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    Location: Palm Springs, CA

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  • Call for Artists - 3rd Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 3rd Annual “Landscapes” online art competition for..
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  • The Art of Caring

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Vancouver Community Arts Council has partnered with Family Service of the North..
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  • Canada's Indigenous Screen Office Logo Design Contest

    Location: , ON

    Canada's Indigenous Screen Office invites Indigenous artists (19+) from across the country to..
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  • International Call To Artists

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $2000 in Cash Prizes Annual International Mail in Art Exhibition For professional artists the rising..
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  • Call for Submissions: AIR

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Alberta artists (18 years of age..
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  • Call for Submissions: The Best of East Central Alberta

    Location: Drumheller, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (18 years of age or..
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  • Call for Submissions: The Best of South Western Alberta

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (18 years of age or..
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  • …Everything Remains Raw: Photographing Toronto’s Hip Hop Culture from Analogue to Digital

    Location: Kleinburg, ON

    Dates: March 3 to October 21, 2018 Description: Archival photographs act as visual representations..
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  • Canada West Illustrators Group Show

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Members of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) represent a..
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  • TPH® Charitable Greeting Card Campaign - Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    For more than 25 years, The Printing House (TPH®) has produced seasonal greeting..
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  • Spring into Art

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Calgary chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists is hosting a juried..
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  • Whitby Art Show

    Location: Whitby, ON

    ABOUT Whitby Ribfest welcomes over 50,000 guests each year who enjoy a fantastic..
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  • Call for submissions; Norouz 1397

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming group show, NOROUZ 1397 to..
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  • Into the Void Magazine Seeks Visual Art for Issue 8

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning print, digital & online Into the Void Magazine seeks visual art for..
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  • Call for Artists -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 6th quarterly group online art competition. For..
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  • Call For Entries Small Works

    Location: Inverness, NS

    SMALL TREASURES, July 2018, an INTERNATIONAL juried small works show, all media, all..
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  • Become an Art Collector

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    To Become an art collector and get a beautiful print reproduction from original..
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  • 3rd Annual Open Juried Art Competition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    International Gallery of the Arts (IGOA) is looking for excellent pieces to feature..
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  • David Tycho | Fire and Rain

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Tycho's abstract and expressionist landscapes document his 9,000 km journey from the coastal..
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  • Twitter Art Exhibit - Call to Artists

    Location: Canberra,

    OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WORKING IN 2D MEDIUMS REQUIRED: Fill..
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  • Oil and Acrylic Painters

    Location: Toronto and Montreal, ON

    looking for portrait artist/painters that can paint dogs and people...
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  • FLORA - A Juried Exhibition Gallery in the Grove

    Location: Sarnia Bright's Grove, ON

    FLORA A Juried Exhibition Entry Deadline May 15, 2018 Exhibition June 3 -..
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  • 19th Birthday Party

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    NVCAC has partnered with Housing Matters Media Project to bring the 19th Birthday..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    INTERNATIONAL CALL Open to all artists 18 and over. This International Juried Online..
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  • Call for Submissions: JN EXPO 2018

    Location: Toronto and Montreal, ON

    OPEN SUBMISSIONS to WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS This years Jamaica National Expo is looking..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists Show & Sale 2018

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Annual show & sale of 38 talented local artists exhibiting original paintings in..
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  • Call for Artists - 2nd Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 2nd Annual Colors online juried art exhibition..
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  • Call for Entries

    Location: Sarnia, ON , ON

    ARTZscape by the Bay Centennial Park, Sarnia ON August 18 & 19, 2018 ARTZscape..
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  • The Spirit Messenger Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Naoko Takenouchi has devoted most of her life to honing her craft as..
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  • Art Gallery of St. Albert Fundraiser: Light Up The Night

    Location: St. Albert, AB

    The 28th Annual Art Gallery of St. Albert Fundraiser: Light Up The Night..
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  • SCOPE BASEL 2018 APPLICATIONS OPEN!

    Location: Basel,

    SCOPE BASEL 2018 APPLICATIONS OPEN! THE EXHIBITION WILL TAKE PLACE FROM THE 13-17 JUNE..
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  • Art Exhibit

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Turgor by Edmonton artist Daniel Evans is an exhibit of large-scale drawings exploring..
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  • Art Exhibit

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks artist Manny Blair’s intention for this exhibit is to attempt the futile..
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  • The Artist's Lens

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Artist’s Lens is an open themed exhibit presenting the best of film,..
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  • 6x6x2018

    Location: Rochester, NY

    Artists in Canada, we need you to participate in the International Small Art..
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  • Colour Blizzard

    Location: Saint John, NB

    THIS IS A YOUNG, MAGICAL ARTIST, Advait Kolarkar Happening: A ‘Colour Blizzard’, an exhibition..
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  • “Happiness” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline February 28, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Happiness. We all want it. We all have different ideas of..
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  • Film Screening: The Leisure Seeker - North Shore International Film Series

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The Leisure Seeker was the nickname of the old RV used by Ella..
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  • The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    Break out and elevate your artist career! Gain exposure on the international stage!..
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  • Layne Verbeek & Sharon Thompson

    Location: Toronto, ON

    February 25 - March 10 Reception: Feb 25, 1 - 4 pm - Glass/..
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  • Symposium Bromont en Art 20th Anniversary 24,25,26 August 2018

    Location: Bromont, QC

    A gigantic open sky gallery with more than 1500 paintings. Come to Bromont, located..
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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.