Monday, April 24, 2017

Wayzgoose 2017: This Saturday!

Wayzgoose 2017
Annual Book Arts Fair
Saturday, April 29
9am-5pm
Free Admission



The first Grimsby Wayzgoose was a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then the goose has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with regular participants and visitors coming from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. Every year, on the last Saturday in April, letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers, bookbinders and more, gather at the gallery to share their love of the bookarts with the public and colleagues alike. Many exquisite items are available for sale, but the spirit of camaraderie is more important than financial gain for these practitioners.
  
The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the tradition since 1981. Sections, known as signatures, are hand bound into a highly collectable volume. Produced in an edition of only 115 copies, the Anthology is an original and lasting keepsake and also a means by which private presses that cannot come to Grimsby for the event are able to have a presence. Anthologies are $80 each; sales help to offset the costs associated with Wayzgoose. The 2017 Anthology will be launched on the 29th; many back issues are also available.

Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 29th.


Generously Sponsored by:

Alphabet Bookshop, Attic Books, Aulward Graphics, Hugh Anson-Cartwright, Fine Books
The Japanese Paper Place,  J.H. Gordon Books,  Steam Whistle Brewing & Van Huizen Bookbinding


Call for Artists/Project Proposals! Through Our Eyes

Through Our Eyes
Celebrating Canada’s 150th, in Community Art Projects



Grimsby Public Art Gallery will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a series of exhibitions that will take place in the Gallery lobby exhibition space throughout the year. Exhibitions will include the works and ideas from a broad range of community members and groups expressing diverse themes around Canada and Canadian heritage. Successful proposals will emphasize celebration, inclusion and participation.

Regional artists are invited to submit project proposals; these can be, but are not limited to
exhibition proposals that include a workshop component, projects that provide mentorship
opportunities, or group projects that generate a collaborative piece. GPAG is particularly
interested in proposals that will engage the Government of Ontario’s priority groups
(Indigenous, Francophone, LGBTQ, older adults and seniors, multicultural communities,
new Canadians, and persons with disabilities) or proposals from individuals who identify as
members of these communities.
Through Our Eyes is generously supported by the Province of Ontario and Ontario 150,
Community Celebration Program grant. Artist’s and mentorship fees will be paid for selected
projects.

Proposals must include:

• Project Description (500-max) describing the type of project you are proposing:
Exhibition/Workshop or mentorship project; solo, group or a collaborative; materials,
media, space, timeline and processes involved.
• Project Statement (300-max) describing how your project will address the Celebration
of Canada’s 150th year and Canadian heritage
• Visual Support Material - 3-5 images including examples of the work you’re proposing;
a description/sketch of new work you propose to create. (jpeg. under 1MB each)
• Image list - Title, Dimensions, Medium, Year, or description of a sketch submitted. If
proposing a video work please include Vimeo/YouTube links in image list.
• C/V

Submit: Please send PDF. documents and images to gpag.projectcoordinator@gmail.com
Deadline: Monday, May 15th, 2017, 11:59p.m.

Note* - If you are proposing an installation/participatory work, in terms of size, medium or
subject, please contact Rhona at the gallery (905-945-3246) or gpag@grimsby.ca to discuss
its feasibility.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wayzgoose 2017!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is gearing up for its biggest event of the year, Wayzgoose 2017!

Join us Saturday, April 29 from 9am-5pm; Admission is free!



The first Grimsby Wayzgoose was a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then the goose has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with regular participants and visitors coming from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. Every year, on the last Saturday in April, letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers, bookbinders and more, gather at the gallery to share their love of the bookarts with the public and colleagues alike. Many exquisite items are available for sale, but the spirit of camaraderie is more important than financial gain for these practitioners.
  
The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the tradition since 1981. Sections, known as signatures, are hand bound into a highly collectable volume. Produced in an edition of only 115 copies, the Anthology is an original and lasting keepsake and also a means by which private presses that cannot come to Grimsby for the event are able to have a presence. Anthologies are $80 each; sales help to offset the costs associated with Wayzgoose. The 2017 Anthology will be launched on the 29th; many back issues are also available.

Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 29th.


Generously Sponsored by:

Alphabet Bookshop, Attic Books, Aulward Graphics, Hugh Anson-Cartwright, Fine Books
The Japanese Paper Place,  J.H. Gordon Books,  Steam Whistle Brewing & Van Huizen Bookbinding

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Art House Café Lecture Series: April 21st!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery proudly brings to you its next
2017 Art House Café Lecture Series speaker!

