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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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  • Margaret Bremner's HUGE ART SALE!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Saturday August 18 & Sunday August 19 from 1-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m...
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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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  • FCA Workshop - Dare to Paint Abstracts

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Barry Rafuse, SFCA Spacer MEDIUM: All Media LEVEL: Beginner & Intermediate DAY:..
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  • FCA Workshop - The Elements of Design: The Tools to Make Art

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    INSTRUCTOR: Jan Crawford, AFCA MEDIUM: Acrylic LEVEL: Beginner & Intermediate DAY: September..
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  • ShowOff Live Painting Event & Fundraiser

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Inspired by the Art Battle scene developing in Vancouver, SHOWOFF will be a..
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  • Into the Void Seeks Your Art

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning print & digital Canadian magazine Into the Void is accepting submissions of visual art..
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  • Art Rental Show

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Visit CityScape Community Art Space this August to see our 2018 Art Rental..
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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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  • Artist Call: $3000 in prizes – Annual International Representational Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The Annual International Representational Exhibition is our juried exhibition of representational and semi-representational..
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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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  • Exhibition Proposals for CityScape Community Art Space

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for our 2019..
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  • WALKIES! Dog Walk & Art Show Fundraiser

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Join Caprices Fine Arts for WALKIES! Dog walk & Art Show, a..
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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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  • Mimi Ama & Ronna Ander Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Mimi Ama is a Vancouver-based artist originally from Toyko, Japan. Ama came to..
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  • Wool Weaving by Cheximiya Allison Burns Joseph

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    We are very excited to be exhibiting work at the City Atrium Gallery..
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  • Call for Artists - 3rd Annual Waterscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 3rd Annual Waterscapes art competition. For this..
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  • Abstract / Realism Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This exhibition challenges twelve visual artists to create work in two opposing styles,..
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  • Call for up and coming artists, retail space for rent. No commitment or commission

    Location: Vancouver , BC

    As of September 1st space will be available to rent in the kitsilano..
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  • Canvas Printing & Framing

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Offering high quality canvas printing and framing with free shipping Canada wide. FREE..
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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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  • ART IN THE GARDEN AUG 18/19

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Artists: Karen Maguire, Sylvia Thompson, Karen Holden, Kathleen Slavin, John Perret, Mel Bolen...
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  • Custom Framing Quote Requested

    Location: , NS

    Custom framing service requested for a large order of framed pictures of various..
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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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  • Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007)

    Location: Toronto, ON

    A display of works by Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland School from the..
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  • Laying the Foundation: Works from the Original Gift

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The McMichael Canadian Art Collection started out as a modest four-room home, built..
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  • The Art of Canada: Director’s Cut

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is delving deep..
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  • …Everything Remains Raw

    Location: Toronto, ON

    A Primary Exhibition organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for Scotiabank CONTACT..
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  • J.E.H. MacDonald: Up Close

    Location: Toronto, ON

    J.E.H MacDonald: Up Close will celebrate the art and method of J.E.H. MacDonald’s..
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  • Call for artists Art! Vancouver 2019

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Visual Art Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for artists..
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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