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Workshops / Janis Miller Hall on Artist Materials
« Last post by Tom Greene on May 07, 2019, 11:32:23 PM »

Notes taken from talk by Janis Miller Hall on Artists materials and what we should know.
Stretcher Frame
Use North American wood for stretcher bars they have a heavier weight and do not warp NA wood is a basswood. Light wood from China can warp.Use caution if you choose a canvas board they may be good for practice or plein air practice but beware about the quality they can warp.
The more fibers per square inch the better. If there is a lot of light coming through when you hold them up or pin holes they do not provide a quality surface.
De Serres Milan red sticker canvas is not good for fine work always read the labels on the canvas they tell you the wood, the type of canvas and the finish.
Top line canvases are not carried in the stores because of the price three times more they are heavy double joint. Made by Gotrix and Appolon from Quebec.
Linen stretched canvas is 2 times the price of cotton but is stronger than cotton. Linen is recommended for fine portrait work French linen in particular. Clossons French linen is particularly fine.
Cradle Board and hard boards:
Birch ply is attached to cradle boards made from a harder wood to prevent warp. Gesso primer is applied to canvas most come with factory applied one or two coats but it is a good idea to add another one or two sanding in between if you want a really smooth finish.
Sealers and Gesso:
Wood requires a sealer to prevent oils from wood bleeding through. GAC 100 a golden product should be used on front and back. Putting it on the back prevents warping from absorbing moisture in the air.
Milk paint can be used it doing encaustic. Gesso both sides of hardboard. They do  not need priming but you could use a clear gesso.
ACM panels are a new product they are an aluminum composite they are expensive approx $29 per 16 x 20 size.
Holbein makes gesso in plastic bag which reduces drying out. Senelier also packages gesso and paints in bags. Gesso comes in fine, medium and heavy as well as in a variety of colours. When using gesso use two to three coats and sand in between with a 220 sandpaper. Buy good quality gesso for best results. You can tint gesso with a small amount of liquid paint.
Acrylic mediums:
They come in fluid, medium and thick. An acrylic polymer can be used to thin acrylics out. The airbrush medium thins paint and leads to very smooth coverage. Glazing mediums can be used but take longer to dry. Golden and Liquitext were the original artist acrylic paint producers.
They include a modeling paste. Gels dry clear. Modeling paste dries white, hard but can crack. Other modeling pasts includes flexible modeling paste, crackle paste. Other gels are pumis gel, matte, gloss etc.
Acrylic grades include student grade and artist grade. It depends on the amount of pigment contained. Artist grade paints include liquitex, Golden, Windsor Newton. Oil paints can take more pigment than acrylic paints. Artists grade must state what in it with respect to pigment for example PB29 means pigment blue 29 but student grade does not. Of note is the more pigments in a paint can affect mixing with another highly pigmented paint and can lead to mud.
Oil paints can come in student grade, artist grade, water miscible. Alkyd mediums are used for oils using a thin layer with the first coat moving to thicker layer to help with the drying process, alkyds can be harmful to your health, there are solvent free mediums. Gamlyn is a small company with a great website and will answer any questions.
Wait one to two weeks to varnish acrylic paintings to allow drying otherwise there is a risk of the varnish turning cloudy. Oils need at least 6 months to a year to completely dry out. If an acrylic based varnish is used on acrylic painting it cannot be removed therefore only use a removable varnish. Krylon spray varnish was recommended.
Call for Artists / Art Lending Ottawa
« Last post by Tom Greene on March 06, 2019, 08:18:32 PM »
Deadline for submission for jurying is Tuesday 16th of April, 2019
If you are an artist who wants to promote your work, ALO offers an exciting opportunity to lease and sell your original artwork.
ALO is a unique not-for-profit artists’ cooperative established in 1970. Four shows are held annually, featuring original artwork in a variety of styles and mediums by local artists.  Artwork can be rented or purchased.

