The 'Save Our Seine' organization (SOS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015! To mark this important milestone, SOS is running a series of educational and recreational events and activities highlighting the natural, cultural, and historical features found along the length of the Seine River greenway from the city limits / floodway to the mouth of the river where it enters the Red River. I am honoured to be the first presenter at this series of talks. I will be presenting some of my images made along the Seine River this coming Wednesday evening - EARTH DAY - at the St. Boniface Library (55 Provencher Blvd) in Winnipeg, starting at 7 PM.
Grolle Fine Art will be displaying a selection of my fine art photographs this coming Saturday, April 18 from 1- 6 PM. From 1-4 PM, I will be available to chat about my work and sign copies of my latest book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' (published by Turnstone Press) which was released just last Thursday. At 4 PM, I will speak formally about my work, about my thoughts on my techniques and approach to my art. I will also discuss the creation of some of my most memorable images.
I am looking forward to meeting you this Saturday.
The exhibition is on display from April 17 to 24, 2015.
Grolle Fine Art is situated at Fort Garry Place, 81 Garry Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Phone 204-691-6112
This coming July 10-26, 2015, the city of Toronto in ONTARIO, Canada will host the 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES. In addition, the city will also host the PARAPAN AM GAMES from August 7-15, 2015. Together, TORONTO and ONTARIO will welcome visitors, tourists and delegates from all over the world as well as from various parts of Canada. The World will be focusing their sights on ONTARIO this coming summer.
‘Mike Grandmaison’s ONTARIO’ recently released book will make an exceptional souvenir for anyone looking for a fine memento or gift of their travels to ONTARIO.
“From the ancient mineral deposits of the northern Canadian Shield to the fertile farmlands of the South, Ontario offers a myriad of spectacular landscape that acclaimed photographer Mike Grandmaison expertly captures. His wide-ranging lens covers Ontario’s vast and varied terrain, teeming with plant and wildlife.
Beyond the photographs, Dr. Gerard Courtin provides expert essays on Ontario’s flora, fauna, and geology. Grandmaison’s anecdotes and composition insights in the Stories Behind the Photographs are a fascinating glimpse into the conditions and circumstances surrounding his work.
A vision of riotous colour, grace, and beauty –‘ Mike Grandmaison’s Ontario’.
"Mike Grandmaison's Ontario is my Ontario. Every image in this collection takes me to a place I know, a place I've seen a thousand times, and yet a place I'm seeing as if for the first time. It's the Ontario I see when I close my eyes. Except for an occasional silo or lighthouse, it's the Ontario that has been here for 10,000 years, and now, thanks to these superb photographs, will remain with us for a long time to come." - Wayne Grady
The book may be purchased singly at many fine book stores throughout the province of Ontario and beyond or online. If multiple copies are required, the publisher Turnstone Press can offer a volume discount as well as fulfill your order quickly and efficiently.
Mike Grandmaison's Ontario will make a wonderful keepsake for years to come.
I wish to thank ALL who attended last evening's Winnipeg launch of my new ONTARIO book. It was delightful to be surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and guests. It was a sweet moment to have my little grandson and granddaughter present me with a bouquet of flowers at the event. I enjoyed chatting with folks and mingling afterwards. And that chocolate cake was sumptuous! Thank you to Jamis Paulson, Sharon Caseburg and Michelle Palansky of Turnstone Press (my publisher) for that wonderful evening. McNally Robinson Booksellers know how to launch a book with class. Than you John Toews! Once again, thank you all for the support, for purchasing a book and hope you enjoy 'Ontario' for years to come!
I have been on press all day, starting at 9:30 AM. 12 hours later and I have proofed 8 signatures. A signature is one sheet of printed paper that, once folded, will result in 12 pages of the book. Each signature must be printed on both sides. I will be checking a total of about 22 of these signatures for a total page count of 252 pages. It is going very well so far with minimal tweaking. I cannot overstate the importance of doing good prepress work earlier as it really makes the printing a much easier task. The first two signatures usually set the tone for the others. I'm always a bit nervous doing this because so much is at stake for the publisher (Turnstone Press) and myself. I end up looking at the color fairly critically and looking for any potential marks, blemishes, etc. Once I am happy, I sign off and the rest of the signature gets printed. About 1.5 hours later, I return to do the same thing. It will take approximately 35 consecutive hours of printing to complete the book. Needless to say, it will be an all-nighter!
Shown above is master printer Darrell Hildebrand checking out a signature. Darrell is retiring next week after 27 years in the business! I have worked with Darrell on a few books over the years. Wishing you well in your future endeavours Darrell!