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  • Gallery Ring “Landscape / Still Life” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring is seeking artworks for a juried exhibition with a double theme..
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  • Collaborative Art Project Call For Submissions

    Location: Waterloo, ON

    Co-Ex Art is a collaborative art initiative that has just released it's first..
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  • Online Exhibition: Per Astera by Malaika Z Charbonneau

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Malaika Z Charbonneau exhibits her latest markings, using paint and canvas to explore..
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  • “10th Anniversary” Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for a..
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  • 15th Solo Art Series – Online Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 15th “Solo Art Series”..
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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 Art - 5th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Animal Kingdom online art competition. For..
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  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
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  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Annual spring 2-day art show and sale with different artists in attendance each..
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  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival: Call to Artists

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks Culture seeks proposals from artists to create temporary public art installations in..
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  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , NY

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • 27th Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    Please join The Lemonville Group of Artists for their 27th Annual Art Show..
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  • “Sensuality” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: A glance, touch, dance, flower, scent or piece of chocolate can..
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  • Artwork Shipping Scam

    Location: , AB

    This week an artist on our site was corresponding via email with an..
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  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
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  • Call for Entries: Art at the Pumphouse

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is now accepting applications for participation in Art..
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  • Exaltation : Niagara Pumphouse Instructors' Exhibition

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Niagara Pumphouse is proud to host the Instructors’ Exhibition as its first show..
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  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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K. Gwen Frank: Printmaker draws from her prairie environs and her past

By ArtistsInCanada Interview January 27, 2003

} K. Gwen Frank:Printmaker draws from her prairie environs and her past By Paul Constable When I arrived at her door, the afternoon sun was in full force and streamed in the southern exposure of her Calgary studio. Her intaglio press centered itself in the space and became the focal point of the room. To one side is a hand crafted oak case, made by her father, with a bank of many narrow drawers with brass pulls that house her finished proofs. As we talk she pulls certain proofs to best depict her more recent work. Frank’s work is meticulous. The love of drawing comes through in her subject matter and intaglio is the perfect medium for her to express her feelings and ideas. Her awareness of the subtle bite of acid on the copper etching plate gives way to soft coloration, which enhance the intaglio aquatint and linear grooves. Dramatic build ups of shadow and texture accentuate the impact of her mostly monochromatic palette. As a prairie girl growing up in Saskatchewan, you can see the profound effect that the land has had on her imagery. Many of her images are rural based - buildings, people, crops and even animals. These are all intimate moments that relate to one another in the context of prairie life. Her work personifies the rhythms of a place remembered. Open spaces, the turn in the road, the crop on the way to town – a melee of cats lapping up milk in the barn. These images reoccur not so much as themes, but more as metaphorical quilt, which help her understand her past and sensibilities as an artist. Recently she was reunited with her birth son Peter, a profound, positive event that will continue to enrich her life and the future direction of her work. Her work consciously or unconsciously absorbs her emotions surrounding search and reunion, which are often tempered and enhanced by the beauty of the imagery. We discuss the meaning of one of her more recent pieces, “Reunion I”. Here is a piece that congers up the turmoil in her life, upon finding her birth son Peter. Initially she thought he was on the West Coast, hence the unsettled ocean with a wave crashing against a nondescript dark rock positioned in the center of the image. The dark sky is set against the ocean with a horizontal band of golden grain in the foreground, in anticipation of an impending storm. There is no merging of prairie and ocean. A definite horizontal division suggests two different worlds colliding, each showing their strength. The cool dark tonal variances of the water and sky, juxtaposed against the warm textural crop, add to the tension. A light aquatint of ochre is applied over the mature stand of grain that bends receptively in the foreground. This touch of warmth gives you hope of the coming harvest. When I asked if she was a landscape artist, she said “no”. She explains the landscape is a very familiar and powerful metaphor through which she conveys her message. The sophistication of Frank’s work can be summed up by a knowing smile, the kind that curls up at one end of your mouth, saying “Yeah - you got it right girl”. Earlier works had more of a whimsical edge to them, but as time distances her from her youth on the farm, a less naïve and more poetic universal undertone is wove into her later works. K. Gwen Frank graduated with honors from ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design) in 1983 and continued her fine art education through the University of Calgary. She holds a BFA in Printmaking. Gwen Frank’s work can be found at the Scott Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta and at Open Studio in Toronto. You may contact K. Gwen Frank by e-mail at kgwenf@yahoo.com _________________________________________________ Paul Constable is the Director of Artists In Canada. He is a Painter / Printmaker and Senior Graphic Designer for an Advertising and Communications company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Paul Constable can be reached by email HERE. His paintings may be viewed at: www.ArtistsInCanada.com/pconstable. Your suggestions for future articles are welcome. _________________________________________________ © 2003 ArtistsInCanada.com