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.
Scroll our site or use the links in the sidebar. Click to enlarge images.

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

Monday, 19 August 2013

Opening Friday 23rd

Hi all, I'll be in the gallery this Friday 23rd August for a couple of hours between 3-7pm.


This will one of the last opportunities to pick up some work from Hand Held before we pack up and move on.


Join me for a glass of wine and a zine!




Wednesday, 14 August 2013

RIP: Producer Luciano Martino (1933 - 2013)

I have just learned of the death today of legendary Italian film producer Luciano Martino, the brother of director Sergio Martino, at the age of 80. Simply put, the Golden Age of Italian Fantasy would have been no more than an aberration without his financial support and encouragement of this man, who sometimes went by the name of "Martin Hardy" on screens trying very hard not to appear Italian. Among his most important productions: Brunello Rondi's IL DEMONIO, Mario Bava's THE WHIP AND THE BODY, Antonio Margheriti's THE GIANTS OF ROME, Romolo Guerrieri's THE SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH, Umberto Lenzi's SO SWEET... SO PERVERSE (aka ORGASMO), Giuliano Carmineo's WHAT ARE THOSE STRANGE DROPS OF BLOOD ON JENNIFER'S BODY?, Lenzi's CANNIBAL FEROX, Lamberto Bava's BLASTFIGHTER, and Sergio's own marvelous series of giallo thrillers, including THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL, THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK. He continued to produce as recently as last year, and he was also credited as a writer or co-writer on many films of the early 1960s, often with the great Ernesto Gastaldi, including Sergio Leone's THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES and Alberto De Martino's MEDUSA AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES. The husband of actress Wandisa Guida (the innocent female lead of the first Italian horror picture, I VAMPIRI), Martino was credited with discovering and fostering the career of Edwige Fenech, one of the great European sex sirens of the 1970s. We owe him more than we can ever repay, but his movies will hold our attention through posterity!   

Saturday, 10 August 2013

RIP Cerlet "Haji" Catton (1946 - 2013)

Francesca "Kitten" Natividad has just posted on Facebook news of the death of Russ Meyer actress Haji at the age of 67. Haji (real name: Cerlet Catton) was best known as the Italian third of the female gang in FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, but she also appeared a few short times in his other masterpiece BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, as well as more conspicuous roles in MOTOR PSYCHO, GOOD MORNING... AND GOODBYE! and SUPERVIXENS. Outside of Meyer's orbit, she also appeared in such exploitation fare as BIGFOOT, WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU, MR SPACEMAN and ILSA, HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHEIKS, as well as in John Cassavetes' THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE.

Though her stage name carried a heady whiff of more exotic intrigue, Haji was North American -- a Quebecoise, according to most printed sources, though her own Facebook page set her origins in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She found her way into acting as an exotic dancer, taking her stage name from a term of endearment given her by her brother. She was the fiancée of actor and impressionist Frank Gorshin at the time of his death, at age 72, in 2005. According to Natividad, Haji was in apparently good health but succumbed to a heart attack shortly after complaining about not feeling well.

The news of Haji's passing strikes me as pertaining less to an actress or sex symbol than to a sorceress. Here is a link to a beautiful fan video that serves as a magnificent tribute to her potent and unearthly charms. There is nothing in it that is indecent or pornographic, but it is sufficiently erotic and powerful to fall under the heading of Not Safe For Work.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Intercept: Kirk Mayhew @ 1305

Opening Final Friday, August 30th, with an artist reception that evening from 6-11 pm is:


New Work by Kirk Mayhew

August 30th- September 22nd

Gallery Hours Thurs- Sun: 12-4 & by appointment

2013 has been a year of great exhibitions at 1305 Gallery, and we start the fall season off with yet another. Kirk Mayhew had one of the first shows 1305 hosted back in 2005, so revisiting his work has been a long time coming. In between then and now Mr. Mayhew has continued to be a prolific and often unpredictable ceramic artist, pushing the boundaries of his medium as well as working outside of it completely in solo and collaborative projects. He is and has been a beloved teacher to many, and is the type of artist that will never say no to a creative challenge. So once again he tackles putting together an exhibition of 3-D work in the small and streamlined 1305 Gallery space.

Intercept is a group of new work that explores very timely questions of identity and conformity within the context of self-publication. We all live with a duality in our contemporary social environment where the lines between who we really are and who others perceive us to be are constantly being blurred. While throughout the history of civilization success has often come to those who can paint the best picture of themselves, rather than necessarily to those most deserving, painting that picture has come to trump all other lines of advance. The often beguiled yet beloved avenue of social media has become increasingly difficult to separate from that of the media as we used to know it- television, newspapers, radio, etc. Our lives are immediately published. We are derided for our mistakes the minute we make them. Success comes to those who navigate this streaming world with the most deft and cunning, and their rewards are swiftly delivered.

Just as we are inclined to render language and reality down to the fewest words and characters, Mayhew uses clay and mixed media to create intensely hewn scenes containing the basic elements of our daily lives. The earthiness and immediacy of the clay allows for the artist to remind us that somewhere underneath it all we are human beings, messy masses of things that are more than our social constructs. Mayhew juxtaposes clean-edged, processed, manmade materials in many of the pieces with the clay to bring us to this intercept. Often the work just represents pieces of life, pieces of man, bricks that are pieces of buildings, a glimpse at what we really are and the struggles we face. 

In the end are we struggling harder to live and live well, or to save face and reputation in a world we see more often than not through a digital screen?

Come see for yourself and talk to the artist, while enjoying great food and company on Main Street this Final Friday.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


I haven't yet seen this for myself, but I'm told that VIDEO WATCHDOG gets a couple of nice mentions in Christa Faust's latest novel, THE BURNING MAN, the second of three projected books spun off from Fox's sci-fi series FRINGE. Robert W. Getz wrote to tell me: "THE BURNING MAN concerns itself with the early years of the show's Olivia Dunham [played on the show by Anna Torv]. One character, we're told, 'always read his copy of VIDEO WATCHDOG as slowly as he could so it would last as long as possible.'" 

Thank you, Christa Faust!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Peek o' Boop

This new Olive Films release was dropped through the mail slot today, for which I count myself a fortunate man. (Though I would count myself as still more fortunate if Olive would kindly upgrade VW's screeners to Blu-ray.) I watched two of the cartoons while eating a late breakfast; they were both restored from UM&M TV Corp. fine grains or negatives, so the source materials date back only to 1955. The surreal "Chess Nuts" (1932) looks like a fine grain, nice but not too substantial an improvement over what we have seen before; but the hilarious "Betty Boop, M.D." (also '32), with its uproarious closing poke at Fredric March's Mr. Hyde, looks a good deal more detailed and suggests negative sourcing.

I am annoyed, as I imagine many other collectors are or will be, that Olive Films appears to have been guided in compiling the Boops by which titles are not in the public domain. As a result, these sets are pitched to casual fans rather than being given the deluxe box set, complete-and-in-chronological-order treatment. (IndieWire's Jerry Beck has pointed out that only one title in this set, "Betty Boop's Rise To Fame" (1934), is in the public domain. There are a dozen cartoons in this set, ranging from 1932 to 1937, and a second "Essential Collection" has been announced for September.

BETTY BOOK THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION VOLUME 1 streets August 20. $24.95 DVD, $29.95 BD.