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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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  • Make A Garden Mosaic!

    Location: Victoria, BC

    At Panorama Rec Centre - Greenglade, a fun Beginner/Refresher Mosaic Class. You don't..
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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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  • Red Cedar Basket Workshop at North Van Arts

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This two-day weaving workshop will explore patterns and a variety of natural materials,..
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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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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