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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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  • 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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Art Detective Searches For The Assassin of Bates

By Robert Amos May 12, 2003

} Art Detective Searches For The Assassin of Bates Have You Seen This Painting? Nancy Townshend has come to town to do some detective work. Among other things, she is looking for a painting by Maxwell Bates titled Assassin (60 x 50 cm., 1959). Townshend wants it for an exhibit she is curating titled Maxwell Bates: At the Crossroads of International Expressionism. The Alberta government is making this show a feature of next year's Provincial Centennial celebrations. It opens at the Edmonton Art Gallery February 13, 2004 and will next be seen in Calgary at the Nickle Arts Museum. A central Canadian venue, probably the McMichael Gallery outside Toronto, is planned. I hope we'll be seeing it in Victoria, too. Bates was born in Calgary in 1906, the son of an English-born architect. Young Bates was precociously talented and, after learning what he could in Alberta, he set his eyes on the prize. In 1931 he worked his passage on the proverbial cattle boat to get to Europe and study art. In London he sold vacuum cleaners to survive. His persistence and talent were soon rewarded when was taken up by the rich and well-connected Lucy Wertheim. Bates sold his paintings through the prestigious Wertheim Galleries in Manchester and London. It is no idle boast to call him an international artist. Bates enlisted to fight in the second World War and was almost immediately captured by the Germans. He then spent five years as a prisoner of war, literally working in the salt mines. It was a period which deepened his philosophical leanings. With liberation came his return to Calgary and a career as an architect - living up to his father¹s wishes. There was no market for modern art on the Prairies. In 1949 he managed a period of study in New York with Max Beckmann , an expatriate German Expressionist painter of the first rank. During the 1950's Bates travelled extensively in Europe. Back home, he painted many telling and imaginative images of life on the Prairies...and the life of his mind. Felled by a major stroke which left him somewhat paralyzed on one side, in 1961 Bates retired from architecture and moved to Victoria. From this point, painting took over his life. He joined - and named - our local art group, The Limners. During the 1970's his work was shown nationally with considerable acclaim, earning an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Calgary. In 1980, the year of his death, Bates was awarded the Order of Canada.The influence of Maxwell Bates on the best minds of our community was extensive, and his influence lives on with many who met him. Michael Morris, (another world-famous artist with deep Victoria connections) was a protege of Bates in his teenage years. With his first-hand experiences and first-rate mind, Morris is helping Nancy Townshend with her research. He told me that he is impressed by Townshend. 'She is tireless in her enthusiasm. She is a servant of Maxwell Bates.' 'I'll tell you why,' Townshend chimed in. 'Bates is quintessentially a Calgary artist. And I am a fourth-generation Calgarian. Colonel McLeod, who named Calgary, is my great grandfather.' Calgary isn't widely aknowledeged as a cultural town. 'Our city has gotten derailed and I am adamant that this artist will not get lost,' Townshend insisted. Bates could quite easily 'get lost'. Being western Canadian has limited his access to celebrity. The World War II cut short his career on the international stage. Calgary lost track of him when he moved to Victoria. Thus, Bates' considerable achievements as a painter have been stripped of context. 'Art's all about context,' Morris emphasized. 'We don¹t really know what we have here. It's time to reassess Bates¹ place locally, nationally and internationally.' Simply put, Bates was a brilliant exponent of a vitally important part of the art history of the twentieth century - Expressionism. 'There is an expatriate aspect to him,' Morris continued. 'He was a loner. Loneliness is a theme in Bates' work. There's never anything self-pitying, though. It's ironic. Irony and paradox, that's what takes [Bates' art] out of being over-sincere, over-serious. That's what ties his works to their time in a way they can't escape.' As far as I know, Bates , almost alone in Canada, was an Expressionist, an artistic form which Morris called 'the first truly international style.' As an adjunct to her research, Nancy Townshend is forming an association she calls Friends of Maxwell Bates. And to further the project, Jonathon Lathigee of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is working with the University of Calgary Press to create an extensive and very interesting web site devoted to the artist. This site will soon be launched on the internet under the auspices of Canadian Heritage Information Network's Virtual Museum. Victorians who have something to contribute - a painting by Bates in the Expressionist mode, or reminisences of the artist - are invited to get in touch with: Nancy Townshend (ntownshend@shaw.ca)   or Michael Morris (mwmorris@island.net). And if you know where the Assassin is to be found, be sure to let them know. ___________________________________________ 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