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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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Robert Amos Book Reviews (Carr and Colville)

By Robert Amos September 29, 2003

} Robert Amos Book Reviews (Carr and Colville) Opposite Contraries: The Unknown Journals of Emily Carr and other writings edited by Susan Crean Douglas and Macintyre, Vancouver, 2003, 250 pp. $35.00 cdn. I had assumed that every word Emily Car wrote is now in print: her five volumes of stories, her journals, her letters late in life. Susan Crean has discovered that there is more for us. And as is so often the case, it was the good bits they cut out. Susan Crean is the most thoughtful of all writers about Carr. Her book, The Laughing One: A Journey to Emily Carr (Douglas and Macintyre, 2001) brought a new level to our understanding about Canada’s most important artist. In writing that book, she ventured from appreciation to research to travelogue to “creative non-fiction” in aid of telling Carr’s story. This time out, Crean has returned to the original manuscripts, kept in Victoria’s Provincial Archives. Wearing white cotton gloves, she turned every yellowing leaf of Carr’s “scribbler” notebooks, and learned to decipher the artist’s idiosyncratic scrawl. Crean says Carr’s journals were “highly polished” and that she was a “prose stylist very much in control of her language.” Yet early editors had cut out 45,000 words when the journals were published as Hundreds and Thousands. Many of her entries were so candid that, Crean says, “you could swear she had forgotten anyone was going to be reading them.” Carr was her unvarnished self in the journals. “A lunatic, a prostitue and a Chinese artist,” she reminisced, “these are among my friends.” Carr’s comments about people range from ingenuous to libelous. Regarding A. Y. Jackson, she commented that “something about that man riles me. He has one of those noses I never get on with.” After her mother’s death, Carr’s father called his teenage daughter for a talking-to which she would ever after describe as “the brutal telling.” It was about matters sexual, we assume. Mention of this has haunted Carr’s biographers for years, and now Crean has returned to the source and offers some further information about the artist’s relations with her father. Additionally, Carr expands upon her early love affair. She expresses her conclusion that “marriage is at best a mutual convenience and at worst a sham.” It was during the years of Carr’s closest relationship with Lawren Harris that he left his wife and children, and moved to America with Bess, the wife of his best friend. Carr’s editors eliminated the artist’s vexed relationship with Bess Harris.Carr’s subsequent relations with Lawren Harris continued when he moved to Vancouver in 1940 (he was an executor of her estate) but this relationship was always coloured by Carr’s feelings toward Bess. Now we have the full story. Through her career Carr benefitted from an abiding closeness with Sophie Frank, a Squamish native living on the reserve in North Vancouver. In her stories, Carr fictionalized and generalized Frank, and in the journals she was edited considerably. Carr’s relationship with native people is of particular interest to Crean and now we have the artist’s genuine expression of empathy and intimacy with Sophie Frank. It is deeper than we may have thought. Many of us consider Emily Carr a friend. She has opened herself to us through her paintings and her writing. Since her death, this fascinating character has been subjected to a considerable amount of speculation. What could be more pleasant, then, to let Carr’s journals tell us how it really was? ___________________________________________ Alex Colville: Return by Tom Smart Douglas and Macintyre, Vancouver, 2003. 144 pp., $55. “As a witness to war and the aftermath of genocide at Berten-Belsen, Colville has looked into the eyes of death and spent his life depicting its dimensions in image after image, each cloaked in a different iconography.” Tom Smart Alex Colville is Canada’s leading painter in the style called Magic Realism. Tom Smart, author of a new book on Colville, says magic realists “paint faithfully the mystery in real life rather than the dream world of fantasy.” Colville’s fastidious draftsmanship makes us believe in the reality of these imaginary scenes. For the most part, Colville’s narratives are inconclusive. We are left to puzzle about the unreconciled tensions he creates in settings which Smart calls “astoundingly banal”. A short biography assures us that Colville is basically an optimistic person, but that his vision of human destiny is not a joyful one. “I see the human condition as tragic.” Colville’s world is bleak and uncompromising and he spends his time composing enigmas. This new book is a meditation on the meaning of 18 paintings, in which Smart identifies Colville’s symbolic language of longing and mortality. In writing about Colville, Smart seems to have ransacked a particular section of his lexicon: absence, loss, emptiness, disquiet, mystery, alienation, anxiety, menace, imprisonment,discordant, obsessive, evil, absurdity, melancholic, dolorous, malevolent, painful, dislocated, oblivious, sombre, sinister, unsettling, lugubrious... I think you get the picture. ___________________________________________ 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