Tuesday, 10 September 2013







Friday, 6 September 2013

The Occurrence of You and Me: Ehryn Torrell, Opening September 20th!!

Pull, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 20cm x 24cm

September 21– November 3, 2013
Opening reception:
Friday September 20, 7 to 9pm
Artist’s Talk & Workshop
for Culture Days 2013:
Saturday September 28 at 12pm

The Occurrence of You & Me is a poignant body of work that explores relationships, closeness and distance, and various forms of personal vulnerability. In this exhibition Ehryn Torrell presents works in a variety of tradition and new media created in collaboration with close friends and family. The works reveal attachment, anxiety and loss and speak powerfully about the processes of creation. In a recent description of her new work Torrell said:
Recently I have examined my research methods, which often involve long-distance travel. In my last body of work, I examined the visual and mental complexity of an empathetic relationship to China's built environment. To create the work, I travelled to cities across China, searching for ways to visualise the complexity of urbanization…Time and distance gave space for empathy and abstraction within complicated subject matter. Eventually, I was able to fill canvases with personal references alongside things I had seen. In more recent work, I have started to paint the quieter domestic spaces I've spent increasing amounts of time in as a new mother. There is a movement toward personal reference in my work and I want to explicitly examine the processes of translation and distancing .

I am currently making a body of work that explicitly involves translation and relinquishing control of the outcome. These new works involve collaboration, which allows me (typically a painter working alone in a studio) to question things like control and authorship in new and exciting ways. This marks a new direction for my artistic practice, although it still very much continues my interest in the representation of experience and our relationship to objects.
Relationships, closeness and distancing are at the heart of these new projects.…By choosing personal subjects and collaborating with close friends and family, I hope to reveal something about attachment, anxiety, and loss. By making something new - in mediums that I have less experience with - I hope to speak about vulnerability and the very human processes of creation and attempts at 're-creation.'

The exhibition will include some paintings, which have typically been Torrell’s primary form of expression, but also installation, prints, drawings, video and performance.
Ehryn Torrell studied at McMaster and NSCAD Universities. Her exhibition Self-Similar was exhibited at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery. She has taught at Guelph U, Brock, and NSCAD. Originally from southern Ontario, she currently lives in London, England.



Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Walk with Us:)

ArtsWalk 2013 is right around the corner...

ArtsWalk 2013
Visual Art  Music  Dance  Theatre  Multimedia
September 14, 2013 from 1-5 pm

Be Inspired and celebrate culture in Grimsby. Inspired by the very successful 2012 event, Grimsby’s Night (and Day) of Art, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and ReMax Garden City Realty present ArtsWalk 2013. An exciting variety of creative people will be active along Ontario, Adelaide and Main Streets in downtown Grimsby, taking visitors on a leisurely stroll from the Gallery to Trinity United Church. Make your mark on the collaborative painting project at ReMax Garden City Realty on the corner of Main and Christie. See how Peninsula Players design and construct sets at Trinity United Church. Enjoy a variety of dance, music and visual arts performances, demonstrations and displays. At the end of the day participants and the public will all be welcomed back to the gallery for refreshments and a chance to share the day’s accomplishments.

1pm - 3:30pm stroll through downtown Grimsby to enjoy music, performance, visual art and collaborative Painting. From 4-5pm join the wrap-up party at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Event maps will be available for pick up at the Gallery and from all participants on September 14th.

This event is generously sponsored by Remax Garden City Realty and The Dog Spot

Friday, 30 August 2013

GPAG Fall Courses are OFFICIALLY open for registration!


Painting, printmaking, clay, collage, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, found object art and so much more! Children will learn important technical skills while exploring fun and educational themes. All our classes are taught by professional artists with experience working with children.

To meet community needs, we have made some changes to Seasonal Programming this Fall. We hope you will take advantage of the new opportunities we are offering and welcome your feedback and suggestions!

