Art Announcements

November 25, 2012
Profiled Artist, Tony Batten
Showing at Salon D'Hiver Gallery, Toronto.

November 6, 2012

Gallery 21, Tottenham, On.
Ice and Snow Show
Nov. 11, 2012.

November 2, 2012.

Alan Hancock,  featured 'Portrait' artist.

You are invited to Two Artists - Two Visions, a show of paintings by Ray Ward and W. Allan Hancock at the Peninsula Gallery, 2506 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC.  Opening Reception is on Saturday, November 3rd, from 1-4 pm with the artists in attendance.

November 2, 2012

Joni Young, Glolden BC.

Joni Young is having is having a showing at the Art Gallery of Golden, BC, from November 2nd - Nov. 27th.

November 1st, 2012

Bradford, On. 'Expressions 2012'.
Saturday, Nov. 19th
10am - 5pm

November 1st
Cookstown Ontario.
Studio Tour - 
November 9th, 5-9 pm. 2012
November 10th, 10 - 4pm, 2012   


October 24th

Bill Tomlinson
Announces that he is now represented by the Side Street Gallery of Wellington, On.

Oct. 24,2012.

Alex Fong
Will be showing at the tenth anniversary of the  Rotary Centre in Kelowna, BC, Nov 2nd - 29th.

Group of Seven show coming to McMichael gallery Nov. 3
KLEINBURG, ONT.—The major exhibition of paintings by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven that toured European cities this past year will open Nov. 3 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, its only Canadian stop.
More than 120 works from public and private collections are featured. Among the most famous, said McMichael executive director Victoria Dickenson, are Thomson’s “The Jack Pine” and “The West Wind,” Lawren Harris’s “Icebergs, Davis Strait,” J.E.H. MacDonald’s “First Snow, Algoma” and Franklin Carmichael’s “October Gold.”
Source: Toronto Star.
Click here

October 21, 2012

Laurie Near
is having a showing at The Art Gallery of Northumberland, in  Cobourg, Ontario - October 23rd - November 18th.

October 11, 2012.


Share Your Love of Art!  Share Your Love of Canada!  

Contemporary art plays an important role in telling the Canada’s story so for 2012-13, ARABELLA is looking to create an outstanding collection of current works that examine the emotional power of landscape art in shaping Canadian identity with a full sense of past, present and future. 

The ARABELLA Canadian Landscape Contest is designed to be an exciting adventure in chronicling the current state of landscape painting in Canada. Now is the time to re-examine the country with a focus on capturing the full breadth, depth and colour that exists and to includes as many communities, peoples and cultures as we can from from coast to coast to coast.

As a publisher our goal is to produce a hard cover book that defines the Canadian Landscape painting genre in 2012-13. The book in combination with the ACL ARTISTS Hub site are designed to provide all contributing artists with wide exposure and recognition in the arts community, as well as opportunities to promote and sell their current works, either directly or through their gallery representatives. Everyone's art is celebrated as part of this great adventure in telling Canada's story through landscape painting!   

As business colleagues, we are designing the ARTISTS HUB to provide artists with a unique marketing tool. Unlike other art contests, ALL ACL Artists are promoted on the ARTIST HUB, as well as the ARABELLA magazine blog!.  Already we are seeing the ARTIST HUB as being a unique forum for professional dialogue among artists, sharing of ideas and inspirations, professional development, and promotion of arts events right across the country.

Artists can register at . The contest is open to all North American artists and the final deadline for registration is January 1, 2013. Completed works must be submitted by June 1, 2013. 

October 9th, 2012

Lots of Stuff Going on on the West Coast, this weekend.

Arctic Expression

This wide-ranging show celebrating 40 years of Canadian Inuit sculpture is important because it shows that each Arctic region, or even community, developed a unique style. From the sensitive, exquisite works of brothers Kiawak and Kaka Ashoona from Baffin Island, to stark, powerful creations by George Tataniq each sculpture expresses a unique vision.

Starts Saturday, runs to Nov. 2 | Inuit Gallery

South Granville Fall Arts Preview

Vancouver’s Gallery Row launches its new art season. Make a day of it as 15 South Granville galleries, including, Marion Scott, Heffel, and Bau-Xi, celebrate new exhibitions with receptions. Don’t miss Douglas Udell Gallery’s annual Collector’s Choice show, featuring works by Picasso, A.Y. Jackson, Jean Paul Riopelle, and more.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Vancouver’s Gallery Row

Artists for Conservation Festival

One of the world’s largest gathering of nature artists takes place at Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain starting this weekend. The 10 day festival features an exhibition of 90 works, including an oil painting of an endangered Amur Leopard by Robert Bateman, created exclusively for the event. The public can join the 80 visiting artist to attend lectures, workshops, live artist demos, First Nations performances, African drumming and film — all in support of conservation.

