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  • EXTERIORS

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The second Vancouver solo show from 2019 Emily Carr University of Art+Design BFA..
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  • Call for Artist/Writer in Residence

    Location: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

    The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program Visual Artist / Writer in..
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  • Sue J Amon Art Exhibit

    Location: Yarmouth, NS

    There will be an art exhibit of the works of Sue J Amon..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: Nakusp, BC

    In this 2-day workshop, we will learn from the award-winning acrylic painter Tatjana..
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  • Artists’ Network Gallery Streetcar Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Submissions: March 8 – May 31, 2019 Exhibition: June 11 – 27, 2019 We are..
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  • Friends of Bon Echo Art and Sale exhibition

    Location: Cloyne , ON

    Call to Artists With its striking views and varied moods, Mazinaw Lake has drawn..
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  • FOAMCORE SALE

    Location: Calgary, AB

    FOAMCORE SALE! 3/16” White Foamcore 55” x 77” – minimum 10 sheets - $12.00/sheet. 25+ -..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki In this 2-day workshop, we will learn how to quickly develop rich..
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  • Jun 8 – Intro to Stained Glass Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this workshop attendees will learn how to make a simple sun catcher..
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  • Jun 6 – 27 – Introduction to Acrylics

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This course is intended for anyone who would like to try acrylic paints..
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  • May 29 – Jun 19 – Core Drawing Skills

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your..
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  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Nooks & Crannies is a festival where artists create temporary site-specific installations in..
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  • May 25 & 26 – Cedar Bark Hat Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join master weaver Jessica Silvey and learn the fundamental techniques of the checker..
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  • May 11 – Mixed Media Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Make Mother’s Day this year special and join us for a one-day workshop..
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  • May 1 – 22 – Drawing Fundamentals & Community

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this introductory level drawing course, students will be introduced to a variety..
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  • Spring Film Series at North Van Arts Announced!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Van Arts International Film Series is presented by North Van Arts..
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  • Narrative Art Show & Storybook - Open Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Ghost Stories is a visual storytelling group art show, free from artist statements..
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  • International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge Painting on the..
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  • The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator and The Wild Residen

    Location: Venice,

    Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice' Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship +..
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  • Collisions Festival Sci-Art Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    In the fall of 2019, Curiosity Collider will host our inaugural Sci-Art Exhibition,..
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  • Call for Artists: 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary and we want you to..
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  • Summer Solstice Art Festival

    Location: Brainerd, MN

    We are having a Summer Solstice Art Festival June 23rd 10-4. We..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Architectonic

    Location: St. Charles, MO

    The Foundry Art Centre is a Community Art Center with Fine Art galleries..
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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Black & White art competition. For..
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  • Call to Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan Artists :: Civic Precinct Child-Friendly Initiative (EOI)

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Call to Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan Artists :: Civic Precinct Child-Friendly Initiative..
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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The 9th annual MID MAIN ART FAIR will be held on Sunday, June..
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  • Game Studio needs Art Illustrators

    Location: Bridgewater, NS

    We are a fully funded video game studio in Nova Scotia that is..
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  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Over 30 artists in attendance showing Painting, Jewelry, Glass, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture and..
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  • Anima Mundi

    Location: Venice, Italy,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: April..
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  • Open Call for Proposals: Partnerships and Activations

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Open Call for Proposals: Partnerships and Activations is an outreach initiative to engage..
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  • Connection Hallway Mural

    Location: Brandon, MB

    Shoppers Mall is seeking an artist or artist team to create a unique..
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  • Transforming Odds & Ends + Artist Talk March 16

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Transforming Odds & Ends - offers a reinterpretation of adornment and beautification against..
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  • “Abstract” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as..
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  • Janet Wang / Peep Show

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Exhibition: March 4th – April 30th at the Calgary Central Library, 800 3..
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  • Call for Submissions Scrivener Creative Review #44

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Submit your art! Scrivener is looking for your best photography, art and comics...
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  • The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology 2019

    Location: London,

    Calling all artists engaging with technology The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology celebrates..
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  • Chestermere Fine Art Guild Art Show & Sale

    Location: Chestermere, AB

    You are invited to attend our Annual Art Show & Sale to be..
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  • Whitby Art Show

    Location: Whitby, ON

    The Whitby Art Show, July 12 - 14, 2019. A fantastic opportunity to..
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Studio/ home/ acreage for sale

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Check out this wonderful opportunity for a creative lifestyle. Private park like..
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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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FRAUD AND SCAMS ON ARTISTS. Just so you know, you are not alone – so what to do?.

By February 28, 2019

Here is our latest scammer to watch out for, Ralph Lauren of all people.

Good Day How are you doing? My name is Ralph Lauren from NC.I observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of art work,. I stormed on some of your works which i found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do. With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $450 to $5000. I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory.(ralphlauren0072@gmail.com) Best regards, Ralph

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The Internet is like a watering hole in the Serengeti Desert. It attracts all forms of life, the meek and the nefarious. It is important to know what to do when called to the Internet to do something. Who called you there and why?

If you have a website or email, you've all experienced spammers and fraudulent people trying to get your attention or phishing for emails etc. Scammers leave a lot of evidence behind, we just need to be able to decipher it. This is the way of the world in 2018, no different than sorting out junk mail you receive at your door step.

HOW NAIVE ARE WE ARTISTS?

What is it with email that we think we need to respond to everything or that everything is legit that is received in our inbox? Does someone actually want to buy my work when they contact me through my website? Why would they otherwise? Do I expect someone to filter this, so I only receive legitimate requests? This is quite impractical and does broach some privacy laws, even for your internet provider. You can set the security levels up, but this could also filter out legit requests.

RECENTLY

Artists in Canada has been monitoring the exploits of one scammer targeting artists playing on their naivety when it comes to selling their art online. At present we make sure all requests for your art are filtered through your own personal websites, so it is advised they don't see your email address, just fill out the form email and security captcha. This is great for getting rid of BOTS, but people with a legitimate email can still get hold of you, even scammers. It does take a lot of their time.

BEST SOLUTION

To start make sure the potential buyer, if out of the country or someone you don't know, pays using PayPal or similar service. You will find the person will generally stop contacting you. You could post this on your payment section on your website as well.

CHECK LIST

Here are a few tell tale signs that it is a scam in no particular order.

1. Poor English

2. Furnishing a house or gift for someone in another country

3. They will send a 'check' and arrange pickup of the art.

4. No images chosen from your site

5. They let you choose the art to send them within a dollar budget

6. They will ask for your address.

I am including the website for the RCMP Protection Services. You can report fraud directly to them It is important that the RCMP see this is a growing scam.

It is important we as artists do the full business of art making and selling. This includes contracts and taking care of ourselves as respected individuals. Join groups and art associations locally and nationally to stay informed. If ever you have questions as whether something is a scam, please feel free to share it and we will look at it together. CONTACT