Wood Buffalo | Food Bank Association Mural Project Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI)

Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association logoThe Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association wishes to commission an artist to paint murals on two c-cans located on their property in downtown Fort McMurray, Alberta. The murals will only be painted on one side of each c-can (2 murals total) and should contain the themes of food security, food bank, food community, together at the table, etc.

REOI Due: June 16, 2017.

This REOI is open May 26 – June 16, 2017.  The artist will have from July 1 – August 31, 2017 to design, prep, and paint the murals. The artist will be invited to the unveiling reception in late September 2017. The artist will have from July 1 – August 31, 2017 to design, prep, and paint the murals. The artist will be invited to the unveiling reception in late September 2017. More details at www.artscouncilwb.ca/blog, or download the full REOI (pdf).


Edmonton | PACE Summer Salon: Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act: 5 Years In

Professional Arts Coalition of EdmontonThe Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) in partnership with The Book Publishers Association of Alberta, the Writers Guild of Alberta, Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA)

Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act: Five Years In

Wed, 28 June, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby, ATB Financial Arts Barns, Old Strathcona
10330 84 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9

Moderator: Glenn Rollans, Partner, Brush Education Inc.
Panelists: Linda Callaghan, lawyer, Ackroyd Law, Edmonton
Linda Cameron, Director, University of Alberta Press
Paddy Lamb, Alberta representative, National Board of CARFAC
Chris Wynters, Director, Festivals / Partnerships, Six Shooter Records
Jeananne Kathol Kirwin, author and lawyer, Kirwin LLP



Art From The Heart

Art from the Heart logoAs you know, the residents of Fort McMurray are in the process of rebuilding not only homes but also their lives in general.

The earlier response to a previous letter was lovely as many of you want to donate a piece of original art work to the families of Ft. Mac. We know the value of original art exceeds the price. The true value is the energy it brings to home and we know this will aid in their rebuilding and healing.

Fort MacMurry’s Health Care Centres are reporting that most of the residents are dealing with some level of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from deep depression to headachesand anxiety. This is true for the children as well as the adults. We have seen the benefits of the Arts involvement in rebuilding communities and as visual artist we would like to do our part. Our goal is to provide a piece of original art for the residents who wish to partake in this.

This is the basis for how it will work:


Draw More Income 2017 EP14: Deborah Carruthers and Sydney Lancaster

And it’s time for a new podcast episode! This month we bring you Deborah Carruthers, with Sydney Lancaster, to talk copyright.This is a live recording of a talk we held in early May at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, so don’t keep hitting yourself for missing it! It’s right here. Take notes and learn how the slippery business of copyright applies to you as an artist.

This is Deborah’s second appearance on the podcast during a live talk and for good reason. Her experience in the field of cultural policy is extensive and this on top of a thriving personal art practice as well. And Sydney Lancaster, our current president, has been a advocate for artists rights in Alberta and Canada for years and years and we were so happy to have her here to offer her support and advice. Thanks for them both for coming from Quebec and Edmonton respectively for this talk!

As a bit of a liner note, I think it’s important to highlight a recurring theme for artists asking about copyright: YOU NEED TO GET A CONTRACT! As an organization dedicated to fighting for artists rights and the socio-economic wellbeing of arts and culture workers of all stripes, there is still very little we can do in specific copyright situations if there is no contract to speak of. Student artists, self-taught artists, established artists, emerging artists, curators and gallerists, community organizers: GET A CONTRACT!

For more information about copyright, visit Copyright Visual Arts here: http://www.carcc.ca/en/main

This episode was recorded and edited by Graeme Dearden at TRUCK Contemporary Art (http://www.truck.ca/)
Intro music: “Outsider’s Paradox” by springtide (www.springtide.jp), accessed through Free Music Archive.

Sherwood Park | 2nd Annual Hidden Treasures Open Art Studio Tour set for June 24, 25

Art Society of Strathcona CountyThe Art Society of Strathcona County is proud to present its second annual art studio tour June 24, 25 2017. The Hidden Treasures Open Art Studio Tour is a two day self-guided tour which is free to the public. This tour invites the public into the home studio spaces of local Strathcona County artists to experience their creative process, view their artwork and purchase art for sale. Many of the artists will have draws for a special work of art. This studio tour is a unique event featuring artists who work in many mediums such as oil, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, pottery, glass, metal work and others. Some of the home studios are set in beautiful garden settings. Ten artists will also be set up in the A.J. Ottewell Center, (Red Barn) and the Loft Gallery in the Ottewell Center will also be open.

The Clay Hut and Studio One will be hosting two potters and one glass artist, who will have many works available for sale. On Sunday, June 25th, Smeltzer House will also be hosting a Heritage Tea from 1pm to 4pm.

The tour also includes two galleries, Gallery 501 and Spark Gallery. All studios will be open both days from 10am to 5pm.

A map and brochure of all participating studios can be uploaded on the ASSC website at www.artstrathcona.com and the Hidden Treasures Open Art Studio Tour Facebook page

Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor April 2017

Arts Research Monitor  Recherches sur les arts
Vol. 16 No 1  April 2017 © Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2017          ISSN 1708-170X

Arts education / Theatre / Social benefits

In this issue: A focus on arts education and benefits of the arts, including a Canadian examination of the situation of theatre for young audiences, a United Kingdom report on the benefits of cultural learning, an American summary of the benefits of the arts and culture, and an American report on the audience impact of choral music concerts.

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The Arts Research Monitor is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Sherwood Park | Call for Submissions: 2017 Celebrating Canadian Art

Art Society of Strathcona CountyArt Society of Strathcona County
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Open Call for all artists residing in Canada — Honouring Canada’s 150th Birthday

Prizes For Each Category: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Masters, 3d, Photography/Digital Art

  • $350 Cash First Prize
  • $250 Cash Second Prize
  • $175 Cash Third Prize
  • $350 Jurors Choice

October 13 – 15 and 20 – 22,  Reception on October 13 at 7pm and  Tea on October 22, from 1pm–3pm. For Prospectus, go to our website.

Edmonton | Call for Submissions: Alberta Branded 2018 Showcase

Highlighting Alberta-made products

Alberta’s unique geography and cultural diversity inspire Alberta artists to share their creative expressions through art and fine craft. Our Alberta Branded retail store showcases a selection of ceramics, glass, jewellery, photography, paintings and sculptural pieces, all handcrafted by Alberta artists and available for purchase. A unique selection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art and fine craft is also available.

Alberta Branded features an annual juried artist showcase that features distinctive pieces curated, and available for purchase, to represent a specific theme. Alberta Branded is currently accepting submissions for the Alberta Branded 2018 Showcase entitled Façonner until August 31, 2017.  Please visit http://www.assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre/abBranded.html for downloadable forms and contact information.

Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2017

Alberta | Three Callls for Submissions

Don’t miss out on applying to these great exhibition opportunities from The Alberta Society of Artists:


Due to the great success of last years exhibition, #BestYEG_Artists is back for 2017.
Associates, Students & Non-Members from the City of Edmonton and within a 60km radius are eligible to apply. Current ASA Juried members are not eligible to apply.
Deadline Soon:  Friday, May 19, 2017 
Submission Fee: FREE | Click here to access the prospectus and apply online.

Open to all visual artists in Alberta | November 1 – 30th, 2017
Calgary Central Library, 616 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta
Deadline for Submissions: September 3, 2017
Click here to access the prospectus and/or apply online

Open to all visual artists in Alberta | November 5 ? 30, 2017
Fish Creek Library, 11161 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary
Deadline for Submissions: September 3, 2017
Click here to access the prospectus and/or apply online