Monday, June 26, 2017

Grimsby 150: Canada Day!



On July 1 2017 Grimsby will celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation with Grimsby 150, an activity filled day organized by Grimsby’s cultural and heritage organizations – Grimsby Historical Society, Grimsby Museum, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby Public Library and Nelles Manor Museum.

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be fun and excitement for the whole family in Coronation Park and at Grimsby Museum and Nelles Manor Museum. Using the #Grimsby150 Passport discover Grimsby’s history, how to create, and much more. After your passport is stamped, the back page will be your ballot for a wonderful prize. Adult participants could win a Canadian Shield Rose developed at Vineland Research. The children’s prize will be a treasure box. A path of maple leaves will lead through the park to the Museum and Nelles Manor.

In Coronation Park the Art Gallery will organize art activities for kids. Local artists will be demonstrating pleine air or outdoor painting next to Forty Mile Creek. You will be able to learn about local and Canadian authors with the Library, and the Library and Art Gallery will help you create your own time capsule. The Historical Society will be showcasing local homes, history and genealogy. Local historian Dorothy Turcotte will be on hand from 10 a.m. – 12 noon for a book signing. On stage there will be music and also a play written by Rudy Janet Powell.

The Museum will host a carnival with games. Costumed actors will be talking about Grimsby’s connection to international events throughout the day. There will also be a photo contest of your #Grimsby150 where shutterbugs can submit their pictures of Grimsby in the year 2017. The Lion’s Club will be holding a BBQ at the museum as well.

Nelles Manor Museum will highlight the life and times of one of the original “The Forty” families. There will be a self-guided tour through the manor; you never know who you will find in the rooms! Fun and games will be on the front lawn.

At 12 noon, officials will ring the Town Bell at the Museum. Many churches will also be ringing their bells. All residents, even those not at the event, are encouraged to open your doors and ring your bells at home or listen to sound of the town. After the bells will be the singing of O Canada.

Each location will have a photo op so use the #Grimsby150 to show your photos.

Throughout the day items from #Grimsby150 will be collected for a time capsule. The capsule will be presented to the Museum on December 31st at the New Year bell ringing for safe keeping until 2042 Canada’s 175th anniversary.

For more information contact Grimsby150@gmail.com; Facebook Grimsby150 or Instagram #Grimsby150.

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's About Time! Time Capsule Workshop


Summer Art Camps!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is excited to announce our line-up of Art Camps this Summer!


GPAG HALF-DAY CAMPS

Painting, printmaking, clay, collage, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, found object art and so much more! Children will learn important skills while exploring a new fun and educational theme each week. These exciting projects are sure to challenge and entertain students all Summer long! 


DISCOVERING TREES
JULY 17-21 
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$80 MEMBERS/$96 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 


Join us for a week inspired by our current exhibition The Forest and the Trees.  Students will explore the exhibition and create projects based on the show.  This fun filled week will look at Landscapes, botanical art and much more!






DESIGNING CANADIAN
AUGUST 8-11 (SHORT WEEK)
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$65 MEMBERS/75 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 

Re-create and design your own Canadian banknotes, postcards, postage stamps and passports! This fun filled week will look at Canadian History hands on, while creating some exciting projects to help celebrate Canada 150!






FOLLOWING THE GROUP OF SEVEN
AUGUST 14-18 
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$80 MEMBERS/$96 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 

Explore and learn about Canadian Art icons from Carmichael to Varley during this fun and eye-opening camp! Inspired by works and adventures of this famous group of creatives, campers will draw, paint, print, build and mix it all up in an art-making journey across our beautiful country. 





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Xtracurricular 2017: Thank You!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery wants to thank the teachers and students at Blessed Trinity, Heritage Christian and Grimsby Secondary School. Without you, we would not have Xtracurricular and we can't thank you enough for letting us help you celebrate your art!





















Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Art Camps!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has an exciting line up of Summer Art Camps, Courses and Workshops this Summer!
If you’re between 5 and 12, join us for Designing Canadian, Following the Group of Seven or Discovering Trees!
With art camps so exciting, you’ll want to spend your summer here!



DISCOVERING TREES
JULY 17-21 
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$80 MEMBERS/$96 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 

Join us for a week inspired by our current exhibition The Forest and the Trees.  Students will explore the exhibition and create projects based on the show.  This fun filled week will look at Landscapes, botanical art and much more!




