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  • Call for submissions; Alefba

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming group show Alefba, to celebrate..
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  • 6th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 6th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Animal Kingdom art competition. For this..
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  • Confluences

    Location: Prince George, BC

    2019 Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds Conference - June 11th to 16th, 2019...
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  • North Shore Art Crawl Returns!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts presents the 9th annual North Shore Art Crawl, a FREE..
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  • I-Park 2019 Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale

    Location: East Haddam, CT

    I-Park, East Haddam, CT (U.S.), is pleased to announce that it will be..
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  • I-Park Accepting 2019 Artists-in-Residence Applications

    Location: East Haddam, CT

    I-Park is now accepting applications for its fully-funded four-week summer residencies. The residencies..
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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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  • Clarkson Society of Artists Art Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Opening reception is on Friday, April 12 from 7-9pm. Visit on Saturday, April..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 Venice . April 11 – May..
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  • Call for Artists 2019 | Spartanburg Art Museum

    Location: Spartanburg, SC

    Spartanburg Art Museum is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2019-2020. ​ We're..
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  • Lunenburg School of the Arts

    Location: Lunenburg, NS

    Summer 2019 course offerings now open for registration. Full details and to register:..
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  • Call to Artists/Appel aux Artistes

    Location: Gatineau, QC

    Call to artists / Galerie Old Chelsea, Chelsea, Qc / 2020 Programming Deadline..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: Osage Beach, MO

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Curiosity Collider - Her Story- Collaboration

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver based not-for-profit Curiosity Collider is looking for several filmmakers to create short..
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  • Studio/ home/ acreage for sale

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Check out this wonderful opportunity for a creative lifestyle. Private park like..
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  • SNOW - exhibit of paintings by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    SNOW presents a body of work by Canadian artist, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, exploring the..
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  • Call for Submissions at the Okotoks Art Gallery

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    The Okotoks Art Gallery is now accepting submissions for the 2020 exhibition season...
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  • Expose Yourself Exhibition 2019 - Call for Artists

    Location: Powell River, BC

    Expose Yourself – 2019 CALL TO ARTISTS Expose Yourself is a erotically themed, boundary-pushing,..
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  • AIMAE: Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition 2019

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    AIMAE May 27 - June 16 Submission Deadline: April 17, 2019 For professional artists, the..
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  • New Craft Coalition Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Artists: Supercrawl 2019 (Hamilton, ON, Sept 13-15, 2019)

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Call for Artists: Supercrawl 2019 Hamilton, ON, Sept 13-15, 2019 Submission Deadline: February..
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  • Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists (video)

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists will be a series of artist-created narrative videos..
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  • Exhibition: Symbiose retrouvée

    Location: Coaticook, QC

    Le Musée Beaulne a le plaisir de présenter l’exposition Symbiose retrouvée de l’artiste..
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  • Cold War playing at North Van Arts International Film Series

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    An epic, visually arresting love story spanning borders and decades by master filmmaker..
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  • Snail Mail World Postcard Art Show

    Location: Brampton, ON

    Visual Arts Brampton is excited to present the Snail Mail World Postcard Art..
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  • Private Art Collection Dispersal

    Location: Ssakatoon, SK

    James Korpan is dispersing selected pieces of artwork from his private collection. Many..
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  • Large Works

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase only larger artworks as we..
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  • EARTH

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18+) to participate in the..
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  • AGEism

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18+) to participate in the..
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  • The 34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 5th, 2019 Agora Gallery is..
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  • Free Gallery Space

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The Vancouver location of Essentia is accepting applications from artists interested in showing..
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  • “Beauty” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline February 28, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Beauty, allure, style, refinement, symmetry, perfection. People are drawn to others..
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  • ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Early bird Deadline February 28, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a brand new magazine that will become an annual treasure box..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival

    Location: venice,

    Deadline: February 28, 2019 (11.59 PM of your local time) We are selecting..
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  • Light within the Shadows; a Painter's Memoir

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    In this compelling memoir Granirer shares her successes and failures, addressing issues of..
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  • MESH

    Location: Bowen Island/Vancouver, BC

    MESH Call for Photography + Contemporary Art Curated by Rebecca Morse (LACMA) + Linsey Young..
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  • BIAM Biennale internationale d'art miniature

