The Gallery Shop

The Gallery Shop offers a wide array of exclusively Canadian, handcrafted giftware with much of its stock coming from regional artists. Gallery members enjoy a 10 per cent discount on their purchases. Once a year we have an annual Christmas sale (usually three days in November) as well as “no tax Tuesdays” for the month of December. We are open every day of the year during gallery hours with the exception of statutory holidays.

The Gallery Shop is run entirely by the volunteer committee of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and is always looking for new volunteers. Spend as little as a few hours a month greeting Gallery visitors and introducing them to our unique collection of handmade gifts.

Pottery

Darlene Benner

Maud Blais

Jill Crown

Fire and Flux

Forks Road Pottery

Chris Hierlihy

Louise McCann

Monika Shaefer

Lisa Skog

Swimming Fox Studio

Jewellery

Bead Queen

Dawning Collective

Sarah Dobranowski

John Klar

Kat n' Drew Charms

Lolipop Glass

Taran Smith Marlow

Jo Martin

Krista McMillan

Katia Perez

Christophe Poly

Joanna Rozender

Wristy Business

Sandra Yemm

Crystal Zettel

Glass

Jill Crown

Gray Art Glass

Peter Gudrunas

Infinite Glassworks

Dawn Hammell

Susan Holly

Catherine Labonte

Kelly Lowe

Sue Moore

Silva Talmassons

Vertige

Heather Wood

Wood

Dennis Stewart

Textiles

Amelie Silks

Nicole Carruthers

Susanne Durst

Lesley Edwards

Emily K.

Natalie Lambert

Tania Love

Audrey Moroso

Rain Goose

Monika Shaefer

Lucy Slykerman

Shelley Szczuceki

Rhona Wenger

Metal

Harold Bright

Dog Bite Steel

Floyd Elzinga

Colin Hamer

Paper

Greeting Cards

Rosalind Bailey

Julie Aubin and Darlene Benner

Roberta Bondar

Olivia Book

Linda Boyd

The ChemistTree

Lisette Cormier Cote

Shirley Dolby

Cecily Fleming

Karen Logan

Caroline Martinelli

Margaret McClory

Patricia McGuire

Sandra McInnis

Krista McMillan

Katia Perez

Allison Poole

Miriam Ode

Rochelle

Lorraine Roy

Sandy St. Denis

Janusz Wrobel

Postcards

Sanjoy K. Acharya

Notebooks

Maaike Bouhuyzen-Wenger

Susan Zhang

Photography

David Chap.m.an

Michael B. Jackson

Original Artwork

Maaike Bouhuyzen-Wenger

Shirley A. Jackson

Kim Rempel

Silva Talmassons

Other Mediums

Andrew Gallagher (t-shirts, prints and calendars)

Kidz Kidding (children's music CDs)

Mel Joe Soaps

Rosewood Estates (beeswax candles)

West Lake Cosmetics (all-natural soaps and bath salts)

Membership

Maintaining a masterpiece like the GPAG requires a full palette and gallery members are the rainbow of hues, tints and blazing colours that make it all possible. As a member, you will receive discounts on art classes, 10 per cent off Gallery Shop purchases, regular mailings, and reciprocal free admission to a large number of participating OAAG art galleries throughout Ontario.

Benefactors and some supporters automatically become members of NARM and ROAM, two North America wide reciprocal benefit programs that GPAG has recently joined. Top off your membership fee with a donation to the GPAG for a total of at least $100 and you will receive a specially marked NARM/ROAM membership card that entitles you to free admission to nearly 1000 museums and galleries across North America.

Become a member

To become a member download our membership form [insert link to membership form] or stop by the Gallery for a paper copy.

