Thursday, 31 January 2013

Love Your Gallery!




Love Your Gallery
The First Annual Members’ Appreciation Party
February 9, 2013
from 7:30 – 9:00 pm

The GPAG Advisory Board would like to thank you – the GPAG members – for your support and for making the gallery the amazingly awesome place that it is. And what better way to show our love than with a special Valentine’s Day party – exclusively for you! Let us woo you with live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres and set your heart  aflutter with a special presentation, Love in the Vault, the story of a passionate romance between Advisory Board members and their most cherished pieces from the permanent collection. We will sweep you off your feet and all live happily ever after…

All current GPAG members will receive a special invitation in the mail. Please check with the office -- (905) 945-3246 -- to ensure your membership is up to date and prepare to feel the love.

If you feel left out, you can join the GPAG and the party!:

Membership fees:
Individual $27
Family $32
Senior $17

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Inspired Connections: A Community Curatorial Project

Here is a video from The Source, Cogeco TV about our current exhibition: Inspired Connections.




The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, February 3rd, 2013, don't miss it!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Sampler @ Hand Held

Hand Held's first exhibition for 2013 is 'Sampler' by Mardi Nowak opening Thursday eve at 6pm and continues through to February 16th.

The series of works Mardi has produced for “Sampler” have predominately started their life in the moving image; mostly that of music film clips.

“Sampler” translates images of female pop stars in fleeting and sometimes candid moments into the traditional and centuries unchanged medium of woven tapestry. Using a variety of very low tech methods to obtain source material, pixilated images are transformed into the corresponding beads and pixels of tapestry, creating an interrogation between the plastic pop world and artisan techniques.

“I’ve been interested in images of women, particularly in contemporary life for quite some time. As a child I was a bit obsessed with watching music film clips, studying what they were wearing and emulating their choreographed moves in my own amateur dance classes. The pop world as a child was an imaginary one. Nothing seemed real. Colours were muted or super saturated. The lyrics were predictable but also mirrored scenarios in our lives. Love lost, happiness, melancholy. You could lose yourself in this world. All of this contradicts the tapestry and art world. To me, tapestry is serious, time consuming, and situated in a long history. But I want my tapestries to be like a pop song; fun, addictive and something that gets stuck in your head.” – Mardi Nowak

Monday, 21 January 2013

TIFF FILM- To Rome with Love

To Rome With Love
Friday January 25th @ 7pm
Tickets are available for purchase at the Gallery for $8 or $25 for a 4- movie pass.

Director: Woody Allen
Country: USA/Italy/Spain, 2012
Language: English, Italian with English subtitles
Time: 112 minutes
Principal Cast:  Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, Roberto   Benigni, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Judy Davis, Alison Pill
To Rome with Love follows a series of criss-crossing adventures and romantic entanglements that take place in one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Exquisitely photographed and filled with delightful performances, this film is light in tone but rich in humour, culture, and charm.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Community Curatorial Project

Inspired Connections: A Community Curatorial Project
January 25 – February 3, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday January 26 from 2-4 pm

Inspired Connections will give a group of local artists the opportunity to work closely with the gallery’s permanent collection, identifying connections in subject, medium and style that inspire their own artistic methods. Each participant will select a number of pieces from the collection and curate these into a display that also includes their own related work. The artists will learn about the collection and how it is developed and cared for, and about the curatorial process. They will be inspired by the wealth of artwork available.

The GPAG Collection includes over 1500 works of art, many by artists who live or work in the region. There is also a small collection of historic Canadian paintings and drawings and many fine examples of the book arts, printmaking and works on paper. Canadian fine craft and contemporary culture are also represented. Every year we include at least one exhibition drawn primarily from the Permanent Collection in our schedule. We would, however, like to see many more people enjoy these works of art and bringing community members into the vault to develop curatorial projects is one way to make this  happen.

 If you would like to know more about being a Community Curator, please contact the Gallery.



Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Art House Café Lecture Series

Art House Café Lecture Series
January 18th, 2013 at 7pm
Speaker: Devon Smither, PhD candidate in Art at University of Toronto presents "Too Close for Comfort: Realism, Photography and the Nude in Modern Canadian Art"
Hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in the Periodicals reading room of the Grimsby Public Library.
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON

Admission is Free!
Light refreshments will be served


The Art House Café Lecture Series promotes the ideas of young and emerging scholars from regional universities and provides an opportunity for them to present their research through lectures in a Parisian café ambiance that encourages sharing inspiration and cultivating ideas.
The second lecture in this new series will be presented on 18 January 2013 at 7pm by Ms. Devon Smither, a PhD candidate, Department of Art at the University of Toronto. Smither's talk, "Too Close for Comfort: Realism, Photography and the Nude in Modern Canadian Art" will explore the controversy that surrounded the nude genre in Canada in the early twentieth century and address how the influence of photography's realism on painting challenged the genre during the interwar period.

