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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, and the Grand Bend Community Foundation.

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2018 Summer Camp

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We are doing 4 weeks starting July 9th.
Week of:

July 9th Pirates with Candace
July 16th Music with Jimmy Fuller
July 23 Art of Science with Suzette Terry
July 30th Cooking with Paul Abeleira and Aaron Smoth both certified chefs.

Ages 6 – 12 yrs, except music which is 8 – 12 (must have own instrument)
Whole week: $200 per child
Daily drop in rate: $50 per child
10 am to 3 pm

More details.             Register here

Come join the Mari Gras in Grand Bend! – Red Hot Ramble – May 5

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When Red Hot Ramble takes the stage at The Gables on May 5, area music fans will be treated to a Mardi Gras inspired experience in the true New Orleans tradition, but right here in Grand Bend! Jazz, African American field songs, blues, Gospel, marching rhythms and ragtime all had early beginnings in places like Preservation Hall, on and around Bourbon Street. Red Hot Ramble captures the spirit of New Orleans and pays homage to the music but in a manner that reflects their own musical experiences and influences here in Canada.

The five band members are seasoned festival, concert and club performers and all are virtuosos in their own right. The line-up includes vocals, keyboards, saxophones, trombone, upright bass and drums – a unique and exciting combination that captures and showcases the flavour of this vibrant music. Talking of flavour, the Gables is adding to the mix by including some choice New Orleans items on its special pre-concert menu. This is Grand Bend’s concert event of the season and an evening not to be missed!

Presented by the Grand Bend Art Centre, all proceeds go towards funding of local arts programs, in particular Grand Bend’s Community and School Music programs which have been successful in bringing music into the lives of local children and young people where it had previously been absent.

The show is scheduled to coincide with Grand Bend’s annual studio tour weekend, “The Stars Come Out”. Tickets are $40.00 in advance ($45.00 at the door), available from the Colonial Hotel, Baillie’s Picture Framing and . The Grand Bend Art Centre is registered as a charity with the CRA and partial tax receipts will be available at the event. Doors open at 6:00 pm; showtime is 7:30 pm.

For more information, contact:   Peter Phillips 519-238-6873

Paint Ontario: lots new to see and do – March 23rd to April 14th

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Paint Ontario is the first major event at the Lambton Heritage Museum following completion of extensive renovations over the winter.  The show runs from March 23 to April 14, two weeks later than previously.  This not only puts the show into a better time slot for weather and travel but will allow the area’s many “snowbirds” to attend: With most returning from the South by the beginning of April, they will no longer miss the show!

New this year: Paint Ontario is well known as a showcase for painters’ diverse Ontario images but, this year, a Portrait category is added, which provides a new dimension to this already inspiring show.

Also new for 2018 are live demonstrations during show hours by local artists and a 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!

Everybody is invited to the opening reception on March 23. This also kicks off an “Arts Season” which will run until 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 for portraiture, life painting and encaustic (see for details).

Live painting demos will be taking place throughout the show by local artists including show founder Barry Richman and Grand Bend Art Centre Executive Director Teresa Marie Phillips, Suzette Terry, Ann Fullarton and Jamie Jardine. A special highlight that you won’t want to miss is a demonstration by internationally renowned portrait artist Brian Smith.  As well, look out for events by partnering groups and businesses around the area, during this time period.

On May 5, the Grand Bend Art Centre brings the Art Season to a close with its annual concert at the Gables, featuring the sensational New Orleans jazz, blues and funk sounds of Red Hot Ramble.  Mardi Gras comes to Grand Bend!

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

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Last Summer’s Program

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See the brochure. 5 weeks of kids camp is available this summer st the municipal building between the Grand Bend Legion and firehall. Operated and supported by the Grand Bend Art Centre and the Grand Bend Optimists. Four weeks in July and the first week of August. Prices start at $150 per week 10 am to 3. Early and late drop offs (9 am to 4pm) will be extra.  A water week and sports week and three weeks of art and creativity. All with a variety of teachers including Teresa Marie, Candice Eason, Francis Martin, Jamie Janzen.

If you have a program or event that needs some space, the the Art and Youth Centre at 16 Municipal Drive may be available.

Blues, gospel and roots rock’n’roll at the Bend

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Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power and deep-seated emotion.  One is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice.  Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire.  As a vocalist her roots lie squarely within the wellspring of powerful, strong women’s voices embodied by such forbears as Mavis Staples, Etta James and Tina Turner.  As a songwriter, she draws on black gospel and southern soul with a hint of roots country and sixties pop, while her lyrics suggest an old soul with wisdom beyond her years.

On May 6, the Grand Bend Art Centre presents Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar in concert at The Gables.  The Grand Bend Art Centre has brought many top American and Canadian musical performers, mainly in the blues/jazz genre, to the area over the past seven years.  With 2017 being Canada’s 150th anniversary, the GBAC board was keen to present a top Canadian act this year, one that combines traditional musical tastes with vitality and significant new original material.  Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar fulfills this mandate admirably – and than some!   While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, her “co-vocalists” Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb, give Delta Sugar a vocal blend that is pure, unadulterated neuron-tingling magic and guitarist Mikey McCallum adds Delta-inspired, mystery-inflected guitar lines to result in a sum that is even greater and richer than the soul-melting parts!

