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  • Intermediate Watercolour Workshop - July 15, 16th, 2020

    Location: Baie St Paul , QC

    Contemporary artist Julie Donec is offering a two day watercolour workshop designed for..
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  • Artist's Lens 2020

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all ASA Juried, Life & Associate Members..
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  • CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019

    Location: venice ,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Show | December 05, 2019..
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  • 8th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 8th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • 2nd Annual Into the Wild Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 12th Quarterly Art Competition - the 2nd..
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  • Call for Applications: CAAF 2020 Studio Residency

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Deadline to apply for 2020/22021 is November 4, 2019. Link to application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclRFUorqCyWayUMlZXgRaQzbkRYmAgPnNFTh_4KsVKtyuBag/viewform The CAAF..
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  • WE LOVE FALL HERE

    Location: Toronto, ON

    WE LOVE FALL HERE—October 9 to October 20 — Drawing on the artist's..
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  • Call for Applications – Co-production Opportunity

    Location: Calgary, Edmonton, AB

    Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Productions Society, a Vancouver based, non-profit theatre company, is seeking a..
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  • Exhibition: Off the Beaten Path by Diane Larouche-Ellard

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Diane Larouche-Ellard, a Biggar artist with a B.F.A. from the University of Saskatchewan,..
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  • Subversive Celebration: International Altered Card Exhibition

    Location: Vermillion, SD

    Challenge the social custom of giving boring store-bought greeting cards for every occasion..
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  • Gallery Ring “City” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring seeks artworks depicting city scenes. Skyscrapers, streets, traffic lights, street signs,..
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  • Ageism

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Artists to participate in the exhibition,..
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  • Attention Alberta Visual Artists

    Location: Red Deer, AB

    Looking for Visual Artists in Red Deer area for new art gallery market..
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  • Call for Applications

    Location: Edmonton/Calgary, AB

    Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Productions Society, a Vancouver based, non-profit theatre company, is seeking..
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  • m(ART)ket - Winnipeg Renovation Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Searching for qualified artists or photographers to exhibit in a feature in Winnipeg..
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  • ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH..
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  • CONTEMPORARY VENICE

    Location: venice ,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Show | December 05, 2019..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants – Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , BC

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for our Fall 2019 international open call...
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  • Drawing Fundamentals & Community with North Van Arts

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Register for North Van Arts' six-week Drawing Fundamentals and Community course with Artist/Instructor..
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  • Intermediate Acrylic Painting with North Van Arts

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Register for North Van Arts' four-week Intermediate Acrylic Painting course with Artist/Instructor Jeff..
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  • Didukh Building Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Learn how to make a didukh, a sheaf of grain traditionally prepared by..
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  • Vertep Building Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    In this workshop, you will create a Vertep (Christmas Manger) as your newest decor..
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  • Intermediate Oil Painting

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Paint a rainy urban scene in oils while you stay comfortably indoors! Learn..
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  • From Around Ukraine in Stitches

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    This new series, a Technique Taster of Stitches, will introduce participants to embroidery..
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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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  • 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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  • LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN SLAVIN AND GAIL PRPICK AT UNIVERSITY..
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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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Figure Artists in Ontario


Sandra Bray

 

Drawing, Figure, Landscape, Painter, Photographer, Still Life

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A representational oil painter of landscape and still life. Also social commentary drawings and life drawings.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My initial motivation in artistic pursuits was to challenge my technical ability, to see what I could achieve with the medium that fascinated me at the moment. Watercolour, before I had any painting training, was a mysterious puzzle. In the late 80’s, I began drawing and enjoyed the excitement of creating three dimensions on a two dimensional page. In the late 90’s, pushing shiney globs of oil paint around on canvas was a thrill. Creating physical beauty that could hang on the wall and give a moment’s rest to a viewer – that gave my work meaning as I became more aware of the audience.


Next came a shift in content – I was older, more awake, and wanted to serve cultural growth with my efforts, so I began social commentary drawings in ink. I continue work on a series called the Imaginaries of Peace, begun in 2005. At the moment I am also committed to collaborative projects involving communities; the work involves envisioning a project that addresses an issue, bringing interested folks onboard, working towards a finished product, and seeing the affect of our combined efforts, on ourselves and the wider community.


In ink drawings, a traditional, social-commentary medium, I explore my curiosity about our human, mimetic nature; the drawings require planning, several drafts, and thoughtful deliberation. In the drawings, I am motivated largely by my own interest and curiosity in our human condition, wondering how to name and describe what it is we do.


My goal is to gain distance from myself and my views, to ‘see’ my culture from a more disinterested perspective. Charles Taylor’s concept of social imaginaries has been a constant inspiration.


The immediacy and low toxicity of ink allows me to hope that illustrating a disinterested slice of Canadian society may shift a viewer’s inner landscape, as this new, distant perspective has shifted mine. Often sketch book squiggles are the basis for a fully developed piece; notes of interesting quotes or points, which, when strung together, compose a stimulating new outlook.

In collaborative projects, I seek the coming together of people to learn and be inspired by creating something larger than any one person’s vision. Although the first seed of a project is well-formed in my mind, working with community is like any medium –the medium also shapes the outcome. The participant/audience I seek may vary from a class of students, to library patrons, to the shoppers in a mall, depending upon the project. When a community completes a collaborative project, firstly, we are all surprised at the whole, created by our individual pieces that have come together, and secondly, everyone feels something about their contribution to the big picture. But more importantly, the community has been changed in ways that will not be recorded. Individual senses of competency, dinner-table conversations, personal responsibility, collaborative pleasure – these are only some the many impacts.

Community collaborations leave a trail of the concerns of an era. They speak to the minds of a people. They highlight problems that may not have been articulated widely. They can stimulate deeper explorations of an issue. Sometimes they surprise viewers and the creators too. Usually they reach a wider audience than wall art. I am influenced by the drawings (i.e. Punch magazine) that brought problems to the light of the 18thC mind, problems that have since reached the tipping point and been addressed.


The common theme through my artistic eras of watercolour, figure drawing, oil painting, ink drawings, and community projects has been the exploration of our human existence in relation to the world we inhabit. I grew up on a farm in Canada and as a child felt a close connection to the view from every farmhouse window - landscape. Sky, sun, air, trees, fields, paths – these were my world. Now my world is much, much larger – what I see on the internet, TV, and read on Twitter. I have travelled widely – my world has become the planet.

My art work bridges the modern and post-modern eras. While I appreciate and seek technical ability, I also seek to explore the multi-faceted world I live in, the one with no ready answers.

Growing up in the country, a hard-wired love of the land and concern with fairness, listening to CBC radio .. these are my largest influences. Listening to the radio always requires a notebook and pen in hand as CBC is dense in ideas and new thinking. My current series, titled: Imaginaries of Peace, was inspired by Charles Taylor’s concept of social imaginaries discussed on CBC’s Ideas. I learn aurally although I express myself visually.

Additionally, I am influenced by the drawings (i.e. by Daumier) that enlightened the 18thC and 19thC minds, illustrating problems that have since reached a tipping point and have largely been addressed. Canadian Gerald Mc Master, whose art always has something stimulating to say, has been an inspiration.

Also, exhibiting in other countries/cultures has awakened me to the possibilities of art as a tool for more than personal self-expression, more than a means of creating beauty; rather, art has become a tool to stimulate public discussion of the issues that determine our common future.

EXHIBITION RECORD


Community Art Projects

2012 - The Woolwich Township Logo Committee, Elmira, ON
2011 - The Speckled Trout Project, Elmira Public Library, Elmira, ON
2010 – The Question of Peace, The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
2010 – The Question of Peace, The Bayfield Mall, Barrie, ON
2007 – Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
2006 – The Digital Eye, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
2005 – The Eye of the Camera, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
2004 – Digital Fusion, Millpond Café, Alliston, ON


