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Wed-Tues, November 5-September 1, 2015, all day | FRANCE TRéPANIER: ABORIGINAL CURATOR IN RESIDENCE Curator, researcher, and artist France Trépanier Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) and French ancestry will begin a yearlong residency at Open Space in September, funded by a special program at the Canada Council for the Arts. We look forward to Trépanier’s interrogation of the orthodoxies of curation and contemporary arts presentation. We anticipate Trépanier’s research and methodologies will have a lasting and transformative effect on cultural interplay regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Program supporters: British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia Community Gaming Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Capital Regional District, City of Victoria, Victoria Foundation.

Open Space Art Society, 510 Fort Street
Victoria, BC

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Fri-Mon, February 20-May 16, 2016, 11-6 Tues-Sat | LIVING WITH GLASS For well over five centuries, glass from the island of Murano, Italy has been desired by collectors of all persuasions, from leading scholars to day-trip tourists. The extraordinary skill of Murano’s glassmakers is indisputable. Veritable magicians, they transform cold material into explosions of light and color, encapsulated through the centuries in vases, sculptures, chandeliers, and tableware.
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Fri-Mon, May 1-November 30, 2015, various times | INDIGENOUS EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM Building on the success of last year’s Open Space Indigenous Youth Artist Showcase Group, we are currently planning the 2015 Indigenous Emerging Artists Program. Young artists will be offered the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary practices, including the many facets of media arts: video art, sound art, digital arts, etc. This free, hands-on program will encourage Aboriginal youth to tell their stories while benefiting from the guidance of established artists/mentors such as Jackson 2Bears, Peter Morin, Janet Rogers, Doug Jarvis, and Curator-in-Residence France Trépanier. They will also have access to experienced technicians and all necessary equipment, thanks to a partnership with MediaNet.

The Indigenous Emerging Artists Program is designed for Indigenous youth (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) age 15 to 30 interested in developing their art, exploring new media, and producing exciting work. Participants will meet every second week for workshops, field trips and artist talks. The program will run from May to November 2015, resulting in a public presentation and discussion. For more information please contact Open Space at 250.383.8833.

Open Space
510 Fort Street

Program supporters: British Columbia Arts Council, British Columbia Community Gaming Grant, the City of Victoria, the Capital Regional District, Victoria Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, MediaNet, Arts Victoria.

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Wed-Thur, June 17-December 31, 2015, | ALTERNATOR CENTRE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Call for Submissions
The Alternator accepts exhibition proposals from artists and curators. Selections are
based on:
Compatibility with the Alternator's mandate
- Quality of the proposal
- Quality of work submitted by the artist
- Availability of space
Submissions from both individual artists and groups will be considered with an
emphasis on an experimental approach.
In 2017/2018 the Alternator is inviting exhibiting artists to create an extension of their
work for public space. Please include a short proposal for this secondary component
along with your submission. For example this might include a banner, posters, public
performance or outdoor projection. A separate presentation fee will be paid.
The Alternator has limited funds available to assist with exhibition production. If you
require OAAA assistance with production expenses, please include a detailed
description and budget of production expenses as part of your programming
submission as well as expected installation schedule/timeline.
Please include all of the following when submitting your proposal:
- A brief description (maximum 300 words) clearly outlining the exhibition you are
- Artist statement - maximum 500 words
- Detailed description and budget of production expenses (if required) including
installation schedule.
- Curriculum vitae
- 15-20 images with name and title. Video artists may submit a video no longer than 5
- Image list detailing medium and size
- Self addressed, suciently stamped envelope (for return only)
Please submit images in jpeg format. Label jpg images with number and title, for
example: 01_title.jpg, 02_title.jpg etc. Jpg images must be 72 dpi, maximum 1024 x 768
pixels. 500 KB (0.5MB). Applications submitted by e-mail are not accepted.
Send proposals to:
Attn: Programming Committee
The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
421 Cawtson Ave, Unit 103
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 6Z1

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Fri-Sat, July 10-September 5, 2015, 9am-5pm mon, tue,wed,friday, thurday 9-8pm, sat 9-5pm | ANIMAL FARM Animal Farm
July 10- September 5, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, July 9, 7-9pm

Between a chicken’s tea party, a cow’s romance and a horse’s laugh, 21 talented artists have highlighted the heart and life of farm animals. Come and enjoy the vast array of personalities on display in Animal Farm.

