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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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The Winchester Galleries in Victoria

By Robert Amos October 13, 2003

} The Winchester Galleries in Victoria Thanks to the Winchester Galleries, I don’t have to listen to that whining anymore. Whining about how impossible it is to succeed in the art game in Victoria. Gunter Heinrich and his partner, Anthony Sam, have proved it can be done. The Grand Opening Exhibition of their new, purpose-built headquarters on Oak Bay Avenue will be held this Saturday. The new Winchester is located next to the Blethering Place on Oak Bay Avenue at Monterey. The owners have developed two duplexes on Oak Bay Avenue, adding landscaping which is impressive in its own right. The eastern building is the new home of Ottavio’s Bakery and Deli - with indoor seating for 20. Joining the two is a patio, with gracious plantings, fountains and terraces just made for summer Sunday mornings. Big bronze sculptures - outdoors!- by Wayne Ngan and Elza Mayhew enhance the spaces between. The new gallery is on three floors, with wheelchair access to the first two. Entering off Monterey, an open, helical staircase leads from the Italian marble tiles of the ground floor, up into a main floor which is accessible from the parking lot at the back. The third floor is a skylit loft at the top, especially suitable for more contemporary art. Jack Shadbolt "Granville Street at Night" 1946 Watercolour 31 x 23 inches on show at the Winchester Galleries, 2260 oak Bay Avenue (595-2310). I sat down across the desk from Gunter Heinrich and asked him about the business. (In any discussion of this, Anthony Sam’s silent presence, crunching numbers in the background, is assumed). I asked about his desk. It’s a reproduction of a Louis XV bureau plat. Surrounded by orchids and fine art, Heinrich seems gleeful and boyish - "like a kid in a candy store," as he says. Without degrees behind his name or experience in the field, Heinrich came to the business from Nanaimo where he worked in the family’s wholesale nursery. "It was a good training," Heinrich assured me. "It’s very competitive and you have to work hard." Apparently, the passion for art is his own. The old address, 1545 Fort Street, saw the rise and fall of Kyle’s Gallery in the late 1970’s. Kyle owed so much to his framer that, after his bankruptcy, Bernie Raffo took over the gallery and renamed it Winchester Galleries. On Raffo’s retirement, Heinrich and Sam launched their careers by taking over the gallery at Fort and Oak Bay junction. From the start these two have positioned themselves in the "national league". To ensure public exposure, they place their ads in the inside front cover of Canadian Art Magazine and every week buy space in the Globe and Mail art section. A barrage of shows, changing every two weeks, is advertised with prompt, colourful invitations. A web-page documenting every work electronically opens the gallery to those who live somewhere else (www.winchestergalleriesltd.com). The gallery is packed for openings of contemporary artists, either local, such as Fenwick Lansdowne and Judy McLaren, or of national and international significance - Joe Plaskett, Claude Tousignant, and Molly Bobak come to mind. Yet the gallery’s success is built on a broader foundation. Heinrich is constantly on the prowl looking for art in the "secondary market". Victoria may be a hard city in which to sell the stuff, but it’s a place to which many people retire and are ready to "downsize" their art collections. Winchester has demonstrated a voracious appetite for Canadian historical art (W. J. Phillips for example), purchased both at auction and through estate sales all across this country. There’s more. Anyone who has studied art history knows that art increases in value after the death of the artist, if in fact the artist has established a reputation. But in this disposable age, living senior artists are often cast aside once their moment passes. There is opportunity in this situation. The clever dealer may represent aged artists of proven reputation, and buy their out-of-date paintings before their elevation to art historical status. After that, the family of the artist is often in need of someone to represent the inheritance. Winchester has worked with the estates of Anne Savage, Andre Bieler, Yves Gaucher, Jean McEwen, Don Jarvis and Jack Shadbolt. Considering the current level of business - the owners are never beyond arm’s length from their cell phones - it’s inevitable that the gallery will be handling more than Canadian art. The first floor is dedicated to European art and will undoubtedly be a growth area at the new premises. Heinrich showed me transparencies of three Van Gogh paintings he’s trying to find a buyer for. Much of Winchester’s income comes from selling things that never appear in the gallery. I asked Heinrich what he really likes. While he avers to a fondness for Canadian painter David Milne, he didn’t hesitate to take a goblet from the top shelf of the vitrine beside his desk. A tall conical cup of coloured glass was affixed to a dragon, whose purple tongue stuck out. "Salviati Family," he reverently murmured. "Venice, about 1900." There are three similar goblets on his shelf. In preparation for the Grand Opening, the gallery at 2260 Oak Bay Avenue will be closed Thursday and Friday. Preview is Saturday, gala opening Sunday, September 28, from 1 - 5 pm. Winchester Galleries downtown shop at 1010 Broad Street remains open. ___________________________________________ 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