    Location: Lévis, QC

    BIAM Biennale Internationale d’Art Miniature 10th edition : June 16 to September..
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  • Sunny Art Prize 2019: Call for Artists

    Location: London,

    The Prize The Sunny Art Prize is an international art competition hosted by Sunny..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: February 28, 2019

    Location: VENICE,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: February..
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  • The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton 123rd Annual Juried Exhibition

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton 123rd Annual Juried Exhibition ..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS #CallForArtists for the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest juried..
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  • 2020 Call for Submissions

    Location: St. Albert, AB

    The Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA), a contemporary, non-profit, public art gallery,..
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  • Potter Taylor Is Scammer

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Recently Artists in Canada artists have been receiving emails requesting artwork from a..
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  • In Conversation with Danny Lyon

    Location: Bowen Island, BC

    2-DAY SEMINAR WITH DANNY LYON Friday June 14 + Saturday June 15, 2019 |..
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Aboriginal Artists in Ontario

The heart of Canadian culture, Canadian aboriginal art is varied from the Haida of the west coast to the Inuit of the North. These aboriginal artists work in traditional and contemporary art forms such as soapstone, woodcarving, mask making, weaving, leather and painting.


Deron Douglas Ahsén:nase

 

Aboriginal, Drawing, Figure, Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor

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Ahsén:nase is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) artist/author with roots in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. Working with oils on canvas (although he has dabbled in stone and wood carving, clay, photography, water color, acrylic and print-making), he now illustrates children’s story books and creates unique fine art inspired by his First Nations culture.



This culture he states, “is an abundant source of creative expression” that helps him to entwine traditional values with contemporary subject matter. Working with bold colors, a crisp design and a unique sense of humour, he creates what he calls “a culmination of pebbles picked up along the path”.




I have been a creator of art, either in paint, stone, photography or wood, for more than 40 years, and during that time a common question is usually asked of me... “What does this mean?”



While my personal experiences and feelings are responsible for the creation of this art, I think it is more important to ask yourself... “What does this mean to you?”



In the end I believe, that's all that matters. A piece of art will mean different things to different people and one needs to find that feeling of “connected-ness” in order to appreciate it.





About my paintings...



My style has changed over the years to reflect my tastes and interests. And like those before me, other artists have influenced the way I view the world, my selection of color and the execution of a brush stroke. For example, I once painted ultra-realistic images based on nature; I then switched to a style that could at best could be considered impressionistic.



Over the years I have learned that as we travel along the path of this life, experiencing both the good and the bad, we pick up pebbles along the way that speak to us. My artistic journey from realism to impressionism allowed me to pick up the pebbles of accidental brush strokes and a wonder at the magic of a single dab of white paint.



To my mind art is the interpretation of a three dimensional world on a two dimensional surface, it is an abstraction of reality that has been heavily influenced by the artist’s mind, spirit and experiences along that path. It’s the pebbles that make their way to the surface.



My current tastes move me to paint with bold colors, careful design and in some cases, a touch of humor. My subject matter is influenced by my Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) culture and is in most cases a feeling or a thought that I wish to express.



For example “Mnidoonsag” (Ojibwa for insects meaning “Little Spirits”) resulted from my wonder at the magic of fireflies. Even at my age I am awestruck by these little beings whenever I am fortunate enough to see them. I consider it a gift and feel blessed to be able to feel this wonder.



Other topics such as those depicted by “Holding Back the Madness” and “Iktomi in his Red Bathrobe” came from a more serious topic. In this case, the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) findings on the atrocities committed to our children by the government of Canada with its enforcement of residential schools.



Generally speaking, most of my paintings will depict the strength, beauty, spirit and humor found within my culture and the culture of other First Nations people on Turtle Island. Currently my paintings have themes that depict Native Spirituality. This in itself, is a form of "de-colonization" as the practice of our own spirituality was outlawed for a long time and almost extinguished through residential schools both in Canada and the USA.



After reading this and viewing a sampling of my work I hope that your tastes run parallel to mine. Perhaps we share some common pebbles.



Ó:nen’ko:wáhi

Niá:wen

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