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  • Call for submissions; Alefba

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming group show Alefba, to celebrate..
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  • 6th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 6th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Animal Kingdom art competition. For this..
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  • Confluences

    Location: Prince George, BC

    2019 Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds Conference - June 11th to 16th, 2019...
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  • North Shore Art Crawl Returns!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts presents the 9th annual North Shore Art Crawl, a FREE..
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  • I-Park 2019 Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale

    Location: East Haddam, CT

    I-Park, East Haddam, CT (U.S.), is pleased to announce that it will be..
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  • I-Park Accepting 2019 Artists-in-Residence Applications

    Location: East Haddam, CT

    I-Park is now accepting applications for its fully-funded four-week summer residencies. The residencies..
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  • Call to Artists - $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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  • Clarkson Society of Artists Art Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Opening reception is on Friday, April 12 from 7-9pm. Visit on Saturday, April..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 Venice . April 11 – May..
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  • Call for Artists 2019 | Spartanburg Art Museum

    Location: Spartanburg, SC

    Spartanburg Art Museum is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2019-2020. ​ We're..
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  • Lunenburg School of the Arts

    Location: Lunenburg, NS

    Summer 2019 course offerings now open for registration. Full details and to register:..
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  • Call to Artists/Appel aux Artistes

    Location: Gatineau, QC

    Call to artists / Galerie Old Chelsea, Chelsea, Qc / 2020 Programming Deadline..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: Osage Beach, MO

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Curiosity Collider - Her Story- Collaboration

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver based not-for-profit Curiosity Collider is looking for several filmmakers to create short..
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  • Studio/ home/ acreage for sale

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Check out this wonderful opportunity for a creative lifestyle. Private park like..
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  • SNOW - exhibit of paintings by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    SNOW presents a body of work by Canadian artist, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, exploring the..
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  • Call for Submissions at the Okotoks Art Gallery

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    The Okotoks Art Gallery is now accepting submissions for the 2020 exhibition season...
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  • Expose Yourself Exhibition 2019 - Call for Artists

    Location: Powell River, BC

    Expose Yourself – 2019 CALL TO ARTISTS Expose Yourself is a erotically themed, boundary-pushing,..
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  • AIMAE: Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition 2019

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    AIMAE May 27 - June 16 Submission Deadline: April 17, 2019 For professional artists, the..
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  • New Craft Coalition Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Artists: Supercrawl 2019 (Hamilton, ON, Sept 13-15, 2019)

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Call for Artists: Supercrawl 2019 Hamilton, ON, Sept 13-15, 2019 Submission Deadline: February..
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  • Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists (video)

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists will be a series of artist-created narrative videos..
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  • Exhibition: Symbiose retrouvée

    Location: Coaticook, QC

    Le Musée Beaulne a le plaisir de présenter l’exposition Symbiose retrouvée de l’artiste..
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  • Cold War playing at North Van Arts International Film Series

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    An epic, visually arresting love story spanning borders and decades by master filmmaker..
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  • Snail Mail World Postcard Art Show

    Location: Brampton, ON

    Visual Arts Brampton is excited to present the Snail Mail World Postcard Art..
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  • Private Art Collection Dispersal

    Location: Ssakatoon, SK

    James Korpan is dispersing selected pieces of artwork from his private collection. Many..
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  • Large Works

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase only larger artworks as we..
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  • EARTH

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18+) to participate in the..
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  • AGEism

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18+) to participate in the..
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  • The 34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 5th, 2019 Agora Gallery is..
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  • Free Gallery Space

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The Vancouver location of Essentia is accepting applications from artists interested in showing..
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  • “Beauty” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline February 28, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Beauty, allure, style, refinement, symmetry, perfection. People are drawn to others..
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  • ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Early bird Deadline February 28, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a brand new magazine that will become an annual treasure box..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival

    Location: venice,

    Deadline: February 28, 2019 (11.59 PM of your local time) We are selecting..
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  • Light within the Shadows; a Painter's Memoir

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    In this compelling memoir Granirer shares her successes and failures, addressing issues of..
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  • MESH

    Location: Bowen Island/Vancouver, BC

    MESH Call for Photography + Contemporary Art Curated by Rebecca Morse (LACMA) + Linsey Young..
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  • BIAM Biennale internationale d'art miniature

    Location: Lévis, QC

    BIAM Biennale Internationale d’Art Miniature 10th edition : June 16 to September..
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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What's on your sign?

By October 7, 2018

Even after 30 years in the ad and marketing business I thought I had built calluses to tear jerking ads. I found I still had a heart and a soft spot for certain issues.

Listening to an interview with Terry O'Reilly on CBC Radio, as he interviewed the artist Andres Serranos from New York City, I sat spell bound as I was driving to a meeting. In the short of it all, Serranos was so affected by the homeless situation in New York City that he decided to do something about it. As he walked the streets every day, summer and winter, he would offer to purchase the signs from the homeless for $20. Their reaction was one of amazement; that someone would want to buy their handwritten cardboard sign. Some people thought it a ploy to remove the person from the street or from in front of a business, but it was truly a gesture of sincerity.

The power of words and the image, even if it is in your memory is captivating. Remember, I am listening to the radio as the artist mentions what is said on one of the signs. He said he saw this young girl, possibly 15 years old, standing on the corner holding a sign – it said,

‘Mother Told Us to Wait Right Here. That was 10 years ago.’

A flood of emotions and thoughts went through my head in an instant. I could just image this girl, dirty face, torn cloths, cold and more - I already hated her Mom. I did the math – she would have been 5ish when left on the street – I hated her Mom even more. Who wouldn't give some change, clothing, food and whatever you could spare to this young destitute person?

After he collected 200 signs he decided he would create a video and mount an art exhibition of the signs to bring awareness to homelessness.

You can listen to the interview on CBC RADIO. Interview with Terry O'Reilly.

Andres Serranos also created a video – take a look on YouTube.

Analysis: I was the market and the message was delivered perfectly.

First, As a father with daughters I couldn't imagine the destitution of this girl, but also that of her mother and the decision she had to make due to her circumstance. I wanted to help or respond immediately. The sign was simple, the copy was genius and the response was obvious.

Second, I was potentially the market of the artist, Andres Serranos, as I rebroadcast his message. Being a disciple carrying a message for another can add strength to the messaging and credibility. My intention was only to use his idea as a vehicle to explain the power of words and imagery.

What’s on your sign?

As an artist marketing your work you need a plan that defines your market and how to reach it and don't forget to include your personal brand. Not necessarily standing on the street corner as a starving artist, but find your advantage and position your message to your potential buyers. Title your show and exhibition to entice, yet define the message of the show, keeping in mind those that you want to be attending. Use the right promotional vehicle to give out the message intended.

You can deliver a personalized message that will effect the interest of a certain demographic, but it is much more difficult to deliver a message that will be responded to by everyone, in the manner intended. Not everyone will like what you are doing, so concentrate on the ones that do.

Stay connected.

Paul Constable, Director Artistsincanada.com