Showing posts from June, 2013

Last week of Tall Tales

A reminder that Deb Klein's wonderful exhibition 'Tall Tales' is in its last week at Hand Held. Pop in from Tuesday - Saturday 12-5pm. Along with the beautiful exhibition we also stock Deb's range of zines and small books. Deb will be in the gallery on the final day, Saturday afternoon, from about 2.30pm if you'd like to say hi.
As this is our last exhibition it's worth dropping in to pick up any books you've had your eye on before it's too late!Over the next few weeks, and whilst we organise our next project, Hand Held will open from time to time - feel free to email me if you'd like to drop in for a look at our collection. Keep an eye on the blog for info on pop ups, temporary spaces, street trading and other events in the next few months...Posted with Blogsy

Franco's AL OTRO LADO DEL ESPEJO Restored!

Thanks to Stéphane Derdérian, I've been able to screen the newly restored version of Jess Franco's 1973 film AL OTRO LADO DEL ESPEJO ("The Other Side of the Mirror") starring Emma Cohen, Robert Woods and Howard Vernon. The work on it was only recently completed, and work is now about to begin on the restoration of its considerably different French version, the hardcore LE MIROIR OBSCENE ("The Obscene Mirror"), which adds Lina Romay to the mix in a significant added role.

Among the most dedicated and knowledgeable of Franco collectors, AL OTRO LADO DEL ESPEJO has acquired the well-deserved reputation of being among Franco's most unique and ambitious films, and one of the finest productions of his most fertile period. I've long been familiar with the Spanish version thanks to a copy I obtained many years ago from European Trash Cinema, which ran 78:52. To my amazement, the restored version runs 95:24, which adds something close to 15 minutes of previo…

To Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

Dear Richard Matheson,
Thank you for pointing the way to my life. I was very fortunate to find you. I pray that your next adventure will be at least as fortunate.
Sincerely yours,
Tim Lucas

Tall Tales of Shadow women...

Deborah Klein's stunning exhibition 'Tall Tales' opened last Thursday night with the lovely crowd present keen to see Deb's most recent of works - an exciting new direction for this well established and well loved artist. Deb has been working in small scale artist books and zines for some time however this is her first exhibition of this style of work. The exhibition is comprised of thirteen hand painted concertina style artist books on Khadi paper, each measures 80 x 15cm when open. They are bound simply with embossed black covers. Along side the artist books is a collection of 25 miniature paintings, some that worked as studies for the artist books - all complete works in their own right. Depicted are Deb's 'shadow women'... Each one evocative of an emotion, a narrative, a mystery... Join us at Hand Held before July 6th to enjoy this exhibition in person. Posted with Blogsy

Opening reception for Modern Oak this Friday at 7pm!

Modern Oak Simon Frank June 14-June 28, 2013 Opening reception & Artist Talk: Friday, June 21st @7pm

The new exhibition at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery is called Modern Oak by Hamilton artist Simon Frank. This exhibition features ten different pieces (ranging from an actual tree displayed in the gallery to a video loop showing the creation and planting of trees) that refer to the tradition of Landscape painting. Modern Oak highlights human interactions with nature and how the landscape tradition has impacted our awareness of the natural world.
One major piece, Mount Analogue, is a huge floor to ceiling painting. This piece references traditional landscapes and is made of numerous individual paintings assembled together. It was created by stamping the plywood surface with a log marking hammer, a traditional logging tool. The log marking hammer is used in the logging industry for identification purposes; the hammer is slammed into the cut end of the tree, branding trees that are headed…

The Expo: Extreme Paint-Off - Rescheduled!

Sometime getting your rain date rained on turns out to be a blessing in disguise. After a morning of sad feelings about the weather, we decided to see unfortunate circumstances as opportunity so we've moved The Expo: Extreme Paint- Off to Friday September 27 from 6:00- 8:30 pm to kick off Culture Days in Grimsby! Culture Days, (held this year on September 27, 28 & 29) isa non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and “behind the scenes” activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.  As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days pr…

Workshop date corrections and changes!

Hi everyone! We goofed!

Please check out our revised Summer 2013 Courses and Workshops brochure for some minor corrections on dates and times. To be precise, Crystal Zettel's highly anticipated Earring and Necklace Workshop actually has a date now (July 21st) and isn't just on "Sunday". Sorry Crystal! Please visit our Classes Page on this Blog for details!

Thank you, and we apologize for any inconvenience!

SHIPS: new work by Kyle Ranson

Sky High Gallery is very pleased to be hosting the first Milwaukee exhibit by San Francisco based artist Kyle Ranson. He will be spending the week in the gallery painting a site specific mural for his show "Ships". In addition to the mural he will be installing paintings and performing a special set of music at the opening event.
Please join us to celebrate at the opening reception: June 14th, 7-10pm 

Exhibit runs: June 14- July 21, 2013 Media Contact: Faythe Levine,
Artist Statement With an encouraging hippie mother, Kyle Ranson began to draw and paint in early childhood and by the time he was in high school he was taking life-drawing classes at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut. He attended three semesters at the Maryland institute, College of Art and then dropped out to immerse himself in the arts and music scene in Baltimore. In 1994 he moved to San Francisco and became a part of the underground punk scene in the mission and has slowly becom…

Upcoming exhibition: Modern Oak by Simon Frank

Modern Oak
Simon Frank
June 14– July 28, 2013
Opening reception
& Artist Talk: Friday, June 21st at 7pm
The (new and recent) works in “Modern Oak” continue a larger body of work that plays directly on the landscape idiom, and attempts to redefine human culture within the context of nature. Generally, these works examine or explore the ways in which the history and conventions of the Landscape tradition in Canada have shaped our perceptions of the natural world. 

This new body of work began in 2005 with the installation piece - “Brush (the land paints a picture of itself)” - where I set up a canvas on the Niagara Escarpment, near my home in Hamilton and struggled to paint a landscape, using a 12-foot cedar tree as my paintbrush.  “Brush” humourously subverts the epic/heroic notions that are so central to the ‘plein-air’ tradition – placing nature back in a more central position in the artistic process – and reducing the stature of the artist at the same time.  By doing this, the work c…

*UPDATE*- The Expo: Extreme Paint-Off - Date change

Due to inclement weather the competition has be rescheduled for Thursday June 13th, 2013 from 6:00-8:30pm. Please help us distribute this date change!
On June 13 from 6:00– 8:30pm join us in the FORT Parking Lot on the corner of Ontario and Adelaide streets for The Expo: Extreme Paint Off!
This event is a community outreach initiative organized by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, the FORT, and West Niagara Second Stage Housing and Counseling as a way for local youth to show off their skills through a community–conscious outdoor art project. With the invaluable help of the Mayor’s Youth Action Committee, teams have been assembled to create large-scale art murals that will go on to be displayed in our Sculpture Garden over the Summer! The team members will have only a couple of hours to wow the crowds in a friendly art competition focused on teamwork. Prizes will be awarded, food and music will be enjoyed, fun will be had by all!

Summer 2013 Courses and Workshops at the GPAG


Painting, printmaking, clay, collage, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, found object art and so much more! Children will learn important skills while exploring a new fun and educational theme each week. These exciting projects are sure to challenge and entertain students all Summer long!

Mini Makers Mornings For ages 5-8 years; 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Avid Artists Afternoons For ages 8-12 years;1:30 pm-4:00 pm
*please note the All Day Arts & Letters camp has different times
Week 1: July 15 - 19 Circus Week: Under The Big Top! Regular