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RIP: Michel Lemoine (1922-2013)

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Our friend Lucas Balbo brings us the unhappy news that French actor, writer and director Michel Lemoine (pictured above) passed away on July 27 at the age of 90.

An uncanny screen presence, handsome yet otherworldly, Lemoine had been acting in films for more than 15 years when he got his first real starring role in Romano Ferrara's PLANETS AGAINST US (1962). He also starred in the first features by Jose Benazeraf, SIN ON THE BEACH, NIGHT OF LUST and JOE CALIGULA, which initiated his continuing interest in erotic cinema, while also playing the villain in Mario Bava's first western THE ROAD TO FORT ALAMO (1964); in an interview, he remembered his incredulity at working with Bava, one of his heroes, and plaguing him with all manner of fannish questions at the end of each work day.

Later in the 1960s, he worked in two of the Gamma I films by Antonio Margheriti, and he and his one-time wife Janine Reynaud worked together in Jess Franco's SUCCUBUS, KISS ME MONSTER and…

To Fight Monsters: Initial Reaction to PACIFIC RIM

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Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM is a leviathan of a movie. I have minor complaints but I can't urge people enough to see this movie now, in IMAX 3D if at all possible, where the action is whale-sized and the sound mix thuds against the chest like atrial fibrillation, and not wait for its Blu-ray 3D debut. This is a film built to be enveloping and felt like a tsunami wave. It's bound to lose a great deal in its translation to home entertainment -- I imagine it must lose something even when viewed in 2D, though it was shot that way. The 3D conversion is spectacular and I suspect this might become one of those movies, like Gance's NAPOLEON, that will demand a generational reissue to the big screen 50 or 80 years further down the line, if we still have such things. It's not a remake or a reboot of anything, but it is also a microscopically detailed tribute to many things in our genre. I noticed homages to STARSHIP TROOPERS, CLOVERFIELD, JURASSIC PARK, JASON AND THE AR…

Collaborative Summer Activities with the FORT!

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Once a month, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery gets a visit from the kids over at the FORT (Foundation of Resources for Teens) for a special activity art day! We've been working on these pinatas over the last couple of months and today is the day the kids get their treats!!
Let's hope for a bit of shade and good aim! (and no black eyes!).
If you'd like more information about our programmes, please visit www.grimsby.ca, call 905-945-3246, or email at gpag@grimsby.ca

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MICHAEL E. WALLER
You may know Michael E. Waller from his collaboration with Kirk Davis inCarolinaShuckers Oyster Knives. However, Michael is more notably a professional sculptor. Born in Kinston, he graduated with B.F.A. in sculpture from East Carolina University in 1997. Michael has worked as a professional foundry technician, mold-maker, metalsmith and has created numerous large commissions. Michael and wife Leah Foushee have collaboratively created public art projects for the city of Durham, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Duke Corporate Education,the American Tobacco Historic District, as well as other public and private institutions.

"The notion of a three-dimensional landscape inspires my work. I am interested in the natural environment of North Carolina that has fascinated me since childhood. With metal as my media, organic forms, textures, and spatial relationships are utilized to represent the moments of a landscape remembered."

Art Camps at the GPAG: Space Invaders starts next week!

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Our second camp - Space Invaders! will start on July 22nd.

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 2: July 22 – 26 Space Invaders! Regular 1/2 day: Members $80 / Non-members $96
Kids in spaaace! This is the week for all the little space cadets out there who love looking up at the night sky, counting stars, finding constellations and dreaming about the Milky Way. Learn about the cosmos through art, and maybe run into an alien or two along the way!



Spaces still available!
Please call 905-945-3246 to register.

GO! Anywhere: New Summer Drop-In Program

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Library / Art Gallery
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting June 27 – August 29
The kids have been making some great projects with Kendra during our Go! Anywhere new Summer Drop-In Program, have a look!

This summer families and kids can drop in and create at GO! Anywhere, a weekly travel themed reading and art adventure. Go! Anywhere will introduce participants to the Library’s Summer Reading Program and the Gallery’s Summer Art Camps. Each week will feature a different type of travel, and could include caravans, steam liners and rocket ships, and travel destinations from around the globe. Drop in when you visit the Grimsby Farmers Market to nourish your active imagination!
GO! Anywhere is a free drop-in program. Activities will be set up in the Children’s Reading Garden at the north end of the library, or in the Studio off the lobby in case of inclement weather. Children (under the age of 12) must be accompanied by a parent.

