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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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Kate Celis - The Asses of Evil

By Robert Amos June 15, 2003

} Kate Celis - The Asses of Evil In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell Having put her art aside for twenty years, Kate Celis was driven by recent events to take it up again. The Asses of Evil, a series of 16 chalk drawings inspired by George Bush and his cronies, has just opened at the Community Arts Council Gallery (1001 Douglas Street G-6 until June 11. 381-2787). I became a dedicated follower of Celis's drawings during the late 1970's, when she was married to artist Jim Lindsay (whose work is also part of this exhibit). While Jim painted and lived the life of the artist, Kate snatched moments from the family to create tiny perfect scenes in pastel. I enjoyed their influence, and was also grateful for the meatloaf and mashed potatoes Kate fed me. Kate Celis is one of the most unflinching artists I know. I own a drawing by her which is about as big as four postage stamps. It shows a woman sitting on a sofa with her face in her hands and it's called Suicide Note. The balance of her purple sweater, red hair and green wallpaper is worthy of Edvard Munch. How did she come by this talent? 'My mom was a very artistic woman,' Celis told me in her marmalde-sharp Scottish accent. 'It was stamped on my bum when I was born - Oart school'. 'She entered me in all the competitions and I always came first, winning the stupid prizes.' She was sent to classes at Paisley Art Museum with Duncan Bowie, a retired art teacher. 'He taught me to see colour in everything,' Celis recalled. And he used pastels. 'I don¹t use the medium correctly,' she says, referrring to her chalks. 'It's supposed to be a fast medium, but I layer it.' How does she do such delicate work with the big fat sticks? She just breaks off a bit. 'You have to have a wee thing,' Celis noted, 'a wee fiddly bit for George Bush's ears.' Training at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1960¹s gave Celis a firm foundation; the Ban-the-Bomb marches helped her form a redoubtable attitude toward authority. Before coming to Canada, Celis liked to paint with oils, 'the real thing,' she noted. But she soon found them incompatible with young children. 'You go to the bathroom,' she recalled, 'and when you come back there's oil paint all over the landlord's cupboards. With pastels, you can simply drop it and run.' During the past twenty years Celis has beseiged by an onslaught of life's travails - health, money, marriage, to name a few. In fact, she was said she was happy not being an artist. 'I find it easier not to work. I fight against starting.' Her chalks lay fallow for twenty years. Therefore it was a surpise to be invited to see her latest work. The artist was born on VE Day in a war-blasted Scotland. As a child she played in the bomb craters; with her teenage friends she marched against the Polaris submarines. As an adult, she may have hoped that warfare had been rendered obsolete. But now, with the U. S. military once again revving up its war machine, it was too late to mince words. Celis was galvanized into action. George Bush's build-up to the bombing of Iraq could not go unopposed, and she set down sixteen torrid scenes in response. 'I did all these before the war started,' Celis explained. Driven by a righteous fury, Celis slung stinging rebukes at the vicious delusions of the Bush Administration. 'I wrote letters, but writing's not enough. The anger, the frustration, the despair of knowing what's going to happen... it was going to make my head explode.' 'I used to be able to draw,' she thought. 'Maybe I could do that, to get some of the anger out.' Working in the vigourous tradition of Hogarth and Gilray and Daumier and Goya, she went beyond the quick repartee of the editorial cartoon, heading into deeper waters. The red and white stripes of Old Glory run down into pools of blood where mothers and babies languish and drown. Poised around them, rifles and hand guns at the ready, are the American Chiefs of Staff. She calls this 'U. S. Foreign Policy a. k. a. Terrorism - Shooting Fish in a Barrel'. That same flag appears as prison bars and as the bar code of social control. Again and again, patriots invoke the protection of the Deity for the righteousness of their cause. Elsewhere, a mother in a headscarf lifts a tiny, bloody baby's body to the sky, the down-to-earth result of the distant bombers. Each overturned chair and fallen block of stone tells a tale of anguish. I encourage Celis to publish her work, in part or in total. Her method and means are modest but the message is clear and timely. War is over. Give peace a chance. ________________________________________________________ Related Link The Artists In Canada 'Art of War' gallery contains images and statements submitted to us by artists concerned with the war in Iraq. ________________________________________________________ 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