We facilitate rental of their art, lease-to-purchase opportunities, and sales, all at affordable prices. 
Please check out our website for more information on Art Lending.
To be successfully juried into the organization, artists interested in participating must submit completed application (includes form, bio, 5 images and $25. jury fee)
See details on website under Artists/Jurying at
If you would like further information on Art Lending of Ottawa or on applying to become an ALO artist, you can contact:
Ann Gruchy at
Completed applications are to be sent to
Call for Artists / Galerie Old Chelsea, Chelsea, Qc / 2020 Programming
« Last post by Tom Greene on February 25, 2019, 01:46:16 PM »
Deadline for submission: Friday March 29, 2019

Galerie Old Chelsea is a collective of regional artists who exhibit their own works at the gallery. The gallery, located above the restaurant Les Fougères in Chelsea, Québec, offers an exhibition space of 40 linear feet for guest artists. The gallery is currently accepting exhibition proposals for 2019. Several artists will be selected and each will be assigned a three-week exhibition period. Artists currently living within 100 kilometers of Ottawa – Gatineau, at all stages of their professional careers, are encouraged to apply.

Selected artists will offer a 30% commission on all sales occurring during their show plus a show fee of $275.Your submission must include the following:

1. A current CV (maximum 3 pages; please include your name, phone number, email and website addresses);
2. An artist statement (maximum 500 words);
3. Eight images of recent works. Each image must be numbered, saved as a .jpg and be no larger than 1 MB;
4. A numbered image list with detailed information about each corresponding artwork (Example: 01_ Title_Medium_Dimensions_year of creation_price.

Email your submission by 5pm on March 29, 2019 to

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of professional artists and successful applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by email. For more information contact the gallery at:
Call for Artists / ArtScene Spencerville - Life is Beautiful
« Last post by Tom Greene on February 25, 2019, 01:20:27 PM »

Call for Artists / Knox United Artisans and Artists
« Last post by Tom Greene on January 05, 2019, 04:25:32 PM »
Call for Artists / The Community Galleries Annual Call for Artists
« Last post by Tom Greene on September 12, 2018, 07:19:10 PM »
The Community Galleries Annual Call for Artists invites local artists to exhibit artwork at one of four City of Ottawa visual art exhibition spaces: Archives Gallery 112, Atrium Art Gallery, and Salons A & B of the Trinity Art Gallery.

For more information, visit

Application forms are available now.
The deadline is Friday October 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
Call for Artists / Figureworks - Juried National Art Prize
« Last post by Tom Greene on September 09, 2018, 10:27:34 AM »
Figureworks is calling artists to submit for the 9th annual juried Figureworks Prize and award show. The submission deadline is September 30, 2018. Figureworks is an annual juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form held in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. We believe in being inclusive and accept figurative works in all media from Canada and internationally.  The show is open to all living artists working in all mediums who wish to submit recent works that represent the human form or parts thereof.

Our 2018 all-women jury is deeply connected to their local community while also making an impact on a national level. The jury is composed of Danuta Sierhuis, M.A., artist and Curatorial Assistant, Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada; Jennifer Macklem, multidisciplinary artist and Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa; and Joanne Rycaj Guillemette, photographer and responsible for the Indigenous Portfolio in Private Archives acquisitions at Library & Archives Canada.

Our mission at Figureworks is to cultivate and exhibit art of the human form. We do this by providing an excellent opportunity to exhibit artwork of the human form and receive a significant cash prize. We are a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization. Entry fees and sponsorship go directly to operational costs and prize money. We don’t take any commissions on sales at the Figureworks exhibition — all the money goes directly to the artists.

Artists may submit online through the Figureworks website
Submission deadline is September 30, 2018.

Please note that we do have a reduced submission fee for students.

We are proud to acknowledge Wallack’s as the Figureworks 2018 presenting sponsor. Wallack’s has a strong tradition of supporting the arts, supplying professional art supplies through their stores, and representing artists through their gallery.

What is in it for the artists
Figureworks is more than an annual prize; it is a community of artists passionate about the human figure. Each year we come together to celebrate the figure through the Figureworks Prize. Artists will have their work reviewed by our professional jury and the opportunity to win cash prizes — $5000 was awarded last year. Those in the show will have their work displayed in Ottawa, Canada’s capital and be published on the Figureworks website. Artists may also sell their works at the show should they choose. Note that Figureworks takes no commission on sales.