Starts Saturday, runs to Oct. 21 | Grouse Mountain

Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism

In the 1950s and ’60s, Selwyn Pullan photographed projects for B.C.’s leading architects of the new modernism, including Ron Thom, Fred Hollingsworth, and Arthur Erickson. His images of their sleek aesthetic dominated consumer magazines and helped shape the taste of a nation. This exhibition features highlights from the just-published book Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism, along with other photos never before exhibited.

October 7, 2012
Vernon, BC

Joan Rowan and Patricia Neil Lawton announce a Dinner and Art Evening, in Vernon BC, in support of Hospice House, with entertainment by Lent, Fraser and Wall.  'A Dressy Affair' for a fun evening!  Happy Hour between 5 - 6.  Price: $25.00

3127 - 30th
 Ave., Downtown Vernon

September 18, 2012
Gallery 21
Tottenham, Ontario

 Gallery 21

Brian Lafazanos and Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd, are pleased to announce the opening of the new satellite office at #1 Queen Street North, Tottenham. Tastefully renovated, the new office boasts over 500 square feet of wall space, high ceilings, interesting interior features, and an opportunity for South Simcoe 
and northern York Region artists to show their work in …….."Gallery 21"   For the launch of this new Century 21 location, Brian will be hosting an  art show and sale themed "Home is Where the Art Is", highlighting paintings  and illustrations of houses and homesteads by Tottenham and area artists.
Show date is set for October 1st, through to November 3.  Please join us for our grand opening reception October 14th, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm, meet Brian, some of the artists, view the art and have a tour of the new office. All are welcome!

Shomberg Village Street Gallery
Sept. 15-16, 2012.

Weome to the Fourth Annual Schomberg Village Street Gallery.

Please click here to visit the King  Art Society's webpage.

Stroll down Main Street in Schomberg and enjoy the ambience, the shoppes and, of course, the art.
The Schomberg Village Street Gallery (SVSG) is a two-day outdoor, juried exhibition and sale of quality fine art, held in the historic village of Schomberg, Ontario. Admission is free to the public.
Come and join us on September 15th and 16th 2012 from 10am to 5pm for a weekend of art.

Splash by Martin Mobbs

ArtReach Toronto invites you to “submit nominations for this new award that recognizes the outstanding contributions of young artists and youth arts groups addressing social justice issues in Toronto. Two awards will be provided, honouring one young artist and one youth arts group / organization creating opportunities for youth to access and be engaged in the arts. Two cash prizes of $1000 will be provided to the award winners, as sponsored by Susan Harris and David Kassie.

June 14, 2012

Snapshot: East Coast Contemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition, at the Khyber Institute of Contemporary Arts to Aug. 17. Halifax, N.S.

Featuring such native artists as,  Frannie Fancis, Ursula Johnson, Dozay Christmas, Charles Doucette, Gerald Gloade, and Jerry Evans.

On 28 May 2012,
Whats Happening in Ontario Art Galleries

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries has a noteworthy news and events feature on their website. It provides a weekly profile for what's going on within their family of contributing galleries. Its a must for those who are regular visitors of galleries around the province. Please click here and then go to 'News' and 'Events' on the top banner.

June 2nd.
CBC Radio
Paul Kennedy presents an interesting series of 2 programmes on William Notman, one of Canada's premier early photographers.  To listen to the podcast please click here.

June 6th.
More on Norval Morriseau Legal Issues

Margaret Hatfield hopes Monday will be the last time she’ll be seeing Toronto for a while.
The 64-year-old retired school teacher has made the 300-kilometre drive to the city from her home in Sarnia close to 10 times in the past year and a half. Now it appears the end is in sight – the end at least of the trial portion of a suit Hatfield initiated three years ago against a Toronto art dealer for selling her a painting by the late, legendary Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau.

June, 2012

Van Gogh Comes to the National Art Gallery of Canada

After last summer's show of Caravaggio's works, the National Gallery has come up big time with this summer's showing of Van Gogh.
Van Gogh: Up Close is the first major exhibition in Canada in over 25 years of works by this famous Dutch artist. It brings together more than 40 of Van Gogh’s paintings from private and public collections around the world, as well as a selection of Japanese woodblock prints, nineteenth-century photographs, and works on paper from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
This exhibition explores Van Gogh’s love for nature and his gift for representing the world around him, from landscapes down to the smallest blade of grass.

June 4th.
Doug Mays - Watercolour Workshop: August 19-23rd. 

Featured POVAC, Artist, Doug Mays announces that he will be holding a summer Watercolour Workshop at Bridgewater Retreat, near Tweed, Ontario. (just south of Highway 7).  I attended an Ontario Plein Air Society workshop held at Bridgewater last summer and can report that its a perfect location.   If interested, please click on this link to be taken to Doug's website.

June 2, 2012

John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister Halts Sale of Canadian Art from Embassies.

OTTAWA — Fourteen paintings by some of Canada’s best-known artists which were nearly sold by the Canadian government will be unexpectedly on view at the Lester B. Pearson Building on Saturday during Doors Open Ottawa.

“These paintings belong to the people of Canada,” John Baird, minister of Foreign Affairs, told the Citizen on Friday.

