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Call for Artists / Kanata Civic Gallery
« Last post by Tom Greene on November 10, 2017, 01:41:21 PM »
Call for Artists / Foyer Gallery
« Last post by Tom Greene on November 05, 2017, 01:21:12 PM »

The Foyer Gallery Artists Association is looking for innovative, emerging and established artists to join the Foyer Gallery. If you wish to apply for membership, please download and submit the application forms, available on our website.
Applications will be accepted between November 1-30, 2017.

The Foyer Gallery is an artist-run exhibition space, operating under the auspices of the Foyer Gallery Artists’ Association and the City of Ottawa. Established in 1997, the Gallery has over 600 square feet of glassed enclosed space located in the front foyer of the Nepean Sportsplex, at entrance 1, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue.       
Call for Artists / The Fab Art Centre Chelsea
« Last post by Tom Greene on November 03, 2017, 11:18:41 PM »

1.   Call for Visual Artists
From now until November 15, The Art House Cafe is accepting submissions for our Winter 2017-2018 Gallery Exhibition! All styles, mediums and sizes of art are welcome, broadly on the theme of your interpretation of the winter season.

Find instructions for submission and a link to download the Submission Form at Please send the completed Submission Form with associated picture attachments to by 11:59 pm on November 15. Thank you in advance for sharing your creativity with The Art House Cafe!

2. Call to artists for
La Fab's 2018 Exhibition Calendar
DEADLINE: Sunday November 26, 2017
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The Gallery Committee at La Fab is accepting submissions for their 2018 Exhibition Calendar. Submissions must be received by November 26, 2017.

La Fab, an artist run co-op, is located in Chelsea, Québec, and operates thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers. Every year we offer 6 to 8 exhibition slots (usually 24 days in length) to artists working in all media and from all over Canada. We are looking for a wide variety of voices and forms of expression. Solo, duo or group shows are all welcome. The committee looks forward to seeing your proposal.

Submission Requirements
The artist must be or become a member of La Fab ($50 for the year).
The artist also accepts to give 25% commission on all sales that will occur at la Fab during the time of the show.
Please note that the Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from February to December with extended hours in the summer. Artists selected to exhibit at La Fab are encouraged to be present in the gallery during their exhibition as much as possible to answer questions and connect with the public.
A complete submission package must include the following:

1. Application Form
Submit one (1) copy of a completed Application Form included at the end of this message
2. Exhibition Proposal Statement
Submit five (5) copies of an Exhibition Proposal Statement.
3. Current CV and artist's statement (short versions, max one page for each document).
Submit five (5) copies of a current résumé  and an artist's statement.  If multiple artists are involved, include each artist’s résumé and statement, and indicate one contact person.
4. Image list
Submit five (5) copies of a complete image list with title, year of creation, medium and dimensions in centimetres.
5.  Samples of your Work
Submit a USB Key with a maximum of 10 images representing recent works in support of your exhibition project, in accordance with the technical specification provided below. A maximum of 10 images is also required for duo and group exhibitions.
Technical Specifications:
Digital Images must be of a minimum 1240 pixels (length or width) with the following information underneath each image: Title, year of creation, medium and dimensions in centimeters.
Note: Samples of your work must be submitted on a USB key, while all written materials must be submitted on 8 ½” x 11” paper format.  Incomplete applications and PowerPoint presentations will be rejected.
Deadline for submissions
Submissions must be received by hand or postmarked on or before Sunday November 26th, 2017. Late submissions will not be reviewed.  Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decisions by December 19, 2017. If you would like your materials returned, please include a prepaid and pre-addressed envelope.
Mail or deliver submissions to:

Call to Artists 2017
La Fab Arts Centre
1-212, Old Chelsea Road
Chelsea, Québec  J9B 1J3

For more information / inquiries, write to:

Best regards,

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La Fab Arts Centre
Member Events / Hot off the Press with Katrin Smith
« Last post by Tom Greene on November 03, 2017, 10:32:51 PM »
I have been madly creating for my upcoming solo show called HOT OFF THE PRESS at the Foyer Gallery.  The show runs from November 7-26th and I will be showcasing fine art printmaking & all the different techniques associated with it. Everything from acid bath etchings to collographs and solar plate etchings.   The show will also serve as an educational tool to inform the public on what printmaking really is. I would love you to join me.
Directions: Foyer Gallery
Phone: 613-862-9438

Member Events / Let's Paint with Elizabeth Nanninga
« Last post by Tom Greene on October 29, 2017, 12:46:16 PM »
Nov. 17 (Friday) 9-1pm
Painting 15x30 of parliament building with tulips. Open to 3 more. Cost for this workshop is $95 incl. supplies. Choice of composition and shape (horizontal or vertical). See painting here.

Nov. 18 (Saturday) 9-12pm
12x12 or 11x14 painting of 2 Cardinals in winter. Open to 6 participants. Cost for this workshop is $60 incl. supplies. See painting here.

Dec. 16 (Saturday) 9-2pm
Painting Van Gogh's Café Terrace replica. Open to 6 participants. Cost is $100. incl. supplies. Canvas size: 24x18. See painting here.

For information contact: Elizabeth Nanninga  or visit

Also: You are invited to the Art Show and Sale November 4-5 from 10AM-5PM at Stonebridge Golf Club to see my work as well as the work of 25 other artists. Free Admission.
General Discussion / Re: My tips to successful watercolours
« Last post by Diane Charlebois on October 08, 2017, 10:30:41 AM »
Thank you Rachel- most helpful.  Question: how do you do a large evening sky and then do a couple of oversized stars without going over the stars first?
Member Events / City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries 2018-2019
« Last post by Tom Greene on September 13, 2017, 10:43:09 AM »
 Submission information for the City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries 2018-2019 exhibition season is now available online here:
The deadline for applications is October 6. Please feel free to share.
Member Events / Nepean Fine Arts Fall Sale
« Last post by Tom Greene on September 13, 2017, 10:40:54 AM »
The Annual Nepean Fine Arts Fall Sale at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall on Byron Avenue is from October 20 to 22 and some booths are still available.  If you are  interested in participating you would need to join NFAL as well.

