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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • 13th Solo Art Series -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 13th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Skies Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Skies online art competition. For this..
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  • Carousel

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Mortar & Brick | Arts and Events July 18th - August 3rd Where..
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  • 9th Annual Online Exhibition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • NUDE - 2nd Avenue Gallery

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Laurel Pedersen, Robert Pointer, Gae Trinkwon, Lynn Skinner are featured in an exhibition..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • “Water” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Water nourishes, cleanses, and renews. A drop of water can save..
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  • Call to ARTIST- Exterior installation

    Location: Montreal, QC

    To highlight the 20th year anniversary of Association for the protection of Angell Woods [APAW] Board..
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  • Gallery Ring “Animal” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring seeks art works of animals, in all shapes and sizes, including..
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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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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Waterscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Waterscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Open Call to all Artists: AIRE

    Location: vancouver, BC

    Open Call to all Artists: The Annual International Representational Exhibition September 30 – October..
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  • Navigating Commissions with Kathy Traeger

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 19th August 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Navigating Commissions - Taking Fear out of..
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  • An Evening with the Sculpture Society of BC

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 22nd July 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Sculpture Society of British Columbia with David..
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  • Air

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    AIR: A mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases..
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  • Vernissage: L'Éveil / The Awakening

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Collective is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, “The Awakening,” opening on..
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  • Artists Choice 2019

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists Juried members showcase their artworks at the Central..
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  • The Clock Show

    Location: London, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS ..
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  • Raw Materials

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Raw Materials James M. Clow and Bony A. Conly Exhibition runs May 31st through August..
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  • The Yellow Forest

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art presents The Yellow Forest by Jessie Rose Vala and Stephen..
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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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K. Gwen Frank: Printmaker draws from her prairie environs and her past

By ArtistsInCanada Interview January 27, 2003

} K. Gwen Frank:Printmaker draws from her prairie environs and her past By Paul Constable When I arrived at her door, the afternoon sun was in full force and streamed in the southern exposure of her Calgary studio. Her intaglio press centered itself in the space and became the focal point of the room. To one side is a hand crafted oak case, made by her father, with a bank of many narrow drawers with brass pulls that house her finished proofs. As we talk she pulls certain proofs to best depict her more recent work. Frank’s work is meticulous. The love of drawing comes through in her subject matter and intaglio is the perfect medium for her to express her feelings and ideas. Her awareness of the subtle bite of acid on the copper etching plate gives way to soft coloration, which enhance the intaglio aquatint and linear grooves. Dramatic build ups of shadow and texture accentuate the impact of her mostly monochromatic palette. As a prairie girl growing up in Saskatchewan, you can see the profound effect that the land has had on her imagery. Many of her images are rural based - buildings, people, crops and even animals. These are all intimate moments that relate to one another in the context of prairie life. Her work personifies the rhythms of a place remembered. Open spaces, the turn in the road, the crop on the way to town – a melee of cats lapping up milk in the barn. These images reoccur not so much as themes, but more as metaphorical quilt, which help her understand her past and sensibilities as an artist. Recently she was reunited with her birth son Peter, a profound, positive event that will continue to enrich her life and the future direction of her work. Her work consciously or unconsciously absorbs her emotions surrounding search and reunion, which are often tempered and enhanced by the beauty of the imagery. We discuss the meaning of one of her more recent pieces, “Reunion I”. Here is a piece that congers up the turmoil in her life, upon finding her birth son Peter. Initially she thought he was on the West Coast, hence the unsettled ocean with a wave crashing against a nondescript dark rock positioned in the center of the image. The dark sky is set against the ocean with a horizontal band of golden grain in the foreground, in anticipation of an impending storm. There is no merging of prairie and ocean. A definite horizontal division suggests two different worlds colliding, each showing their strength. The cool dark tonal variances of the water and sky, juxtaposed against the warm textural crop, add to the tension. A light aquatint of ochre is applied over the mature stand of grain that bends receptively in the foreground. This touch of warmth gives you hope of the coming harvest. When I asked if she was a landscape artist, she said “no”. She explains the landscape is a very familiar and powerful metaphor through which she conveys her message. The sophistication of Frank’s work can be summed up by a knowing smile, the kind that curls up at one end of your mouth, saying “Yeah - you got it right girl”. Earlier works had more of a whimsical edge to them, but as time distances her from her youth on the farm, a less naïve and more poetic universal undertone is wove into her later works. K. Gwen Frank graduated with honors from ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design) in 1983 and continued her fine art education through the University of Calgary. She holds a BFA in Printmaking. Gwen Frank’s work can be found at the Scott Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta and at Open Studio in Toronto. You may contact K. Gwen Frank by e-mail at kgwenf@yahoo.com _________________________________________________ Paul Constable is the Director of Artists In Canada. He is a Painter / Printmaker and Senior Graphic Designer for an Advertising and Communications company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Paul Constable can be reached by email HERE. His paintings may be viewed at: www.ArtistsInCanada.com/pconstable. Your suggestions for future articles are welcome. _________________________________________________ © 2003 ArtistsInCanada.com