NEW Art Club for Kids!
Ages 5-12 years
Thursdays September 12 – November 28
from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
(October 24 will be from 6-8pm)
12 sessions
With Kendra Spurgeon

$5.00 Drop-In fee OR buy a 10-class pass and attend regularly: $45 for members/ $50 non-members.
Following the success of this Summer’s Go! Anywhere Drop-In Programme (a collaborative programme between the gallery and the library that was funded by the Niagara NEW Idea Fund), we have decided to continue the series as a new Art Club for Kids!

Each week , students will complete a project in a different theme or media, make friends and learn valuable skills in a creative and fun environment. Please note that space is limited (maximum 15 students) and that due to the drop-in format of the series, we cannot guarantee a space in the class. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The second session will be announced in the Winter 2013-2014 Courses and Workshops Brochure.

NEW Family Friendly Sundays
Ages 5–12 years
(We welcome 3 - 4 year olds in our Tots Corner – with parental supervision)
September 29, October 27, November 24 &   December 29, 2013 from 2 - 4 pm
Ongoing sessions
$2.00 per child — if parents choose to make a project of their own alongside their child the $2 fee will apply. Pre-registration is   required as space is limited.
Join us on every last Sunday of the month for our Family Friendly Sundays. Enjoy art activities as a family, connect with other community members and make new friends! 
Take a moment to marvel at the artwork by local and regional artists in both our Gallery Gift Shop and in our regular exhibitions.  Family Friendly Sundays will be a great way to get your family involved with your local gallery!


Painting the Still Life Lively
With Jan Yates
Saturday October 5, 2013
From 1:30 – 4:30pm
1 session
$30 members/ $40 non-members

Alla Prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), may also be referred to as 'direct painting'. It is a method in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, and usually has to be finished before the first layers of paint have dried. Jan will demonstrate how to achieve a fresh and painterly effect that incorporates alla prima techniques. You will work from a colourful still life set up featuring seasonal foliage and interesting objects. This series is suitable for those with a general knowledge of paint handling. A material list will be provided upon registration.

Encaustic Workshop
With Erna de Vries
Saturday October 19, 2013
From 10:30 am - 4:30pm
1 session
$70 members/ $80 non-members
This introductory workshop will provide participants with basic skills and techniques     necessary for working in encaustic painting.  Students will be introduced to: safety precautions, materials and tools, melting and fusing, colour mixing, texturing, photo transfers and collage methods. Plenty of time will be allotted for participants to experiment with demonstrated   techniques using a variety of supports, and work on individual projects. An additional fee of $25.00 made payable to the instructor at the beginning of class will cover all material needs. There will be a 1-hour break for lunch.


We offer life drawing sessions in our studio during regular gallery hours to students interested in working from a live model. Classes are subject to a minimum and maximum number of students. Pre-booking is required. Costume modeling is available.

No instructor (minimum 6 students)
$10 members / $15 non–members per session
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.

With an Instructor (minimum 6 students)
$25 members/ $30 non-members per session
These guided sessions provide students with the instruction and assistance of a professional artist through quick studies and extended poses. Each   participant chooses their own media. No materials are provided by the gallery.

Herringbone and Free Form Peyote
Cuff Bracelet
With Crystal Zettel
Saturday November 2, 2013
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
1 session
$30 members / $40 non–members
Students will learn how to use the peyote/ herringbone stitch while creating a beautiful beaded cuff bracelet. Materials will be on hand to purchase for $5. If you have a colour preference, please inform upon registration.
A materials fee of $5 payable to the instructor at the start of class will cover materials.


Seniors Art Classes
at the Grimsby Senior Centre
Ongoing sessions

Due to the success of our first art programme at the Grimsby Senior Centre in the Spring of 2013, we are planning more classes for the Fall and Winter of 2013 at their location.

Drawing and Painting for Beginners
Learning some of the basic concepts of drawing and painting as you start to explore your artistic self!

The Legacy Project
An art project that will transform some of your favourite life moments into a visual work of art to share and display.

