Monday, 28 May 2012

Upcoming Exhibition: Expressions

A Permanent Collection Exhibition
Curated by Rebecca Madamba
June 9– July 8, 2012
Opening reception: Sunday June 10 from 3-5pm
Music by Harpist Rachel Nolan

Expressions is an exhibition that explores artistic interpretations of the human head through painting, drawing, printmaking, as well as some sculptures. The works are curated from the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Permanent collection, featuring Expressionist characteristics in their subjective illustrations of human emotions.
The human mind is complex, and can be dangerous when left unexamined.  In our fast paced age, it is easy to lose track of our emotions, as we get caught up in day to day activities. The works selected explore ideas about human nature, and our tendency to repress our emotions behind the mask that we portray to the public. In the above charcoal drawing Bound Head, 1990, by Canadian artist Marlene Hilton Moore, the work reflects the essence of the exhibition as a whole, symbolically expressing the overwhelming pressures and anxieties that can imprison our minds.
Many themes have surfaced out of the artworks selected, such as symbolic notions of the mask, as a shield of protection, or a way to express our individuality and the way we want the world to see us.  On the day of the opening of this exhibition, Sunday June 10th 2012, there will be a mask making workshop from 12 p.m. to 3pm., conducted by Brock University Student, Jo Pacinda, followed by the opening reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., where students from the Niagara region will come together to express their own individuality, through the art of mask making. These works will also be exhibited at the gallery along with Expressions.
At the opening reception we are encouraging guests to attend wearing their own decorative masks, adding to the discussion and flow of ideas surrounding the themes of the show, ultimately becoming part of the exhibition itself. As a whole, this is an exhibition that explores the ultimate question of: what does it mean to be a human being? Please join us for this afternoon filled with art, philosophy and entertainment.

Friday, 25 May 2012

The Bricks Are Dipped in Marble Dust

Since we first met Makeal Flammini a few years ago in Milwaukee we have been fans of her work. Then we became good friends. The combination of the two makes me very excited about her show opening Saturday May 26th. The exhibit is a stunning collection of work produced over the past 9 months while Makeal was living in rural Ireland. We do hope you can join us for her welcome home celebration, but if you can't make it tomorrow the show run's through July 15th.

Check out this sneak peek of a selection of work available and read this preview by art critic Mary Louise Schumacher in the Journal Sentinel and also this fantastic review by Cortney Heimerl in the Onion AV.

All works pencil and gouache on paper 2011-2012

PS: A hot tip, Makeal printed a limited edition book available through Sky High Gallery on opening night.

For price sheet or press inquiry's contact gallery curator

Monday, 21 May 2012

Klub7 Inventory online

Klub7 - Small Works $40 each
Artwork close-ups' HERE

Klub7 - Prints $100 - 3 available of each...
Full inventory HERE

to order email us:


Thanks to all who attended on Saturday and partied with us and Klub7!


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Creative Mosaic Design- This is what you missed!

Participants were thrilled with today's Creative Mosaic Design workshop led by international artist Tibor Nyilasi (see website here:

If after viewing the pictures you decide that you simply must take one of his workshops, please note that we will be re-offering classes with Tibor in the Fall when he returns from Hungary where he will be spending his Summer making wonderful works, no doubt!

More pictures after the page break:

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Creative Mosaic Design Workshop

We still have spaces available in tomorrow's workshop! Call today to reserve your spot: 905-945-3246

Creative Mosaic Design Workshop
With Tibor Nyilasi
Thursday May 17 (1 session)

From 9:30am– 5:00pm

A most permanent and creative beauty will be designed with opaque glass and natural stones in this 6-session course. Learn to work with the “freed” colours of neglected stones under the guidance of an established artist with international experience. An additional $15 dollar fee paid to the instructor on the first day will cover materials. Come with a love for art and beauty.

$45 members / $50 non-members

Please register early to avoid disappointment!

*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.

TIFF Film - Billy Bishop goes to War

Tickets are $8.00 or purchase a 4-movie pass for $25/person.
Tickets and passes may be purchased through the Gallery.

