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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018

    Location: Venice (ITALY) ,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 ITSLIQUID International Art Show | December 05 2018..
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  • Nature in Me Process Painting Retreat

    Location: Swift Current, SK

    Have you always wanted to paint but didn’t know how to begin? Are..
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  • Call for Artists: KIRA 2019

    Location: St Andrews, NB

    CALL FOR ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE: KIRA 2019 SUMMER Call open October 15-December 15,2018 Winning artists will..
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  • 2019 Emerging Photographers Showcase / Call for Submissions

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Exposure supports Alberta’s emerging photographers! Selected work will be exhibited in Calgary and..
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  • “Yellow” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline October 31, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Yellow, the color between orange and green on the spectrum of..
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  • Journey of a Salmon Art Exhibition | September 14 - October 13

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Opening Reception Thursday, September 13, 7 - 9 pm This multi-disciplinary exhibition will explore..
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  • Culture Days Weekend: Poets in the Kitchen

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Saturday, September 29 | 1-4PM Sunday, September, 30 | 3-5PM CityScape Community Art Space,..
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  • Faces of Scarborough

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    Diaspora Dialogues is pleased to present “Faces of Scarborough,” an interdisciplinary project that..
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  • Beacon Original Art Fall Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    October 13 & 14 from 10am-4pm. Meet 50 artists showing Painting, Jewelry, Glass,..
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  • Dreams and Realities

    Location: Waterford, ON

    This exhibition combines two series of work from a few years ago and..
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  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition - Call for Entries

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Overzealous 2018 Open Juried Art Show & Sale (Calls for Artists) Overzealous 2018 Open..
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  • Palette Knives painting technique & application

    Location: South Surrey,, BC

    Palette Knives painting technique & application November 17 & 18..
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  • North Van Arts Volunteer Call (General)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council (North Van Arts) is looking to expand..
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  • 'A Symphony in Watercolour' International Art Exhibition

    Location: Richmond Hill, ON

    At the end of September, watercolour artists from all over the globe will..
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  • Scholarship Opportunity 2019 Alberta Society of Artists

    Location: All of Alberta, AB

    Art Scholarships 2019 The Alberta Society of Artists is pleased to introduce the..
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  • The Chelsea International Photography Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Chelsea International Photography Competition — Opens August 21, 2018 Photographers are invited..
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  • 4th Annual Colorful Abstractions Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 4th Annual Colorful Abstractions art competition. For..
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  • Into the Wild International Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 8th quarterly online art competition – Into..
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  • North Shore International Film Series | Fall 2018 Passes Now Available!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Shore International Film Series is presented by North Van Arts in..
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  • Janet Strayer: Flow Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    September 19 - November 5 Flow is a collection of abstract paintings expressing the..
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  • Patterns of Our Land - solo exhibit of new paintings by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: West Vancouver, BC

    Prolific painter Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki draws inspiration for her work by immersing herself in..
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  • 18th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    The 18th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event you don’t want to..
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  • Figureworks 2018 Call for Artists

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Figureworks is calling artists to submit for the 9th annual juried Figureworks Prize..
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  • 2019 You Are Here Calendar Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    August 1 - October 1 These unique calendars contain 12 images created by..
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  • Call for Art

    Location: Edmonton , AB

    Art Call for Fall and Christmas — Hello Artists Lotus ARt Gallery is..
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  • Summer Artisans at CityScape Community Art Space

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The Gift Box is a set of display cases where original works of..
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  • FCA Workshop - Painting as an Extension of Basic Drawing Principles

    Location: Surrey, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Rick McDiarmid, SFCA MEDIUM: Acrylic, Oil or Watercolour (choose one) LEVEL: ..
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  • FCA Workshop - Drawing for Painting:The Art of Seeing

    Location: Surrey, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Mark Anthony MEDIUM: Drawing (for all painters) LEVEL: Beginner & Intermediate DAY:..
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  • FCA Workshop - Painting the Portrait

    Location: Surrey, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Doug Levitt, SFCA MEDIUM: Oil LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced DAY: ..
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  • FCA Workshop - The Principles of Design: How to Use the Tools

