Monday, 30 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!


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Friday, 27 April 2012

The Hunter and the Hawker

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

Monday, 23 April 2012

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 nowhere to send their fruit. 1800 acres were burned down or pulled out, and farmers have no market to grow other types of fruit.

In the past 4 years this has drastically changed the geography of the land as well as the economy of our agriculture. What are the costs to my region: what is the future of Niagara fruit and farmers? What are the costs to our health and environment when we purchase and eat canned fruit from China?

This is my response - here are some of the photos I have taken over the past 4 years as the land has changed. I used these photos to create 7 different labels to re/label cans, and hung them in 4 different locations in Jordan Station, as well as outside of Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Thank you Diana for this thoughtful contribution to an important ongoing conversation about issues which concern us all.

The installation has been added to the  GPAG's Collection.

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 English is required, a basic knowledge of French is an asset.  Basic computer skills are required and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn other programs quickly, would be helpful.
All paid summer student positions pending successful funding and confirmation of position details by Young Canada Works.

Collections Management Assistant
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 Collections Management Assistant.  The Collections Management Assistant, supervised by the Gallery Director, will primarily work with the Permanent Collection.  Tasks will include examining and inventorying artwork, updating documentation, researching art and artists in the collection and curating an exhibition.  The ideal candidate will have some post-secondary training in visual arts, art history, museum studies or history.  S/he will have a good understanding of and the ability to recognize different art media and exhibit meticulous attention to detail in his/her work.  Solid computer skills are required and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn other programs quickly, would be helpful.
All paid summer student positions pending successful funding and confirmation of position details by Young Canada Works.

Summer Studio Assistant
Wage: $10.35 per hour
Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday May 14, 2012
at: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 1Y1

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Summer Program Assistant. The Summer Program Assistant, supervised by the gallery’s Education Coordinator, will assist the Education Assistant with running the Gallery’s summer art program for children. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of basic art materials and creative processes. They will enjoy working with children. Experience working with groups of children, interacting with the public and/or working with art processes are assets. Flexibility is essential, as is the ability to work efficiently both as part of a team and independently. Basic computer skills are required.

All paid summer student positions pending successful funding and confirmation of position details by Young Canada Works.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

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 captivating documentary that not only raises questions about history and art, but the nature of creation and the eternal struggle of mankind to understand.


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 tradition since 1981. Sections, known as signatures, are hand bound into a volume that is sought after and cherished by many bibliophiles. Produced in an edition of 115, the Anthology is an original and lasting keepsake and also a means by which private presses that cannot come to Grimsby for the event are able to have a presence. Anthologies are $80 each; sales help to offset the costs associated with Wayzgoose. The 2012 Anthology will be available on the 28th; many back issues are also available.

The impact that Wayzgoose has on culture and tourism in the Grimsby area is significant, both because of the number of people that come to town for the event and for the potential it has to generate repeat visitors. Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 28th.

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 from the first years of Upper Canada as well as a scale model of Ontario’s first, and Canada’s oldest printing press, “The Louis Roy”.
This talk has been scheduled just in advance of Wayzgoose, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s celebration of traditional print methods and hand-made books; both events will be of interest to those of us who love books, reading and history.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

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.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Donna Robertson

Donna Robertson
Donna began her art career in Kansas City in 1979. She moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1989 and currently lives in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Until 2002, Donna worked almost exclusively in watercolor 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.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Close to Home at Hand Held

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

Saturday, 7 April 2012

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.

Monday, 2 April 2012

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 request:

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-carry purchases on opening night and throughout the show's duration while inventory lasts. All major credit cards are accepted.

About the artists:

Tom Stack is 40 years old, a Milwaukeean and a self-taught painter.  His materials of choice include #2 pencils, Baltic birch plywood, high-viscosity acrylics, tiny brushes, sloe gin and a magnifying glass.  His subject matter is feathered, furred or scaled, with a not-so-serious focus on predator/prey relationships, nature's will to survive and the encroachment of man.

Beth Eaton is 38 years old, a Milwaukeean and a degreed ceramicist.  Her materials of choice include clay, fingers, rubber stamps, fire-proof paints, malt liquor and Frankenstein stitches.  Her subject matter consists of animals, plants, places and things and their adornment of usable but non-microwavable objects. 

Collaborating over a distance of two city blocks, Stack and Eaton share a belief in art as a means of sustainment… a means of SUSTENANCE.
Press release available for download here.

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 journey. Many works of art also tell stories, some in distinct isolated segments, like a book, some by bringing numerous narrative elements together into a single image. How do these relate to the concept of “book”?

The exhibition will include books and book inspired artworks in many media and forms. Expect to see some 16th century wood-cut book illustrations; the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild’s Millennium in a Box; screen prints by Carl Beam that relate the experiences of First Nations peoples and a section of the ceramic mural by Merton Chambers that once greeted people entering the Carnegie Library Building and tells the history of Grimsby on a series of book-shaped plaques.

Gallery visitors will have a further opportunity to explore the fascinating world of hand made books at Wayzgoose 2012 and can learn how to create their own book at the workshop led by Louisa Kratka on Sunday May 6. Please see our Spring 2012 Courses & Workshops brochure for more details.

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: