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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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  • 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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  • I-Park 2019 Autumn Artists-in-Residence Program

    Location: East Haddam, CT

    Application Deadline: Monday, May 20, 2019 I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.),..
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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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Family Matters - Installation Review

By Gil McElroy October 20, 2003

} Family Matters - Installation Review May 24-June 28, 2003 WKP Kennedy Gallery North Bay, Ontario Family Matters comprised a gathering of bookworks, textiles and photo-based pieces by Canadian artists Cheryl Pagurek, Judy Martin and Lisé Melhorn-Boe, all of which thematically addressed issues related to the realm of domestic life and the adaptations it has undergone through changing societal and cultural mores. Installation of the Family Matters exhibition Cheryl Pagurek's photo-based work is centered around the messy intrusions of the larger world into the otherwise tidy domestic sphere. In Pagurek's work, the home is no refuge of order and calm; geopolitics has both literal and metaphorical places at the table, as in Albanian Refugees Leave Kosovo (2000). Here, a photograph of an open car door is contextualized by a baby's diaper bag resting on the ground in front of it. This is no ordinary diaper bag, however, for Pagurek has literally wrapped the entire object in an image-itself a photograph-depicting a group of Balkan refugees walking along a road pushing and carrying their few belongings. And in Aftermath of a School Shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas (2000), the orderly world of an ordinary household kitchen is intruded upon by a milk carton constructed from an photograph depicting ambulance attendants pushing an emergency gurney across a parking lot in what we know must be the aftermath of the tragedy alluded to in the work's title. Between the leading note and the tonic Image courtesy of Judith Martin http://www.judithmartin.info/ Judy Martin works in the most traditional vein here, that of the pieced quilt. It's a medium that carries a heavy load of baggage, the bulk of it having to do with traditional expectations of a woman's societal place, so it's no real surprise that Martin's work goes directly to the heart of the matter. In When Asked: She Replied (1999), function and purpose are foregrounded issues as she redundantly uses a thick wool blanket as the actual backing for her quilt. Roughly outlined squares and rectangles each contain the simple shape of a heart, the bilateral symmetry of which is cleft by a row of buttons. Beneath it all is a textual element (a recurring motif in Martin's work) that reads "When asked how she managed to have children and make art .... she replied: 'What's the difference?'" In Between the Leading Note and the Tonic (1999), a quilt is gridded with the recurring image of a simple clapboard house. Images of trees with button leaves reiterate the suggestively cozy domesticity of the motif, and wavy lines of embroidery thread-perhaps the music alluded to in the work's title- emanating from each of the houses subtly underscore the idea of familial harmony within which quilts have long been culturally wrapped. Between the leading note and the tonic - detail Image courtesy of Judith Martin http://www.judithmartin.info/ Lisé Melhorn-Boe is known for her sculptural bookworks, the best of which cleverly satirize gender stereotyping in the mass media, especially the kind that appears in publications specifically marketed to women. The work she showed here, however, was of a more personal bent. A Sad Little Girl (1995) is one of a series of works in which Melhorn-Boe has borrowed autobiographical tales of growing up female from close personal friends. In this instance, it is the story of a little girl's self-loathing: "I desperately wanted to be a good girl and a popular girl and a pretty girl. Instead I felt that I was ugly and bad." The entire text of the story is written on a number of tiny, doll-like paper dresses that hang on miniature hangers within a handmade paper box that functions as a kind of portable wardrobe. The box opens to reveal a relief image of an infant girl on the interior cover directly opposite the hangers of paper dresses and their tale of despair. She seems a perfect fit for the both. With Those Damn Flies (2003), Melhorn-Boe works from personal family history to create an installational work in which she transposes the codex structure of her bookworks. The piece comprises a clothesline (which functions as a kind of book spine) from which hang eight large sleeveless t-shirts printed on both sides with text and images. Here, we encounter the story of her father, an immigrant who worked in the Canadian wilderness helping to "build powerlines through bush and swamp. Once he even paddled a canoe to a job where there was no road." On the surface it is the tale of her father's relationship with the indigenous mosquitoes, blackflies and horseflies-the bane of the Canadian woods- related in both factual form ("flying speed of mosquitoes: 5 km/h") and as personal anecdotes of a man whose own property in the woods was itself oddly devoid of the pests. But at the heart of it all, it is in fact a familial story of the relationship between a father and daughter. Aesthetically or otherwise, in the end, it seems, family cannot help but matter. This review originally appeared in Art Papers Magazine, September/ October 2003. ___________________________________________ Gil McElroy is a critic, independent curator, artist, and poet currently living in Colborne, Ontario. His latest books are Gravity & Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art (Gaspereau Press), and a book of poetry, Dream Pool Essays (Talonbooks). View Gil's curriculum vitae.