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  • ALEC SOTH MASTER WORKSHOP

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    ALEC SOTH MASTER WORKSHOP: ON MAKING A PHOTOBOOK (THAT MATTERS) Saturday July 27 + Sunday..
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  • Looking for modern abstract art for public mural display

    Location: Wesbrook, BC

    My company installs commercial wall murals and we are looking for 3 pieces..
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  • Floyd Kuptana Gallery at Arcturus

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Floyd Kuptana is a fearless and fiercely original Inuit artist. His sculptures and..
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  • Gallery Arcturus Reception Dec 15

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Christmas Reception: December 15, 2 to 5pm. Join us for our annual..
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  • Call to Artists - 2019 City of Guelph Artist in Residence

    Location: Guelph, ON

    Budget: $6,500 Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019 The City of Guelph invites professional artists or..
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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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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY LANGUAGE ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition Venice, February 22 – March 22, 2019 Deadline: January 13, 2019

    Location: VENICE,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY LANGUAGE ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition Venice, February 22 –..
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  • “Painting the Female Figure”

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Call for Entry Calling artists in all media, interested in “Painting the Female Figure” 2nd..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Portrait Exhibit 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery 1313 is pleased to present the PORTRAIT EXHIBIT 2019, a group curated..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Sex Show 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery 1313 is pleased to present the SEX SHOW 2019, a group curated..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Winter Emerging Artists 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery 1313 is pleased to present the WINTER EMERGING ARTIST EXHIBIT 2019, a..
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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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  • Call for Submissions - $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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  • Creative Collective Artshow

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    The Creative Collective group is hosting a pop-up art show featuring 9 Alberta..
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  • 4th Annual Landscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Landscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • 2019 Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Looking for new and emerging artists to show and sell original works of..
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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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  • “Colouring Outside the Lines” Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    “Colouring Outside the Lines” http://albertasocietyofartists.com/event/colouring-outside-the-lines/ Kelsey Vaughan and Nicole Kurceba are both graduates of NSCAD..
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  • Water Exhibition

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    “Water” GRH ARTS Mezzanine Gallery Glenrose Rehab Hospital 10230 – 111 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta, T5G 0B7 Start: November..
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  • The Artist's Choice 2019

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    “The Artists Choice 2019” Featuring a selection of the Artists Choice, 2019 exhibition..
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  • Call for Submissions: Best of Northern Alberta

    Location: Fort McMurray, AB

    “Best of Northern Alberta” The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists who live..
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  • Call for Submissions: Small Group Contemporary Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    OPEN CALL TO ONTARIO BASED ARTISTS: SMALL GROUP EXHIBITION (John B. Aird Gallery/Galerie John..
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  • 13. Arte Laguna prize NEW DEADLINE TO APPLY> 19.12.2018

    Location: Venice,

    You still have time to apply to the 13th Arte Laguna Prize! The..
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  • Wheels Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    WHEELS Gallery Ring seeks 2D art works depicting anything that has wheels or is a..
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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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  • Call for Submissions: Headlight Anthology

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Montreal-based literary/art journal Headlight Anthology is seeking poetry, fiction, and visual art on..
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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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  • 2nd Annual Women Artists Quarterly Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is once again celebrating women artists. The gallery invites both 2D..
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  • Calgary Stampede Western Showcase art show

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Applications and expressions of interest are now being accepted for the 2019 Calgary..
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  • “Figures” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline December 31, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Figures of human form. Figures of life, imagination, history, mythology and..
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  • Call for Submissions – 2020 Multifaith Calendar

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Call for Entries to Visual Artists Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites..
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  • Fresh! Naked! What’s nu(de) in contemporary art?

    Location: New York, NY

    Fresh! Naked! What’s nu(de) in contemporary art? The next group Fresh! exhibition will take..
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  • Award-Winning Into the Void Seeks Your Art

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning print & online literary magazine is accepting submissions of visual art to..
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  • Beacon Original Art - Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    We invite emerging, mid-career and professional artists to apply to participate in our..
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  • Represent Canada in 6x6x2019!

    Location: Rochester, NY

    Looking for a chance to show your artwork to global audience? Then join..
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  • 2019 Cadaques Mini Print Open Call

    Location: Barcelona,

    39th edition 2019 open call. To access the rules, please visit http://miniprint.org/aarules/?lang=en, where you can..
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  • North Van Arts needs your help!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is in need of organized, thorough, and active distribution +..
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  • Health Insurance for Artists Made Easy

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Arts & Entertainment Plan® is an affordable health insurance plan designed by..
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  • Art Vancouver Open Call for Exhibitors

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Visual Art Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for the..
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  • Traditional Oil Painting Workshop

    Location: Düsseldorf ,

    During the workshop students will enjoy the opportunity to study and to be..
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  • Invisible Wings - Call for Submission

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Invisible Wings Call for Submission Queen Gallery is now calling for submissions for..
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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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