Grand Bend Art Centre adds music program at Bosanquet School

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The GBAC is thrilled to launch a new music program at Bosanquet School, expanding our already well established program at the Grand Bend school. We were also pleased to host two classes from Bosanquet school on a field trip to Paint Ontario, where they were treated to activities including rock painting, a scavenger hunt, printmaking and storytelling!

Blues showman JW-JONES to rock The Gables on May 4

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On May 4, the Grand Bend Art Centre continues its 10-year tradition of bringing top international musicians to the area when it presents versatile blues guitar virtuoso JW-Jones in concert at The Gables.  Known for his live performance showmanship built around his “lightning in a bottle” guitar playing and thoughtful song selection, Ottawa based Jones is one of Canada’s top blues stars.  JW-Jones has won multiple awards, appeared regularly in the Billboard Top 10  having released ten albums, and is an international touring sensation who’s thrilled audiences in 23 countries on four continents.
Joining Jones on stage is his crack rhythm section comprising the inimitable Will Laurin on drums and the renowned Jacob Clarke on electric and upright bass.  “This is an amazing blues band” says Dan Ackroyd;  “Never fails to electrify the crowd” says Ottawa Bluesfest organiser Mark Monahan;  “His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through… JW is the real deal” says Rolling Stones keyboard player Chuck Leavell and “This young man is one of the people who will keep the blues alive ” says 7-time Grammy Award Winner Buddy Guy for whom JW-Jones has opened on six occasions.
Get tickets $40.00 in advance ($45.00 at the door) from the Colonial Hotel (cash), The Garden Gate Gifts and Florals (cash) and (service charge) as well as at the Paint Ontario Art Show and Sale at the Lambton Heritage Museum from March 29 to April 20.  The GBAC is registered as a charity with the CRA and partial tax receipts will be available for concert supporters at the event.  Doors open at 6:00 PM with a special pre-concert menu available; showtime is 7:30 PM.
Proceeds contribute to funding of local arts programs, in particular Grand Bend’s Community and School Music Programs which, for the past four years, have been successful in bringing music into the lives of area children and young people where it had previously been absent.  The show coincides with “The Stars Come Out”,  the popular annual Arts, Eats and Beats Studio Tour Weekend.
This is one concert that’s not to be missed.  Mark your calendar and bring your friends to this high-energy live music experience!
For more information, contact Peter Phillips  519-238-6873



Paint Ontario 2019 – Lots to see and do!

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The Places and Faces of Ontario

Paint Ontario’s annual art exhibition and sale is still open!

Through the auspices of the Grand Bend Art Centre, a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers brings the show to fruition through every stage of production, from conception to the finished product. Our volunteers realize the important role Paint Ontario plays in the creative community and are proud to commit their time and talents to making it a reality. Not only does this prestigious show give artists the opportunity to be seen and to sell their works, the monies raised in commissions go straight back into cultural development within the community. The Grand Bend Art Centre is a non-profit organization which provides, among many other things, a music program to the local school, grants to individuals and organizations who contribute to arts in the community, and arts camps for kids.

March 29 to April 20, 2019

Show visitors will enjoy a Saturday bar featuring an Ontario wine and great craft beer. Local restaurants will be offering “Paint Ontario Specials” throughout the three weeks of the show.
Open 10 until 5  week days and 11 to 5 weekends
Admission: $5 for adults   $4 for students and  $3 for children

The Places and Faces of Ontario takes place this year from March 29 to April 20, 2019, one week later than previously. This puts the show into a better time slot for weather and travel and will allow the area’s many “snowbirds” to attend.

Paint Ontario is well known as a showcase for painters’ diverse Ontario images. This year, we continue the Faces of Ontario portrait award. This has added a new dimension to this already inspiring show.

We continue live demonstrations during show hours by local artists and the very popular weekend refreshment area where visitors can relax with a glass of wine or beer from a local winery or craft brewer, complemented with some tasty, locally sourced snacks.  Come, hang out and enjoy a total Paint Ontario experience! This also kicks off an “Arts Season” which will run in to the Arts, Eats and Beats studio tour weekend at the beginning of May.

The Grand Bend Art Centre, organiser of Paint Ontario, is planning activities at the show and around town including artist workshops. We are very excited to welcome Brian Smith and Jamie Jardine as workshop facilitators this year. We will also have four life drawing sessions over the course of the show.

Live painting demos will be taking place at the gallery throughout the show by local artists including Paul Abeleira, Francis Martin, Layne VanLoo and Elaine Guitar-VanLoo, Red Dog George, Martina Bruggeman, Jamie Jardine, Marion Anderson and Teresa Marie Phillips – Executive Director of the Grand Bend Art Centre.

New this year is a series of art talks which will take place in the media room at the Lambton Heritage Museum. Marion Anderson, Donna Andreychuk, Anna Koot  and Fran Roelands will bring fascinating insights into their work, making their creative process more accessible to their appreciative audience.

As well, look out for events by partnering groups and businesses around the area, during this time period.

  • Stay and Play Special $99 Room Rate, plus complimentary show admission at two excellent Grand Bend hotels (both have swimming pools):
    • Pine Dale Motor Inn – click here to make a reservation.
    • Oakwood Resort – click here to make a reservation
  • Groups of visitors can arrive courtesy of Wave Transportation and Tours. Contact 548-388-9283 to arrange personalized transportation for your group within 100 km of Grand Bend.

