call 905-945-3246 for more information.

Summer Student Jobs!

* * All applicants MUST register and apply for the positions on the Youth Canada Works webpage as well as dropping off a cover letter and resume at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. * *

Summer Studio Instructor
Wage: $11.75 per hour
Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday May 14, 2012
at: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 1Y1

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a well-organized, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Summer Studio Instructor.  The Summer Studio Instructor,  supervised by the gallery’s Education Coordinator, will be responsible for developing and running the summer children's programmes at the gallery and for helping to plan educational programs for the upcoming school year.  The ideal candidate will have at least some post-secondary training in visual arts, art history or museum studies.  S/he will have experience working with a variety of art media as well as experience working with children.  Fluency in Englis…

Upcoming TIFF Film

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Grimsby Public Library are thrilled to announce the new Grimsby Film Club.
Tickets are $8.00 or purchase a 4-movie pass for $25/person.
Tickets and passes may be purchased through the Gallery.

Friday, April 20 @ 7pm
Director:   Werner Herzog
With:   Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes
Run Time:   95 minutes
Year:   2011
Country:   USA
Language:   English

Sealed shut by a landslide for 20,000 years until it was finally discovered in 1994, the Chauvet Cave in southern France contains some of the oldest known examples of pre¬historic art. By comparison, the famous cave art of Lascaux is roughly half as old. Since Chauvet’s discovery, access has been extremely restricted due to concerns that overexposure, even to human breath, could damage the priceless drawings. This invaluable historic site had been open only to a select group of scientists until legendary director Werner Herzog obtained permission to film. The result is a quiet and…


Annual Book Arts Fair
Saturday April 28 from 9 am - 5 pm
In the Gallery, Library & Carnegie Building

Wayzgoose is our celebration of the hand made book. Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of book related crafts, including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders, gather at the gallery to present their work to the public, renew connections with colleagues and share their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans.

Wayzgoose started in 1979 as a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with an attendance of between 2000 and 2500 people. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. There are also often a few travelers from Europe, Japan and across the U.S. who find their way to Grimsby to enjoy and appreciate this fascinating craft.
The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the …

A History of Printing in Early Upper Canada- Talk

with Tania Davis

Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 7 pm
in the Carnegie Building, 25 Adelaide Street

Free to members/ $5.00 for non-members

The Grimsby Historical Society is pleased to present Tania Davis, the main spokesperson for The Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum in Queenston. Mackenzie house was once the home of William Lyon Mackenzie and it was here that he began his career as a publisher for political reform, eventually leading to the ill-fated Rebellion of 1837. Although a failure, the Rebellion helped to advance the cause of Responsible Government for the colony. By the 1890’s the home had begun to deteriorate but was restored in the 1930’s and rededicated by William Lyon’s grandson, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.  A collection of heritage hand presses and an interpretive display on the history of printing were brought into the house in 1991. For her presentation, Tania will bring along reproductions of early printing fr…

Sorch @ 1305

Chris Land is newly mastered out of UC in painting. His work is amoebic, fresh, and living. It's invigorating to get an application for a show from someone you've never heard of and never seen before, yet totally local. Even better when their work is killer, like Land's, and you can keep the gallery in blossom for springtime.
The dreamy magnified landscapes that Chris Land paints are vivid and bright. The imagery is an abstract narrative phrased in thick paint. The pieces seem somewhat recognizable then immediately distant. I see magnified spores and then I think I'm looking at a hill of trees in one piece. Land's work is pleasantly confusing.
Please stop by- this show will be the last one for 1305 before reopening after the summer in Final friday August 31st. We'd love to see you! Regular gallery hours: Thursday- Sunday 12-4. Exhibition continues through April 27th, 2012.

Donna Robertson

Donna Robertson
Donnabegan herart career in Kansas City in1979. She moved to Wilmington,North Carolina in 1989 and currently lives in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Until 2002, Donna worked almost exclusively inwatercolor and collage. A non-credit course in the French impressionists led to an interest in oils, which is her current focus.

"There is a special quality to the light of coastal North Carolina. I happen to live at a site where the creek meets the Intracoastal Waterway and there is no end to the possibilities for painting that light. The water, the marshes and the light hold endless fascination for me, here and on the Outer Banks. I most enjoy painting them 'en pleine air.'" 

MORE Robertson Paintings... 

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

"Freehand Jobs" Sat. April 28th


View from the Stikman Opening...

If you missed the show, only a few Stikman Works remain.. email us to see the remaining inventory.

Close to Home at Hand Held

Some images from 'Close to home' by Janet Neilson opening this Thursday at Hand Held 6-8pm

Close to Home

Janet Neilson's Close to Home, an exhibition of print work which reflects that one does not have to venture far to find inspiration, is on now at Hand Held. Opening night this Thursday 12th April 6-8pm.

New Work by Beth Eaton and Tom Stack

New Work by Beth Eaton and Tom Stack
April 20- May 20th, 2012

After a quick three months hiatus to finish her most recent manuscript curator Faythe Levine is very pleased to announce the first Sky High Gallery show of 2012. We will be featuring new work by two loved Milwaukee based artists; painter Tom Stack and ceramicist Beth Eaton. Please join us to celebrate at the opening party on Gallery Night, April 20th from 6-10pm. The exhibit will run through May 20, 2012 viewable six days a week during shop hours.

Collaborative Plate, Stack & Eaton 2012

Join us for the Opening Reception, Gallery Night April 20th 6-10
Press inquiries & print ready images available upon

The show will feature a combination of ten new paintings by Stack along with a large collection of collaborative ceramic pieces; hand-built vessels constructed by Eaton, illustrated and painted with Stacks imagery. These collaborative ceramic pieces will be available as cash-and-ca…

Upcoming Exhibition: A Novel Approach

A Novel Approach  
Books, Portfolios & Related Works from the Collection
April 6 – May 13, 2012
Opening Reception:

Sun. Apr. 15 @ 2pm The Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s special interest in the book arts started with our founding director, Bill Poole, who was a private press printer and extraordinary book artist. In those early days the GPAG was a committee of the Grimsby Public Library Board, a close relationship that enhanced our interest in the book arts and that continues to this day. Many pieces in the permanent collection reflect this special interest and A Novel Approach will give visitors a chance to see and interact with many of these intriguing works of art.
In this exhibition we will consider a number of key questions, starting with “what is a book?” There is a considerable fine craft element involved in hand made books, printing, papermaking, stitching, gluing, assembling, and these are of particular interest. Books often to tell stories, leading us gradually on a narrative j…

Visions 2012: Of Lions and Lambs

Thank you to all who supported the GPAG's Annual Fundraising Auction & Gala Event this year! We had a great turn-out and a good time was had by all. Special thanks to our staff, our Volunteer Committee, Legends Estates (our wine sponsor), Blessed Trinity High School Culinary Arts for the wonderful food, student volunteers, artists and friends!

Images of the evening after the page break: