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  • EXTERIORS

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The second Vancouver solo show from 2019 Emily Carr University of Art+Design BFA..
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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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  • FOAMCORE SALE

    Location: Calgary, AB

    FOAMCORE SALE! 3/16” White Foamcore 55” x 77” – minimum 10 sheets - $12.00/sheet. 25+ -..
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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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  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Nooks & Crannies is a festival where artists create temporary site-specific installations in..
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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 11 – Mixed Media Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Make Mother’s Day this year special and join us for a one-day workshop..
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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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  • Narrative Art Show & Storybook - Open Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Ghost Stories is a visual storytelling group art show, free from artist statements..
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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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  • Collisions Festival Sci-Art Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    In the fall of 2019, Curiosity Collider will host our inaugural Sci-Art Exhibition,..
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  • Call for Artists: 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary and we want you to..
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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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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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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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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Black & White art competition. For..
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  • Call to Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan Artists :: Civic Precinct Child-Friendly Initiative (EOI)

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Call to Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan Artists :: Civic Precinct Child-Friendly Initiative..
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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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  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Over 30 artists in attendance showing Painting, Jewelry, Glass, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture and..
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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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  • Open Call for Proposals: Partnerships and Activations

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Open Call for Proposals: Partnerships and Activations is an outreach initiative to engage..
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  • Connection Hallway Mural

    Location: Brandon, MB

    Shoppers Mall is seeking an artist or artist team to create a unique..
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  • Transforming Odds & Ends + Artist Talk March 16

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Transforming Odds & Ends - offers a reinterpretation of adornment and beautification against..
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  • “Abstract” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as..
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  • Janet Wang / Peep Show

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Exhibition: March 4th – April 30th at the Calgary Central Library, 800 3..
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  • Call for Submissions Scrivener Creative Review #44

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Submit your art! Scrivener is looking for your best photography, art and comics...
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  • The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology 2019

    Location: London,

    Calling all artists engaging with technology The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology celebrates..
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  • Chestermere Fine Art Guild Art Show & Sale

    Location: Chestermere, AB

    You are invited to attend our Annual Art Show & Sale to be..
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  • Whitby Art Show

    Location: Whitby, ON

    The Whitby Art Show, July 12 - 14, 2019. A fantastic opportunity to..
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Studio/ home/ acreage for sale

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Check out this wonderful opportunity for a creative lifestyle. Private park like..
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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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Karen Colangelo

 

Abstract, Artisan, Mixed Media, Painter

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Painting for Canadian born Artist Karen Colangelo started very young. During her childhood Karen gained insight and inspiration while travelling throughout each Canadian province. The colours of the Canadian landscape began to influence her paintings and she realized the importance of taking journeys through such diverse and contradictory environments. Since those developmental years Karen has sustained an unbroken desire to create a style of art that is distinctive and clear while embodying the concept of "contradiction" as it relates to herself, her viewers and to society as a whole.

Colangelo’s paintings are titled in opposites such as, “The Even Odd”, “The Hidden Show”, “The Intentional Accident” alerting us to the contradictions the paintings hold. She pushes at the boundaries of colour, creating tension, drawing her viewers in. Her use of complementary and tertiary colour schemes immediately captures your attention. Every measure of Karen’s work is both conflict and harmony from beginning to end.

Her painting technique begins with brushwork applying acrylic colours, which she refers to as the ‘dance of colour’, then by using a sheet of plexi-glass to drag the paint across the canvas her process ends with the ‘fight of colour’. Her contradictory forms and techniques create a harmonious display of colour and movement.

Her style is a journey of one paint colour travelling through opposite application techniques combining with secondary colours to create tertiary colours. Each colour travels through the dance and the fight of its environment, leaving its mark and creating a new image. The paint looks for peace in a confusing world. It looks for change. It looks for growth, and realizes that the journey is about the experience. It wants to be original. It wants to be impactful, and in the same vein it asks how it can impact the world?

Her work explores the “opposite” possibilities. She takes her viewers on a journey through her contradiction. She often relies on the paint and its perspective to give her the direction she needs as she forces one primary colour through a tertiary field. Karen understands the meaning for someone to take a journey and the purpose of that journey is to rarely find an answer but instead to continually ask questions. Her viewers can relate to her intent in society as we are all on the same journey; and it is a journey that involves many contradictions such as: being emotional or apathetic, starting and arriving, laughing or crying, gaining or loosing, beginning and ending, leaving the old behind and starting new, failing and succeeding, loosing yourself and finding yourself. Karen’s work is a reflection on ones journey, keeping in mind that it’s a journey of experiencing many contradictions, not necessarily looking to arrive at an end; the journey is the destination.


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