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  • Call to Artists - 2019 City of Guelph Artist in Residence

    Location: Guelph, ON

    Budget: $6,500 Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019 The City of Guelph invites professional artists or..
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  • Sunny Art Prize 2019: Call for Artists

    Location: London,

    The Prize The Sunny Art Prize is an international art competition hosted by Sunny..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: February 28, 2019

    Location: VENICE,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: February..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY LANGUAGE ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition Venice, February 22 – March 22, 2019 Deadline: January 13, 2019

    Location: VENICE,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY LANGUAGE ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition Venice, February 22 –..
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  • “Painting the Female Figure”

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Call for Entry Calling artists in all media, interested in “Painting the Female Figure” 2nd..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Portrait Exhibit 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery 1313 is pleased to present the PORTRAIT EXHIBIT 2019, a group curated..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Sex Show 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery 1313 is pleased to present the SEX SHOW 2019, a group curated..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Winter Emerging Artists 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery 1313 is pleased to present the WINTER EMERGING ARTIST EXHIBIT 2019, a..
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  • The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton 123rd Annual Juried Exhibition

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton 123rd Annual Juried Exhibition ..
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  • Call for Submissions - $40,000 in Awards - The Salt Spring National Art Prize

    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

    The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s..
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  • Creative Collective Artshow

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    The Creative Collective group is hosting a pop-up art show featuring 9 Alberta..
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  • 4th Annual Landscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Landscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • 2019 Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Looking for new and emerging artists to show and sell original works of..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS #CallForArtists for the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest juried..
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  • “Colouring Outside the Lines” Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    “Colouring Outside the Lines” http://albertasocietyofartists.com/event/colouring-outside-the-lines/ Kelsey Vaughan and Nicole Kurceba are both graduates of NSCAD..
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  • Water Exhibition

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    “Water” GRH ARTS Mezzanine Gallery Glenrose Rehab Hospital 10230 – 111 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta, T5G 0B7 Start: November..
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  • The Artist's Choice 2019

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    “The Artists Choice 2019” Featuring a selection of the Artists Choice, 2019 exhibition..
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  • Call for Submissions: Best of Northern Alberta

    Location: Fort McMurray, AB

    “Best of Northern Alberta” The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists who live..
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  • Call for Submissions: Small Group Contemporary Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    OPEN CALL TO ONTARIO BASED ARTISTS: SMALL GROUP EXHIBITION (John B. Aird Gallery/Galerie John..
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  • 13. Arte Laguna prize NEW DEADLINE TO APPLY> 19.12.2018

    Location: Venice,

    You still have time to apply to the 13th Arte Laguna Prize! The..
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  • Wheels Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    WHEELS Gallery Ring seeks 2D art works depicting anything that has wheels or is a..
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  • 2020 Call for Submissions

    Location: St. Albert, AB

    The Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA), a contemporary, non-profit, public art gallery,..
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  • Call for Submissions: Headlight Anthology

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Montreal-based literary/art journal Headlight Anthology is seeking poetry, fiction, and visual art on..
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  • Potter Taylor Is Scammer

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Recently Artists in Canada artists have been receiving emails requesting artwork from a..
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  • In Conversation with Danny Lyon

    Location: Bowen Island, BC

    2-DAY SEMINAR WITH DANNY LYON Friday June 14 + Saturday June 15, 2019 |..
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  • 2nd Annual Women Artists Quarterly Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is once again celebrating women artists. The gallery invites both 2D..
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  • Calgary Stampede Western Showcase art show

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Applications and expressions of interest are now being accepted for the 2019 Calgary..
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  • “Figures” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline December 31, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Figures of human form. Figures of life, imagination, history, mythology and..
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  • Call for Submissions – 2020 Multifaith Calendar

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Call for Entries to Visual Artists Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites..
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  • Fresh! Naked! What’s nu(de) in contemporary art?

    Location: New York, NY

    Fresh! Naked! What’s nu(de) in contemporary art? The next group Fresh! exhibition will take..
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  • Award-Winning Into the Void Seeks Your Art

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning print & online literary magazine is accepting submissions of visual art to..
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  • Beacon Original Art - Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    We invite emerging, mid-career and professional artists to apply to participate in our..
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  • Represent Canada in 6x6x2019!

    Location: Rochester, NY

    Looking for a chance to show your artwork to global audience? Then join..
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  • 2019 Cadaques Mini Print Open Call

    Location: Barcelona,

    39th edition 2019 open call. To access the rules, please visit http://miniprint.org/aarules/?lang=en, where you can..
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  • North Van Arts needs your help!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is in need of organized, thorough, and active distribution +..
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  • Health Insurance for Artists Made Easy

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Arts & Entertainment Plan® is an affordable health insurance plan designed by..
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  • Art Vancouver Open Call for Exhibitors

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Visual Art Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for the..
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  • Traditional Oil Painting Workshop

    Location: Düsseldorf ,

    During the workshop students will enjoy the opportunity to study and to be..
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  • Invisible Wings - Call for Submission

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Invisible Wings Call for Submission Queen Gallery is now calling for submissions for..
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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.