Thursday, May 17 @ 7pm
Director:   Barbara Willis-Sweete
Cast:   Eric Peterson, John Gray
Run Time:   86 minutes
Year:   2011
Country:   Canada
Language:   English

First World War flying ace Billy Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario. He grew up a fighter, though not much of a team player; his preference for more solitary pursuits was perhaps a sign of things to come. At fifteen he built his first airplane out of cardboard, wood and string. At seventeen he entered the Royal Military College of Canada, where he was deemed a “convicted liar, a cheat and the worst student — the bottom of the barrel.” Nonetheless, he would soon reach the top of his military vocation. Over the course of the war, Bishop shot down seventy-two enemy planes, ultimately becoming the Royal Flying Corps’ most honoured member.  As we continue to struggle with questions about our country’s military presence abroad, this intelligent exploration of a life defined by conflict prompts us to re-examine current events in a broader historical context.

TIFF Films are shown at the Gallery as a collaborative effort between the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Grimsby Public Library.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Xtracurricular: A High School Art Exhibition

A High School Art Exhibition
May 18 – June 3, 2012
Opening reception: Friday May 18 from 4 - 6 pm

Xtracurricular is an annual exhibition that features artwork by local high school students and their teachers. This is our chance to showcase the work of the talented individuals who will be our next generation of regional artists.
The exhibition will include a wide range of artworks in a variety of media ranging from drawing and painting to printmaking, sculpture and photography. Xtracurricular represents a year’s worth of learning. These students have explored their surroundings and manipulated their materials in order to transform a given project or set of guidelines into unique and meaningful works of art. Please join us to congratulate these talented youths!

I you are a teacher and would like to inquire how your secondary students can participate in this Annual exhibition, please contact the gallery at or call 905-945-3246

Friday, 4 May 2012

Hunter and Hawker

Skulls, etching.
Display Case, detail, various print techniques and paper cuts

Display Case, detail, various print techniques and paper cuts

Blue Roller (After Durer), hand coloured etching

My Little Falcon, etching

Fossilised botanicals and seaweed, paper cut in jar and etching in frame

Hummingbirds, etching

Fossilised botanicals, papercuts

The Bug Box, various etching techniques

Installation detail

My little falcon, etching and leather

My little falcon hiding in plain sight amongst the works in the Hand Held store.
Sheridan Jones' new exhibition opened last Thursday eve here at Hand Held. As expected the exhibition is beautifully well conceived and skillfully created.

Sheridan's lovely hand coloured etchings become paper taxidermy in this clever exhibition of flora and fauna.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Klub7 - Saturday may 19th

Klub7 comes to NYC!

Pandemic is happy to announce, for our next exhibition we will be showing work from the Berlin based art collective KLUB7! 

This crew of incredibly well rounded street and fine artists will have you amazed as they deck out the gallery with hanging work, installations, and murals on the gallery walls! please join us for:

"KLUB7 is up to something..."

Opening reception: Sat. May 19th 7-11pm

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The Berlin, Germany based art collective KLUB7 is creating art on various surfaces, making murals, customizations and illustrations throughout the world. Together they developed a collective trademark style that combines the diverse backgrounds of the six members. KLUB7 has been around for more than 10 years. Born out of the graffiti scene in the east of Germany, this collective has undergone an amazing transformation. Since the group’s inception, all five men and its one female member have entered their 30s and developed a very diverse range of activities, that leaves the collective creation of graffiti art behind, although they have not completely renounced those roots. From the subculture of urban art to projects under legal conditions KLUB7 has progressively and continuously expanded its network. Alongside, Berlin as a melting pot and a centre for contemporary art has become their home – and it demands as much as it supports. 

The fact that KLUB7 uses chalk, appear to be a tricky consequence on unfriendly experiences. Increased surveillance, fines and numerous campaigns against tagging and other media, including posters, stickers and stencils, have seen a real boom in developed countries. Official advertizing campaigns trying to avoid juristic debates or even punishment with using chalk spray. This should feel and look like rebellion without being subject to criminal charges. KLUB7 is motivated for other reasons in using chalk. They work on walls and the ground. First of all, this simple drawing and painting material is easy available and seems particularly fit for spontaneous artistic interactions. Most often, their activities involve children as well as the adult public in a sort of “jam session” that expands the view of graffiti art to an acceptable public act.