DESIGNING CANADIAN
AUGUST 8-11 (SHORT WEEK)
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$65 MEMBERS/75 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 

Re-create and design your own Canadian banknotes, postcards, postage stamps and passports! This fun filled week will look at Canadian History hands on, while creating some exciting projects to help celebrate Canada 150!




FOLLOWING THE GROUP OF SEVEN
AUGUST 14-18 
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$80 MEMBERS/$96 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 

Explore and learn about Canadian Art icons from Carmichael to Varley during this fun and eye-opening camp! Inspired by works and adventures of this famous group of creatives, campers will draw, paint, print, build and mix it all up in an art-making journey across our beautiful country. 




Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Forest and the Trees: Opening this Friday!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Forest and the Trees
Liz Menard, Floyd Elzinga & Duane Nickerson
June 10 - July 31, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, June 9
7pm-9pm

Duane Nickerson, Dead Maple


Much of the great landmass that we now know as Canada was as recently as a few hundred years ago covered with trees. Forests and the creatures that inhabited them provided the Indigenous peoples with everything they needed to sustain themselves – food, clothing, shelter - but even more, cultural identity and a way of life. To the first European settlers, however, the forests and trees were barriers to settlement or resources to be exploited, although, eventually, they were also appreciated as natural wonders to be revered. Our contemporary understanding of forests recognizes that they are complex ecosystems with an influence that reaches far beyond individual trees and isolated plots of land. We realize something that the original inhabitants always knew, that we do not exist in isolation from our natural surroundings, but are part of the ecosystems that we inhabit, and we neglect or destroy them at our own peril as well as that of a plethora of interrelated living things. 

The Forest and the Trees, recognizes this long history of complex relationships and celebrates the resilience, longevity and awe-inspiring individuality of trees. The exhibition includes steel sculpture by Floyd Elzinga, paper-based installation by Liz Menard and paintings by Duane Nickerson. Each artist explores a different relationship with trees that together help us to better understand our country and ourselves in a timely addition to our sesquicentennial programming.

Floyd Elzinga received his BFA from NSCAD in Halifax. He has chosen to work with steel because of its malleability and visual range. He uses traditional metal working techniques to create texture and depth the same way that a painter would use a paintbrush. He lives and works in Beamsville.

Liz Menard is a Toronto-based printmaker, visual artist, and educator. She is particularly interested in how our perception of the landscape helps us define who we think we are. She is increasingly concerned about environmental biodiversity and the native plant species and wildlife that need to be cared for, protected, and nurtured.

Duane Nickerson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Governor General's Gold Medal award from the University of Calgary. He has embraced oil painting in the tradition of the old masters; his work has been said to ‘transcend the ordinary and embrace the surreal and strange’. He lives and works near Hamilton.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Summer Art Camps are Officially Open for Registration!

Summer Art Camps are officially open for Registration! Spend the Summer cooling down in our exciting half day camps! From Discovering Trees to Following in the Group of Seven, our Summer Art Camps are sure to inspire!




KIDS

GPAG HALF-DAY CAMPS

Painting, printmaking, clay, collage, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, found object art and so much more! Children will learn important skills while exploring a new fun and educational theme each week. These exciting projects are sure to challenge and entertain students all Summer long! 


DISCOVERING TREES
JULY 17-21 
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$80 MEMBERS/$96 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 


Join us for a week inspired by our current exhibition The Forest and the Trees.  Students will explore the exhibition and create projects based on the show.  This fun filled week will look at Landscapes, botanical art and much more!




DESIGNING CANADIAN
AUGUST 8-11 (SHORT WEEK)
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$65 MEMBERS/75 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 

Re-create and design your own Canadian banknotes, postcards, postage stamps and passports! This fun filled week will look at Canadian History hands on, while creating some exciting projects to help celebrate Canada 150!



FOLLOWING THE GROUP OF SEVEN
AUGUST 14-18 
AGES 5-8 ~ 9:30AM-12PM 
AGES 8-12 ~ 1:30PM-4PM 
$80 MEMBERS/$96 NON-MEMBERS
Register  at the Gallery 

Explore and learn about Canadian Art icons from Carmichael to Varley during this fun and eye-opening camp! Inspired by works and adventures of this famous group of creatives, campers will draw, paint, print, build and mix it all up in an art-making journey across our beautiful country. 





