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  • Call for Art - 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • 5th Annual Leaves & Petals Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Leaves & Petals online art..
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  • Exaltation : Intangible Journeys of the Human Spirit: Nikola Wojewoda

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre presents Exaltation : Intangible Journeys of the Human..
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  • HUB @ 302

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all juried members, associate and non-members to..
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  • Open Call for 2020 exhibitions

    Location: Vernon, BC

    We are an artist run gallery seeking submissions from emerging artists for our..
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  • Beacon Original Art Fall Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Saturday October 19, 2019 from 10am - 4pm. Featuring more than 30 artists..
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  • Open Call:

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is having an open exhibition for members..
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  • Open Call: All 10

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Calling all Canadian Artists! This is an open submission call for a lightly..
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  • Earth

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Juried, Life, Student, Associate Members and..
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  • Reza Rezaï / Mehmoon

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art is pleased to present Mehmoon by Reza Rezaï. Through the..
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  • Outside, In

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Opening reception September 28th 7-9pm for the Allied Art Council's Gallery Stroll! OUTSIDE,..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • “Motion” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline October 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Moving or being moved. Shifting, stirring, changing places. The rise and..
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  • Beaver Sheppard: Solo Exhibition

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary presents a comprehensive solo exhibition of Beaver Sheppard’s artistic canon, for..
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  • ANCESTRAL MINDSCAPES

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Ancestral Mindscapes is an autobiographical collaboration using video, sound and photography to explore..
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  • Clay Tile Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Participants will be working with clay to hand-build tiles using a variety of..
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  • Edible and Medicinal Gardening Lecture

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Ukrainian settlers brought with them a wide range of traditional knowledge and practices,..
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  • Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Do you want to create a bright & beautiful acrylic landscape in one..
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  • Willow Heart Weaving Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Willow Heart Weaving Workshop In this workshop, participants will learn how to trim and..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition, invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • Invisible by PAINTER8

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Please join us at PAINTER8, and other Edmonton art lovers alike, for the..
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  • 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    The 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event you don’t want to..
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  • Wheat Centrepiece Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Join this class to learn how to make a didukh-style centrepiece that can..
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  • Radio Silence

    Location: Quebec city, QC

    Québec, August 19, 2019 – Folie/Culture invites all those who express themselves through..
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  • LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN SLAVIN AND GAIL PRPICK AT UNIVERSITY..
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  • Watercolour Workshop with Frank Townsley

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Sunday 22nd September 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM ..
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  • Figureworks 2019

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Figureworks 2019 Call for Artists The call for submissions to the 10th annual juried..
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  • Quasi-Nature

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present Quasi-Nature, a group exhibition curated..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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Eternal Egypt

By Robert Amos August 12, 2004

} Eternal Egypt By Robert Amos At the Royal B. C. Museum (until October 31). For information visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or phone 250-356-7226 until July 31 Block statue of Sennefer, from western Thebes (ca. 1479-1425 B. C.), granodiorite stone, 89.8 cm tall, acquired by the British Museum in 1829 The Eternal Egypt exhibit, a display of Egyptian art on loan from the British Museum is now on show at the Royal B. C. Museum (until October 31), and it is a winner. The British Museum has the finest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside Egypt. Back in London they are in the midst of a building renovation and, rather than put their entire Egyptian collection in storage, they decided to send 144 of the finest items on tour to America and Canada. In Victoria, beautiful temporary galleries have been created to show a carefully chosen series of stone carvings which trace the 3,000 year history of Egyptian art. Neal Spencer, Assistant Keeper at the British Museum told me this is a vast improvement over how they are usually seen. For the dedicated student, extensive labels and free “audio tour” devices offer as much information as anyone is likely to want. But, mercifully, this data never intrudes on one’s delight with the actual objects. Though I’ve seen pictures in books, the actual carvings are a revelation. They are so crisp, so fresh, so cleanly cut. Certainly, many of the statues have suffered damage over the millennia, mostly in their removal and transit. Yet these are mostly funerary objects, grave goods which have never been subject to the wear and tear of daily use or exposure to the elements. A number of limestone panels removed from tomb walls are on show, with stylized figures and hieroglyphs of extraordinary fineness carved into them. Shown to advantage in raking light, they are striking and immediate. Despite their great age, quite a few bear their original paint. One which particularly fascinated me is partially completed - it presents the artist’s original grid layout, sketch and progressive stages of the carving of a standing figure. For some reason a lot of the carved heads have their noses bashed off, though the serene precision of the rest of the sculpture speaks volumes. The Egyptians modelled the sensual and complex curves of upper and lower lips with real feeling, and the seductiveness of the Egyptian eyes is legendary. Egyptian figures are formal and stylized, different from our own spatial concepts. Their people are represented with heads and feet in profile while the shoulders are seen front on. Standing statues are often presented with hands at their sides and one foot extended forward, stepping with a timeless dignity which seem perfectly Egyptian. You can see this pose in the statue of Sesostris III, said to be one of the most famous Egyptian statues in the British Museum. The seated “block statues” are a unique and wonderful in form. Only the face and hands were detailed by the sculptor, concentrating our attention on the serene countenance. This minimum of carving is surprisingly expressive. The illustration for this article shows the block statue of Sennefer, which the catalogue says is “surely one of the finest examples of this type ever produced.” In addition to the monumental granite heads and delicate limestone stele, a selection of other media is presented, chosen with obvious care. Elegant little bronze figures, gold bracelets and finely carved wooden objects enrich our understanding. Of particular note are a number of papyrus pages from Books of the Dead. Wealthy Egyptians were buried with spells to help them answer the questions which would be asked of them in the afterlife. Pharoahs might have these texts carved into the walls of their tombs, while the nobility would have them written on rolls of papyrus. The one made for Ani, an imperial scribe, is considered to be the finest and best preserved which was ever discovered. Three of the most interesting pages of this remarkable book are in this show. Egyptian graphic art is an art of line, and the power of the line is demonstrated on an ancient drawing board. On the right a student has done his best, repeatedly drawing an arm. The teacher’s model on the left side has a brilliant line which fairly crackles with intensity and precision. We marvel that such very old things have survived. But I was not prepared for the immediacy of this ancient art. More than once I seemed to recognize a friend’s face in these figures. The young couple depicted on the papyrus of Nakht seems right up to date. Artists will surely be inspired by this show. The sophisticated and articulate low relief carving of the Egyptians puts me in mind of the bentwood boxes of the Northwest Coast. The “block statue” motif of the seated scribes would be perfect for Inuit carvers. The seated stone figures of Khaemwast and his wife Nebettawy put me in mind of British sculptor Henry Moore. Everybody wants to know about death - sarcophagi, mummies and so on. And there is a separate mummification (and admittedly fascinating) display with real mummified 10 year old boy, on loan from the Vancouver Museum. I recommend a visit to the IMAX theatre on your way in, where the film Mysteries of Egypt provides a thrilling bit of contextualization. The entire exprience is $28.50 well spent. Though comprised mostly of funerary objects, the main part of the show is, somehow, a celebration of life. ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2004Robert 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