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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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    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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Stephen Lowe Gallery Closing in Victoria

By Robert Amos November 17, 2003

} Stephen Lowe Gallery Closing in Victoria The Stephen Lowe Gallery is going to close at the end of 2003. After 30 years as shopkeepers on the Humboldt side of the Empress Hotel, the Lowe Family has decided their goals have been met and it’s time to move forward. Meanwhile, Calgary’s Stephen Lowe Gallery, an independent project of Stephen and Eunice’s daughter Anna Lowe-Lam, will continue its well-established success there. In Victoria, David Lowe and his wife Bonnie, who have managed the gallery during the past five years, are eager to pursue other interests. Eunice Lowe married Stephen Lowe in Hong Kong and came to Victoria in 1960. After her husband’s death from leukemia in 1975 she became the director of the Stephen Lowe Gallery and has been ever since one of this city’s most gracious ambassadors. It has been a long time since the gallery was actively involved in selling Lowe’s paintings. Retired from the necessity of 'art gallery-sitting' Mrs. Lowe will now have time to attend to the books about Stephen Lowe’s art for which his fans around the world have been waiting. Aged Lovers, a painting by Stephen Lowe I confess that when I first saw Lowe’s paintings, in 1977, I didn’t know where to place them. His colourful and attractive style, using ink and colours to conjure forth birds and flowers, might have been common in China, for all I knew. But in 1985 the overwhelming response to a four-city tour of China showed me that this man’s work was far beyond the ordinary. As soon as that show opened, at the Beijing Civic Art Gallery, Lowe became something of a hero in his native land. Almost every one of those paintings was created in Victoria. Stephen Lowe was born in Toyshan Village in Kwangtung Province in south China in 1938. Lowe’s grandfather had been working in the coal mines at Cumberland on Vancouver Island for a long generation. In his old age, grandfather asked for Stephen to come to Canada. Arriving in 1956, young Stephen was already precociously talented. He was soon introduced to a devoted band of students who took classes with him at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Among them was the redoubtable Hilda Hale as well as Mrs. Widdup whose encouragement was crucial. Lowe spent 1960 in Hong Kong. There he gathered a new sense of the landscape and took in a solid grounding of technique from Chao Shao-an, the acknowledged leader of the progressive Lingnam School of painting. And he brought back to Canada his new bride, Eunice Tam. To support his family, Lowe worked at the Union Club where he was plucked from obscurity in 1963 by Allan Edwards, founder of Victoria’s Art League. Edwards put Lowe forward to a job in the display department of Eatons, where his jewelry windows on View Street live on in memory. The Lowe Family spent seven months in Hong Kong in 1969. Bringing back to Canada 200 or 300 new paintings, Lowe found himself the feature exhibit at the opening of the new British Columbia Museum in 1971. Almost embarassingly successful, this exhibit came to the attention of Mr. Fenimore, the manager of the Empress Hotel. He offered Lowe a gallery space on the Humboldt Street side. 'Not even in our dreams can we afford this,' Mrs. Lowe told me. 'But the Empress made it possible.' The hotel saw the advantage of Lowe’s Gallery, and went further to give him a spacious teaching studio upstairs. The only stipulation was that Lowe be willing to allow the hotel’s special guests to watch him at work. Lowe continued his career with vigor - painting, teaching, demonstrating and running the gallery. His skill and generosity of spirit made him truly beloved. His untimely death in 1975 was a tragedy Victoria will not soon forget. Eunice Lowe, with three youngsters and an imperfect grasp of the English language, was shattered by Stephen’s death. Yet friends and supporters of Stephen insisted that she pick herself up and carry on her husband’s work. The success and panache with which she did this are unforgettable. When I discovered the gallery in the early 1980’s, Stephen Lowe prints were selling briskly and the tiny shop was chock-a-block with cabinets full of Chinese antiquities and artifacts. I often sat waiting to talk to Mrs. Lowe while foreign visitors bought surprising quantities of art. Their enthusiasm made me reevaluate the appeal of Stephen Lowe’s art. With the construction of the new Conference Centre, Mrs. Lowe took the premiere position at Douglas and Humboldt Streets. There have rarely been original Stephen Lowe paintings for sale but her contacts and acumen have resulted in memorable exhibitions - Chinese porcelains, jade carvings, antique embroidery (with Witt and Eleanor Neumann), Inuit carvings (with Alistair Macduff), and paintings by Fenwick Lansdowne and Catherine Moffatt. I dare say it’s been tricky to get the 'mix' right. Lately, many artists with Chinese training and now living in Canada have come to our attention, among them Henry Xu and Tin Yan. But as the gallery gets further from Stephen Lowe’s art, its reason for being has become less compelling. The Lowes have decided to close the gallery on a positive note. The family has made plans for a celebration of the gallery’s 30 years, to be held at the end of November. At that time fine original paintings by Stephen Lowe will be presented to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Maltwood Museum at the University of Victoria, and to the Civic Collection of the City of Victoria. Scholarships in Stephen Lowe’s name will be initiated with the Art Gallery, University and the Chinese Public School. And once the shop is tidied away, the Lowe family can get to work on Stephen’s legacy. An updated picture book is inn the works; a biography is overdue; and there is much to be done with the remarkable materials which resulted from the 1984 China tour. Though the shop is closing, the Stephen Lowe legend will continue. ___________________________________________ 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