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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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  • May 1 – 22 – Drawing Fundamentals & Community

    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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  • Architectonic

    Location: St. Charles, MO

    The Foundry Art Centre is a Community Art Center with Fine Art galleries..
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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The 9th annual MID MAIN ART FAIR will be held on Sunday, June..
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  • Game Studio needs Art Illustrators

    Location: Bridgewater, NS

    We are a fully funded video game studio in Nova Scotia that is..
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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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Toni Onley at Winchester Gallery

By Robert Amos March 24, 2003

} Toni Onley at Winchester Gallery 1545 Fort Street Victoria, B.C. 595-2777 ( until March 29 ). For more information visit www.winchestergalleriesltd.com or www.tonionley.com 'There¹s nothing like watercolour,' Onley sighs, 'for the sheer pleasure of it. Nothing else gives me that immediate feedback. I'm like an addict - if I'm suddenly confronted by something beautiful, I need to have a sheet of watercolour paper, like a smoker looking for a cigarette.' Don't introduce Toni Onley. Just say the words artist - Rolls Royce -seaplane - watercolour, and this sturdy bearded man, typically topped with a Greek fisherman's cap, comes to mind. He is perhaps British Columbia's most visible artist. He and I had a leisurely look around the surprisingly large gathering of his work found at the Winchester Galleries at the moment. I kept my pen busy while he shared some of the details of his remarkable life. Toni Onley was born on the Isle of Man, a tiny little nation between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea. 'It¹s only about ten miles wide,' Onley explains, 'but everybody knows me.' He beams. 'They have sort of adopted me. I'm a big fish, a sort of local hero. At the opening of my show, I was introduced in Gaelic and then in English.' Onley had a show throughout last summer at the National Gallery of the Isle of Man. And he also designed their postage stamps. 'The Isle of Man is an offshore bank, and everybody's a millionaire!' Fortune has truly smiled on this man: to be the favoured son of a tiny country where everyone is a millionaire. He averred that the arrangement has its charms. 'Visually it is really my spiritual home. The weather changes every fifteen minutes. The greens! It's like Ireland and Connemara.' 'And the cloud shadows - white to black, with the shadow movng across the hillside as you watch it. The edges so sharp. And the wind, always the wind. Leaning into the wind. It's an incredible spiritual place.' After a moment, Onley continued: 'And so it is here. We have the black light of the west coast. It's the opposite of the white light of California, which exposes everything. With our black light... well, you can see why mythical spirits come out of this landscape. The lakes are black and bottomless. But the richness of the landscape here -' Our world which is hidden to most of us, is accessible to him, with his little airplane. If you are beguiled by a well-told tale, I suggest his new book, Flying Colours, The Toni Onley Story (written by Toni Onley with Gregory Strong, Harbour Publishing, 2002). Unlike his previous picture albums, this is a chatty, confessional autobiography. It is packed with anecdote and personal insights about the art and people of our own current history. The Winchester Gallery, his home in Victoria, offers a visual complement to the biography with an eclectic retrospective of Onley's huge and varied career. Pride of place goes to 15 new collages. Each is a big sheet of paper swept over in acrylic paint, perfectly evoking Onley¹s trademark - changeable light. In the centre he has pasted up motifs he sliced out of Vogue Magazine. That's something new..., and then again, not so new. Our conversation began near something Onley made in 1958 from torn paintings. Across the mezzanine hung minimalist collages from 1964. I sensed a bracing breeze coming off a suite of Onley's little watercolours in the next room - images of Georgian Bay, Harrison Lake, the California Coast. They're lovely, but this artist doesn't respect limits? Onley¹s got more than one string to his bow. 'If I was a musician, why shouldn't I play two or three instruments?', he challenged. Onley is far more than a creator of easy-to-admire watercolour landscapes. In his book you'll read that Onley was in the early 1960's a world-class abstract painter, with a studio in London. His canvases from those days are seriously popular in current art auctions, and the best of them already belong to galleries: our National Gallery and the Tate Gallery, in fact. Onley isn't surprised people don't know this. 'It's understandable that they wouldn't know. They weren't alive when I was doing those things. But I'll keep on making stuff all the same. I've had more periods than Picasso.' The new collages look like landscape paintings with a surrealistic form at centre stage. Somewhat abstract, they maintain the illusion of a landscape space. 'I am anchored in a landscape experience,' he concurred. 'I strive for that. I try to get a light source, and that carries you into a landscape experience.' Collage presents Onley with even more freedom to create an imaginary space. 'It gives you a chance to change your mind,' he notes succinctly. There is no ultimate truth. Truth is a moving finger. __________________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 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