So, mark these dates on your calendar, tell your friends and come enjoy Paint Ontario and the area arts season.

For more information, visit

Art Talks and Demonstrations at Paint Ontario 2019

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Art Talks

A new installation at Paint Ontario, art talks proved to be real crowd pleasers and definitely added a welcome new experience to the show!

  Marion Anderson

Donna Andreychuk

We would like to acknowledge that Donna Andreychuk’s art talk has been sponsored through the generous donation of Lynda Crossman and Soren Petersen.

Anna Koot

We would like to acknowledge that Anna Koot’s art talk has been sponsored through the generous donation of Jim and Marg Collez.


Fran Roelands

We would like to acknowledge that Fran Roelands’ art talk has been sponsored through the generous donation of Hay Communications.


All demonstrations take place at the Lambton Heritage Museum Main Gallery commencing at 1:00pm. Cost: Museum admission

You can still catch Teresa Marie’s demonstration!

April 17th – Teresa Marie


Layne VanLoo and Elaine Guitar-VanLoo

(presented through the generous sponsorship of Robin Tiller – Coldwell Banker Appleby Real Estate, Broker)


Francis Martin

Paul Abeleira

Jeffery ‘Red Dog’ George

 (presented through the generous sponsorship of Bob Kennedy)

 Martina Bruggeman

Jamie Jardine









Marion Anderson

GBAC pleased to promote Free to Create Youth Event!

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The Ausable/Port Franks Optimist club is very active in their community. Its members are dedicated to providing supports and opportunities which promote a healthy, happy lifestyle in our youth. Providing creative outlets is a big part of that!  The success of the annual Paint Ontario juried competition and sale produced by the Grand Bend Art Centre at the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend inspired them to create something similar for kids, These kids need to be seen and heard! This is open to all youth aged 8 to 18 and is included in the Arts Eats and Beats tour this year! For details on how to enter, visit their website by clicking on the logo.

Community Vibrancy Fund and Community Grant Program

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The Municipality of Lambton Shores has adopted a “Community Grant Program” to provide limited financial assistance to community groups and organizations within the Municipality to help with programs, projects or special events. The program exists to recognize the value of these groups to the well-being and growth of the community and in helping the Municipality retain a strong community focus.
2015 $1500 Writers’ Workshop
2017 $1425 Brian Smith Portrait Workshop        
2018 $$2000 Web Upgrades for Paint Ontario
The Community Vibrancy Fund was developed through the Municipality’s agreement with Jericho Wind, LP (NextEra). It offers financial assistance to programs, projects, services or activities that enhance the quality of life for residents in the areas of health, arts, culture, leisure, heritage, recreation, education and the environment.
2017 $9567.83 Revolving Mural Project on Beach House
2018 $9600 Beach Sculptures with Recyclable, Non-Biodegradable Materials

Need a creative space?

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If you have a program or event that needs some space, the Art and Youth Centre at 16 Municipal Drive may be available. This hidden gem in our community is the perfect venue if you’d like to host any arts related activity, or a cooking class, or a knitting club, or. . . well, you tell us!

Looking for a spot to make your vision a reality? Check us out!

The latest from our Facebook page

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People still enjoy to give and receive cards. My mother LOVES getting a card from me for Mothers Day, Birthday etc. Finding ones she will really enjoy makes me happy. This year the GB Art Centre has reproduced the Beach Murals and put them on high quality cards. A unique expression of creativity and local flavour.

A package of 15 cards with envelopes are $20. You write your own message inside.

Available at Paint Ontario until April 20th, or message us and we will see you get a set.
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Opening night of Paint Ontario! Lots of people and even celebrity bar tenders. Enjoy wine and beer cash bar each Saturday. Paint goes to April 20 at the Lambton Museum. Muskoka Brewery ... See MoreSee Less

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COMING EVENTS presented by the Grand Bend Art Centre this spring.
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Beach Mural Project

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The Grand Bend Beach House Art Installation was a project of the Grand Bend Art Centre. Since the Beach Enhancement Project was completed many years ago it has always been a goal of Teresa Marie, Executive Director of the Art Centre, to present local artists’ work in a revolving art show on the Beach House. The project was also generously supported by Rotary Club of Grand Bend.

Artists who contributed work to the inaugural installation include:

David Bannister, Barry Richman, Suzette Terry, Teresa Marie, Francis Martin, Jeffrey George, Candice Eason and Kristyn Watterworth

People still enjoy to give and receive cards. This year the GB Art Centre has reproduced the Beach Murals and put them on high quality cards.

A package of 15 cards with envelopes are $20. You write your own message inside.

Available at Paint Ontario or message us and we will see you get a set.

Please enjoy this video developed by Channel One for Hay Communications..

The Grand Bend Art Centre is Proud to Endorse the Lambton Mosaic Project

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What inspires you most about your community? The Grand Bend Art Centre is proud to endorse the Lambton Mosaic Project! The Project’s purpose is to unite the 11 Municipalities and 3 First Nations Communities of Lambton County through art. Anyone of any age and skill level can submit art of any medium that shows or tells what they love most about their community. Writing, painting, drawing, photography, music, and craftwork are only a few of the options. Submissions are open now and will remain open until March 31st 2016. Selected submissions will be fashioned into a mosaic of Lambton County with all appropriate submissions being recognized on the project’s website and both a physical book and e- book. The unveiling is planned for July 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. For more information visit