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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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  • Art in Odd Places (AiOP): INVISIBLE

    Location: New York, NY

    Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2019: INVISIBLE Saturday, May 18, 2019, 12 am-11:59 pm..
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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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Kobita Sen - Monochrome People in a Coloured Land

By Robert Amos November 10, 2003

} Kobita Sen - Monochrome People in a Coloured Land Monochrome People in a Coloured Land is the engaging title of a show of tinted clay sculptures (monochrome people) surrounded by oil-stick landscape paintings (a coloured land). They are on show in the newly renovated gallery space in the McPherson Library at UVic (721-6562, until October 30). Kobita Sen is an artist born in India, but she has travelled widely, with the open eyes and heart of an artist. Since settling in B. C. four years ago, she has found a home among the artists of XChanges, the energetic artist-run centre in Esquimalt. Sen’s ceramic sculptures are small figures modelled with an incisive flair and a profound understanding of human form. Though small enough to cradle in your arms, they seem inherently monumental. I visited with the artist in her tiny studio at XChanges, a decrepit old industrial building in Esquimalt which fairly seethes with creative energy. Lumps of terracotta and stoneware clay stand nearby, fairly crying out to be modelled. With the directness of an experienced draftsman, Sen eyes the model and then marks a position on it. She cuts into the clay to establish where the form and the space meet. 'As you turn the piece, you can follow the line,' she points out. 'It’s the edges which define it, giving the eye it’s path to move.' Whether painting, drawing or sculpting, Sen is making marks. 'Each mark denotes a position in space,' she tells me. 'The mark itself is an abstraction.' She strips away the non-essential. Out of the mass, a rhythm appears, and an image is born. I find the facetted, chiselled effect of her sculpture appealing. While there is a naturalism to her work, 'it’s not about trying to make it look 'like' something,' she insists. 'That would result in a very poor imitation of the thing. It has to stand on its own terms. You have to stand back, and simplify it. You have to honour your creation as its own reality.' Both Sen’s models and her sculptures exist on their own, outside the artist. She doesn’t usually work from her imagination. 'Artists who work from fantasy or ideas or memories, that’s a kind of therapy for them. They create images of what they feel, what’s happening within them. Those emotions are not eternal.' I ask her what she means by eternal? When the work is objective - derived from a model - Sen feels it 'comes out of a place of silence, and invites the viewer into that space where it exists.' It’s not her internal state that she is imposing on the piece. It stands on its own, a record of the thing, translated into clay or paint. Not that she isn’t present in every mark. 'Where I do come in is the language,' she says, 'the style.' Her style, broad strokes and confident gesture - is appealing and eloquent. Sen carves a series of smooth surfaces. She tells me that rough surfaces don’t shine back, but smooth surfaces reflect light. The edge of each plane is essentially a drawn line. After she completes a sculpture, her XChanges associate Toby Howell bisque fires it and then Sen finishes it, mixing artists colours into wax and rubbing it into the porous surface. The centre of each plane is burnished, while the margins holding darker tints. Each statue bears a wonderfully expressive surface, glowing like marble or polished leather. The walls at the McPherson are hung with Sen’s richly-coloured landscape paintings. These also are created with bold, broad marks. She uses 'oil sticks': fat, fist-filling sticks of oil paint. Though they look like large oil paintings, in fact thees are drawings in thick rich colour. 'The figure and the landscape are one thing,' Sen explains. 'They move and breathe in the same way. There is an inherent rhythm and harmony in each.' She seems to sense an interior melody in all creation, to strip away the outside and show the song that runs through. With exhibitions already in Europe, New Zealand, South East Asia, Canada and America, she knows where she fits in. Recently she had two shows in Bombay, taking a roll of canvases from her Esquimalt studio. Thus, she might be expected to find our city a bit slow. On the contrary, she loves the community of artists at XChanges. 'It’s supportive, not cut-throat here. You certainly need some friends to share and celebrate with, but a lot of the time you do want to be left alone.' Sen feels that the artists in India are 'more into trendy and clever things, appealing to the mind and senses'. Her own goal is to create a deep resonance within the viewer, something beyond the purely visual. Though her work may be seen as old-fashioned, 'I really feel it will all come back to this,' she asserts. Thinking about the contemporary work that stimulated her on a recent visit to New York, she recalls that 'there is a lot more noise and entertainment and fireworks out there. But people want to take refuge in the harmony and beauty of the natural. It revives the soul,' she continues. 'It has depth.' I have to agree. ___________________________________________ 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