Exhibitions

Main Gallery

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.

 Off the Page - Connections Textile Artists

a collage of 4 textile artworks, (three abstract, one a portrait) with a black thread coming from the bottom right corner leading to the words Off The Page

until August 27, 2021

Although the Gallery is not currently open to the public, staff are still hard at work behind the scenes! We are currently working on a virtual presentation of our next exhibition, Off the Page by Connections Fibre Artists - so stay tuned for details and links!  

 

Stories and narrative have inspired creative expression in all cultures and during all eras. We are well aware of the role that books and the written word have in both preserving and sharing our collective human narrative. From our earliest days, GPAG has cultivated a special interest in the book arts, celebrating and featuring all aspects of traditional hand-made books at our annual Wayzgoose event. In Off the Page members of the collective, Connections Fibre Artists, have created works inspired by books and stories, works that extend our understanding of the book arts and of the place of stories in our collective culture.

Connections is a group of artists dedicated to the exploration of fibre – cloth, thread, paper and mixed media, as an art form. Established in 1999, members come from diverse creative backgrounds, and are connected by this common thread. Artists work together to raise the awareness of fibre art, and to develop their talents by exchanging ideas and sharing new skills and techniques. Members teach, give lectures, and exhibit both independently and as a group. 

 


Community Exhibition Space

GPAG presents this community exhibition space which provides an opportunity to showcase regional talent and local community art program exhibits to the public in the main lobby and the hanging space in the Library computer lab. 

HOPE Squared - Multiplying Hope through Art

March - June, 2021

 collage of square artworks with the word HOPE in a square

The COVID-19 pandemic affected all of us, but we are still strong, and look towards the future with hope and the resolve to not just survive this current crisis, but to come out of it ready to make our world a better place. Early this year, GPAG invited members of the Grimsby community to create an 8” x 8” square work of art, writing or reflection.

Over 85 artists of all ages, including two kindergarten classes, family collaborations and professional artists, shared their visions of hope. Participants worked in a wide variety of media and styles. The resulting display gives us all hope for the future.

Hope Squared is both a physical exhibition, now on display in the Gallery/Library Lobby until the end of May, and a virtual display, available to view on our YouTube channel.

 

Online Exhibitions

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has a number of virtual exhibition experiences for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!  Please enjoy these video presentations and photo galleries.

Testimonial for our online exhibitions:

I have missed my regular visits to the Grimsby Art Gallery this past year, due to covid.  The virtual exhibits are a much appreciated distraction from what is a frightening and worrisome time.

Thank you Sandra, and please pass along my thanks to Rhona, Allison and any others who are working hard to keep the gallery alive and well.

sincerely,  Lynn Clark

Lakeside Pumphouse Artists’ Association - 20 Years of Creativity 

watercolour image of the Grimsby pumphouse

In celebration of their 20 years as a community artist association, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery presented works by current LPAA members in our main gallery.  Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, this virtual exhibition extends the opportunity to celebrate our creative community beyond the limits of the gallery walls.  We hope you enjoy the talent has been created locally.

The Lakeside Pumphouse Artists' Association is an organization dedicated to furthering artistic understanding and encouraging artistic growth of its members and the community at large by promoting interest, education, knowledge and skills in the arts.

View the virtual exhibition on our YouTube channel

Learn more about the Lakeside Pumphouse Artist Association on their Facebook page.

Hallway of Heroes

Lakeside Pumphouse Artist Association

October-November 2020

a compilation of artworks of frontline workers

Artists from the LPAA, confined to their homes and studios by the global COVID-19 pandemic, created portraits of front-line workers as their way of giving back and expressing their gratitude to healthcare professionals, grocery store clerks, transit workers and more; the many, many people who, despite high levels of personal risk, continue to do the jobs that keep us all going.

The group’s original intention was for many of these works to become a permanent display in our local hospital, recognizing and documenting for future generations the sacrifices that these people made during the pandemic.  At the time of display, regional hospitals were, for safety reasons, hesitant to commit to bringing any new materials or people into their spaces, but the opportunity did exist to host the first showing of the Hallway of Heroes: Portraits of Front line Workers display in the GPAG Community Exhibition spaces.  Some of the artists presented their works to the individuals depicted as thank-you gifts after the exhibition was over.

Please visit our Facebook photo gallery to view Hallway of Heroes.

Learn more about the Lakeside Pumphouse Artist Association on their Facebook page.

 

How We See It

Grimsby Photo Group

December 2020-January 2021

photo collage featuring photos of trees and flowers

Sit back and relax with a virtual exhibition of an eclectic expression by local talent from the Grimsby Photo Group. This well organized and encouraging community group have kept connected with virtual meetings and planning this ambitious collection of work from some of their members. In better times, they meet weekly in the Grimsby Public Library and have begun a community connection for education with the GPAG. A special thanks to Anna & Ray Fragapane and Bob Hudson for their diligent and careful planning on behalf of their group.

Please visit our Facebook photo gallery to view How We See It

Learn more about getting involved with the Grimsby Photo Group on their Facebook

Silver Lining - Digital Original Series

Silver Linings features works by three regional artists: photographs by Ken Cherney of Grimsby, reclaimed wood assemblage by Robert ‘Bear’ Royal of St. Catharines and encaustic paintings by Theresa Randles of Caledonia. Each of these artists had an exhibition scheduled for the summer of 2020 as part of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Community Exhibition series, a GPAG program that features displays of work by local and regional artists in the Library/ Art Gallery lobby and the Library’s computer lab. With the onset of the pandemic, everything changed, except for our desire to continue supporting artists by exhibiting their work. With support from the Digital Initiatives program of the Canada Council for the Arts, the three planned exhibitions were re-configured into a hybrid virtual and physical exhibition. A small selection of works by each artist was displayed in the Library /Art Gallery building during August and September. A more complete display of each artists’ work, along with support information and additional material, is presented here in the virtual exhibition. We hope you enjoy and appreciate the silver linings that we found for this particular cloud.

 

Robert Bear Royal The Beauty in Entropy YouTube link: https://youtu.be./STlPsft5qHc

 

Ken Cherney Photography YouTube link: https://youtu.be/lerH_cSyLk8

 

Theresa Randles Choreography in Nature Encaustic Paintings YouTube link: https://youtu.be/b2AItCxGrZo

Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunters and Chiefs Tom Wilson

Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunters and Chiefs Tom Wilson

Watch the YourTV Cogeco interview with Tom Wilson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe60tB8WemM

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.

Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair

Saturday, April 30, 2022

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.

Both the 2020 and 2021 Wayzgoose events were held virtually, due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please visit the following links to enjoy the virtual content:

 

 2020 - 42nd Annual Wayzgoose - Virtual Presentation
 2021 - 43rd Annual Wayzgoose - Virtual Presentation

The 2020 Wayzgoose Anthology is currently available to purchase for $80 (includes HST) plus shipping.  If you are interested in purchasing this unique work of art, please contact gpag@grimsby.ca or 905-945-3246.  

The 2021 Anthology will be available later in the year.  If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact us.  Enjoy a sneak Peak at the anthology on Facebook or our Instagram page.

For more information about Wayzgoose, please visit our Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair page.

 

Sunday Fun-days

ON HOLD due to COVID-19 restrictions

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 27-29, 2019

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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