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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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  • Confluent Dreams

    Location: North Battleford, SK

    An afternoon exhibition, cranky theatre and musical performance all taking place at..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Alee & Ayla: Approaches to Portraiture

    Location: Regina, SK

    H.J. Linnen; Patron of the Regina Art Collective will be exhibiting works from his..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Call for Proposals: 2020 The WALL Artist

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Heritage Foundation is now accepting proposals from independent artists and curators for..
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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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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • INK by Shawn Zheng

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Shu Cheng (Shawn) Zheng features his distinctive style of making marks in Chinese..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl

    Location: North Shore, BC

    The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event March 7+8,..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Guest artist David Tycho will exhibit 10 paintings from his latest series. This series..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists 2020 Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    The Clarkson Society of Artists invites you to attend their annual show &..
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    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is inviting artists to take part in an upcoming group..
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  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Colors online art competition. For this..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • “Grey” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline February 28, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Grey surrounds us, sometimes in surprising ways. In beach pebbles, a..
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  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
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    Location: Rochester, ON

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  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

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Who Is Andre Bieler?

By Robert Amos December 29, 2003

} Who Is Andre Bieler? By Robert Amos NOTE: This exhibit at the Winchester is no longer running, however they still display a collection of Bieler's work online. Winchester Galleries 1545 Fort Street Victoria, British Columbia 592-2777 I met him while I was a student at Queen¹s University in Kingston, Ontario. Bieler (1896-1989) was the founder of the Art Centre there and was the grand old man of Kingston¹s art world. Had he spent his career in Toronto or Montreal he¹d be more famous, but even so his place is well established in Canadian art history. A show at the Winchester Gallery (1545 Fort Street in Victoria, 592-2777) offered us all the chance to share the inspiration his art provides. Sketch for Gatineau Madonna, 1939, charcoal, 7x10 Image courtesy of the Winchester Galleries Bieler was the child of a Swiss family, and nephew of a famous Swiss painter Ernest Bieler. He came to Canada as a child, but World War One drew him back to Europe. Certainly life - and death - in the trenches at Passchendale, and a searing dose of poison gas, shaped his outlook. After the war he studied art in Woodstock, New York and began his life¹s work. Bieler discovered a way of life on the shores and islands of the St. Lawrence River which continued in an unbroken tradition with the past. Threshing grain and chopping wood went on as they always had; dog carts and out-door bake ovens provided engrossing subject matter for the young artist. Unlike the Group of Seven, who made a Canadian myth of the unpopulated wilderness, Bieler¹s focus was people and their relationship to the land. He was in good company. A. Y. Jackson, Edwin Holgate and Jori Smith were among the artists who also found inspiration on the North Shore and the Ile D¹Orleans. Ethnologist Marius Barbeau was in the region at that time, preserving the rocking chairs and ceintures fleches that Bieler loved to draw. Gunter Heinrich of the Winchester Gallery has made every effort to bring us work from that early period, including many of the small and forceful sketches Bieler made on the spot, drawing incisive lines in his little sketch book and adding massive shading with the side of a charcoal stick. The paintings from this period have become part of the great galleries of this country. Bieler¹s career had only just begun. In 1936 he was invited to teach in Kingston and soon found himself at the centre of a political movement which put art and artists on the national agenda. The Kingston Conference of 1941, which he essentially hosted, led in years to come to the foundation of the Canada Council and much else. In addition to teaching and lecturing in Ontario, Quebec and Banff, Bieler¹s core commitment was to creating. With hands as knobbly as a lump of ginger, he relentless realized his vision in ever more modern styles. Inspired by Cezanne, he delved into the form of things. Like Raoul Dufy, Bieler loved to lay down apparently random patches of colour and then draw over this agitated ground with a sure line of ink. Locally, we have seen Colin Graham engage with the landscape using this same approach, resolving the conflicting aspirations of abstraction and representation. Always, Bieler¹s subject was people. He painted the street life of Europe, the carnivals of Mexico and the time-worn faces of settlers in the Ontario bush. Toward the end of his life, he once again took out his documentary sketchbooks from the early days and depicted the old ways of life on the St. Lawrence in fresh new colours. >Church and Totem, Skeena, 1955, acrylic and ink, 9x12 Image courtesy of the Winchester Galleries The gallery has a video tape produced by Bieler¹s grandson. A collage of old film clips, interviews with the artist, and modern-day visits to the sites and subjects of Bieler¹s work, it presents a vivid meeting with the artist. I recommend that you spend an hour at the gallery and watch it. Through this tape, I feel I had a meeting with this inspiring man. Bieler¹s memory is clear, the experiences of his life are engrossing, and his marvelous voice - still bearing the scars of those gas attacks - is entirely engaging. He is sure in his pronouncements and reveals the creative mind in an old-fashioned way, without irony or doubt. I find Bieler¹s art work to be inspiring in the best way. "Observe, study, sketch," he seems to say. "But don¹t be held back by someone else¹s ideas of realism. Find subject matter which involves you, treat it with respect but express it with every means at your command. Play with the materials, revel in the subject, let it all speak to you. " I left the gallery with his example before me and went out to paint immediately. Many of the art shows I see are cynical in relation to their subject, or simply present a dazzling display of empty technique. Bieler is a humanist who lived the life, did the work and left a record of his joy and adventure. Winchester Galleries is to be commended for bringing these selections from the estate of Andre Bieler to the public. They were gathered from Bieler¹s children - never an easy task for a gallery owner - and it is easy to see they have been carefully selected. Winchester is locally-based but is, in fact, a gallery of national significance. For the convenience of buyers all over the country they maintain a web site and, while we have room to illustrate only two of Bieler¹s works, by visiting www.winchestergalleriesltd.com/ you can view the entire exhibition. Copyright © 2002 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com