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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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The Ceramics of Mary Fox

By Robert Amos July 7, 2003

} The Ceramics of Mary Fox 'The most beautiful shapes are the simplest. Yet these are often the most difficult to produce. I delight in the challenge of creating contemporary vessels based on classic shapes. When you are working with pure form, the tiniest fraction of an inch at any spot will make the difference between just a vase and a vase full of life.' Mary Fox Mary Fox has worked in her pottery studio in Ladysmith since 1994, and she told me she loves living in that community. 'It's like Victoria when I was growing up,' she commented. 'It's sort of a throwback. I love being at home. If you're an artist, that's where it's at.' Fox has been developing unique and earthy ceramic chalices. These large open vessels are intricately textured with pebbly organic surfaces. Technically, they are wheel-thrown in as many as three parts and then finished with an oxidation-fired lithium compound crawl glaze. The chalice here depicted, which does not have the crackled surface typical of the 'crawl glaze', is set into a piece of local sandstone as a base. 'Chalice': 2002 Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award exhibition, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Australia. Earthenware, lithium compound, oxidation, 33.2cm high From Ladysmith her pots go out into the world. This summer she is part of the display in the 53rd International Competition of Contemporary Ceramics just opened at the Museo Internazionale d¹elle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy ( www.micfaenza.org.). Fox submitted a tall, elegant earthenware vase of original design and decorative effect. It seems to embody the exhibit's theme, 'the shape between continuity and innovation'. And shape is what it's all about. 'For me,' she declared, 'form is Number One.' Her piece will, at the request of the Museum, become part of the Museum's permanent collection when the show closes on December 31. 'Earth Offering' Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Earthenware, lithium compound on exterior, crawl glaze on interior, multi fired, oxidation, mounted in Vancouver Island sandstone, 26 cm high, 24.5cm diameter. The Museo Internazionale d¹elle Ceramiche is located in Faenza, a city which gave its name to faience, the tin-glazed earthenware whose decorative overglaze patterns were the finest European ceramics before porcelain came from China. The museum is perhaps the premier museum of ceramics in the world. Since 1938, the 53rd International Competition of Contemporary Ceramics has been held to award the Premio Faenza. Last October an international jury met in Faenza and selected 51 works of art by 37 artists among 1203 who took part to this event. 'Rainforest' 'Rainforest' detail earthenware, lithium compound, raku fired, 33.5cm high. 'When I first began working with clay, I thought there was no vessel more beautiful than the vase,' Fox has written. 'Over the years as I developed my own forms, I have been drawn to creating vases that have a graceful flow and lift to them. The image of a long-necked bird or a classical dancer is often with me when creating these pieces.' Also this summer, Fox's pottery is included in 'Genius Loci' at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario, (June 7 - August 31, 2003). The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery ( www.canadianclayandglass.ca ) is Canada¹s national institution for the exhibition of contemporary cultural material executed in the silica media - ceramics, blown and stained glass, and enamel. To celebrate its 10th anniversary the Gallery invited 42 Canadian artists to submit works created to highlight the unique architectural features of their award-winning facility. A full catalogue of the show is available on-line. 'Desert Riches':Genius Loci exhibition, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Earthenware, lithium compound, oxidation, mounted in Vancouver Island sandstone, 32.5cm high. The artists invited to participate were asked to choose unlikely and out of the way places in the gallery space to situate their work. Nothing could be placed on the floor. According to the curator, the placing of art in various locations where viewers wouldn't necessarily expect to see it 'increases our sense of anticipation as one wonders what will be happened upon next.' This sort of top-level recognition is not new to Fox. Last year she was one of 57 international artists at 2002 International Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton Australia, the largest international ceramics exhibition in the southern hemisphere. She also showed her pots at the late lamented Canadian Craft and Design Museum in Vancouver and, closer to home, she has participated in Metchosin's annual Fired Up! show. 'Molten Beginnings' 'Vase': 'Vase' The Shape Between Continuity and Innovation: A Selection from the Countries taking part to the 53rd International Competition of Contemporary Ceramics, Museo Internationzale Delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy. Earthenware, underglaze, crawl glaze, multiple firings, oxidation, 46cm high. On an ongoing basis, a selection of Fox's distinctive work holds pride of place in its own lovely display cabinet in the centre of the elegant Peninsula Gallery (#100 - 2506 Beacon Ave. Sidney, (250) 655-1282 or Toll-Free (877) 787-1896). She's the only ceramic artist whose creations are available at that gallery, where her refined forms provide an intriguing contrast to the paintings by Robert Bateman and Carol Evans. Mary Fox doesn't travel, but you're invited to her studio to see her full line of wares. It's located in Ladysmith at 321-3rd Avenue (250-245-3778) and is open daily (except Monday) from 1 to 5 pm. You can contact Mary Fox at mfp@islandnet.com for more information. ___________________________________________ 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