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Some of the amazing products we carry

While we whittle away at creating a better web presence for the shop. I thought I would do a big post highlighting some of the amazing art products you can find at Mixed Media.




Pilot Pens

Le Pen

J. Herbin

Kaweco Pens

Leuchtturm 1917








Field Notes

Finetec Metallic 

St. Armand Paper

Stonehenge Paper


Shawn Micallef book launch in Hamilton


Join us on Sunday April, 30th from 2-4pm for an in-store appearance from Toronto author and urban observer, Shawn Micallef. We’ll be celebrating the launch of his new book, Frontier City and also discussing The Trouble With Brunch and Stroll. After the talk, we’ll head out for a small walk around James St. North. This is sure to be an engaging conversation. We’ve wanted to being Shawn into town for a while now. Really honoured to present this to Hamilton. Event is free to attend and Shawn’s books will be available for purchase.

Holiday gift guide #7 – Lamy, Faber-Castell & Pilot Fountain Pens


Those who like to write will love one of our featured fountain pens as a gift this Christmas. We have a variety of colours and designs from Faber-Castell, Lamy & Pilot. Pair up a pen with a quality journal from Leuchtturm, Rhodia or Habana and you’ve got a great present for the writer in your life.

Holiday gift guide #5 – Raymond Biesinger, Jelly Brothers, Ralph Heather, Ryan Berkley & Graham Blair


We’re getting the gallery room all set up with lots of prints from some of our favourite artists:

1. Raymond Biesinger‘s Hamilton city print was definitely one of our big hits from this past year. We are also stocked up on many of Raymond’s other prints as well.

2. A new addition to the shop, Ralph Heather‘s woodblock prints feature local landmarks.

3. We’re happy to see new work from Newfoundland printmaker, Graham Blair. His hand-pulled prints are graphic, bold and full of personality.

4. Ryan Berkley is another artist you’ll find regularly in the gallery. His colourful animals morphed into human personalities will leave you with a smile.

5. The art making family known as the Jelly Brothers are making sure our map selection is filled to the brim with local and not-so-local neighbourhood maps this Christmas season.




Holiday gift guide #2: We got your mason jar covered!


Disclaimer: We love mason jars! We know others do too based on the amount of interesting ways developed to adapt these humble glass containers into functional and stylish on-the-go vessels. We’ve stocked up on all our favourite: Cuppows, BNTOs, Mason Taps and Recaps – all made in the USA. They make great stocking stuffers or pair them up with a jar and a cozy and you have an instant and unique gift!

Pinhole Photography Workshop & Exhibition

Our good friend Jody Joseph use sent us news of a fantastic show and workshop happening soon in a newly christened space inside Dundas’ Carnegie Gallery.

Here’s what she sent us:

Dear Art Lovers, Friends, Students & Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know about a great Pinhole Photography Workshop offered by the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, October 4 & 5 (Saturday and Sunday), in conjunction with “Revenant,” an exhibition of work by internationally known photographer Dianne Bos.  Dianne grew up in Dundas, and returns with her mysterious and beautiful large-scale photographs.  This show will inaugurate our new “TBA” artspace in the Atrium of the Carnegie Gallery.  The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist the Friday evening before the Workshop, October 3, 7-9:30pm. Come meet Dianne and see her wonderful work!  Her exhibition continues through November 23. 

As for the Workshop:  We are fortunate that Dianne is able to offer a hands-on, 2 day Pinhole Photography Workshop at the Carnegie!  Learn to make a pinhole camera out of almost anything, to shoot photos with it, and process the photos in our on-site darkroom!  No experience necessary, but space is limited.  To sign up, call (or stop by) the Carnegie Gallery,905-627-4265.  Cost for the 2 days is $125 and includes all darkroom supplies.  For more details about the workshop, see here.

I am happy to say that Dianne’s is the first of a number of shows I will be curating in the Carnegie’s new “TBA” (it stands for “The Barber Atrium”) artspace. This contemporary addition to the Carnegie’s 100-year old building, and 30 year old artist-run gallery, offers wonderful new possibilities for shows and programming, with its soaring, light-filled spaces.  Hope to see you at the TBA, at this and future shows!

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We HEART Gore Park

News broke earlier today that the developers who own most of the buildings on the south side of King St. between James and Hughson are going back on a promise to delay any actions and instead are readying the site for swift demolition.

There have been a flurry of emails calling on Hamilton councillors and provincial ministers to step in and designate the 19th century buildings. Mixed Media firmly believes that a renewed and prosperous Hamilton will require a mix of heritage, culture, arts and new economic ideas to make this place hum again. This includes adaptive reuse of buildings like the ones threatened in The Gore.

Here’s some local links to get you caught up on what is happening:

Raise the Hammer

Sean Burak’s amazing video interview with developer David Blanchard

Love It A Lot (some great pics of The Gore)

The Spec

Here’s our ever-growing image collection of The Gore. As a city we once felt so proud of this place it appeared on postcards and figured prominently during celebrations. These historical buildings have been a part of Hamilton for a long time – let’s keep it that way!