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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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  • 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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Duncan Regehr - 'Corvus Rex' at the Winchester Galleries

By Robert Amos November 24, 2003

} Duncan Regehr - 'Corvus Rex' at the Winchester Galleries Sunset I am the ragged seive of others regrets outstretched on a yoke of ignorance but I have always known what I wanted I am only waiting for the wings. Duncan Regehr Duncan Regehr seems larger than life. He’s taller than average, and carries himself with the confident deportment born of a successful career on stage and screen. Working from his homes in Santa Monica and Shawnigan Lake, he exhibits his art in galleries in California, New York and Scotland. His success is due in equal parts to his innate ability and the diligence with which he pursues his art. Corvus Rex, his new series of drawings and paintings, is now on show at Winchester Galleries (2260 Oak Bay Avenue, until November 29). It was three years in the making and is accompanied by a 148 page catalogue. Duncan Regehr, Quill V, ink on paper, 24 x 18 inches Regehr was born in Alberta and raised in Victoria. He is the son of Peter Regehr, a microbiologist whose life-long passion for painting had an influence on Duncan. After brief periods at University of Victoria (1971) and Camosun College (1972), Duncan Regehr moved to Ontario where he pursued his theatrical career - first at Stratford and Toronto and then, in 1980, in film and on stage in California. He has also pursued his passion for paint and poetry. One of Regehr’s earlier publications describes his pictures succinctly: 'highly focussed compositions situate one or more persons in a close, yet colourful space that is often shared with a variety of thematically related objects.' The artist’s theatrical background informs these compositions. Each is based on one or more figures, emphasizing character and relationships. The characters occupy a shallow space bathed in dramatic lighting. And, though some sort of realism is intended, the characters live in a world of their own. These pictures may remind you of somewhere, but these are not depictions of an external reality. There is always a imaginative narrative at work, settting up relationships between the parts, which pulls the viewer deep into the characters’ thoughts and situations. These are symbolic paintings. Earlier experiences with Regehr’s imagery have made me uncomfortable. I recall many faces of innocence - children, maidens, the elderly - stuck in threatening situations, in isolation or alone in a crowd. His jewel-like colours, like enamels or stained glass, seem almost toxic in effect, and create a claustrophobic world deeply dyed with anxiety. Toys, dolls and voluptuous blooms crowd in, offering neither peace nor nourishment. Regehr patiently evolves his potent imagery, circling in on it through drawing, painting and lots of poetry. His themes are presented in the accompanying words, though I confess I find this poetry congested with overwrought imagery. As he wrote in a previous book, 'a verbal or literal attempt at illumination is likely to confuse, oversimplify or miss the mark altogether.' So I return to the art work and try to figure it out myself. The current exhibit, titled Corvus Rex, consists of 26 paintings, 42 large drawings in ink and pencils. This body of work has developed along two related themes. The first is the crow - corvus rex - who is black and contains a malevolent energy. His eye glints, his beak is at the ready, and his outsized legs and vicious talons hold ... an egg. The crow is black - the egg is white: the beginning and the end. In most cases, the crow is set against a dark earth and a dark sky. The rising or setting sun (beginning and ending...) sheds no light. It’s hard not to think of Edgar Alan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. A parallel theme is the scarecrow. With its wide-eyed childlike innoncence I doubt that this straw man (or woman or child) would give Corvus Rex much to fear. A human form is hidden, trapped, emerging from within the inanimate scarecrow. Its living hands and face animate that false form of life hung on a stick. Patched and tattered, made of castoffs and throwaways, the scarecrow represents the end of life’s cycle. Which the child within begins again. Duncan Regehr, Hatch, oil on canvas, 45 x 35 inches The scarecrow motif calls up a crucifixion: a living breathing person tied to dead posts. Cunningly, Regehr continues the analogy. The cross becomes a crutch, a fence, a scaffold. With a surrealistic approach, Regehr juxtaposes isolated objects - ears of corn, old shoes, umbrellas, schoolbells, feathers, keys, brooms, candles - with the lonely scarecrow. No matter what your take on this baleful imagery, Regehr’s technique is impressive - and obsessive. Perhaps the willingness to spend hours with a pen fits neatly into the actor’s life - lots of hours of waiting. Large pen drawings of crows are masterpieces of Regehr’s distinctive and elegant line. They seem to be made more of leaves and straw than feathers, and in this way the crow itself becomes a scarecrow. In this show, Regehr’s usual carnival of colours has been subsumed under layers of dark glaze. The crows are as if transfixed in a timeless sunset on Mars. The scarecrows, and the people who seem to be born within them, wait for something in this lowering emptiness. Minutely scratched renderings of straw, feathers, woodgrain and the tattered weaving of worn out clothes yield to glimpses of a smooth, opalescent glow of flesh. Regehr’s skill and thought demand honest consideration. I admire his approach to art, his dexterity with metaphor and his radiant technique. I confess I don’t feel personally engaged by his subject matter. But I am sure Duncan Regehr is not expressing these profound visions just to make me happy. ___________________________________________ 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