    Location: Langley, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Lalita Hamill, AFCA MEDIUM: Various LEVEL: Beginner & Intermediate DAY: October..
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  • FCA Workshop - Introduction to Relief Printmaking

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Carol McQuaid, AFCASpacer MEDIUM: Printmaking LEVEL: Beginner DAY: October 1 2018 TIME:..
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  • Annual Anonymous Art Show – Artist Call 2018

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very..
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  • AIRE: Gallery Opening Reception + International Competition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    On October 11th, we are thrilled to offer a night of recognition for..
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  • Call for Artisans: The Gift Box

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is seeking artisans to participate in The..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2018 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Houston, TX

    This is an international call. All artists 18 years and over can apply...
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  • Studio and home for sale

    Location: Humbolt, SK

    One of a kind studio and home for sale in renovated church property...
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  • Affordable living in Artistic Community.

    Location: Shelburne, NS

    Shelburne Nova Scotia on the South shore surrounded by beautiful beaches, beautiful views..
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  • DUC National Art Portfolio - Call to Artists

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    For more than 30 years, through our portfolio, Ducks Unlimited Canada built relationships..
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Bernard Poulin – The demons of PTSD

By October 15, 2017

Bernard Poulin – The demons of PTSD
When long time member and masterful portrait painter, Bernard Poulin, asked if I would publish this thought provoking painting of a very troubling subject, I said of course. These atrocities in Rwanda need not happen, yet day in and day out they do., as well, the mental damage inflicted on those soldiers left to watch helplessly from the sidelines. Thank you Bernard for taking a stance and bringing this to our attention again – least we forget.

 Rwanda
Oil, 24" x 72" (61 cm x 182.9 cm), 2011 - 2016

In 1994, the commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire anticipated a disaster - a disaster that no world authority wished to acknowledge let alone get involved in. And because none did, the Lt General’s pleas for assistance were ignored. No one came to rescue the people of Rwanda. And because no one did, 800,000 people died. On his watch, Lt General Dallaire witnessed the largest slaughter of human beings since the Holocaust - all because the rest of us on this planet had better things to do. During 100 days no one bothered to “know” what was happening. . .

“The genocide was brutal, criminal and disgusting and continued for 100 days under the eyes of the international community.” - Roméo Dallaire
 
To this day Lt General and retired Canadian Senator Dallaire’s PTSD associated nightmares relentlessly continue. The horrors which were allowed to happen to the people of Rwanda do not leave his soul.   

After a silent yet heavy deliberation, “my” Lt General accepted that I could speak, in my way, to his suffering and to his ongoing quest to save as many child soldiers as possible. The painting : “Portrait of Roméo Dallaire”, begun in 2011, was finally completed in 2016 and is now being unveiled.

I am no longer of any use to it. If it can, this work must now speak on its own - a reminder of what we do not want to remember - a symbol of the world once again at its weakest. If there is art in artwork, the story from within will emerge, will reach out, will touch and move us. If not, it will simply sit there, festering as forgotten infected scars of “not wanting to remember” do .

I would hope by looking at and taking in this story we can see - see and hear the images speak; speak to us in order that “next time” we will listen; that next time we will be reminded once again that we should not forget and that next time we will be encouraged to do better in our tomorrows than we have in our yesterdays’ flawed bests. For there should never again be a next time.

But despite the bleakness, the horror at the beginning of this story, this painting wishes to also be a blessing. Though this imagery recalls a horrendous eating away of  Lt Gen Dallaire’s soul by the demon eyes he still encounters in nightmares, it is also a story of redemption of all of our souls. Despite the ensuing PTSD which assails him daily, Lt General and retired Canadian Senator Dallaire remains the courageous man that he is. He fights on through his “Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative”, working to save stolen children from their captors and the imposed “life of death” which eats away at their childhoods.

And so, in the heart and soul of Roméo Dallaire there remains hope and better tomorrows.
“I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.” - Roméo Dallaire

The full article in English and French on Bernard's website.  More of Bernard Poulin's work can be seen on his website.