Exhibitions and Events

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.

There and Back Again
Mori McCrae and Jan Yates

June 11- August 6
Opening reception July 21 @ 7pm

a soft sculpture of an apple core made from hand painted fabric    a gestural painting of clouds reflected on the surface of open water

There and Back Again celebrates the artistic developments of artists Mori McCrae and Jan Yates. Examining the power of travel, community building, and diverse experiences, this exhibition underscores the important influences which shaped these artists and their careers. McCrae and Yates, both artists with strong Grimsby roots, developed successful careers through their travels, artist residencies, and honing their craft over years of practice.

The exhibition presents McCrae’s thoughtfully crafted sculptural works complimented with gestural, plein air paintings by Yates.

Presenting a series of soft apple sculptures, McCrae employs them as a metaphor for exploring the universal cycle of transformation. Upon first glance are a variety of apple cores, but their withering surface, wilting texture, and drained appearance elude to traces of decay and consumption.

Fuelled by the natural world, Yates’ paintings directly respond to climate change, specifically agriculture on the Niagara Escarpment—a Unesco Biosphere reserve. Her intimate plein air works refer to the lands, their growth, decay, and renewal.

Together these works poetically engage with one another and underscores the beauty and power of the natural world, in all its shapes and forms.

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. 

Current CES Exhibitions

Travels & Nature

Carol Anne Diguer

Gallery WEST
Travels & Nature
Carol Anne Diguer
June 1– 30, 2022

An acrylic painting showing a body of water reflecting a line of green trees on an inlet and blue sky

Carol Anne’s acrylic paintings are a reflection of her passion for nature and landscapes. Her subject matter and compositions are gathered from her outdoor walks, hikes, travel adventures and plein-air opportunities. Working in an Impressionist style, Carol Anne enjoys the layering of paint to create a richly textured artwork that expresses a feeling from within.

Carol Anne has learned from many instructors over the years and found supportive communities of artists throughout Ottawa, Montreal and now St. Catharines.  She considers herself a life-long learner and continues to be inspired in workshops and working alongside fellow painters and artists in Niagara and region. She is an active member of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre (Niagara on the Lake), St. Catharines Art Association, Parkway Artists' Guild (Niagara Falls), Queen Street Artists Group, Niagara.  

As an outdoor enthusiast, she finds joy in walks, hikes, painting and sketching landscapes, water, flora and fauna, and various scenic views   on her travel journeys. She is inspired each and every day. 

Visit Carol Anne Diguer
Instagram:   cpaintingpleasure 
Facebook:   carolannediguer-art


Guiding Light 

Dr. Deena Errampalli

Gallery EAST
Guiding Light
Dr. Deena Errampalli
June 1– 30, 2022

 a watercolour image of a white lighthouse with black band in the middle and a red roof, set against a sky of blue and pink, filled with seagulls

Lighthouses or Guiding Lights symbolize hope, imagination, and safety. Canada, a land of many large lakes, is surrounded by the oceans on its three borders (the world’s longest coastline) and has numerous lighthouses and/or pierheads to guide large ships and small boats to safety. 

Errampalli’s personal connection to the lakes, seas, and light points is that she was born in a port city on the Bay of Bengal (a part of the Indian Ocean) in south India. She followed her heart and immigrated to Canada in 1992 and is fortunate to live on the shores of Lake Ontario. Ironically, more than a quarter of a century ago, she played a lead role in a play, “Lighthouse keeper’s daughter”. 


About the artist: Dr. Deena Errampalli is an Agricultural Scientist and an award-winning painter, printmaker, and photographer. Deena received her doctorate (Ph.D.) in agricultural sciences in the USA and immigrated to Canada in 1992. She and her husband live in Grimsby, Ontario. Since 2006, Deena has exhibited in solo and group art shows in Ontario. Her art is influenced by her travels and her artwork has been accepted in juried and curated shows. Deena is a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Association (BFAA), Art Gallery of Burlington, and Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the coordinator of BFAA’s Hall of Art venue and a member of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery Advisory Board. Some of Errampalli’s artworks are in private homes and offices in Canada, Cuba, India, Italy, Poland, South Africa, and the USA.


Click here to check out Deena Errampalli's Wikipedia page


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

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.

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:


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 and 2021 Wayzgoose Anthologies are currently available to purchase for $80 (includes HST) plus shipping, as well as many back issues of the anthology.  If you are interested in purchasing this unique work of art, please contact gpag@grimsby.ca or 905-945-3246.  

Enjoy a sneak Peak at the 2021 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.



Travels & Nature

Carol Anne Diguer

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