In the past three years, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar have toured Canada and Germany, playing venues that include Roy Thompson Hall and Massey Hall, together with festival stages from coast to coast.

The show is scheduled to coincide with Grand Bend’s annual studio tour weekend, “The Stars Come Out”.  All proceeds go towards funding of the Grand Bend Art Centre’s programs, in particular Grand Bend’s Community and School Music Programs.  Tickets, $40.00 in advance ($45.00 at the door) as previously, are available from the Colonial Hotel, Baillie’s Picture Framing and . Doors open at 6:00 PM with a special pre-concert menu; showtime is 7:30 PM.

For more information, contact Peter Phillips 519-238-5873;

2017 Winners of Paint Ontario

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Grand Prize of $2000 – Lin Souliere, from Lions Head, “Coastal Pebbles”, watercolour

Second Prize of $500- Annette Martin, from Aylmer, “Conflicted Results”, mixed media

Honourable Mention Award of $100 – Elizabeth Carr, from Zurich, “Three Spy Apples”, watercolour

Honourable Mention Award of $100 – John Arts, from Chatham, “Pale Twilight”, acrylic

Oil/acrylic in honour of Rosemarie Croswell Award of $250 – Denise Antaya, from Port Stanley, “Catching the Light”, oil

Wildlife Choice, Hay Communications of $250 – Susan Peck O’Brien, from Wroxeter, “Woodland Harold”, oil

Waterscape Choice, Rotary Club of Grand Bend of $250 – Chris Morton, from Owen Sound, “Huron’s Hue”, oil

Mayor’s Purchase, $750 – Michael O’Keefe from Grand Bend, “Canoe and Feather”, oil

Scatcherd Family Choice Award of $250 – Deri Russell, Elmwood, “Down on the Docks”, acrylic

Watercolour Choice Award of $250 – Jack Keefe, Sarnia “Creekside” watercolour

Paint Ontario website   Paint Ontario 2017 Winner’s Images

Spring Concert features Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar – May 6

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Samantha Martin with Grand Bend Art Centre Board Member Peter Phillips, at her Mariposa Music Festival concert, November, 2016

Mark your calendars: The Grand Bend Art Centre spring concert is slated for Saturday, May 6 at The Gables and features the amazing Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar.  As Canadian music icon Serena Ryder says “You may not know it yet, but Samantha Martin is a rock star, she’ll tear your heart out one note at a time”.

Samantha’s astonishing voice blends blues, gospel and roots rock’n’roll.  As if Samantha’s voice is not sufficient on it’s own, her band, Delta Sugar, features two additional co-vocalists, Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb, who add a thrilling combination of gospel harmonies and visual excitement.  “Grand Bend has never seen anything like this” said Grand Bend Art Centre board member Peter Phillips when he met with Samantha Martin at her Mariposa Music Festival concert in Orillia last November.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 10 at Paint Ontario (The Lambton Heritage Museum) as well as Baillies Picture Framing, The Colonnial and

For more information, contact:   Peter Phillips 519-238-6873

2016 Paint Ontario Winners

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PO Opening Reception

Winners Announcement – Paint Ontario Opening Reception

Teresa Marie Phillips (Founder/Curator, Paint Ontario, Executive Director, Grand Bend Art Centre)

Dave Maguire (Chair, Board of Directors, Grand Bend Art Centre)


The four paintings below were chosen by a jury of three professionals in the Art world. For more information on the judges, go to and click on “About Us”.

First Prize “Orchard Beach” by Denise Antaya (Sutherland)
Second Prize “January Morning -24C, Goderich” by Michele Miller
1st Honourable Mention “October” by Elizabeth Carr
2nd Honourable Mention “Bottles” by Laura Jones Wright

The 5 paintings below were chosen by sponsors, including  individual, group, and corporate.

Oil/acrylic Choice (in memory of Rosemarie Crosswell) “By the Light of the Dodge” by Janice Innocente
Watercolour Choice (in memory of Tom Crossman) “October” by Elizabeth Carr
Wildlife Choice (sponsored by Hay Communications) “Broken Silence” by Ken Jackson
Waterscape Choice (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grand Bend) “Remember When” by Chris Morton
Calendar Cover Choice (sponsored Commercial Print-Craft) “Remember When” by Chris Morton

Mayor’s Award “Baby Animal Spirit Guides” by Michael J. Billett
Founder’s Award “Centre Wellington Field Patterns # 3” by Dick Marvin

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

The Grand Bend Art Centre wants to hear from you!

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Your ideas and voice are important to the arts and culture of our community! The Grand Bend Art Centre is reaching out to the community in order to align our strategy and future projects with needs and desires. Our brief online survey takes only 5-10 minutes to complete and will have a direct impact on our future direction. Please take some time to participate – it is greatly appreciated! 

Summer Community Outreach Workers

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The Grand Bend Art Centre is pleased and proud to introduce our two new summer students, Kaitlin Wong as our Arts Educational Assistant, and Laura Brooks who will be helping us as our Community Arts Outreach Worker! Welcome Kaitlin and Laura!

First day at the Youth Centre for new art student workers! Teresa Marie Phillips is introducing Kaitlin Wong and Laura Brooks Continued