Devon Smither specializes in the study of modern visual culture, with an emphasis on the intersections of gender, modernity and artistic practice in Canada, the United States and Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Smither completed a BA with Distinction at the University of Alberta (2003) and a Master's degree in Art History at the University of British Columbia (2010).

The Art House Café Lecture Series is dedicated to the memory of Pat and Edith Brown.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to acknowledge the partnership of the Grimsby Public Library and the generous sponsorship of the Niagara Neighbourhood New Idea Fund, as well as private donations made in memory of Edith and Pat Brown. The Series is also sponsored by Mrs. Lenore Kummel, Dr. Andy Lam, Dr. Donald G. Smith, Dr. Elizabeth Shoemaker and Phelps Homes Ltd.

Please RSVP by 16 January to gpag@town.grimsby.on.ca or 905-945-3246 as seating is limited.

For more information contact:
Maeve Hanna, Project Coordinator or Brigitte Huard, Education and Media Coordinator
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
(904) 945 3246
gpag@town.grimsby.on.ca

Tuesday, 8 January 2013


SUSAN SCOGGINS

With a minor in art at Mississippi College, Susan was
also heavily influenced by her uncle, Dr. Sam Gore, a respected painter and sculptor. Creativity became an ingrained thread in her life, but lay dormant for many years.

After raising their children, Susan and her husband were faced with his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimers. After a period of adjustment, Susan started focusing on the positive and began journaling and putting happy memories on canvas. Smiling-face reactions to her work acted as a catalyst to continue her passion with renewed vision and gratitude.

In the last few years, Susan has participated in many workshops with noted artists and exhibited widely, including juried shows. She is also a member of several associations including International Plein Air Painters and Onslow Outdoor Painters.
 
MORE ...including newest!

Please contact the gallery regarding sizes, pricing or shipping. 
Email - Call: 910-325-0660  or 919-593-0024
JILLIAN WEBB
A North Carolina native, Jillian Webb Martin Herrmann earned her B.F.A. from UNC-CH where she became fascinated by the study of color, abstraction, and conceptual art. 

The works of Hans Hofmann, Edvard Munch, and Mark Rothko have all influenced Jillian’s painting style and technique. 

Texture and color are elements she uses to develop tension, creating depth and mood in her work. Jillian’s artwork is now in collections and households across the United States.  MORE...

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

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Philip LaVelle @ 1305



Gleaming the Cube

spray paint, inkjet prints, and acrylic medium on panel, 24" x 24"
2011-2012




Philip LaVelle

new work


January 25th- February 17th

 gallery hours: thurs-sun 12-4 & by appointment  







Time Travel is Lonely

spray paint, inkjet Prints,  and acrylic medium on panel, 12" x 24"
2012




Where We Will Be Tomorrow

spray paint, inkjet prints, acrylic medium on panel, 29" x 39"
2011-2012

Philip LaVelle creates mixed media paintings out of a residential studio on Court Street in downtown Cincinnati. His work has an urban, contemporary feel fused with a conceptual shift which mirrors our changing culture, both here in Cincinnati and in 2013 worldwide.
 
The paintings are created with dense layers of spray paint, collage, and clear gloss acrylic medium. They have a visual depth that is both literal and conceptual. He creates landscapes and structures in his work that seem at first tangible but shift continuously before the viewer's eye into more virtual constructs. 
We are reminded of how comfortable society has become with viewing our lives and our world through screens, pixels, projections, and digitally-rendered appropriations. We have become infinitely distanced from our everyday lives, while we experience the feeling of being continuously more networked and connected. 
 
One does not get a sense of judgement on these modalities from Lavelle's work, but rather that he has found a way to use the media and the surfaces in his artwork to interpret and render his experience of this virtual phenomena. It is then made immediate, real, and first hand- but you have to come see the work in person to truly understand what I'm describing! In the mean time you can visit the blog or facebook page for more images- see below.
 



Dated Electronic Music and the Air When You Realize it's Fall

spray paint, inkjet prints, acrylic medium on panel, 11.75" x 10.75"
2012