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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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  • 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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Jo Ludwig’s Dichroic Glass Bowls

By Robert Amos December 8, 2003

| Jo Ludwig’s Dichroic Glass Bowls on show at The Avenue Gallery2184 Oak Bay AvenueVictoria, B.C. (598-2184) (250-384-4101) In what passes for Victoria’s industrial area, Jo Ludwig’s tiny workshop occupies a few square feet at the back of the second floor in a nondescript building. Behind his studio door is a room stacked with sheets of coloured glass, rigged with ingenious machinery and abounding with work-in-progress. This is the headquarters of Kiln Art Glass Studio. Jo’s wife Peggy makes fused glass earrings here, and Jo creates dazzling little bowls. This is not a 'hot glass shop' like Starfish Glass, where molten glass is kept liquid at 1500 degress Celcius and blown into many forms. Nor is this a place for casting glass. At Kiln Art Glass, glass is made soft, fused into sheets and then slumped over molds. It’s an old tradition, used by the Romans and Egyptians, and is not unknown in the current art glass world - Mel Munsen of Esquimalt is a world-famous practitioner of the technique. In the time-honoured way, Jo Ludwig begins by creating a mosaic of glass pieces. This might be a multi-coloured checkerboard, or an irregular pattern of smashed glass reassembled with colours in the cracks. His signature pieces are the tiny bowls made from laminates of sheets of coloured glass. Nestled into the inner surface of each is gleaming dichroic glass. "Dichroic" is defined as the property of having more than one color, especially when viewed from different angles. Dichroic glass is a high-tech spin-off of the space industry. Thin layers of metallic oxides, such as titanium, silicon, and magnesium are deposited upon the surface of the glass in a high temperature, vacuum furnace. Ludwig buys this material, and it’s very expensive. Dichroic coatings transmit certain wavelengths of light, while reflecting others, thus creating an interference-effect similar to the iridescence observed in fire opals, dragonfly wings and hummingbird feathers.The transmitted color is different than the reflected color, and a third color is produced by viewing the dichroic piece at a 45 degree angle.The resulting colors are pure, saturated, single wavelengths of light, that appear to originate from within the dichroic piece. In conversation, I learned a bit about Ludgwig’s background. He emigrated from South Africa in 1977 and arrived in Edmonton. There he made his home. As well as taking eight years of university training in philosophy, he also worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. In 1996 he was introduced to working with glass at a hobby-level workshop. He’s never looked back. Considering that there are shards of broken glass everywhere, I asked if he went through a lot of band-aids. With a chuckle, the burly artist plunged his bare hands deep into a bin of glass scraps and rummaged around a bit as if he was looking for something. Handling glass is a knack that person develops, apparently. Ludwig’s finished products are things of beauty, but the labour involved in the process is less glamourous. After the glass sheets are cut into shape, the separate components are fused in an electric kiln. These layered blanks are next ground against a diamond disk which is lubricated with water provided by an aquarium pump. A home made 'syphon type' sand-blasting booth stands ready next to it on the bench. While much is achieved with simple glass cutting aparatus, Ludwig is clearly delighted with his radial drill press and small machining lathe. Everywhere one looks, the machinist’s attitude is evident. Slumping glass is more complex that I had imagined. Glass has its own ways which will not be gainsaid.The laminates melt in different manners, advancing or receding according to size. Ludwig carefully plans the melting process in a series of incremental stages, as the glass is formed over molds of increasing convexity. The artist’s ingenuity is put to use finding ready-made forms for molds - stainless steel ladles, goblets, ice cream dishes, salad bowls... The laminated glass hemispheres which result from all this melting in the kiln are finished in many ways. Rim and base may be ground flat. Glass feet are often affixed. Extra decorative bits, which Ludwig calls 'nubbies', are flamed into place. Finally, each piece is signed and numbered, becoming part of series which now includes more than 400 members. With some justification, the artist has named these creations 'tobs' - things of beauty. Ludwig’s creations are eye-catching. I first discovered their radiant presence at the Art Gallery’s Eye Candy exhibit two years ago. In fact, 'eye candy' is as good a description as you could make for them. They’ve won awards over many years at the Sooke Fine Art show. Fran Willis and West End Gallery have both exhibited Ludwig’s work and he is represented on Vancouver’s Granville Island and at Sandra Ainsley’s gallery of art glass in Toronto. From it’s beginning a year ago, the Avenue Gallery has brought Ludwig’s work to the fore and encouraged him. They have a few 'tobs' on hand already, and on December 4 he will present 60 new works These little treasures are a lovely way to celebrate 'the season of light'. ___________________________________________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