Join us Friday, April 21, at 7pm for our next speaker, Rebecca Johnson as she presents:
Looking up to Heaven: An exploration of the ceiling in the upper-chapel of Sainte-Chapelle

Read about Rebecca and her talk below! 
Admission is free, RSVP to reserve a seat!



This talk will examine the ceiling ornamentation of the 12th-century Sainte Chapelle, the royal palace chapel for King Louis IX (1214 - 1270), located in Paris, France. The design, which is comprised of a blue background with golden stars, is rooted within a "starry sky" motif tradition, intended to emulate a celestial or heavenly realm. In the dual levels of the Sainte Chapelle both the starry sky motif exists as well as an appropriated form, which substitutes the star for the royal French symbol of the fleur-de-lys as a means to convey both the ecclesiastical and secular position of King Louis IX. 

Rebecca Johnson has a Bachelor in Art History with a minor in French and is currently continuing her studies by completing her Master's degree at the University of Guelph in Art History and Visual Culture.



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices - Opening Reception April 9th!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery proudly brings you its next exhibition, Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices!

Join us for our opening reception Sunday, April 9 from 2pm-4pm.  The artist will be present, and admission is free!






Leon Rooke’s narratives presented herewith are based on figments of Tony Calzetta’s graphic imagination…
The ‘Fabulous Fictions’ project began with an uncommon idea. Artist Tony Calzetta and his printmaker friend Dieter Grund … were looking for a project they could work on together. Tony suggested they collaborate with … novelist Leon Rooke to produce a limited edition livre d’artist. One twist to the project was that, instead of the customary practice of the artist illustrating the writer’s text, they would approach the Fabulous Fictions project the other way round.
Tony presented Leon with a number of small drawings. Leon wrote sketches for nineteen of the images, which artist and author then winnowed down to a select nine ‘Fabulous Fictions’. Tony reworked the original drawings and combined them with Leon’s texts and media that included intaglio, woodcut and digital printing. In addition, one of the drawings and its text, ‘How God Talks in His Sleep’, was reimagined as an interactive paper sculpture and attached to the front of the slipcase…. Excerpt from Production Notes in The Porcupine’s Quill.
Fabulous Fictions comes to Grimsby as part of our regular spring celebration of the book arts. This elaborate and unusual collaboration is sure to intrigue, inspire and above all entertain viewers. First exhibited in 2016 at the Art Gallery of Peel, we thank curator Tom Smart and publisher Tim Inkster of The Porcupine’s Quill for their organizational work and insightful writings.  Special recognition also goes to Dieter Grund of Presswork Editions for his role in creating this work.


Tony Calzetta is a painter, draughtsman and printmaker who has recently relocated to Welland. A Governor-General Award winning novelist, poet and painter, Leon Rooke lives and works in Toronto.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Free Auction Preview Night - TONIGHT!

While our popular Auction will take place on March 25, you still have a chance to bid at our FREE auction preview night on Friday, March 24!  There's so many great items this year!



Also, as part of our free auction preview night, we'll be showing The Canadian Pavilion, Expo 67 by Marc Beaudet and Impressions of Expo 67 by William Brind thanks to the generosity of the National Film Board of Canada!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Phone Issues

Please note: We are still experiencing problems with our phones and we're sorry for the inconvenience. Please email us in the meantime: gpag@grimsby.ca

Monday, March 20, 2017

Snow Art Challenge Submissions!

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Lucy Kelly, Snow Swimming



Jan Yates, Duck Feathers



Jan Yates, Hawk 2


Free Auction Preview Night!

While our popular Auction will take place on March 25, you still have a chance to bid at our FREE auction preview night on Friday, March 24!  There's so many great items this year!

Also, as part of our free auction preview night, we'll be showing The Canadian Pavilion, Expo 67 by Marc Beaudet and Impressions of Expo 67 by William Brind thanks to the generosity of the National Film Board of Canada!



The Canadian Pavilion, Expo 67 by Marc Beaudet


Admission is FREE and all are welcome!

Visions 2017: Expo67 Tickets still available!

Art Expo67 is almost here!
  
At 7 p.m. Saturday March 25th the doors will open on a fundraising event like no other. Inspired by Canada’s coming of age party, Expo67, Art Expo67 will help the Gallery raise crucial funds in support of educational programming and care of the collection. Silent and live auction items include art, jewellery, collectables, gift baskets, services and more, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, and the hard work of the GPAG Volunteer Committee. 
Tickets are just $35 and include gourmet appetizers and your first drink!

Preview the items Friday, 9 – 5 & at the preview reception 7 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 5; advance bids are welcome.

A few of our featured items are:


Carolyn Dover, Colwater River #3




Karen Logan, Columbine