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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • 13th Solo Art Series -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 13th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Skies Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Skies online art competition. For this..
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  • Carousel

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Mortar & Brick | Arts and Events July 18th - August 3rd Where..
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  • 9th Annual Online Exhibition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • NUDE - 2nd Avenue Gallery

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Laurel Pedersen, Robert Pointer, Gae Trinkwon, Lynn Skinner are featured in an exhibition..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • “Water” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Water nourishes, cleanses, and renews. A drop of water can save..
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  • Call to ARTIST- Exterior installation

    Location: Montreal, QC

    To highlight the 20th year anniversary of Association for the protection of Angell Woods [APAW] Board..
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  • Gallery Ring “Animal” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring seeks art works of animals, in all shapes and sizes, including..
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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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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Waterscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Waterscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Open Call to all Artists: AIRE

    Location: vancouver, BC

    Open Call to all Artists: The Annual International Representational Exhibition September 30 – October..
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  • Navigating Commissions with Kathy Traeger

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 19th August 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Navigating Commissions - Taking Fear out of..
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  • An Evening with the Sculpture Society of BC

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 22nd July 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Sculpture Society of British Columbia with David..
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  • Air

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    AIR: A mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases..
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  • Vernissage: L'Éveil / The Awakening

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Collective is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, “The Awakening,” opening on..
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  • Artists Choice 2019

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists Juried members showcase their artworks at the Central..
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  • The Clock Show

    Location: London, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS ..
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  • Raw Materials

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Raw Materials James M. Clow and Bony A. Conly Exhibition runs May 31st through August..
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  • The Yellow Forest

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art presents The Yellow Forest by Jessie Rose Vala and Stephen..
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Coffee and a Piece of Art To Go, Please!

By ArtistsInCanada October 6, 2003

} Coffee and a Piece of Art To Go, Please! By Paul Constable There has never been a better opportunity for artists to show and sell their work than the present. The same goes for art buyers. Coffee shops and restaurants have done a great job in recognizing this value added fit between themselves, their customers and local artists. These java houses have become the real Public Art Galleries, accessible and open to the general public at a moments notice, throughout the year. I'm sure the coffee house business is fierce out there, with nearly one on every corner. They know being successful depends on building customer loyalty. The benefit for the business is original artwork that decorates their establishment and raises their profile in the community. It also differentiates them from the National franchised coffee bars springing up across the country. Like a formal art show, the artwork is changed regularly, giving the space a fresh look, which keeps the shops patrons coming back to see the next show. As new artists rotate through the doors, so their followers are acquainted with the coffee establishment. Artwork of Marvin Swartz at City Perk (Saskatoon) http://www.uvisions.com/swartz I have frequented many coffee houses and the little independent community shops provide a great venue to see the latest artwork without the pressure to purchase. At one time, fine art was only available through commercial art galleries, the odd store window or from the artists directly. Finding the right piece and feeling comfortable with your purchase takes time and requires a bit of browsing on your part. This should be fun, exciting and without any sales pressure. If your intended purchase seems expensive, just think how many meals or designer coffees it would take to add up to that amount. That doesn't mean go over budget or go without the other things you like, just start smaller. It truly is a great addiction. Remember - once the coffee is gone, it's gone! - but the flavour of the artwork you purchased, will always remain. Many times the original artwork you purchase will accrue in value, not like the new car you just bought. Buying as an investment shouldn't be your primary reason for the purchase, unless you retain the help of a professional art consultant. Your enjoyment should come from buying something you like or can grow to appreciate. Now, some people feel uncomfortable entering an art gallery, especially if they are just curious or are trying to learn more about how and what they should be looking for in a work of art. Most commercial galleries are more than happy to let you browse and ask questions about the art and artists they handle. Meanwhile, back at the coffee shop, while sipping your latte or Columbian dark roast, listen to the comments by others about the work on display. Are they the same as your thoughts on that piece? If yours is different, that doesn't mean what is being said is correct, but it does give you another perspective on the work. If you are unsure of a piece, sometimes the artist has a sheet explaining what their work entailed or was meant to convey. Watch the paper for openings or ask to be put on the mailing / email list. The artist usually attends these openings and it is a good time to get to know them and their work better. Artwork of Regina Seib at Joe Beans (Saskatoon) http://www.reginaseib.com/index.html Most artists showing in these shops tend to be local, emerging to mid-career artists. They are looking for exposure and their works are usually reasonably priced. Coffee houses and artists started this relationship from the time there were cafes, in Europe. It was a place to hang out, talk art and life. Except for a few of the larger centres, Canadians have been slow to respond to this lifestyle. Finally, we seem to be accepting art into our daily routines. The coffee is getting better and so is the art. _________________________________________________ Paul Constable is the Director of Artists In Canada. He is a Painter / Printmaker and Senior Graphic Designer for an Advertising and Communications company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is also a contributing art writer to "Life In The City" Paper in Saskatoon. Paul Constable can be reached by email HERE. His paintings may be viewed at: www.ArtistsInCanada.com/pconstable. Your suggestions for future articles are welcome. _________________________________________________ © 2003 ArtistsInCanada.com