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 fast approaching!

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

Opening Night Reception – March 29 from 4 to 9 -free admission – Awards Presentation at 7 – Cash Bar

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!

Everybody is invited to the opening reception on March 29. 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.

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Art Talks and Demonstrations at Paint Ontario 2019

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Art Talks

All art talks are open to the public at the Lambton Heritage Museum in the media room commencing at 1:00pm. Cost: Museum admission

April 5th  Marion Anderson

Marion Anderson is an award winning artist and experienced art instructor. Her versatility as an artist is due to her thirty plus years as a classroom teacher/ secondary school visual arts department head. Anderson works in series, completing a suite of artwork to explore a concept using the medium that best expresses her ideas. She is continuously experimenting, evolving and creating. Her subject matter depicts lived experience often portraying her rural roots.

Anderson makes her home and studio in New Dundee and Southampton, Ontario. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections.

April 6th Donna Andreychuk

Donna Andreychuk’s work can be found in private collections worldwide and in numerous corporate collections. Her main interest is in the Canadian landscape, with plein air painting, playing an integral part in her working process. Her works leans towards abstraction. Many of her works are ornamental and appear to blend impressionism with hints of Canadian and Scandinavian landscape styles. Donna’s unique brushwork gives her paintings their brilliance and animates the surface, energizing the picture plane with colour and vibrancy.

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

April 7th Anna Koot

Anna Koot is an encaustic artist residing in St. Marys, Ontario. The rural setting in which she lives continues to influence her art.  After many years of studying a variety of mediums, she has fallen in love with encaustic art.    The ancient art form of encaustic uses natural beeswax, mixed with resin and pure pigment.  The aroma of beeswax fills her studio, as tins of coloured wax are melted to begin another painting.  Heat is a very important element in her process.   The wax is melted, allowing it to be painted onto the surface with brushes, and then repeatedly reheated using her favourite tool, a propane torch.    “Every girl should own one.”

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

April 13th Fran Roelands

Let me take you on a fun and interactive journey to your artistic potential on my road map to success. I will speak about the principles and elements of design and how to incorporate them into your work. Learning this valuable material will change your life as an artist and help you to tell your own amazing story! Learning design elements to create a dynamic composition is a life long skill that will help you to achieve amazing improvements in your art. You will understand the foundation of what makes a great painting work. This knowledge will help you to problem solve with a clear vision going forward. I will show you the steps of how to find that perfect subject and give you a checklist of design elements so you can fearlessly create that wonderful piece of art! After this talk, you will unbelievably ‘see and paint’ your new world for the very first time!

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

March 30th (presented through the generous sponsorship of Robin Tiller – Coldwell Banker Appleby Real Estate, Broker)  – Layne VanLoo and Elaine Guitar-VanLoo

March 31st –  Francis Martin

April 5th – Paul Abeleira

April 6th (presented through the generous sponsorship of Bob Kennedy)  – Jeffery ‘Red Dog’ George

April 10th –  – Martina Bruggeman

April 12th  – Jamie Jardine

April 14th – Marion Anderson

April 17th – Teresa Marie

Workshops for Artists coincide with Paint Ontario 2019

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Artistic Workshops

All workshops are at the Grand Bend Art Centre 16 Municipal Drive, Grand Bend at the times below.  Sign up by sending an email

Colour Theory for the Figure Painter with Brian Smith – 2 days SOLD OUT
Opening weekend. Live model.

10:00am – 4:00pm each day
March 30th and 31st.
Cost: $250 

We have all had a class or two in colour theory, but how many actually understand how to put that knowledge into practice? This two day workshop will develop your understanding of the basics and the finer points of color theory and, more importantly, how to apply that knowledge to the painting of the figure. Work in acrylic or oils (traditional with odorless solvents please, or water soluble oils) on canvas or pages from a canvas pad.
Materials List:
Two stretched canvases approx. 12×16″ -OR- canvas pad (NOT canvas PAPER pad) 12×16″.
Acrylic or oil paints and accessories (brushes, palettes, etc.).
A board large enough to tape the canvas pad sheets if you decide to use them.

Interpreting the Landscape with Jamie Jardine – 2 days

10:00am – 4:00pm                                                                                                                                     

April 13th and 14th                                                                                                                                 

Cost: $200

Jamie has been painting landscapes for 19 years. Join Jamie for a 2 day workshop on how he interprets a landscape and walks you, step by step, through your own landscape. He will lead by demonstration and explain his choice of palette, brushes and application of paint. He will break down each step of his painting from selecting a scene, blocking in shapes, choosing colour and refining each layer. Jamie will conduct several group critiques in order to help and encourage you along your way. The goal of the workshop is to boost your confidences so you can continue the process on your own. This workshop is open to any skill level.

We will be outdoors for a prolonged period of time so please dress according to the weather and have sufficient amount of drinking water and food if necessary.

Materials List

  • Jamie’s palette (these are recommended but are not required)    
    • Ivory Black
    • Titanium White
    • Cad Yellow
    • Transparent Red Oxide
    • Sap Green
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Pthalo Blue
    • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Brushes – 3-4 ranging in size from a 2” flat down to a small filbert
  • Palette
  • Thinner
  • Rag or cloth
  • Easel ( preferably a plein air style )

Life drawing with your peers  – 4 sessions

April 3rd, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
April 7th 2:00 to 4:00 pm
April 10th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm 
April 14th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Cost: $20 per session  Bring your own materials.

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



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!

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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.

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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