Exhibitions

Our main Gallery features exhibitions of works by local, regional and nationally significant Canadian artists. Our mandate is to show artwork that is important to our community; themes include careers of significant artists, current events and the history of our region. Exhibitions are changed every six to eight weeks. Artwork on display typically includes a variety of media, including traditional techniques, contemporary innovations and new media. Some exhibitions or themes occur at regularly repeated intervals, such as our annual exhibitions of High school student art and our Biannual Juried Exhibition.

Beyond the Umber Chicken:
Bill Poole and The Poole Hall Press

Dates:  April 6 – June 9, 2019


Opening reception:  
Sunday April 7, 2-4 p.m.


Without Bill Poole would there even be a GPAG? Or a Wayzgoose? We suspect not! A significant force in the regional arts community, Bill Poole was the founding Director of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery as well as a crucial player in the revival of interest in letterpress and private press printing in the 1970s, including as one of the organizers of the first Grimsby Wayzgoose in 1979.


Poole established his own printshop, Poole Hall Press, at his Quarry Road home on the escarpment above Grimsby. Here he demonstrated and taught the basics of setting type to pretty much anyone who was interested enough to appear on his doorstep, inspiring many to continue learning and printing on their own. He also printed invitations, posters and catalogues for the fledgling GPAG and a similar range of materials for other regional organizations.


In 2015, Kristine Tortora (AmpersandAmpersand / Trip Print Press) curated an exhibit of Poole Hall Press publications, At the Sign of the Umber Chicken, to mark the donation of the Bill Poole fonds to Massey College in Toronto. Beyond the Umber Chicken will display many of the Poole Hall Press projects and publications that did not appear in the original exhibit. We are very grateful to Tortora for sharing her research with co-curators Lyndsay Dobson and Kate Pyatt, and to both of them for the hard work and time that they have committed to this exhibition.


This exhibition is generously sponsored by Craig and Sue Tallman

Roadside Occupations
Nicole Bauberger and Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Dates:  June 15 - August 11, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday June 14,  7-9 p.m.

Roadside Occupations presents two bodies of work, Get There From Here, oil paintings by Nicole Bauberger, and Scavenging for the Many Faces of Raven, collaborative found object installations by Teresa Vander Meer- Chassé and Nicole Bauberger.

According to Bauberger, “the road plays a central role in the way we experience the landscape, especially as Canadians. It's our commons, a common ground of culture and experience as well as use.” In 2008 she set out to experience the roads of Canada by driving across the country, stopping every 50 km to paint the landscape that presented itself. These paintings are not of carefully selected picturesque views, but feature the “nameless places where people seldom stop” and by doing so provide viewers with a glimpse of the country that is both profoundly familiar and completely unexpected.

Scavenging for the Many Faces of Raven connects Vander Meer-Chassé and Bauberger through their mutual appreciation of these highly intelligent and culturally significant birds. The artists were struck by the visual similarity between raven feathers and the ragged ends of the blown tire shards that often litter our highways. Creating raven sculptures based on this observation led to them to search for the meaning of Raven, which they have explored personally as well as in community workshops, and have found understanding in traditional Indigenous beliefs, ecology & natural history and the sheer visual pleasure and personality of these intriguing birds. 

Photo Gallery: Exhibition - Roadside Occupations will appear here on the public site.

Born and raised in Ontario, Nicole Bauberger has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon since 2003, drawn to the territory by its skies and landscapes. Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé is a proud Nalt’si member of the White River First Nation of Beaver Creek, Yukon and Alaska. She defines herself as an Upper Tanana visual artist, incorporating her culture in all the work she creates.
Thank you to our sponsors: Casablanca Winery Inn & Yukon Touring Artist Fund

The Fredrick Hagan Gift: 
Ontario Northworks 1941-1953

Dates:  August 17 - October 13, 2019 

Opening reception:  Friday August 16, 7 -9 p.m.

A record of adventure, observation, and reflection among the trees, rocks, and lakes of Northern Ontario.

LIthographo on paper by Frederick Hagan
Mazinaw Hilltop, 1947, Lithograph on paper, Frederick Hagan


Frederick Hagan (1918-2003) was a Canadian painter, printmaker, and educator. Born in Toronto, he attended Central Technical School, following which he found employment in wood fabrication while attending night courses at the Ontario College of Art.

As was the case with many artists at the time, Hagan was affected by the vision of the Group of Seven. The North became Frederick Hagan’s anchor in life, and often the work accomplished there became the source material for his paintings and prints. The North attracted him. It was less predictable and it emanated a strength that he admired and embraced. This exhibition focuses on 37 lithograph prints produced by Hagan in northern Ontario during the years of World War II and immediately following. They show an incredibly responsive artist who is always looking and attentive, finding new sights and textures, and expressing himself in a diverse range of styles and methods.

They were acquired for the AGS permanent collection in 1989. The GPAG collection also includes a large number of Hagan’s prints, drawings and some of these will be included in the exhibition.

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Sudbury

 

Special Events

Special events held at the Gallery allow visitors to experience art in many ways and often provide the opportunity to interact directly with artists and creators. Community art-making projects encourage direct participation. Lectures, discussion groups and workshops are both educational and enjoyable. Some special events, such as our annual fundraising auction, are also opportunities to help support the gallery.

Annual Fundraising Auction - Back to the Garden

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $35, available for purchase at the Gallery now!

Our annual auction is the largest and most important fundraiser of the year. Save the date for next year's event, Back to the Garden, a night of peace, music and ART celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival.

  • Woodstock Era music
  • Silent and Live auctions
  • Gourmet treats
  • Door prizes
  • and MORE!

Free Auction preview and artists reception on Friday March 29, 7-9 pm

Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair

Saturday, April 27, 2019

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FREE Admission

Always held on the last Saturday in April, the GPAG's Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair is an annual gathering of private press printers, bookbinders, print makers, paper marblers and other artisans celebrating the art of the hand-made book

Sunday Fun-days

Previously known as Second Sundays: same great program, new name. Bring the family one Sunday a month for FREE arts and crafts activities. Watch for a list of dates for fall Sunday Fun-day events.

Free Admission made possible by Grimsby Hyundai

Culture Days

September 28-30, 2018

Ontario Culture Days takes place every year on the last weekend in September, featuring FREE cultural activities for all Ontarians. Stay tuned for details of Grimsby Events, held at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Library.

Doors Open

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Explore some of Grimsby's best kept secrets. Residents and visitors are invited to discover hidden treasures, including the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

 

 

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