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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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Lynne Heller: Nine Sisters and 115 Unused Quilts

By Gil McElroy August 4, 2003

} Lynne Heller: Nine Sisters and 115 Unused Quilts Gil McElroy Nov 30, 2002 - Jan 14, 2003 Art Gallery of Cobourg Cobourg, Ontario In an exhibition of mixed media wall hangings that has been touring Canada for the last year, Toronto artist Lynne Heller elegantly argues a fecund relationship between the traditional craft of the pieced quilt, and the pictorial strain of fine art painting. Nine Sisters and 115 Unused Quilts takes it origin in the story of the nine Merkley sisters, distant maternal relatives of Heller's whose lives, spent unmarried (save for one) and in the Canadian countryside, spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After the death of the youngest in 1975, 115 unused quilts-all sewn by the sisters in preparation for the marriages that were expected of them but which eight turned their backs upon to pursue independent life paths- were found stored away in the family attic, unused. Drusilla / Red Rose, 2001 84 x 63in silk, cotton, wool, polyblends, linen, silk/metal organza, lace, heat transfers, embroidery floss, heritage quilt pieces hand appliquéd, hand quilted, heat transferred imagery, embroidery quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel The lives of the sisters-Anne, Drusilla, Edith, Ella May, Estelle, Maud, Josephine, Louise, and Sarah- provided Heller with corresponding points of artistic departure. In each of their names, she created large 84" high by 63" wide wall hangings that have, at their literal and metaphoric center, antique pieced quilts. In Drusilla/Red Rose (all works are 2001), for instance, that center is established with by an antique Art Deco fan quilt pattern, set atop layers of cloth -silk, cotton, linen- that, though comprising a supportive textile backing, have other more significant aesthetically contextual functions. The only rigidly rectangular element in this work (and all the others) is a final sheet of cloth backing with which the hanging is Drusilla ( Detail ) quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel attached to a wall. Within its field (and encompassing the core antique quilt), the multiple layers of textile are shaped and arranged so as to representationally establish a resonant thematic echo which reverberates through the Nine Sisters sequence. On either side of (and partially beneath) the antique center, two vertical strips of material form kinds of curving arcs that roughly mirror one another. Two squares of material (each made up of two triangles of different textiles) are set on either side of the antique quilt, attached about a third of the way down. The consequence of it all are a sequence of hangings within which lurks references to perspective and dimensionality, and which exhibit a decidedly figurative bent. Anne / Arm & Hammer, 2001 84 x 63in silk, cotton, wool, polyblends, linen, silk/metal organza, lace, heat transfers, heritage quilt pieces hand appliquéd, hand quilted, heat transferred imagery quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel This figuration is generic and anonymous, visually specifying nothing and no one in particular. But Heller individualizes it with the addition of some visual (and, indeed, titular) reference to staple items from the realm of the domestic of which the Merkley sisters were presumably a part. In Drusilla/Red Rose, for instance, it is packets of Red Rose tea. Heller has made heat transfer images of the packaging of said dry good onto small pieces of cloth, and inserted rows of them into each work, in the form of a framing device, used as trim or edging along a side. In Anne/Arm & Hammer, it is, of course, images of boxes of baking soda arranged in like manner. And in Louise/Sweet & Lo and Josephine/Twin, even artificial sweeteners find a place. Anne ( Detail ) quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel Artifice is, in fact, critical to Heller's work. In Anne/Arm & Hammer, she has incorporated two heat transfer enlargements of buttons, attached at points where the antique quilt engages its textile backing, and so metaphorically anchors the old to the new. Though dimensionality is pointed at in each of the works of Nine Sisters, in the end Heller takes a pass on the reality of the thing, as if the inclusion of an actual button would push things too far away from fine art and too close to the craft end of the artistic spectrum. Instead, she cleaves closely to a path which avoids outright aesthetic commitments either way. It's an openness that pays off. This review originally appeared in Art Papers Magazine, March/April 2003. See more of Lynne Heller's work online at: www.lynneheller.com. ___________________________________________ Gil McElroy is a critic, independent curator, artist, and poet currently living in Colborne, Ontario. His latest books are Gravity & Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art (Gaspereau Press), and a book of poetry, Dream Pool Essays (Talonbooks). View Gil's curriculum vitae.