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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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  • 2019 ANIMA MUNDI - CONSCIOUSNESS

    Location: VENICE,

    ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to..
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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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  • The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition - May 21st to June..
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  • Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Lines, Shapes & Objects art competition. For this..
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  • HEDI KYLE: THE ART OF THE FOLD

    Location: Halifax, NS

    The NSCAD School of Extended Studies & Letterpress Gang are hosting a..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Attend the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Attend the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s..
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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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  • Art District Gallery Membership

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    Art District Gallery May Membership Drive - Drop in Open House -Tuesday May..
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  • Art in the Garden 2019

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Taking place at various gardens on Vancouver's North Shore, this will be the..
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  • North Van Arts Deadline Extended! (50th Anniversary Exhibition)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts has extended our deadline to Sunday May 26 at Midnight..
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  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network Donation Request

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Seeking art pieces for the silent art auction that will take place as..
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  • “White” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Cityscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • Myseum Intersections 2020: Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual..
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  • Call For Artists - Art Sale Fundraiser

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ART SALE FUNDRAISER BENEFITING CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP HOSTED BY PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS..
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  • H.A.P. Art Contest by ALPHA Education

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    ALPHA Education is hosting its annual History + Art = Peace Art Contest!..
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  • On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    On The Same Page: Transforming Paper showcases artists working with paper as an..
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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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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Past (Tense) by David Scott Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    HUB @ 302 Crossroads Art Centre The Alberta Society of Artists #302 – 1235-26th Avenue SE Calgary,..
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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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • Summer Solstice Art Festival

    Location: Brainerd, MN

    We are having a Summer Solstice Art Festival June 23rd 10-4. We..
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    Location: St. Charles, MO

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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

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    Location: Bridgewater, NS

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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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  • 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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Anne Ehrlich - Muralist

By Robert Amos February 3, 2003

} Anne Ehrlich - Muralist Anne Ehrlich spent her childhood in Bella Coola and came to Victoria to finish high school. During her grade eleven year she was asked by David Peacock, one of her home-stay parents, to paint a mural for him at his business, Peacock Billiards (834 Johnson Street, 384-3332). He wanted a copy of the Van Gogh painting of the billiard table in the night cafe in Arles. It was to be about 3 x 4 metres. 'I had never finished a painting in my life', Ehrlich told me. The young artist began by projecting the image and then spent over 200 hours on it. 'There was a lot of time that wasn't painting', she admitted. 'Just staring at it, wondering what to do next.' Although she was paid $1000, 'I didn't want to do another one,' she concluded. But David Peacock didn't want to stop at just one. The same billiard table in the same cafe is also featured in a painting by Gauguin. This time Peacock asked that his heroes and friends be included - James Joyce, William Shakespeare, and Ehrlich's father Neil among them. Having completed a matching pair, Ehrlich said, 'I thought I was done - again'. By this time she had enrolled in UVic and dropped out of second year. After a break, she enrolled in the Fine Art Faculty at UVic. She tells me that a surprising number of the students are interested in painting. But unfortunately the teachers weren't talking about technique. 'The painting was something you did at home,' she noted, bringing your work in for critique. Ehrlich put her feelings about this succinctly: 'I wanted to pay for instruction, not discussion.' Ironically, it was in her Art Theory class with Robert Lindsley that she got some information on the history of oil paint. 'That really helped me when I was painting,' she recalled. For she was back at Peacock's. This time she designed her own image, a complex scene of a trompe l'oeil' interior with pool table and nine portraits of regulars. Ehrlich surprised herself with the portraits - they turned out well, even the one of someone who won a contest to be included in the mural. 'That painting was the hardest thing I've ever done,' she sighed. The mental strain was unrelenting. 'It was kind of like having an illness for a couple of months. I didn't know what was involved in planning a large painting. I didn't know exactly where it was going.' In fact, during this project she began sketching with a digital camera and Photoshop. Peacock suggested that Ehrlich put herself in the picture. So she sketched herself in on a ladder as far away as possible. I felt silly,' she admitted. I thought in the picture I should be painting, so I thought: what would I like to paint?' Almost casually, she created a tiny version of what became the subject of her next mural - her homeland of mountains and valleys outside Bella Coola. 'I didn't want to paint another mural,' Ehrlich added, almost unnecessarily. 'I was moving out of Victoria and I didn't want to come back for a while.' During three months at Bella Coola she worked with her father in his ceramic tile factory. She screen-printed glazes, learned firing techniques, rolling and cutting of the tiles. Returning to Vancouver she took work in the building trade. Once again she's back at Peacock's. 'I was lured by the money,' she conceded. 'Getting paid to paint on a wall is great. I was pretty tired when I started but that went away quickly. So far this feels relaxing,' she told me, gesturing toward the garage-door sized panorama of the hills of home. The new painting is unlike any of the others, the creation of the artist reaching maturity as we watch. Many views of her home valley are assembled in overlapping rectangles. The drawing - is masterful, her lines sprung with a steely tension that shows through the transparent glazes. She's building the acrylic colours richer as she goes, creating a complex space. The paintings of Takeo Tanabe, which she saw at the Vancouver Art Gallery recently, are an inspiration. 'I knew from the start I wanted it to be very green and very blue,' Ehrlich said. 'And I really didn't want to put any people in it.' The new style is a calm complement to her earlier murals on either side. The open spaciousness is welcome. 'I have to be careful,' she told me. 'There are parts that I like just fine, and I have to leave them alone. That's the challenging part - to leave them alone.' Would she paint another? In fact, she is already designing the next one. ___________________________________________ 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