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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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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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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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Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon

By Robert Amos April 13, 2007

Vancouver Art Gallery and National Gallery of Canada present Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, until January 7, 2007 (www.vanartgallery.bc.ca 604-662-4719) For Emily Carr fans, this is it. Gathered in one place are 203 examples of work by and about the most important artist this country has produced. The show is assembled with intelligence and insight, and in these rooms a proper evaluation of her talent as a painter can be made. The first revelation for me was the partial recreation of the Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art: Native and Modern, which was seen in 1927 at the National Gallery of Canada (and in Toronto and Montreal). Native masks were set above canvases, and carved paddles hung between them. Cases hold wooden rattles, mother-of-pearl inlaid frontlets and ivory soulcatchers. That 1927 show was a watershed in Carr’s life and marked a key moment in this country’s approach to native issues. For those whose knowledge of Carr comes from picture books, it’s invigorating to see these canvases “for real” - the scale and vivid colour of her energetic oils. Many of her earlier works depicting the native villages are populated with dozens of people, painted with an engaged interest and empathy. Carr was a different painter before Lawren Harris made her a modernist. The cavalcade of small rooms at the Vancouver Art Gallery lends itself to intense thematic groups, where the various interests of Carr are emphasized. The erotic power of Carr’s forests rises with the lifting of a hemline of hemlock. The painter repeatedly stroked and massaged the drooping fronds of her cedar, parting them and only pausing to feel the relief of sunlight swooping through. The curators haved taken trouble to introduce work rarely seen by even the most dedicated fans. Carr’s early illustrations surprise us with the supple characterizations she gives to her art students and friends. The magisterial Graveyard Entrance, Campbell River must have shocked the crowd in 1912, and comes to this show from a private collection in Ontario. Some wild and crazy oils have emerged, the blue and greens swirling madly against her manila paper, now toasted to a cinnamon brown. The show is definitely focussed on Carr, and avoids rushing off on many appealing tangents. But paintings significant to the Carr story - examples of paintings of native people by Paul Kane, Langdon Kihn and A. Y. Jackson, and the unique cubist view of her studio by Mark Tobey, to name a few - are generously included. At the farthest reaches of the exhibit, Emily’s own gruff self-portrait is flanked by two estimable paintings of the artist by her dear friends. Nan Chaney’s finely crafted canvas shows Carr as pixyish and animated, with a crafty sparkle in her eyes. On the opposite side is Edythe Hembroff’s mystic and modern rendering of Carr, in shifting tints and flat planes. Most telling is Harold Mortimer Lamb’s famous photo of Carr, intensely posing before her Swirling Trees. We are allowed closer to Carr than any other artist I can name. Carr’s reputation has undergone a thorough consideration in terms of modern issues - dozens of books about her on on display, considering her formal modernism as an artist, her position in terms of native culture, her notions of what we call ecology, her love affairs. The subject is comprehensively aired in the landmark catalogue for this show (Douglas and Mcintyre, Vancouver, 2006, 336 pp., $75). This show will be seen in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary after its Vancouver stop. It is interesting to note that many of the most prominent paintings in this show from the National Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery are from Victoria collections. Tanoo 1912 and Sombreness Sunlit (BCArchives), Odds and Ends 1939 and Light Swooping Through 1938 (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria), Happiness 1939 (Maltwood Museum) are just a few of the stars on loan from Victoria collections. My only regret is that I had to go to Vancouver to honour Victoria’s most famous citizen. When visitors to Victoria ask “where can we see the Emily Carr paintings?”, the answer is always “somewhere else”. The AGGV does its best, and the Maltwood has one on show at the moment. But why doesn’t Victoria have a shrine to Emily Carr? The Provincial Archives, which is part of the Royal B. C. Museum, has an immense collection of her work but no display space. We should clamour for their constant exposure here. Accompanying the Carr show is Paint (until February 25) which examines the past four decades of painting in Vancouver. Michael Morris ( of Brentwood Bay) is the seminal figure, and contemporary Victoria photo-realist watercolourist Tim Gardner brings the show up to date. On the third floor I enjoyed The Road to Utopia - 75 Years of Collecting (until January 1), with extensive selections of modern formalist photos by John Vanderpant, and the whimsical and wonderful ink drawings by B. C. Binning. In all I spent three and a half hours at the art gallery. You know I enjoyed it.