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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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  • I-Park 2019 Autumn Artists-in-Residence Program

    Location: East Haddam, CT

    Application Deadline: Monday, May 20, 2019 I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.),..
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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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  • Art in Odd Places (AiOP): INVISIBLE

    Location: New York, NY

    Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2019: INVISIBLE Saturday, May 18, 2019, 12 am-11:59 pm..
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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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    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 Group of Seven in Western Canada

By Robert Amos July 14, 2003

} The Group of Seven in Western Canada at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until September 14, 2003 (250-384-4101) The Group of Seven in Western Canada is a concert of seven individual exhibits with a common theme. Its thesis is this: yes, there is life beyond the Manitoba border. Many of our national image-makers, the hoary gents of the Group of Seven, were in fact passionate about the West and determined to paint the country beyond Algonquin Park and the north shore of Lake Superior. The show comes here direct from its organizer, the Glenbow Museum, and will be seen next at the National Gallery. This is the biggest show I've ever seen in Victoria's Gallery, presenting more than 190 paintings. Admission is $12 and I think it's well worth it. There is a lot to look at. For background, a full catalogue is available (Key Porter Books, Toronto, and the Glenbow Museum, 2002). Catherine Mastin both initiated and curated the show and edited this book. I recommend it, for pleasure and reference. Lawren S. Harris, Isolation Peak c. 1931, oil on canvas, Hart House Permanent Collection, University of Toronto. I'll describe the show. Each short paragraph is meant to describe a room richly hung with works relevant to the themes. In the 1920¹s J. E. H. MacDonald painted the Rockies. He was the top designer with Toronto's Grip Limited and a strong force in the Group style. He loved painting mountains. The Art Gallery of Ontario has loaned its subtle and impressive painting of an alpine pool with light snow falling, Mountain Solitude. This is one of 29 oils by MacDonald! Lawren Harris, a life-long mountaineer, invented the Group of Seven. After the famous Algoma boxcar trips, he went west. There, he began putting his theosophy into the landscape, creating intense mountain images. Twenty-three are in this show, and the best of them glow as if radioactive. His Isolation Peak (University of Toronto) is preeminent. In 1926 anthropologist Marius Barbeau arranged for some artists to travel west to paint 'the land of the totems'. (It was at the resultant show, seen in Ottawa and Toronto, that Emily Carr was discovered.) Barbeau had already commissioned paintings from A. Y. Jackson (11) and Edwin Holgate ( 3) while in the Skeena Valley. The Victoria Gallery¹s own Kispayaks Village by Jackson is a major canvas from 1927. Fred Varley was the bad boy of Canadian art. In 1927 he came to teach at the Vancouver School of Art. This led to a decade of drunkenness, adultery and creative inspiration. His inspirations were Vancouver and Vera. Vancouver is represented by his seven best paintings of Jericho Beach, where he lived with his wife and children. The Varleys had a boathouse with windows opening directly onto the waterfront. His other inspiration was his student and muse, Vera Weatherbie. Together Vera and Varley escaped to a cabin at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. She taught him about colour and he painted her repeatedly. Miraculously, all the major paintings created during that experience are here. The definitive portrait of Vera (1931), on loan from the National Gallery in Ottawa, is perhaps the greatest portrait in Canadian art. In another room, a long wall is dedicated to LeMoine FitzGerald. FitzGerald was, oddly, the tenth member of the Seven. He was also principal at the Winnipeg School of Art. A busy man, his production was small and highly principled. Among 14 examples of his rare oils are Pritchard's Fence (Art Gallery of Ontario) and Doc Snyder's House (National Gallery of Canada), truly the very best FitzGerald ever painted. More familiar are the 53 muscular outdoorsy panels and canvases of A. Y. Jackson. Jackson was a bachelor, and travelled constantly. He went up the Alaska Highway in wartime, and was later a guest of mining outfits and ranch owners. Confidently, he painted hills undulating to distant horizons and the vast sky shimmering with curtains of northern light. Fred Varley The final gallery is given over to abstract paintings. This will be most people¹s first exposure to FitzGerald¹s abstracts. In the modernist tradition he moved from representational images (the back lanes) to these meditations on platonic form. He did his thinking while on sabbatical at Saseenos and at Bowen Island. These light-coloured interpentrating planes of space are not the Group of Seven as you knew them. Lawren Harris closes the circle. We entered this show with his tiny radiant mountain paintings of the 1920's, which are just about the most valuable of any of the Group¹s work. But Harris drew away from overt forms of representation and, after 1933, painted only abstracts. It may come a surprise to learn that he moved to Vancouver in 1940 where he lived and painted until his death in 1970. Harris cultivated a taste for the higher things - like transcendence. Nine later abstract paintings conclude the show with a flourish, though they continue to be disregarded in the marketplace. This is a sympathetic selection of supreme examples by this hugely influential painter. I particularly enjoy standing up close to the sunshine radiance of Abstract R (1968), one of this great painter's very last works. In addition, the gallery's own estimable collection of a dozen (mostly late) Emily Carr paintings complements to this show perfectly. The Asian department presents our extensive gathering of Japanese woodcut prints of the 1920's and 1930's by Hiroshi Yoshida and his son Toshi, very much in harmony with the Group of Seven paintings ___________________________________________ 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