Attached are the Call for Submissions Information and the Registration Form. Please disregard the deadline of September 8th. It has been extended to September 18th.

On the Call for Submissions and under the Registration Process heading, there is some important information on "acceptable art works".

Participants MUST be a member of NFAL in order to take part in the sale.  The form is available on the website as well as the new Paypal option.  You can access this by going  to
If there are any questions about registration, please contact Penny at or 613-592-4348.
Workshops / Easel Building Demonstration
« Last post by Richard Pell on September 05, 2017, 05:05:16 PM »
Instructions to make an inexpensive floor easel
The following instructions are for a large floor easel.  The directions can be modified to create a smaller easel if required.
The easel is constructed using 1’ x 2” materials that can be purchased from any lumber yard.  The Wood Source in Manotick Station is great spot to purchase good quality wood at reasonable costs.  They sell “shorts” in maple, oak, popular, birch and pine. 

Materials Required
  • All wood should be 1” x 2” in preferred wood type.
  • 3 piece – 6’0’’ these are the three legs.
  • 2 pieces - 5’-0” these are the centre part of the easel
  • 1 piece – 2’-2” this is the lower support brace that holds the two front legs together and anchors the centre part of the easel in place.
  • 1 piece – 1’-4” this is the upper support brace that holds the two front legs together and anchors the centre part of the easel in place.
  • 1 piece - 4’-0” this is the movable horizontal piece that holds the bottom of the canvas.
  • 1 piece – 1’-3” this is the movable horizontal piece that holds the canvas at the top.
  • 1 piece – 2’-0” this is the back leg support
  • 2 pieces 8” these will support the back leg support at the centre part of the easel
  • 1 piece ½” doweling 12” long cut into 2 - 6” pieces to fit into leg holes to support horizontal pieces that will hold the canvas.
  • 2- 2 ½” bolts to secure the horizontal members that support the canvas at top and bottom.
  • 1 box of 1 ½” wood screws.
  • Wood glue
  • 2 hinges
  • 4’-0” of light chain
  • Cut 1 - 6’- 0” piece at one end at 22 degrees this will be the back leg
  • Cut 2 - 6’-0” pieces at each end at 22 degrees.  Clamp both pieces together and drill ½ holes every six inches starting at around 15” from one end.  These pieces will be the two front legs.
  • Cut 2 – 5’-0” pieces these will be the centre support.
  • Cut 1 piece – 2’-2” at 22 degrees at each end and place it horizontally about 46” from top. This is the lower support brace that holds the two front legs together and anchors the centre part of the easel in place. The 22 degree angles will ensure that the legs are properly positioned.
  • Cut 1 piece – 1’-4” at 22 degrees at each end place 11” from top. This is the upper support brace that holds the two front legs together near the top and anchors the centre part of the easel in place.  The 22 degree angles will ensure that the legs are properly positioned.
  • Drill one hole in centre of the 1’-3” and the 4’-0” piece on the narrow face of the board.  These are the movable horizontal pieces that hold the top and bottom of the canvas and move up and down the centre part of the easel. The hole is to accept the 2 ½” bolts.  These bolts slide through the centre supports.
  • Lay legs, centre supports and two horizontal supports out on floor as per photo below and glue and screw all members together with 1 ½” wood screws.
  • Attach 2 – 8” pieces to lower horizontal support piece at back and chisel out 1” x 2” section to accept the back leg support.
  • Attach back leg support to back leg with hinge and put hinge at top and secure to centre supports. Cut chain in half and install from back leg to horizontal support.
  • Install movable horizontal canvas supports and put doweling in holes of legs.
Workshops / Framing Demonstration #2 Led by Richard Pell
« Last post by Richard Pell on September 05, 2017, 03:20:36 PM »
To make the frame you require wood, a chop saw, brad nailer and glue.  To frame a 16 x 20 painting may cost about $5.00 and require an hour of your time.  The following identifies the ten steps required to make what I call a Gallery Frame.
  • Purchase one piece of ½” x 3 ½” x 6’ piece of pine.  One piece of this wood can be purchased at Rona at a cost of $5.00. The Rona cut shop will rip this piece of wood in half for free – this will provide you with two pieces of pine measuring ½” x 1 5/8” x 6’.
  • Paint or stain these two pieces of wood with two coats of materiel in a colour that you feel will work with the artwork.  I use a dark colour for contrast and simplicity.
  • Measure each side of the canvas artwork and cut wood to fit each side. Each cut will be a miter cut at 45 degrees using the chop saw.
  • Decide at this point how you want the frame to sit on the artwork.  The profile can either be flush or protrude beyond the face of the artwork.
  • Taking one piece of the cut wood, confirm that the piece fits perfectly on one side of the artwork  - trim to fit as required and then nail the wood directly to the canvas in the profile position desired using the brad nailer.
  • Work your way around the painting with one piece of wood at a time, confirming that each piece fits the artwork -  trim to fit as required putting a drop of glue at each corner.
  • When nailing the corners, ensure that each corner fits properly before securing with three nails – one on the side and two on the top and bottom.
  • Fill all nail holes with filler, sand and then repaint or restain the frame sides.
  • Install hooks and wire and you are finished.
These frames were originally created to make ½” or narrow canvases more suitable to exhibit but can also be used on gallery canvases when required to dress it up or provide a more finished look.
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