“Doors Open Ottawa was such a natural opportunity for people to see their art. Unless you travel to Canadian embassies you never get to see it.”

Last month, Baird halted the sale of 22 paintings, including works by Jean Paul Lemieux, Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, William Kurelek and David Milne.

Excerpt from the Ottawa Citizen. Please Click here

May 31, 2012

Drainage problem at Montreal museum blamed
MONTREAL — Hundreds of works of rare art have been damaged at one of Montreal’s main museums by heavy rains that battered the city, flooding basements and overwhelming the city’s aging infrastructure.

“We have one to three feet of water in our basements,” Paulette Gagnon, director of the Montreal museum of contemporary art, said Wednesday.

click here

May 29th. 2012

I just picked up the current issue of 'The Walrus', magazine.  Brent Grainger's writes an interesting article, 'The Troubled Prophet', on William Kurelek.

May 24th
Sotheby Art Auction

TORONTO - An auction of Canadian art Sotheby’s Canada on Thursday night in Toronto yielded a sale total of $3.5 million.
A contemporary post-war painting by Paul-Emile Borduas entitled Froissement Multicolore was sold for $663,750, including the buyer’s premium.
The latticelike brushwork painting had a pre-sale estimate of $350,000-$500,000.
Robert Todd's landscape of Montmorency Falls, Que., set a record for the artist, earning $439,500 after several minutes of heated bidding.
Another artist's auction record was broken when Jack Bush's 1971 abstract canvas Glide sold for $267,000, more than doubling its pre-sale estimate of $120,000.
Collectors vied for pieces representing four decades of William Ronald's career, with Back Thru Spring besting its estimate of up to $80,000 by selling for $100,250.
One painting that did not sell was Mountain Sketch XCI by Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris. The mountainscape had a pre-sale estimate of up to $600,000, but failed to find a buyer.
"Naturally, we’re disappointed the Harris didn’t find a new home tonight," said
Linda Rodeck of Sotheby’s Canada in a statement.
She said when a sale estimate is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, "the pool of capable bidders narrows so it’s always a little harder to place paintings this valuable."
"I’m confident that Sotheby’s be approached in the coming days with private offers to purchase it," added Rodeck.

May 21, 2012.
This Robert Video presents an excellent overview of the vareity of Robert's works for sale.

MAY 16th
Maynards of Vancouver, puts the recently discovered Tom Thomson work, up for auction today.

Ron Morrison. Perez Fine Art Gallery Video.

May 17th.

Heffel Spring Art Sale in Vancouver
This looks like a big one! Its loaded with great stuff and it may be a big night for Canadian painting.  Expectations are high for Edwin Holgate making a big coin breakthrough.
Heffel Fine Art Auction House will hold its Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art and Fine Canadian Art auctions on May 17 in Vancouver. Keep posted for further information.
Click here to read the National Post news article on this sale.
Click here to see the spring auction online details 

Picasa comes to the Art Gallery of Ontario. May 1, 2012

MAY 2. Art and Culture

Coming to the National Gallery of Canada - a Dynamic Debate

Art in Daily Life: Essential or Irrelevant

This event will include The National Gallery’s Director and CEO Marc Mayer and art critic Sarah Milroy will face-off against the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Executive Director Stephen Borys and writer of the Globe and Mail Kate Taylor. From street art to national galleries, and everywhere in between, our debaters will challenge one another to prove, or disprove, the relevance of art in daily life. This thoughtful and entertaining debate will also include moderator Carol Off, CBC radio host for As it Happens, and provocateur Peter Simpson, arts editor-at-large for the Ottawa Citizen; as well as additional rabble-rousers. We thought it would be a great opportunity to include the event in your blog and get more people involved in the conversation.

Event Details
Location: The National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa ON
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Date: Wednesday May 2, 2012

Tickets are available at The National Gallery Box Office in person or by phone 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888

February, 2012.
Brian Simons Releases New Painting Book
Portrait Artist Brian Simons Releases Painting Book.  Click here to  be taken to Brian's website for additional information.

Artist Allen Tomlinson, of Bradford, Ontario  winner of Old Vic, University of Toronto, contest to produce a painting of old Vic to commemorate its 175th anniversary.


Michael Audain Art Philanthropist.

Michael Audain, a noted philanthropist for the arts donates $5 million dollars for the visual arts in Canada to the University of British Columbia. The gift is the largest ever received by the faculty of the arts. This will result in the creation of a new 2,600 sq. metre new arts centre.

Mo Bayliss
Ruth Draper
John Miller


Portrait editor Mo Bayliss (left of Tottenham) holds her picture of Clarence Bekker at Art Unique in Cookstown, (On) She stands with gallery owner Ruth Draper holding an orgiinal pen and ink sketch of the Totten home by June Watson and John Miller with an acrylic called Red Pines. Mo has been in the gallery since last year displaying her pictures made with paint made from grinding stones. John has a collection of outdoor scenes painted in acrylics

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