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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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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