November 4, 2015
This Saturday November 7, I will be at Chapters in St. Vital (Winnipeg) to sign my Ontario book which was released earlier in the spring. The book was published by Turnstone Press and was printed at Friesens in Altona, Manitoba. The book was a recent winner of a 2015 Certificate of Merit in the Category Art Books at this year’s annual Premier Print Awards sponsored by the Printing Industries of America. With Xmas fast approaching, the book would make a fine gift for a loved one and I would be honored to autograph a copy for you. Hope to see some of you between noon and 3 PM.
November 4, 2015
I am happy to announce that my book Mike Grandmaison’s Ontario, released this past spring by Turnstone Press, was a Winner of a 2015 Certificate of Merit in the Category Art Books at this year’s annual Premier Print Awards sponsored by the Printing Industries of America.
The Premier Print Award Competition recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from around the world. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and the highest honor—the Benny statue.
I wish to thank Turnstone Press for their assistance and for allowing me the freedom in creating my books. I also owe much gratitude to Friesens for all their efforts in printing such fine books. All that hard work usually pays off!
September 28, 2015
It has been a very busy summer and autumn is following in the same pattern. My last Blog post and update on my Facebook Page was made in mid-May when I launched a book tour throughout the province of Ontario to promote my new book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' (Turnstone Press). The book was very well received at the 13 venues I attended. It was a pleasure to connect with old friends, clients and colleagues, as well as to meet many, many new folks! Thank you to everyone who came out to support me and the new book.
Following the book tour, I traveled eastward to the Canadian East Coast for 6 weeks to explore new territory and create new imagery for upcoming projects. I discovered many new places in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I also revisited a few iconic locations such as the attached image of the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. While I have photographed this lighthouse on numerous occasions over the years, I personally think I created my finest version of the lighthouse during this recent trip. Following a day of overcast conditions and heavy downpour during the evening, the skies cleared by dawn. This time of day offered a rare opportunity to photograph the iconic landmark without any tourists, enhancing the feeling of solitude I felt at the moment. The ‘Belt of Venus’, an atmospheric phenomenon seen just before sunrise or after sunset, glows bright pink above the darker blue layer known as the ‘Earth’s Shadow’. This pink glow, also known as an ‘anti-twilight arch’, extends some 10-20 degrees above the horizon and is caused by a backscattering of reddish light from the rising or setting sun. I waited until the beacon lit up before pressing the shutter.
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.