Figureworks appelle les artistes à se présenter pour le 9ème concours annuel et décernement du prix Figureworks. La date limite de soumission est le 30 septembre 2018. Figureworks est un prix d'art annuel avec jury et une célébration de l'art de la forme humaine ayant lieu dans la capitale du Canada, Ottawa. Nous croyons en l'inclusion et acceptons les œuvres figuratives dans tous les médias des artistes au Canada et ailleurs. La présentation est ouverte à tous les artistes vivants travaillant dans tous les médias qui souhaitent soumettre des œuvres récentes qui représentent la forme humaine ou des parties de celui-ci.

Notre jury, composé exclusivement de femmes, pour 2018 est profondément connecté à leur communauté locale tout en ayant un impact au niveau national. Le jury est composé de Danuta Sierhuis, M.A., artiste et conservatrice adjointe, art canadien au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada; Jennifer Macklem, artiste multidisciplinaire et professeure agrégée au Département des arts visuels de l'Université d'Ottawa; et Joanne Rycaj Guillemette, photographe et responsable des acquisitions du portfolio autochtone dans les archives privées à Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.

Notre mission chez Figureworks est de cultiver et d'exposer l'art de la forme humaine. Nous le faisons en offrant une excellente occasion d'exposer des œuvres d'art de la forme humaine et de recevoir un prix important en argent. Nous sommes une organisation à but non lucratif basée sur le bénévolat. Les frais d'inscription et des commandites vont directement aux coûts opérationnels et aux prix. Nous ne prenons aucune commission sur les ventes à l'exposition Figureworks - tout l'argent va directement aux artistes.

Les artistes peuvent soumettre en ligne via le site Web de Figureworks :
La date limite de soumission est le 30 septembre 2018.

Veuillez noter que les étudiant.e.s paient des frais de soumission réduits.

Nous sommes fiers de reconnaître Wallack’s en tant que sponsor principal de Figureworks 2018. Wallack’s a une longue tradition de soutien aux arts, fournissant des fournitures artistiques professionnelles dans ses magasins et représentant des artistes à travers leur galerie.

Qu'y a-t-il dedans pour les artistes
Figureworks est plus qu'un prix annuel; c'est une communauté d'artistes passionnés par la forme humaine. Chaque année, nous nous réunissons pour célébrer la forme humaine par le biais du prix Figureworks. Notre jury de professionnelles examinera le travail des artistes et ces derniers auront la possibilité de gagner des prix en argent - 5000 $ ont été décernés l'an dernier. Les œuvres présentées seront exposées à Ottawa, la capitale du Canada, et seront publiées sur le site Web de Figureworks. Les artistes peuvent également vendre leurs œuvres au cours de la présentation s'ils le souhaitent. Notez que Figureworks ne prend aucune commission sur les ventes.

Mark Stephenson | m: 613-797-7192 |  t: @mste |

Adult art programs at the Manotick Branch Library (registration with a library card is required at

Puzzle Art: Three Community Art Programs
Community puzzle art project.  This fall we will be hosting several art programs where adults can experience Mandala drawing, Zentangle and Mandala dot painting.  Each person will create their own unique puzzle piece that will be displayed in the library to create a large puzzle of art.  These self directed programs will allow you to explore the art and no experience is necessary.  We will provide the tools to get you started so join us, tell your friends and have fun creating!

Mandala Dot Painting
  • Tuesday September 4, 2018 1:30 – 3:00 pm;
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 6:30 – 8:00 pm;
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Create beautiful art patterns with colourful dots! Please register for 1 of our 3 Mandala Dot Painting sessions, afternoon, evening or weekend.

Mandala Drawing
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 1:30 – 3:00 pm;
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:30 – 8:00 pm;
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Render beautiful circular art patterns and awaken your spiritual creativity. Please register for 1 of our 3 Mandala Drawing sessions, afternoon, evening or weekend.


Tuesdays, October 2, 9 and 16, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Wednesdays, October 3 and 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Saturdays, October 6 and 13, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Doodling with a purpose, but the Zentangle Method is actually a structured way to create beautiful black and white drawings. Practitioners of Zentangle say it is relaxing, improves focus and encourages creativity.  Choose one of the three weekday sessions and enjoy!
Member Events / Glebe Art Show September
« Last post by Tom Greene on August 14, 2018, 05:13:08 PM »

Call for Artists / Arts Carleton Place Fall Itty Bitty Show
« Last post by Tom Greene on August 10, 2018, 10:30:01 PM »

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