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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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  • Urgent issue of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: URGENT ISSUE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL..
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  • 2020 Social Distancing Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $1,000 in Artist Prizes. We know, you’re stuck at home. While many are stocking..
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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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  • 2 ARTIST/ 2 PERSPECTIVES

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The workshop offers an opportunity to have access to two outstanding painters who..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    $4500 in Awards - The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites..
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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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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    April 4/5 2020. Learn how to quickly develop rich colour and surface in..
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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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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS International Art Fair

    Location: London, UK,

    CANVAS International Art Fair THE LINE Gallery, London | May 07 – October 30,..
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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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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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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 Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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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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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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World’s Largest Drawing Seen from Space

By ArtistsInCanada Interview May 26, 2003

} World’s Largest Drawing Seen from Space By Paul Constable Was it the work of aliens? Years ago, it was quite common to hear about crop circles and unexplained geometric markings, that covered massive areas of our Earth. Did Aliens make these symbols? The scale and uniformity of the shapes made it near impossible to conceive that man could have produced these intricate patterns over the many square kilometers of varying geography. Newspapers published the sitings; scientists were asked to make conjectures and speculate on these strange happenings; and many a book was written with photographic proof to substantiate their findings. They were so popular even REECES PIECES, the famous chocolate peanut butter cups, did a series of commercials using this theme in a comical spoof. Were they initially intended as messages or navigational signs for others of their kind to see from space? Well all I know is that their drawing skills have increased substantially since those heady days of circular planet scaring graffiti. In the late spring of 1996, alien markings seen from space, first appeared baring a stunning resemblance to a humble plow horse. Click any thumbnail to go to the first image gallery The Truth be told The actual layout was facilitated by the surveying department at Georgian College in Barrie. They surveyed the four-corners of the 50acre field, entered Joe Fafard's drawing in the computer and plotted hundreds of numbered coordinates around the horse’s perimeter. They then returned with laser transits each with a chip that held the coordinates. By using walkie-talkies they were then able to plant precisely located, numbered stakes in the field. Planting the horse was a gigantic connect-the-dots puzzle. The ability to accomplish such a feat is now within the artist’s grasp. The urge to find new, larger surfaces to place our marks on has reached new heights. With the aid of UGG (a grain company), the Maclaren staff, the local farm community and volunteers, a GPS system and a satellite, the Maclaren Art Centre embarked on a unique marketing idea. Combining space age technology and a drawing by Joe Fafard, they set about to undertake a very ambitious project. His part was to draw a horse on paper, which would then be plotted and transposed using a GPS system. The GPS work was done after the fact as another way to present the image. The art of planning around natures palette, whether it be Monet’s garden at Giverny or the nurturing of a bonsai tree has always been an intriguing art form. It’s a slow methodical process where plants are chosen for their colour, texture and maturity rate - throughout the growing season. The complexity of this process is moved to the next level, as the image being created can only be seen in its entirety from the air, after the crop is up. Click any thumbnail to go to the second image gallery Looking Back As you can see by these images provided by the Maclaren Art Centre, this project was a great success. It took a lot of hard work by designers, staff and the farming community. It seems a project of this scale and scope had the ability to bridge the gap between artists, galleries and the general public. They’re truly was something for everyone in this event. The Maclaren garnered a bit of notoriety in the art world with a unique event, which positioned them in the heart of the rural community in Canada. This project merged the tools and materials of the local farmers with new science technology and presented a visual way to appreciate both. This three-way symbiotic relationship is rare where all parties involved actually get something of benefit from the end result. Congratulations on a job well done! For further programs you may see the Maclaren Art Centre at this web site address. www.maclarenart.com Link to the Maclaren against the Grain, Joe Fafard’s Field Project. www.catchacoma.ca/fafard/ Click any thumbnail to go to the third image gallery Below I have included a link to an Essay by William Moore, Director of the Maclaren Art Centre and 15 questions I posed to Roy Hickling (project curator), a local farmer who was involved in the planning from the early stages. These two pieces will provide more in depth detail as to this project. I have also included a number of other photos to accompany these articles, to better help you grasp the scale of a project of this magnitude. Enjoy! Links to Related Articles Anatomy of a Horse - William Moore Anatomy of a Horse - Interview _________________________________________________ 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