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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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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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  • 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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Emily Carr

By Robert Amos August 18, 2003

} Emily Carr Victoria is blessed to be the home of Emily Carr, Canada's most important artist and a writer of enduring worth. On a recent visit to Carr House, her family¹s home at 207 Government Street, curator Jan Ross showed me a new edition of Klee Wyck - in Japanese! In a handsome hard-cover with colour illustrations, this is the first of Masae Ueda's translations of Carr's books. Let's hope it does for Victoria what Anne of Green Gables's Japanese editions have done for Prince Edward Island. Every year the flood tide of Carr books swells. New editions of all Carr's books are anticipated shortly from Douglas and Macintyre. New 'school editions' of her books will be published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Susan Crean¹s collection of Carr¹s unpublished writing is on the way; Susan Vreeland has written an adult mystery novel based on Carr and her sisters; two illustrated children's books about Carr will hit the market shortly. And that¹s just this year's crop. Above the Gravel Pit, oil on papercollection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Jan and Michael Ross have been the live-in managers of Carr's birthplace for the past 8 years. The Provincial Government operates four local heritage sites in Victoria: Helmcken House, Point Ellice House, Craigflower and Carr House. The province owns and maintains the buildings, leaving the interpretation and day-to-day operations to private contractors. Last year the provincial government's 'devolution' process put much more responsibility in the hands of the managers. Jan and her husband Michael were awarded a 15 year contract to steward the image of Emily Carr for a growing public. 'We operate this on behalf of the people of British Columbia,' Jan was quick to point out. We are all fortunate to have this couple to take on such an important and sensitive task. The house itself, built in 1863 by Richard Carr, was the family home until 1938. It has been treated to a top-class restoration and is handsomely decorated with period furnishing. From the old fashioned gardens to the plaster rosette on the ceiling, every effort has been made to take you back in time. Carr House, the side garden Ross has always made a point of displaying contemporary art of many styles. "It was Emily's own goal, to make her home a 'peoples' gallery' and this adds a texture to Carr House which keeps it alive," she told me. Exhibits by everyone from Toni Onley and Susan Point to the Sunday painters of James Bay keep the house lively. The welcoming atmosphere at Carr House has attracted musical soirees, poetry readings and a number of book launches for books relevant to the house. Theatre Inconnu's A Christmas Carol was a huge hit in this lovely Victoria home. Carr House Parlour, acrylic by Robert Amos A few years ago a replica of Emily Carr's trailer, The Elephant, was installed in the side yard. Molly Newman, local musician and actress, made it her place to 'workshop' the character of Emily Carr. She has taken her impersonation all over the province, and is currently bringing Carr to life on the B. C. ferries. She has also produced numerous spoken-word CD's of Carr's books. To survive, Carr House must reach beyond the summer season. I can attest to the wonderful ambience which this locale lends to any party, and it is being offered as a site for small conferences in the off-season. 'The house has an incredibly welcoming spirit,' Ross points out, and she doesn't just mean its resident ghost. Carr House is a magnet for Carr fans world-wide who come to soak up the ambience of The Book of Small, Carr's childhood memoir. Carr House, watercolour by Robert Amos Every visitor asks 'where can I see more of Carr¹s paintings?'. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has realized it must display its small collection of Carr originals at all times. Otherwise, we must direct visitors to Vancouver. And yet the largest collection of her work is here at the Provincial Archives. Located right next door to the Royal B. C. Museum, these paintings essentially inaccessible to the public. My dream is to see an Emily Carr Museum in Victoria. One government ministry is responsible for Carr House, the R. B. C. Museum and the collection in the Archives. And the minister, George Abbott is described by Ross as 'the most well-informed, supportive and plugged-in' of any minister she¹s seen. Yet no one seems to have the will to assemble the pieces of this puzzle and give us a permanent display of Carr's life work, a treasure beyond compare for cultural tourism. Pressed on point, Ross recalled the Carr show at the Museum three years ago. 'The Provincial Museum chose not to support us,' she noted. 'They even asked us to take the Carr House sandwich board down.' Not very many visitors to the museum learned that Carr's birthplace was just down the street. Both are owned and operated by the same government ministry. Blue Sky, oil on canvascollection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Carr's website is by far the most visited site of any Canadian artist. She is an artist and writer of profound relevance in the modern world. We would do ourselves a great favour by presenting her in an appropriate manner - we have the means. Japanese readers are going to be coming to find Emily Carr. I suggest you visit Carr House and send your guests there too. Admission is now 'by donation' and the gift shop stocks all Carr-related material. For more information, check out www.emilycarr.ca as well as www.emilycarr.com or call 383-5843. ___________________________________________ 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