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  • Studio on 20th Open Studio

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Open Studio & Art Sale Sunday, 25 November (Mark your Calendar!) 11 - 5pm We..
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  • Call for artists: 13th Arte Laguna Prize

    Location: Venice,

    ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR THE 13th ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE international art award | free..
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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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  • The Camera Doesn't Get The Last Word

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    I am doing a workshop at Reflections OF Nature Art Show on October..
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  • 25th Annual Annesley Exhibition

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Thursday, November 8, 5-10 p.m. For the past 25 years, Jennifer has..
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  • Exhibition: Untouched by Doris Charest

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Doris Charest HUB @ 302 Exhibition: Untouched by Doris Charest The Alberta Society of..
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  • Give and Take Reception and Exhibition

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    “Give and Take” By Chantel Shultz and Breanna Barrington Dates: Oct 9 - Oct 20..
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  • Reception: 3D – Alberta Sculptors

    Location: Drumheller, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites you to our upcoming exhibit 3D Where..
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  • OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018

    Location: Venice (ITALY) ,

    ITSLIQUID International Art Show THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, Venice |..
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  • Artist talk with Khosro Berahmandi

    Location: Toronto, ON

    “The depths of art remain in buried eyes that make the gravid earth..
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  • Mix Artist Collective Fall Into Art 2018

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Fall Into Art 2018 Mix Artist Collective. Art show at the Refinery,..
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  • Public Art - Call for Sumbissions

    Location: Russell, MB

    Russell Arches Artwork Call for Submissions: Public Art Opportunity Russell Manitoba is revitalizing its downtown,..
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  • Health Insurance 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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  • ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Earlybird Deadline November 30, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a brand new magazine that will become an annual treasure box..
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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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  • Art Rental Programme 2019 Call for Artists

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council seeks visual artists to participate in..
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  • 4th Annual Figures & Faces Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Figures & Faces art competition. For..
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  • EMPYREAN | EMPYRÉE

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    The Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to present Empyrean, new works by Ottawa..
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  • EMPYREAN

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    The Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to present Empyrean, new works by Ottawa..
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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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • Call for Art

    Location: Edmonton , AB

    Art Call for Fall and Christmas — Hello Artists Lotus ARt Gallery is..
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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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  • 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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  • 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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Art Vancouver, Hurry Deadline Approaching!

By January 29, 2018

4th Annual Art Vancouver Art Fair for Artists in Canada

In 2015 Artists in Canada decided to get out from behind the computer and cyberspace of the Internet and reach out to the serious emerging artist. It's not everyone that can stand the profession of an independent artist. Some days you feel like your feet never touch the ground and then there are days you wish you had a day job. There isn't much coasting time as an artist. You tend to work from grants and funding contracts, residencies, workshops, studio sales, commissions and if you are lucky you are part of an art gallery or galleries that promote and sell your art. These are rare occurances early in a career – as galleries do more sales on line these days – you can't just waltz into a gallery with your portfolio. Many galleries have reduced hours for public viewing of commercial shows, with art being presold online. This leaves bricks and mortar art galleries questioning why they have a building at all. When I travel to different cities, it personally frustrates me that galleries are quite often closed more than they are open. Not the same experience looking at art online.

If you are under 30 you better get your art life together, because by the time you are 40 you won't qualify for most grants and funding. Even the Sobey Art Awards, now $100,000 for the top prize, is for 40 and under. You need to make your mark early in your career, not so good for late starters or those who wait till they finish a career with a pension, then strike out as a full time artist. That doesn't mean you won't make it, but galleries take a hard look at you and your work before picking you up. Do they want to invest a lot of time in someone that will have a relative short career?

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Book your booth today!

If you are in Vancouver between April 19–23 make sure you stop in at Art Vancouver. If you are able to purchase a booth space, even share a space with a fellow artist, do it. As an artist you will need to invest in these types of opportunities to connect to the right people and galleries.

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As an emerging artist you will live from contract to contract or the odd commission, so remember to charge enough to sustain yourself. Art materials, food, overhead, travel, health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, savings and a pension. Consider all these costs into doing those projects. Yes, you can have a Pension Plan as an independent artist. It all sounds a bit over whelming as you just want to make a living. You need to think differently if you are going to survive as an artist.

See PENSION PLAN DETAILS.

This week my HOROSCOPE read:

Talent creates opportunity. Opportunity creates talent. Neither are crutial to success. DESIRE IS THE MAGIC. Desire will bring you everything you need: talent, opportunity and the work ethic to keep going until you get there.

It's a bit like a fortune cookie wisdom, but has some merit. Work smarter, not harder and join Artists in Canada, the best deal for Canadian artists. Listing is free, membership is inexpensive.

I will talk more about this at Art Vancouver, drop by our booth and say hi.

Paul Constable, Director