Artists: Jenn Ashton, Helen Barke, Gerald Cawdell, Sharon Christian, Anaïs Gerber, Faye Gordon-Lewis, Shannon Harvey, Kiff Holland, Dominic Howell, Sharka Leigh, Soleil Mannion, Jacquie Manning, Shelly McDonald, Monique McEwan, Carol McQuaid, Susan Mendel, Meghan Sharir, Linda Sharp, Andrea Walters, Jeff Wilson, Grazyna Wolski.
Join us for a celebration of All Things Animals
Saturday, August 22
10am - 6pm (extended hours)
335 Lonsdale Avenue
On Saturday, August 22nd the City of North Vancouver will be closing Lower Lonsdale for Slide the City and Car Free Day! The giant slip and slide will end in front of CityScape Community Art Space, so splash your way down the waterslide and participate in animal - inspired activities inside and outside the gallery. From wool spinning demonstrations, to animal mask creations, to face painting; we will be celebrating farm animals all day!
Note: Lower Lonsdale will be closed to vehicles all day on Saturday, August 22.
Car Free Day and Slide the City are events run by the City of North Vancouver.

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Wed-Tues, July 22-September 15, 2015, 8:30-4:30 | MAURICIO VILLAMIL AND JOSEPH WU
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents
Mauricio Villamil and Joseph Wu
District Foyer Gallery
July 22 – September 15, 2015
Mauricio Villamil
As a painter and photographer, the central questions to Mauricio’s work for this exhibition are: what is the idea of “image” today and how does technology increasingly influence our ever more sophisticated idea of “image”? His work is a re-mixing of ideas and concepts from the world of media and digital manipulation of images to paintings and vice versa.
“ In our current contemporary culture, many subcultures are being constantly created and inhabited…we are moving between what we need; culture, language, communication, art and what we desire; faster and wider communication.”
Mauricio is a painter infatuated with photography. The camera offers a window through which he can manipulate and extend what he can see and how he sees it.

Joseph Wu
Like many people, Joseph Wu encountered origami as a child, folding paper since the age of three. He continued practicing his craft and began creating original designs at the age of eleven. Joseph’s work has been shown internationally at both conventions and gallery shows. In 2009, Joseph designed and installed a 180 foot long origami light sculpture that is the centerpiece of ORU restaurant in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver.
“Origami can be considered the closest art to creation ‘ex nihilo’, out of nothing…many origami artists seek to astound by complexity…but the true artistry of origami lies in simpler forms, where subtle shaping brings out nuances of feelings.”

North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

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Submitted portfolios are evaluated as a cohesive body of work, rather than individual images. Fifteen photographers will be chosen to have their twelve-image portfolios published in the Center’s Annual Portfolio ShowCase book. There will be an accompanying online exhibition with links to the artist’s websites. Select images will be exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography for the Portfolio ShowCase Exhibition.

JUROR | Maggie Blanchard
Maggie Blanchard is the director of Twin Palms, a publisher of exceptional photography and art books. Previously she was co-director of Center, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for gifted photographers. As a consultant, Maggie has helped photographers make the transition from film to digital, set up digital studios, and master digital workflow. In addition to her thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of photography and Adobe Photoshop, Maggie is captivated by the art form.

ABOUT C4FAP | Founded in 2004 by photographers, The Center for Fine Art Photography is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) photography organization. We provide support to photographic artists through exhibition, solo exhibition, promotion, education and connection to a large community of other artists, curators, gallery owners and photographic professionals. Open Tues-Sat, Free, Public Welcome. Please visit for more information and calls for entries.

Featured artist’s work will be published and exhibited before an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants, and other advocates of fine art photography. Participants will be included in the Center’s Online exhibition, Gallery exhibition and have their accepted portfolio published in the Portfolio ShowCase Volume 9 annual Book. Each artist receives three copies of the book.

ONE SOLO EXHIBITION AWARD One artist will be chosen for a solo exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography. This award comes with a $500 exhibition stipend.
PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE GROUP SHOW The Center will exhibit prints from the selected artists in conjunction with the book launch to promote the artists.
JUROR’S SELECTION The juror will select one portfolio to be the first presented in the book and will select an image from the portfolio to be the book cover.

In addition artists' selected for the exhibition will also receive:
Promotion on The Center's large social media platforms.
Professional installation images for your use.
Invitation to complimentary portfolio reviews with the Juror and the Executive Director, lunch and portfolio sharing on the reception weekend.


MEMBERS: $55 for the first portfolio (12 images)
NON-MEMBERS: $70 for the first portfolio (12 images)

Additional portfolios may be submitted for $65. There is no limit to the number of portfolios that may be submitted. Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit will receive the automatic discounted entry fee.

Entries Due: September 30, 2015
Notice Of Acceptance: December 15, 2015
Book Release: July, 2016
Exhibition Dates: July, August, September 2016
Public + Artists’ Reception: August 5, 2016

Image Upload Guidelines
All images are submitted online on our website. To submit images visit our home page, create a free account or Login to your existing account to begin. Further instructions are available in the Calls for Entry Section of our website.

