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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Coffee and a Piece of Art To Go, Please!

By ArtistsInCanada October 6, 2003

} Coffee and a Piece of Art To Go, Please! By Paul Constable There has never been a better opportunity for artists to show and sell their work than the present. The same goes for art buyers. Coffee shops and restaurants have done a great job in recognizing this value added fit between themselves, their customers and local artists. These java houses have become the real Public Art Galleries, accessible and open to the general public at a moments notice, throughout the year. I'm sure the coffee house business is fierce out there, with nearly one on every corner. They know being successful depends on building customer loyalty. The benefit for the business is original artwork that decorates their establishment and raises their profile in the community. It also differentiates them from the National franchised coffee bars springing up across the country. Like a formal art show, the artwork is changed regularly, giving the space a fresh look, which keeps the shops patrons coming back to see the next show. As new artists rotate through the doors, so their followers are acquainted with the coffee establishment. Artwork of Marvin Swartz at City Perk (Saskatoon) http://www.uvisions.com/swartz I have frequented many coffee houses and the little independent community shops provide a great venue to see the latest artwork without the pressure to purchase. At one time, fine art was only available through commercial art galleries, the odd store window or from the artists directly. Finding the right piece and feeling comfortable with your purchase takes time and requires a bit of browsing on your part. This should be fun, exciting and without any sales pressure. If your intended purchase seems expensive, just think how many meals or designer coffees it would take to add up to that amount. That doesn't mean go over budget or go without the other things you like, just start smaller. It truly is a great addiction. Remember - once the coffee is gone, it's gone! - but the flavour of the artwork you purchased, will always remain. Many times the original artwork you purchase will accrue in value, not like the new car you just bought. Buying as an investment shouldn't be your primary reason for the purchase, unless you retain the help of a professional art consultant. Your enjoyment should come from buying something you like or can grow to appreciate. Now, some people feel uncomfortable entering an art gallery, especially if they are just curious or are trying to learn more about how and what they should be looking for in a work of art. Most commercial galleries are more than happy to let you browse and ask questions about the art and artists they handle. Meanwhile, back at the coffee shop, while sipping your latte or Columbian dark roast, listen to the comments by others about the work on display. Are they the same as your thoughts on that piece? If yours is different, that doesn't mean what is being said is correct, but it does give you another perspective on the work. If you are unsure of a piece, sometimes the artist has a sheet explaining what their work entailed or was meant to convey. Watch the paper for openings or ask to be put on the mailing / email list. The artist usually attends these openings and it is a good time to get to know them and their work better. Artwork of Regina Seib at Joe Beans (Saskatoon) http://www.reginaseib.com/index.html Most artists showing in these shops tend to be local, emerging to mid-career artists. They are looking for exposure and their works are usually reasonably priced. Coffee houses and artists started this relationship from the time there were cafes, in Europe. It was a place to hang out, talk art and life. Except for a few of the larger centres, Canadians have been slow to respond to this lifestyle. Finally, we seem to be accepting art into our daily routines. The coffee is getting better and so is the art. _________________________________________________ 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. He is also a contributing art writer to "Life In The City" Paper in Saskatoon. 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