Individual
  • $27 per year
  • full membership benefits for one person
Family
  • $32 per year
  • full membership benefits for two or more related persons
Senior and Student
  • $17 per year
  • full membership benefits for one person 60+, under the age of 18 and/or enrolled in a recognized educational institution
Artist
  • $17 - $32 per year
  • Individual, family, senior or student members who self-identify as artists
Supporter
  • $17 - $32 per year
  • Individual, family, senior or student members who donate $50 - $99 in addition to the membership fee
Benefactor
  • $17 - $32 per year
  • Individual, family, senior or student members who donate $100+ in addition to the membership fee
Volunteering

Volunteers are an integral part of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Simply put, we could not function without our volunteers. We invite you to join the volunteers at the GPAG as they work to support the Gallery and its various activities while making new friends who share your love of art.

There are two main types of volunteers at the GPAG: the Executive Committee, who oversee various volunteer activities and events, and general volunteer positions. Choose the activity that best suits your interest and availability. Download our volunteer brochure, stop by or e-mail the Gallery for more information.

General Volunteer Positions

Archives

Sort through the files of the volunteer committee and file as appropriate.

Art in the Library

A program designed to make it possible for local artists to display their work in the Grimsby Library. Shows are changed every one to two months.

Art in the Schools

One of our original programs, art is moved between twenty schools in the Niagara Region. Schools are divided into groups called circles and each circle contains four schools. Pairs of volunteers move mini shows, containing 5 pieces of art and an info panel, within a circle several times during the school year.

Communications

Contact the membership with event reminders as required. Most volunteers have e-mail, though there are a couple who prefer contact via phone calls.

Gallery Shop

The Gallery Shop is run entirely by volunteers and is an essential source of funds for the Gallery. Volunteering in the gift shop is easy and flexible. Whether you choose to sign up for one day a week or are only able to take one shift a month, we are happy to have you. Training is provided by our friendly Shop managers and Gallery staff are always on-hand to provide any help needed.

Newsletter

A newsletter is created with input from executive members and distributed to all volunteers three times a year. Currently this position is open and newsletters are not being created.

Programs

The volunteer committee has three or four General Meetings per year. Assist with planning for these meetings and contact potential speakers.

Publicity

Many events hosted by the Volunteer Committee are fundraisers to support the Gallery. Help spread the word about these important events by contacting local newspapers and distributing posters.

Social

Co-ordinate volunteers and prepare refreshments for opening receptions and other occasions at the Gallery

Tour Guides

Lead schools and other groups through the exhibitions on display at the Gallery. Tour guides given training by Gallery staff and are encouraged to attend exhibition openings and artist talks; this is a great opportunity to ask the director and/or artist(s) any questions and gain insight into the exhibition. On occasion, tour guides visit other galleries as part of their training experience. Many retired teachers have become tour guides, though anyone is welcome.

Volunteer Executive Positions
President

Prepares agendas for monthly executive meetings and the AGM, and chairs said meetings

Participates in sub-committee meetings as necessary

Facilitates discussions on any issue brought to the attention of the executive

Ensures as much as possible that there are no vacant positions on the committee

Ensures clear and regular communication between the Volunteer Committee & the GPAG Advisory Board & Staff

Vice President

Assists and supports the President as necessary

Secretary

Takes minutes at the executive meetings and distributes them to the committee members

Takes minutes at the AGM and forwards them when required to gallery staff who will publish minutes in the annual report

Drafts and prepares official communication for the President if necessary

Auction Chair

Chair auction meetings from October/November to April each Auction year

Coordinate event volunteers and requests for donations to the auction

Participate in sub-committees as necessary, e.g.: event decor

Secures auctioneer and entertainment

Deals with any issues that may arise and problem solves during annual auction fundraising event

Gallery Shop Chair

Be in charge of merchandising (purchasing/consignment and display)

Be aware of new artists and new work. Attend craft shows and gift shows when necessary and use the internet for research.