Eligibility: Our calls for entry are open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate.
Exhibit Prints: In order to be included in the online gallery or to receive an award, you must provide a professionally printed and presented image for gallery exhibition. The Center recognizes that some work is non-traditional and the presentation type is integral to the work. Colorful frames must be pre-approved. To encourage participation by photographers from around the world, the Center offers optional, professional, printing and framing services. Additional details will be provided upon request.
Acceptance Notice: Everyone who submits will receive an email notification of which images were accepted. Accepted images will be posted on the Center’s website.

USE RIGHTS: Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Center for Fine Art Photography the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting exhibitions, promoting the Center’s programs, promoting the artist and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for The Center for Fine Art Photography with artist credit. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from the Center.

Image Credit: Michael Donnor and Jackie Heitchue

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Wed-Tues, August 5-September 29, 2015, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, open Sunday’s starting September 20 noon – 5 | JANET STRAYER, HUACA: SPIRIT OF PLACE North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents

Janet Strayer
Huaca: Spirit of Place

August 5 – September 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library,
1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Huaca is a South American term that refers to a location or object that is revered. In Huaca: Spirit of Place Janet has sought to reflect a sense of huaca as felt in the natural world. Ancient Andean culture believed huaca to be a spirit that can exist in natural formations like waterfalls, mountains and shrines.
“In places with huaca, a sense of wonder prevails and animates the world -- if only for a moment... It arrests you, draws you in and fires your imagination long afterward,” says Janet about her experiences.
Janet experienced the power of huaca while living in South America and felt first-hand places vibrating with significance or spirit. While Janet uses a range of styles in her artwork, the underlying current in her work focuses on moments of physical and psychological transformation.

District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd. North Vancouver

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Fri-Sat, August 7-October 31, 2015, 4:00pm | CALL FOR ARTISTS - ANONYMOUS ART SHOW The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very excited to announce the 11th Annual “Anonymous Art Show”. This group exhibition and fundraising event will include emerging and established two-dimensional artists working strictly on unframed 8” x 8” x 1½” back stapled canvas or wood cradle panel.

Artists are encouraged to participate in this worthwhile event as it is a significant fundraiser for the many valuable community programmes, projects and events of the Arts Council. The artists are required to sign only the back of the canvas as the paintings are displayed anonymously. Each piece is priced at $100. Sales are divided 50/50 between the artist and the NVCAC. Purchased paintings are immediately taken off the wall and given to the purchaser. In its place a sold tag will reveal the artist’s name.

The opening reception and sale is Thursday, November 19 at 7- 9:30pm and the sale continues until Saturday, December 19, giving the community an opportunity to purchase original art in time for Christmas.

Show your support further and purchase your blank canvases or wood cradle panel from us. On sale now! $5 for members $7 for non-members

All are welcome to submit, you do not have to be a resident of North Vancouver or a member of the Arts Council to participate. Due to its extreme popularity, the show is gently juried, however, we will strive to include as many artists as possible. Artists can submit up to three pieces of artwork.

All Artwork MUST meet the following requirements:

We only accept unframed, 8” x 8” x 1 ½”, back stapled canvas or wood cradle panel
A limit of 3 submissions per artist
Two dimensional works only - No relief work - No three dimensional work
New submissions only. Previous years’ AAS works will not be accepted
Full name, signature, title and website (if available) must be written on the back of the canvas (Canvases signed on the front will not be accepted.)
All works must have a title and may not be called “Untitled”.
Paintings must be submitted completely dry and unwired.
Mark an “up” arrow on the back of canvas to indicate top
Diptychs and triptychs are acceptable but will not be shown together

Please visit our website for more details on submitting:

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Sat-Mon, August 29-15, 2016, All Day | COMMERCIAL ALLEY: LIZ P DEMPSEY On Saturday, August 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Open Space, in partnership with the City of Victoria, will unveil a new installment of the Commercial Alley Public Art Gallery featuring the works of local artist, Liz P. Dempsey. The opening will take place in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival's En-Masse Art Crawl.

Dempsey’s commissioned works will feature a four-panel installation of her hybrid human-animal figures. The quartet of panels captures the charged and raw energy of our surroundings on this beautiful island. Dempsey fuses mystical imagery within an urban and contemporary context.

Open Space invites everyone and all to the unveiling of Commercial Alley’s newest display of works by Liz P Dempsey on the evening of Saturday, August 29, 2015 in concert with the city-wide celebration of artistic communities in Victoria, the Integrate Arts Festival.

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