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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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Jerry Pethick

By Robert Amos July 28, 2003

} Jerry Pethick 'Pethick denies the traditional western propositions of Truth and History. For Jerry Pethick there can be no last word, no full picture. For Pethick history is perception.' Annette Hurtig Jerry Pethick died at 6 pm on July 5, 2003 at his home on Hornby Island from brain tumors which proved intractable and incurable. He was attended by his devoted wife Margaret, who provided all possible comfort to Jerry and his friends during Jerry's last days. Jerry Pethick at home on Hornby Island, 2001. photo: Sarah Amos Jerry Pethick was born in London, Ontario in 1935. His artistic education took place in London, England at the Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1967 he saw his first hologram and went on to pioneer the field of holography in San Francisco 1970. In 1975 Jerry, Margaret and their son Yana moved to Hornby Island. To visit Pethick and sit at the picnic table under the apple tree was unforgettable, like sharing home-brew and speculative philosophy with Confucius and Socrates. His art has been the subject of serious investigation by all the major galleries in this country and many abroad. Jamie Reid (in an excellent article available on-line at mossesfromanoldmanse2.blogspot.com/) has said 'The loss of Jerry Pethick is an irreperable one to the British Columbia artistic community... Although he was a great artist, there was nothing of the great man about him except for his total dedication to his work and the absolute energy and confidence with which he pursued his artistic aims.' As I understand it, Jerry's essential message was that the world is not divided into I and thou, but is, in fact, a unity. He showed us that our usual perception of space, which constructs a distance between us all, is an illusion. He demonstrated this by creatively reinventing this space as his material for sculpture. Not clay or bronze or even glass and silicone, but space. a 'bias array, part of a sculpture by Jerry Pethick, incorporating a 'fly's eye' lens system Our mind-set is woefully limited. 'We learn to make choices between; we don¹t perceive among,' Pethick told Scott Watson. 'Instead of the real we deal with models of the real.... language itself has come to rest on a bipolar metaphor so that it is almost impossible to locate my concern in language.' Jerry got past making scupture from painted plaster at the Chelsea School of Art and moved to plastic which has colour within it, not on it. Then, in 1967 Pethick was shown the first holograms by their inventor, Dennis Gabor. 'Maybe you've made sculpture obsolete!', Pethick told Gabor. 'I hope so,' the inventor replied. Still Life and Interior for Madeleine Knoblock, 1982-83, 96 x 76 x 25 cm Pethick pursued holography in America where, at that a time, it was in the hands of the military. He devised and patented fundamental methods of simple sand-table technology, effectively giving holography to the artists. He was a founder the San Francisco School of Holography in 1971. Eventually, Pethick saw no point in working in darkened rooms. With the family's move to Hornby Island in 1975 he emerged into the daylight. Jerry¹s material now consisted of what he could find at the Co-op Store or the recycling depot. From odd bits he cobbled together silent projectors of luminous metaphor. Aluminium, glass, silicone, enamel, mirror - all silica - made a perfect foil to show the dazzling optical tapestries blazing forth from the Spectrafoil diffraction grating (a reflective material used for fishing lures). Here is richness of colour such as Tom Thomson and Cornelius Kreighoff never dreamed of. Pethick's enigmatic and playful sculptures function as a counterpoint, tangible indicators of another, virtual space which Pethick opened to us. sculpture mask by Jerry Pethick 'There is no verbal description and no photographic representation that can provide even the smallest sense of the marvellous and delightful effect of so much of Jerry Pethick's extremely varied body of work.' Jamie Reid In 1909, Gabriel Lippmann proposed a model of sight, the multiple-lens array of a fly's eye. An array of lenses could provide information which the brain would process in way entirely different from the camera (one eye) or our normal binocular (two eye) vision. As the viewer changed position before the field of dozens - even hundreds- of lenses, 'reality' changed too. It was only a theory. But with a profound understanding and irrepressible playfulness, Pethick built the necessary 'bias arrays'. Many slightly-varied photos of a scene are positioned on a wall, with a fresnel lens mounted in front of each. A virtual space appears, and we recognize it as a world of our dreaming. We move around, and the image responds and moves with us. The old certainties of objective scientific observation are shown to be longer be relevant. As our brains process this data, we learn to inhabit a new spatial awareness. A new model of the universe takes place within our senses, and it is a revelation. For this, and much more, Jerry Pethick will be remembered. 'Pethick is an important artist because this is what great artists have always done: subtly question our beliefs, raise hopes about greater possibilities, and carry this challenge through the crafting of an object which offers us a new vision of the world.' Matthew Kangas, Seattle, 1991 There will be a memorial for Jerry at the Joe King Ball Park on Hornby Island on the afternoon of Sunday July 20th. Further references: www3.telus.net/cat_jef/jer_pet.html www.galleries.bc.ca/kamloops/pethick.asp?ShopperID= mossesfromanoldmanse2.blogspot.com/ ___________________________________________ 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