SUMMER CULTURE CAMPS! 


Back by popular demand! Culture Camp is a partnership between the Recreation Department and the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Campers will spend their mornings at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery doing a variety of artistic activities  and spend their afternoons swimming at the Grimsby Lions Pool (or cooling off at the splashpad) and playing outdoor games for the remainder of the afternoon (indoor activities at the Peach King Centre if inclement weather).



CULTURE CAMP ~ GET CANADIAN!
JULY 10-14 (ALL DAY)
AGES 6-13 ~ 9:00AM-3:30PM 
$145
EXTENDED CARE:  $38, 7:30AM - 6PM

Register for this Culture Camp at the Peach King Centre or online www.grimsby.ca

An art week inspired to celebrate Canada 150.  We will create several Canadian inspired projects using a variety of materials.


CULTURE CAMP ~ FOOD FOR THOUGHT
JULY 24-28 (ALL DAY)
AGES 6-13 ~ 9:00AM-3:30PM 
$145
EXTENDED CARE:  $38, 7:30AM-6PM

Register for this Culture Camp at the Peach King Centre or online www.grimsby.ca


Who knew that we could create art from food.  Some projects we will eat, and some projects you will get to take home.  A fun week that will inspire a creative spirit.


CULTURE CAMP ~ GET MESSY 
JULY 31-AUGUST 4 (ALL DAY)
AGES 6-13 ~ 9:00AM-3:30PM 
$145
EXTENDED CARE:  $38 , 7:30AM-6PM

Register for this Culture Camp at the Peach King Centre or online www.grimsby.ca


This will be a get messy with your hands week to create some interesting projects that requires a lot of hands on work.  Don’t worry, we will wash them down before they go home! 




CULTURE CAMP ~ CREATE WITH PAINT 
AUGUST 21-25 (ALL DAY)
AGES 6-13 ~ 9:00AM-3:30PM 
$145
EXTENDED CARE:  $38, 7:30AM -6PM

Register for this Culture Camp at the Peach King Centre or online www.grimsby.ca

This week will create a variety of projects with paint in ways that might surprise you.  This is a great introductory program with lots of variety and creative room.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We're Hiring - Full Time Summer Positions from Young Canada Works!

Program Assistant
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Wage: $12.50 per hour
Start date: June 12, 2017
End date: August 31, 2017
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday May 23, 2017 at
Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a well-organized, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Program Assistant. The Program Assistant, supervised by the Gallery Director, will co-ordinate a number of special programs, including workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, that have been developed to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial. The primary goal of the position is to ensure that these programs are well organized, well promoted and efficiently run. Tasks will include working directly with regional artists to develop and schedule programs; promoting the programs and events through traditional and on-line media to ensure that they are well-attended; assisting with installation of exhibitions; planning and scheduling celebratory events; analyzing and documenting the overall success of the programs. The candidate must be willing and able to work Sunday – Thursday during July and August. The ideal candidate will have some post-secondary training in visual arts, art history, museum studies and/or education. S/he will have a good understanding of and the ability to recognize different art media and exhibit meticulous attention to detail in his/her work. Solid computer skills are required and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn other programs quickly, would be helpful.

Candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements of this job directly to the gallery as well as applying through the YCW website. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Members of designated equity groups are encouraged to self-identify on their application. Candidates must meet YCW eligibility requirements (www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca ) and be registered on the YCW website.


Curatorial Assistant
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Wage: $12.50 per hour
Start date: June 12, 2017
End date: September 1. 2017
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday May 23, 2017 at
Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a well-organized, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Curatorial Assistant. The Curatorial Assistant, supervised by the Gallery Director, will work with the GPAG Permanent Collection and temporary art exhibitions at the gallery. The primary goal of the position is to research and update information about select works in the collection (the Historic Canadian and Indigenous works) and prepare the information and documentation for inclusion in the newly launched collection digitization project. Tasks will include examining and inventorying artwork; research to develop accurate content for digitization; preparing artwork for exhibition; and preparing art based material for public presentation. Some general gallery duties such as assisting with exhibition installation and developing and distributing promotional materials will also be required. The ideal candidate will have some post-secondary training in visual arts, art history, cultural studies and/or museum studies. S/he will have a good understanding of and the ability to recognize different art media and exhibit meticulous attention to detail in his/her work. Solid computer skills are required and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn other programs quickly, would be helpful.


Candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements of this job directly to the gallery as well as applying through the YCW website. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Members of designated equity groups are encouraged to self-identify on their application. Candidates must meet YCW eligibility requirements (www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca ) and be registered on the YCW website

Monday, May 08, 2017

We're Hiring! Summer Studio Instructor!

Summer Studio Instructor
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Part Time - Contract
Wage: $25 per hour
Start date: July 10, 2017
End date:  August 25, 2017
Applications will be received 5pm, Tuesday, May 23
Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1
gpag@grimsby.ca

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a well-organized, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Summer Studio Instructor. The Summer Studio Instructor will be responsible for developing and running the summer children’s programs at the gallery. The ideal candidate will be an experienced art instructor/ practicing artist with a strong desire to work with children. He/she will be highly motivated, able to work with minimal supervision, and well organized. The incumbent must have good understanding of both contemporary and historic visual arts and experience with a variety of media.   Previous experience delivering hands-on activities for children in a gallery or museum educational programming setting would be a strong asset. Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to maintain confidential information and computer literacy are expected.
Reporting to the Education Coordinator, the ideal candidate will have a least some post secondary training in visual arts, art history or museum studies. S/he will have experience working with a variety of art media as well as experience working with children. Fluency in English is required, a basic knowledge of French is an asset. Basic computer skills are required and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher, as well as the ability to learn other programs quickly, would be helpful. Candidates are requested to send a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements of this job directly to the gallery.  Please note that all teaching hours are based on minimum registration enrollment.
Successful candidates will be expected to complete required Town of Grimsby Health and Safety training and provide a Police check for working with Vulnerable persons

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from designated equity groups of the Government of Canada, Ontario and the Niagara Region are strongly encouraged to apply. The Town of Grimsby welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

We're Hiring! Project Coordinator: Special Skills Summer Art Program

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Project Coordinator: Special Skills Summer Art Program
Part-time Contract Position: $20 Per Hour
(14 hours per week for 13 weeks)


Position Summary
The Special Skills Summer Art Program is an eight-week program designed to teach specific art techniques and media to teens and adults through a series of demonstrations and workshops during July and August. Topics will be inspired by GPAG exhibitions, works in the collection and the skills and talents of Niagara artists.

Reporting to the Gallery Director, the Project Coordinator: Special Skills Summer Art Program will be responsible for planning, organizing, promoting and running the Special Skills Summer Art Program. He/she will be familiar with the regional arts community and have the ability to contact and communicate with artists from across the Niagara region who are experts in their particular fields and will be potential instructors. These artists will also be an important means of promoting the program and a primary group of potential participants.

Regular Sunday hours are required. The following duties and responsibilities indicate the general nature and scope of work associated with the position.

Scope of Duties:
Develop a program of workshops and demonstrations to be presented on the days reserved for SSSAP programming. Engage the services of artists, establish material needs etc.
Develop and run a marketing plan for the SSSAP program
Work with individual artist instructors to ensure that all the necessary supplies and equipment are provided for each program.
Develop assessment tools that will capture the data needed to assess the success of the program
Attend programs as the official gallery representative. Document the programs as required for interim and end of project reporting.

Requirements:
Secondary School Graduation Diploma
Good understanding of regional arts community, art practices, media and materials
Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
Strong computer and design skills

Assets:
Training in Fine arts and/or arts administration
Experience working in an arts organization

Special Conditions
This position is a temporary part time contract funded by a Niagara Investment in Culture grant. The successful candidate will be expected to work all of the Sundays in July and August when programming is scheduled.

Terms of Appointment:
Position to commence: June, 2017 and end September 2017
14 hours per week (including 4 on Sundays during July and August) at $20 per hour.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by 5:00 PM on Tuesday May 23, 2017 with the position title clearly indicated on and in the cover letter to:

Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane,
Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y1
Email: gpag@grimsby.ca
Attention: Rhona Wenger, Director

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Town of Grimsby are equal opportunity employers and individuals from designated equity groups of the Government of Canada, Ontario and the Niagara Region are strongly encouraged to apply. The Town of Grimsby welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.