EMMANUELLE ET EMANUELLE Report

As promised earlier, here is John Charles' statement about Lianne Spiderbaby's feature article in the about-to-be-released VIDEO WATCHDOG 174:
Once evidence of Lianne Spiderbaby’s plagiarism was posted online, I decided to examine the “Emmanuelle et Emanuelle” piece we have upcoming in VIDEO WATCHDOG 174 to see whether there were any instances of impropriety. I did this by entering 50% or more of each paragraph into Google and examining the results. What I got were random word matches that did not seem to constitute plagiarism and thus I told my editor, Tim Lucas, that the article seemed to pass muster. This result was backed up in my mind when Tim reached out to Lianne about the controversy and asked about the work she had submitted to us. She replied, "The Emmanuelle piece and the Skin piece I wrote for you is entirely my work.  It's my writing.”  However, in light of further revelations, I decided to look at the article again using a different, more intensive method…

About the Lianne Spiderbaby Situation

Last week, on July 11, I was among the recipients of a blind-copied email from one John Timmerson. It forwarded a mass of unsigned documentation charging one of VIDEO WATCHDOG's contributors, Lianne Spiderbaby (McDougall), with plagiarism. The documents alleged that her articles for the Fear.net website had been removed after one of her articles -- a piece on Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA -- was found to be composited from writing obtained from three unattributed online sources, including critical-film.com, empireonline.com and blueray.highdefdigest.com. There was no indication in the mailing of how this investigation was launched, by whom, or what prompted it.

Two days later, on July 13, writer Mary Ann Johanson blogged that Lianne had plagiarized her review of the movie TURN ME ON DAMMIT! The news fuelled various fires on various discussion boards. As more examples began to surface, including some tied to her previous VW article about Pedro Almodóvar's THE SKIN I LIVE IN, Lian…

Experiences In The 22nd Dimension

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Experiences In The 22nd Dimension Corinne Loperfido + Andrew Schrock (New Orleans, LA) Show runs: August 2- 31, 2013 Opening party: Friday August 2 7pm- 11pm, artists will be in attendance
Experiences in the 22nd Dimension is an installation created by New Orleans based artists Corinne Loperfido and Andrew Schrock. Inspired by the exploration of the full spectrum of the human senses  through costume design, photography, projections, and ornate sculptural + fabric installation, participants are transported into the temple of two androgynous deities from the 22nd Dimension. They have come to share their knowledge and practices with our society because we have become disconnected from the way we relate our bodies and to each other. Their intention for heightening our awareness is to help facilitate a deeper connection between our consciousness and our physical bodies.

Corinne Loperfido is focused on inventing new worlds with surreal installations that incorporate costume design and…

First Look: VIDEO WATCHDOG 174

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Now at the printer. Click here for an advance skim-through and free four-page sample.

Summer Sundays at the GPAG!

Beat the heat and come to the gallery for a variety of fun and creative activities for all ages that will happen in the lobby, studio, and gallery!
The Art Gallery is open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday during the Summer
July 7th A Day of Wood Learn how to do wood burning, carving, and turning. Information and displays will be given about the Grand Old White Oak Tree Stand. There will be a tour of Simon Frank’s exhibition Modern Oak. Free event; 1:30-4pm
July 14th  Origami Exchange Come in to learn different origami methods such as paper cranes, stars, and butterflies or teach other people your origami skills. Free event; 2-4pm
July 21 Necklace and Earring set Workshop with Crystal Zettel Learn basic wirework techniques and make beautiful necklaces and earrings. Pre-registration required $25 members/ $35 non-members; 1:30-4:30pm
July 28 Kristen Smith "A Study in Classical History: Ancient Greek and Roman Art" Come in to learn about ancient art and architecture of Crete, Turkey and Ro…

Art Camps at the GPAG!

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Surprisingly, we still have spaces available in our upcoming Art Camps for Kids!

Our first camp - Circus Week: Under the Big Top! will start on July 15th



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 1/2 day: Members $80 / Non-members $96

Calling all little ringmasters! Clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and stunt artists are all waiting to come to life through a variety of spectacular art projects you will make during this fun-filled-week!

To r…

Exhibition Assistance Grant Deadline- July 31st!

Exhibition Assistance

Please note that we have three deadlines for Exhibition Assistance grant applications annually.

Ongoing Deadlines: January 31, July 31, & October 31

Applications for exhibition assistance grants are now being accepted.  Applying artists must have an exhibition scheduled and confirmed in a publicly accessible venue. Grants can assist with exhibition costs, including materials, framing, presentation and shipping. All applications must include 10 slides or jpegs (compatible with PC), resume, budget, a letter of confirmation for upcoming exhibition, an artist’s statement and description of the exhibition, as well as a SASE with sufficient postage for return of all submitted material.  All support material will be returned following the recommender’s decision. Grants amounts range between $500 - $1500 and are now handed out three times a year (deadlines for the GPAG: January 31, July 31, & October 31 of each year)

Visit http://www.arts.on.ca/Page122.aspx for more …

GO! Anywhere: New Summer Drop-In Program

Library / Art Gallery
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting June 27 – August 29
This summer families and kids can drop in and create at GO! Anywhere, a weekly travel themed reading and art adventure. Go! Anywhere will introduce participants to the Library’s Summer Reading Program and the Gallery’s Summer Art Camps. Each week will feature a different type of travel, and could include caravans, steam liners and rocket ships, and travel destinations from around the globe. Drop in when you visit the Grimsby Farmers Market to nourish your active imagination!
GO! Anywhere is a free drop-in program. Activities will be set up in the Children’s Reading Garden at the north end of the library, or in the Studio off the lobby in case of inclement weather. Children (under the age of 12) must be accompanied by a parent.
Thanks to the Niagara Neighbourhood NEW Ideas Fund for generously supporting this project.

Sometimes I Get Inspired

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And this...
... becomes this: