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  • Fresh! Naked! What’s nu(de) in contemporary art?

    Location: New York, NY

    Fresh! Naked! What’s nu(de) in contemporary art? The next group Fresh! exhibition will take..
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  • Award-Winning Into the Void Seeks Your Art

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning print & online literary magazine is accepting submissions of visual art to..
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  • You Are Here

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Please join us for the opening reception Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm to see the original..
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  • This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home: Call for entries

    Location: Metuchen, NJ

    Nails in the Wall Gallery, a Ministry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in..
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  • Private Commission: Painter For Video Project

    Location: Toronto (GTA), ON

    ***Artist must be located in the GTA as this is a location-specific project*** We're..
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  • Neilson Park Creative Centre's Fall Handmade Sale

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Visit us on Sat Nov 24 from 10 am to 4 pm for..
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  • Christmas Market Place

    Location: Sherwood Park, AB

    Local artists have created unique items for this one of a kind sale,..
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  • The Day of the Not Yet Dead

    Location: Duncan, BC

    Two sculptors, Tom Faue and Chuck Armstrong of Vancouver Island are inviting you..
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  • Beacon Original Art - Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    We invite emerging, mid-career and professional artists to apply to participate in our..
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  • Represent Canada in 6x6x2019!

    Location: Rochester, NY

    Looking for a chance to show your artwork to global audience? Then join..
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  • 4th Annual Leaves & Petals Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Leaves & Petals art competition. For..
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  • 2019 Cadaques Mini Print Open Call

    Location: Barcelona,

    39th edition 2019 open call. To access the rules, please visit http://miniprint.org/aarules/?lang=en, where you can..
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  • SKY Online Juried Art Show

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring invites artists worldwide to look up and submit their artworks depicting..
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  • Carveable wood

    Location: Cranbrook, BC

    Hello my name is Bruce I live in Cranbrook. I have a 100..
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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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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  • Palette Knives painting technique & application

    Location: South Surrey,, BC

    Palette Knives painting technique & application November 17 & 18..
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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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Terry Fenton's - Big Sky Country

By Robert Amos October 27, 2002

} Big Sky Country Victoria Times Colonist, March 15, 2002 Prairie-born artist Terry Fenton turns his brush on the wide horizons of rural Saskatchewan "I love the way the paper takes the oil." Morning sunlight streamed into the room. Terry Fenton had just laid down a sheaf of his oil on-paper paintings on the broadloom of this hilltop condo in Victoria He's here from Saskatoon preparing for his exhibition, which just opened at The Old School House in Qualicum, Beach and runs until March 30. Fenton fends off the inevitable question about oil paint on paper -- that it isn't sound practice. "The conservators are of mixed minds," he offers, "but paper is much more stable than the cotton duck most artists use for canvas these days. And the oil paint actually helps protect the paper." Corot, Vuillard, Constable -- they all painted with oil on paper and those paintings are often in better condition than their canvases." Fenton's oil paints aren't very oily. He blends colours with the softness of pastel: views of the big prairie sky created with cobalt blue, turquoise, lavender, peach and soft fresh green. Darker clouds roil with internal energy and electric power, colours merged into mixed tints without name. Low horizons and the changeable colours of a prairie sky highlight Terry Fenton's Work Actually, Terry Fenton is much better known as an art administrator. He spent his career as a capable and committed director of institutions that promoted Modern Art, back when that meant abstract painting. He's also a prairie boy, who fondly recalls Laura Lamont, the lady who taught him art when he was 12. Later, at Regina College in 1958 and 1959, he was taught by Roy Kiyooka, Ron Bloore and Art McKay. Those energetic western artists were, at that moment just about to be knocked sideways. In 1959 Barnett Newman came from New York to lead the artists workshop at Emma Lake. He delivered a jolt of up-to-the-minute energy to Saskatchewan. (Newman, by the way, painted the National Gallery's famous Voice of Fire...)' Fenton saw the effect on his teachers: "It was like some revelation had occurred," he recalled. "From that point they became ambitious, outward-looking and confident." A few years later Fenton was hired by Ron Bloore, then director of the Norman McKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. There, in 1962, young Fenton found himself playing host and tour guide to a visiting art critic. Clement Greenberg came to jury an exhibition for the Saskatchewan Arts Board and for three days. Fenton squired him around the City. Greenberg was then becoming the most important interpreter of art in America, and Fenton found him "enormously gracious. He loved people grilling him, young people who were on the attack." Those visits left an indelible mark on the art of Saskatchewan, and on Fenton. At the age of 32, he was called to the directorship of the Edmonton Art Gallery, probably the most important posting of his life. During the next 16 years Fenton and his' staff put the gallery on the map as a test site for modernism. "The first 10 years were really good," Fenton reminisced. "We had a lot of freedom, a fair bit of money and didn't have to worry about Canadian art with capital C. This started changing in the early 1980s. From then on, the Canada Council micro-managed art in Canada, and in the process destroyed the curatorial structure of the country. Leaving the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1988, Fenton developed a program for landscape painters at the spectacular Leighton Foundation property in the Alberta foothills. There, his own painting was encouraged and life was rich. In 1993 he became director of the Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, but left after four years. "Now," he said, "I support myself." And thus, we have the Terry Fenton art show in Qualicum Beach. The paintings are on loan from the Winchester Gallery in Victoria, and Fenton also shows with Virginia Christopher in Calgary, Bugera-Kmet in Edmonton, Assiniboia in Regina and with Art Placement in Saskatoon. Modestly, he mentions galleries in New York and Houston that carry his paintings. Getting back to those paintings. . . . Many share the same composition -- big sky, low horizon, no foreground. Stripping out the anecdotal subject matter has left him lots of room for expressive play in the skyscape. "Saskatchewan is the province which is richest in colour," he says in a rush of conviction. "More than even Alberta. The light in the dry atmosphere, the variety of vegetation. . . I love the way the brilliant sky changes colour. It's all colour; colour is the thing. What really affects expression in art is colour. It's the hardest to teach and hardest to learn. Colour makes pictures work. I want to make pictures that really come off the wall at you, really grab you." Painting these changeable skies, he achieves a gratifying tension of push and pull on the picture plane -- good modernist stuff. But these are actually old-fashioned landscape paintings: illusionistic, impressionist scenes. "I use colour to create the illusion of light, of atmosphere," Fenton concludes. He grounds that illusion with a level horizon, perhaps some telephone poles and the occasional grain elevator. It's not everyone's idea of paradise, but I believe there are people in Qualicum Beach who know what a quarter section is and wouldn't mind owning a picture of one. ___________________________________________________ You can see more of Terry Fenton's artwork on his website: www.sharecom.ca/fenton 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