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Job-Opportunity- Gallery Assistant

Gallery Assistant
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Application Deadline: Sunday May 20, 2012

Term: Part-Time
Job Description
The Gallery is seeking an enthusiastic, computer- savvy candidate with exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, preferably coupled with experience in customer service. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and an interest in the visual arts is a must. This is a part-time position with primarily evening and weekend shifts. This entry-level position is perfect for students interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel programs. Knowledge of E-mail and Word Processing.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including written and spoken communication.
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
Physical Requirements:

- Frequent light to medium physical effort required (occasional studio room set-ups).
Key Competencies and Skills Required:

- Flexible approach to job role and working hours, including weekend availability
- Demonstrated experience in delivering excellent client service
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to work professionally and responsibly
- Knowledge of, and enthusiasm for Fine Arts
- Excellent standards of self-presentation with a friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming disposition
- Confident, positive and dynamic attitude
- Commitment to punctual attendance
- Excellent communication skills (particularly in spoken English)
- Ability to adjust schedule during busy seasons
Acceptable applications will include a resume and a cover letter.
Send Submissions To:
Rhona Wenger/ Director
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 1Y1

Expo: Extreme Paint-Off!

Extreme Paint- Off
June 7, 2012
6:00-8:30pm in the FORT parking lot

West Niagara Second Stage Housing and Counselling, F.O.R.T. (Foundation of Resources for Teens), the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, and the Grimsby Youth Action Committee are thrilled to introduce a new event: The EXPO.

This event was promoted as a free-to-enter contest, involving multiple schools.
Each team of students will be given a billboard and a set amount of time to complete a graffiti board showing what Art and Teamwork means to them! 

FORT , WNSS and the GPAG have been working on the donations of the supplies and organizing the event.
 More information to come, but please SAVE THE DATE and join us on June 7th and support of our local and regional youth for an evening of art, music, food and fun!


2012 Biannual Juried Exhibition
August 31 - October 7, 2012
Deadline for entries: Friday, June 29 @ 5 p.m

Every two years the Grimsby Public Art Gallery hosts a juried exhibition to showcase new and exciting works by artists from across Ontario. Our 2012 Biannual Juried Exhibition will be on display in the Main Gallery from August 31st to October 7th. This is a province-wide competition, often attracting up to 200 entries; from these the three jurors must select around 40 pieces that will make up the show.

Like many competitions that draw entries from a large geographical area, the GPAG Biannual  Juried Exhibition is juried from digital images. There are many advantages to this system. The cost of transportation to enter the show is minimal; this is a tremendous advantage for artists who live a  significant distance from the gallery and it makes the cost to enter fair for all. Works in all art and fine craft media, including installations and outdoor works, are accepted as entries; again jurying from images is virtually the only way for artists who work in these media to enter.

The juried process is always an exciting one – for the artists; for the jurors; for the gallery; and for the viewers – and a process in which we all manage to experience something new. We invite all artists and artisans living in the province of Ontario to submit their best new work for consideration.

To download the Call for Entry submission criteria and entry form, please click the following link:
2012 Juried Entry Form GPAG
For more information, please contact: or call 905-945-3246

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A Novel Aproach on The Source, TV Cogeco

Our current exhibition A Novel Approach features books, portfolios and related works from the Grimsby Public Gallery's Permanent Collection. The show will be on display until May 13, 2012.

The Source, TV Cogeco reports:

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Hand-blown Glass by

Born in 1968 in the small farming town of Fayston, Vermont, Michael became fascinated by the power and majesty of glass at a very early age. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in sculpture at the University of Vermont, Michael began working with Alan Goldfarb as a glassblower as he solidified his hand skills and developed his talent.

After studying with many glass artists, Michael opened Green Mountain Glassworks, his own studio and gallery in Granville, Vermont, located just south of the Mad River Valley near the Green Mountain National Forest.

"Much of my work is an exploration of possibilities using intricate traditional Italian cane, in the Murano tradition. During a visit to my studio you might see my team at work producing these remarkable glass rods. Using a wide array of ancient techniques I blend clear base glass with colored glass from Germany and New Zealand, drawing and twisting large masses of glass into rods up to 50 feet long and sometimes no thicker than a familiar yellow pencil. Making my own cane allows me the latitude to carry a creative concept from the very first hint of an idea to its full fruition. This cane, when broken into shorter lengths, informs the final design of much of my glasswork, both functional wares and sculpture." -Michael Egan  

Egan on display in the gallery...

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