Selected Exhibitions

2017 - Out of the Box, Kitchener, ON - curated, group
2012 - 25 Years of Drawing, Sille, Konya, Turkey - invitational solo
2011 - Canada Culture Days, Elmira, ON - invitational solo
2010 –The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON – invitational international
2010 – The Bayfield Mall, Barrie, ON – invitational international
2010 – The Woolwich Administrative Building, Elmira, ON - juried
2009 – The Gibson Cultural Centre, Alliston, ON – invitational
2009 – Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA – invitational
2008 - Woolwich Public Library, Elmira, ON - invitational
2008 - Georgian College, Barrie, ON - group
2007 – Ars Latina Camina, State Gallery, Castellon la Plana, Spain – invitational
2007 - Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON - invitational
2006 - Uluslarasi Sanat Festivali, Adana, Turkey – invitational
2006 - University of Watkinsville, GA – invitational
2006 - Art on Main, Alliston, ON – invitation
2006 – Strade del Mondo, Ex Chiesa di San Sebastiano, Belforte del Chient, Italia - invitational
2006 – Galleria degli Antichi Forni, Macerata, Italia - invitational
2005 – The OCAF Cultural Arts Foundation Center, Watkinsville, GA - invitational
2005 – The Museum of Arad, Arad, Romania - invitational
2004 – The Museum of Arad, Arad, Romania - invitational
2004 – The Travelling Weave Inaugural, Porto Recanati, Italy - invitational
2003 – Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy - invitational
2003 – The Apple Tree, Taos, NM - solo
2002 – Taos Invites Taos, Taos, NM – invitational
2001 – The Apple Tree, Taos NM – solo
1999 – Taos Open, Taos, NM – group
1998 – Drawings and Carvings, Taos, NM – duet
1997 – The Best of Taos, Taos, NM – juried
1996 – Maximum Drawings, Santa Fe, NM – juried
1995 – McMichael Annual Exhibition, Kleinburg, ON – juried
1995 – TAA Drawing Exhibition, Taos, NM – juried
1994 – Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Exhibition, Kitchener, ON – group
1993 – Taos Open, Taos, NM – group
1992 – Peel Regional Art Gallery Autumn Exhibition, London, ON – juried
1991 – Crosshill Schoolhouse Painting Exhibition, Millbank, ON – duet
1990 – Wellington County Museum Exhibition, Fergus, ON – juried
1988 – Elmira Library Spring Exhibition, Elmira, ON – juried
1976 – University of Waterloo Art Exhibition, Waterloo, ON – juried


Juror

2007 – Something New, The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto ON - juried
2006 – Ars Latina, Antichi Forni Gallery, Macerata, Italy – juried latino exhibition
2005 – Biennale Arad 2005, Arad, Romania – juried international


Education

2006 - Sr. Qualifications in Visual Art, University of Western, London, ON
2000 – Pleine Aire Painting with Ron Rencher, Rencher Studios, Taos, NM
1998 – Oil Painting with Laura Robb, Valdez School of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1992 – Drawing with Gustav Rehberger, The Art Students League, New York, NY
1976 – Bachelor of Arts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON


Residency
Bee-Bar Ranch, Tres Piedras, NM 1998 - 2003


Bibliography
Woolwich Observer 12/09/29
Woolwich Observer 12/01/13
Elmira Independent 11/10/05
Side Roads of Waterloo Wellington 10/06
Hurriyet (Gukurova) 06/10/12
Hurriyet (Gukurova) 06/08/12
Southern Distinction 06/06
Lake Oconee Living 06/04
The Alliston Herald 06/01/18
The Caledon Citizen 06/01/18
Athens Herald-Banner 05/09
The Elmira Independent 05/06/24
Corriere Adriatico 04/09
Wide Open Spaces 00/10
Rocks Talk 98/03
THE Magazine 96/09
The Unplugged Quarterly 95/07
The Taos News 93/10/07

Commissions
Corporate: GA Paper, Markham, ON
Dr. L. Whyte-Ferguson, Taos, NM

Personal: B. Nelson, OR
N. Elgammal, Toronto, ON
Susan&Darrol Bryant, Elmira, ON


Selected Collections

International Dynamic Museum of Contemporary Art, Belforte de Chiente, Italy
E. Allgood, Denmark
B. Barbour-Soules, San Francisco, CA
S. Bryant, Brookfield, NH
A. Burnett, Mars Hill, NC
J. Haas, Saltspring Island, BC
L. Lightner, Garden City, KS
M. & J. Lombard, Torrance, CA
K. Nelson, Tres Piedras, NM
R. & S. Roth, Crosshill, ON
P. Sherman, Hoover, TX
L. Smith, Brownwood, TX
L. Thom, Kingston, ON
M. Urdahl, New York, NY
Holy Cross Hospital, Taos, NM
Ojo Caliente Health Centre, Ojo Caliente, NM
The Woolwich Counselling Centre, Elmira, ON


Contributions to the Field

2015 Art-in-the-Park, Elmira, ON
2014 Art-in-the-Park, Elmira, ON
2013 Art-in-the-Park, Elmira, ON
2012 Art-in-the-Park, Elmira, ON
2011 Art-in-the-Park, Elmira, ON
2010 Art-in-the-Park, Elmira, ON
2006/007 Painting in the Park, Earle Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston, ON
2004 Mentor, University of Western Ontario, London, ON


Associations

Member, CARFAC, Toronto, ON
Member, The Travelling Wave, www.travellingwave.org
Member, International Artistic Committee, Biennale Arad 2005, Arad, Romania
Member, Art$Pay, Kitchener, ON

Honorary Member, Terra Dell’Arte Cultural Association, Tolentino, Italy

Member, International Artistic Committee 2006, Ars Latina, Tecate, Mexico

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