Details to be announced mid-September.
Please contact the gallery for more details.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Welcome to the gallery..
Tidewater Gallery is located at 107 Front Street on the historic Swansboro waterfront. The two floors of the 1901 W.E. Mattocks House offers an eclectic collection of fine art and fine crafts by local artists as well as those from around the United States, Canada, Peru and Haiti.
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Eric McRay - Jazz Series

McRay earned a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he received a four-year scholarship. In 1998, he was juried into downtown Raleigh's prestigious Artspace. Eric has served in the offices of Vice-President and President of the Artspace Artists Association, as well as served on Artspace's board of directors. McRay has been featured on TV and radio, and in numerous newspapers and magazines. The Raleigh News & Observer named him one of the "Artists to Watch" for 2001. He was featured in the June 2002 issue of Southern Living Magazine. In 2008, McRay was anointed by Metro Magazine, "Best Local Artist".

Also, McRay has consistently participated in and supported many charitable art exhibits and other community art events. Some of McRay's corporate collectors include American Tobacco Campus, Duke University Medical Center, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, SAS Institute, and Western Wake Hospital, as well as many private collectors locally, nationally & internationally.

Tidewater Gallery is fortunate to be handling McRay's trademark Jazz Series works. 


Joyce Ross - original watercolor
A graduate of Meredith College and a native of North Carolina, Joyce maintains studios in Enfield and Swansboro. Having traveled, taught art and studied with well known artists such as Charles Sharpe, Becky Patman and Tony Couch, Joyce continues to be inspired to capture a moment or place in time - and tell a story.

Joyce Ross Prints


Sunday, 25 August 2013


September 13- December 1, 2013
Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels (Brooklyn) + VnessWolfCHild (Detroit)

Artists will be in attendance for the opening reception on September 13th 6-11pm
Crystal Cavern (Sky High Gallery edition) is an installation and sound experience by Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels (Brooklyn) and VnessWolfCHild (Detroit). Using old discarded lath, SVBF transforms the innards of house walls into large pulsing geometric wall hangings that grow into a portal room, shifting the ordinary into the mystical. Into that space, VnessWoldCHild layers field recordings from late-night explorations with self-composed instrumentation samples to create lush sonic textures to slow mental fluctuations. Combined they make a place that belongs to the alchemy of our humanness, a place to rest in the continuous lineage of the universe. Crystal Cavern is the temple of ourselves, for each other.

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is a Tennessee installation artist based in Brooklyn. From discarded housing materials she makes large-scale constructions, fading existing architecture into placeless places with awkward entrances and inviting nooks. Her installations abstract buildings' structures into layers that explores how constructed environments create experiential constructs. Bothwell Fels explores visual representations of how humans are each made from the genetic and emotional layers of thousands of people. She abstracts and compress geometric representations of forms that are both made up of layers of tiny versions of themselves and also grow larger versions of themselves quasi-infinitely— like crystals made of a lattice of crystallite grains, or the Sierpinski triangle made of infinitely smaller triangles. Loosely combining concepts from her paintings with a site's specific geography, she builds towards particular feelings and moments that subtly form experiences within the installation. SVBF's large-scale installations are most often shown in abandoned or odd locations; her work has been found in a former Brooklyn convent, a crumbling machine warehouse in Detroit, and an deserted secret society Lodge in Philadelphia; and recently at Scope, F.L.A. Gallery, Clocktower Gallery, and the Palais de Tokyo. 

VnessWolfCHild is a musician and interactive ritual healing performance artist who uses installation, sound, video, and movement, to create performances uncovering, understanding and integrating subtle aspects of existence. Most recent works deal with the relationship between being in a physical, spiritual and emotional body in the current state of things while exploring the frequency of joy. Through life and art Vness is on a mystical quest to absolve herself from suffering by riding the wondrous love joy train into the depths of the collective heart.

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, 2012

Additional artist information and press images available