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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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Armando Barbon

By Robert Amos April 4, 2005

} Armando Barbon By Robert Amos The sculptor unwound the plastic wrap which keeps his clay moist, revealing a life-sized man, confidently stepping onto the emigrant ship. His piercing gaze is fixed on the future. Behind him, in high relief, his wife and children are wrung with the pain of separation. The subject - and the author - of this dramatic ensemble is Armando Barbon. Moulds will soon be made of the sculpture, and it will be cast in wax, later to be made in bronze. For one day only, Barbon is opening his new studio to visitors, in answer to his many friends who have been wondering "what is Armando up to?". Barbon grew up in Torino, north of Venice, and recalls statues in the church which he attended as a child. "As I looked," he told me, "I felt them coming close to me, and I thought "maybe some day..."". But that post-war time was not right for those dreams. At the age of 27 he took the giant step and came to Canada. His wife and two little children followed five months later. At first it was hard work for him in construction. His wife worked at a delicatessen. When that deli went out of business, Barbon traded his house for the store and set to work building North Douglas Distributors, a vigourous and successful food wholesaler. Barbon continued: "I decided I didn't want to die in my office." Four years ago he sold the company to Sysco Enterprises. On a subsequent holiday in Italy, he intended to study singing, but a sore throat put paid to that idea. He then applied to a professore who allowed him to work in his sculpture studio. The curriculum was mainly copying, and except for eating and sleeping, Barbon was incessantly at work on the marble. In the intervening years, he has returned four times for three-month sessions at Pietrasanta, the world centre of marble carving. The learning is endless, and being away from his family is a strain. So Barbon has created an extensive and well-equipped studio in Victoria. To proceed with his education and his projects, he has twice brought the finest sculptors from Pietrasanta to join him here as "artists in residence". It is traditional for artists to work with professional sculptors, who help to scale up their ideas and provide technical expertise in the execution. At the moment, Gabriele Vicari is hard at work at Barbon's studio. The vision behind each sculpture is entirely Barbon's, and he made the maquette. He and Vicari have built an armature and created the full-sized sculpture together, novice learning from the master as they go. "I see the job finished," Barbon told me, "but I need a driver to help me get there. I can be a good student but I am not a maestro. We learn every time we work." Leaving Vicari to his efforts, we toured the warehouse which Barbon purchased for his studio. "It is in my blood to do things and treat them as a business all the time," he explained, when I expressed my amazement at the vast, skylit space. "This could be seen as a business - but it's not!". Barbon has so many of his own ideas that he has no time for other people's commissions. As a student himself, he will not make this a school for other sculptors. The numerous blocks of white Italian marble, the mirrored drawing studio, the workshop and the tools driven by compressed air are there entirely for his use. "I could have done with half the space," he admitted, but buying the entire building was just good business. Working in another studio in the complex is Linda Lindsay, a singularly skilled figurative sculptor whose bronzes are on show in Victoria at Winchester Galleries. Like many a sculptor, Lindsay has had a long career, her artistry only limited by technical constraints. When Barbon asked "are you interested in being my associate," Lindsay admits she was "flabbergasted!". On the day of my visit she was hard at work on a life-sized figure of woman in a graceful pose, which represents The Spirit of Victoria. Barbon was eager to show me his new marble fountain surmounted by a nude, and also the bronze of he and his wife entwined, just a few of the sculptures which are beginning to fill his showroom. His sculpture is part of a long-standing tradition, one where "found objects" and ironic social critiques have no place. You may view his Italian inspiration as kitsch or classicism - it's of no concern to Armando Barbon. He's doing exactly what he wants to do. Barbon's Studio 37 is located at 800 Cloverdale. It will be open for one day only, on Saturday, March 19 from 11 am to 4 pm. ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2005Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B.C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com