Purchase supplies, such as bags, boxes, tissue, ribbons, receipt books as needed

Keep an ongoing inventory of all items sold and prepare an annual inventory review for April 30th year end

Pay all bills promptly and work regularly with the shop's volunteer bookkeeper

Be available to train new volunteers

Membership Chair

Ensure the volunteer committee membership list is up to date with accurate contact information and distribute to members as necessary via e-mail

Collect annual volunteer membership fees of $5 at the Annual General Meeting held in June

When present, introduce new members to other volunteer committee members and Executive at openings and other events

Ensure new members are provided with their orientation package, a tour of the gallery and introduced to the Director and Gallery staff

Tour Guide Chair

Assist the Education Coordinator to fill the schedule with volunteer tour guides needed for visiting school and other groups

Contact volunteer tour guides to remind them of exhibition openings and/or artist talks and urge them to come to hear the artist's interpretive remarks

With the Education Coordinator, explore short trips the volunteer committee members could take to other galleries where we could arrange to have a tour.  For example: We joined an Art Gallery of Hamilton group in the past to go to the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo

Art Gallery Advisory Board

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery (GPAG) is governed by a nine member Advisory Board. The Board includes one member of Town Council and eight citizen appointees, one of whom is also a member of and represents the Gallery's Volunteer Committee. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery Advisory Board exists to provide recommendations to Council that will ensure the viability and sustained growth of the Art Gallery.

Board Duties

Oversee and continue development of policies related to the Collection and exhibitions

Initiate and ensure fund raising efforts are maintained to sustain & enhance the Gallery

Make application for subsidies and grants that ensure the viability of the Gallery

Develop annual budget for presentation to Council

Undertake such matters as the Board deems necessary to enhance the Gallery

Meeting Information

10 – 12 times per year (summer meetings called only if necessary)

meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, starting at 7 p.m.

meetings take place in the Studio/meeting room of the Library/Art Gallery

Board members are also expected to actively promote and support GPAG by attending and assisting at openings and special events whenever possible, chairing/serving on at least one of the Board committees, and working with the volunteers on some VC run events

Committees of the Advisory Board

Community Engagement – membership development and community events

Collections Management – art acquisition and care of the collection

development – sponsorship, foundations and fundraising

Policy and Governance – policy review and updates

Education & Programming – supporting development and delivery of educational and public programming.

Major Projects
  • development and implementation of next phase of Strategic Plan
  • digitization of the permanent collection for public access online
Permanent Collection
The GPAG maintains a collection of over 2000 works of art on behalf of and for the benefit of the people of the Town of Grimsby, Ontario and Canada. Our collection has developed over many years and includes both historic and contemporary Canadian works of art. Most works have been carefully selected to reflect the GPAG mandate to serve Grimsby and the Niagara community. Others address our special areas of interest: printmaking, works on paper, the book arts and fine craft, and art that addresses human interaction with the environment. The collection is stored on-site in a purpose built, environmentally controlled storage vault.
Mandate and History

History

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery was founded in 1975 as a committee of the Grimsby Public Library Board, creating an active and accessible community art gallery in the lower level of the Grimsby Public Library. In 1999 the Gallery became a separate sub-department of the Town of Grimsby, although we still shared a building with the Library. In 2004 both Gallery and Library moved into a new purpose–built facility that has significantly enhanced our ability to fulfill all aspects of our mandate.

Many of the gallery's most popular programs, including Wayzgoose, our internationally celebrated book arts fair, and Art In The Schools, our educational program of in-school exhibitions, as well as our special focus on multiples and works on paper, were established during the first few years of our existence. Since then, our focus has expanded to include fine craft, popular culture and environmental art.

Mandate

  • To be a public, non‑profit gallery serving the Town of Grimsby and surrounding area
  • To be dedicated to the exhibition, preservation, encouragement, and collection of visual art of professional standard
  • To provide lectures, seminars, workshops, tours and other forms of public education relating to visual art

Forging and maintaining connections with our community is of primary importance and we do this through our careful selection and presentation of exhibitions and programs. We preserve art by our responsible care of the permanent collection. We encourage visual art by maintaining a gallery that is open and welcoming to all visitors and by offering a range of thought provoking art and related programs.

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