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  • Niagara Pumphouse - Beginners Video Tips by Sandy

    Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    If you are looking to begin your artistic journey in acrylic painting, Niagara..
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  • Niagara Pumphouse Online Watercolour Workshops

    Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is offering a series of on-line watercolour workshops..
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  • Beacon Original Art: Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Getting even more creative during COVID-19? Then apply now to participate in our..
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  • 2nd Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

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  • 10th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 10th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • 5th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Cityscapes art competition for an..
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  • “Abstract” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as..
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  • Call for Art - 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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    Location: Calgary, AB

    In response to the Covid – 19 situation WP Puppet Theatre has moved..
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  • 2nd Annual Lines, Shapes & Objects

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

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  • 2021 ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Deadline November 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a magazine – an annual treasure box of artist information and..
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  • Collaborative Art Project Call For Submissions

    Location: Waterloo, ON

    Co-Ex Art is a collaborative art initiative that has just released it's first..
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  • “10th Anniversary” Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

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  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
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  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
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  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
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  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
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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