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Surrey online exhibit aims to showcase youth art – Peace Arch News – Peace Arch News



An anonymous online exhibit in January will showcase work by young artists – while raising funds for the Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS).

Anonymous Art Show & Sale (Jan. 15 to Jan. 31), presented by the Arts Council of Surrey, is open now for submissions from all Lower Mainland youth aged 13 to 21.

Deadline for submissions is Jan. 5 and each potential participant can submit up to three works. All artwork should be two-dimensional (paintings, drawings, fibre art, photography, print media, digital and mixed media) pieces measuring 10 inches by 10 inches.

There are no entry fees, and drop-off and pick-up of art work, and payment, will be arranged through the arts council’s Newton Cultural Centre.

During the exhibit all works will be displayed without artists’ names, ensuring that the purchase is based on the work, rather than the creator.

Buyers will purchase on a first-come, first-served basis, and all works will be priced at $100, with half of the proceeds going to the artists and the other half going to YACOS.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase youth art (while) fundraising in a safe manner for YACOS,” an arts council bulletin states.

For registration applications, email, or call 604-594-2700.


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2021 Sobey Art Award Call for nominations open, National Gallery of Canada exhibition returns and long-list awards increased – Canada NewsWire



It’s an honour to chair the jury for this national award for the first time, and I look forward to discovering artists from coast—to coast—to coast through this experience,” said Sasha Suda, PHD, Director and CEO of the NGC.

“The Sobey Art Award is designed to seek out and promote the work of young artists across the country” said Rob Sobey, Chair of the SAF. “Every year we work with jurors and artists to improve the Award’s structure and impact. In its twentieth year, we are pleased to announce that we are increasing the long-list prize to $10,000 to each of the twenty artists on the list, raising the overall award to $400,000. We look forward to seeing the return of the National Gallery’s exhibition this fall.”

The 2021 award structure will be:

  • $100,000 to the overall winner
  • $25,000 to each of the four other shortlisted finalists
  • $10,000 to each of the 20 long-listed finalists

The five shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at the NGC during the fall of 2021. An independent jury consisting of curators from five regions (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon), as well as an international juror, will oversee the selection process.

Nominations are open until Friday, March 5, 2021. The NGC will accept nominations for the Award from recognized agents, artists, and institutions. The NGC will notify the sender by e-mail upon receipt of a nomination package.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Friday, March 5, 2021, no later than 6 p.m. EST


2020 Sobey Art Award Nominations
c/o National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A,
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9N4

[email protected]

About the Sobey Art Foundation
The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with the mandate to carry on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, who was a dedicated collector of Canadian art. In 2002 the Sobey Art Award was founded and quickly became the preeminent award for contemporary Canadian visual art. Awarded annually to artists aged 40 and under, the award shines a spotlight on many of the most exciting emerging artists in the country.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the largest collection of contemporary Indigenous art in the world, as well as the most important collection of historical and contemporary Canadian and European Art from the 14th to 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to art for all Canadians. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

SOURCE National Gallery of Canada

For further information: Denise Siele, NGC Senior Communications Manager, [email protected] | (613) 298-1380

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Cochrane based artist helps Calgary seniors craft public art installation – Cochrane Today



CALGARY— A local artist has found a unique way to celebrate everyday beauty with a carefully crafted arts package for seniors.

Karen Begg, of Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery, created the art installation Birds & Blooms using the Public Art Grant for Artist-initiated projects.

The grant was used to design and distribute a senior’s safe painting kit.

“I look at the project as two parts— One it was a senior’s safe activity … The second part of it was we installed them publicly at the Twin Views Communal Gardens in Dover,” Begg said. “The need was just unbelievable.”

The kit was distributed to 74 seniors located in Calgary, including Bethany River View properties who share a border with the community garden. Begg also worked with the Calgary Vietnamese Women’s Association. She added the partnership was especially neat because it allowed for the art project guide was translated into Vietnamese.

She especially enjoyed partnering with the Calgary Vietnamese Women’s Association as it allowed for some of the projects to become inter-generational through grandparents working with grandchildren while painting.

The youngest painter was five-years-old and the idlest was 92. The majority were seniors and was a cool experience as many of the artists who participated were born in the 1930s.

The cut-outs were created by Sunshine Laser Creations in Cochrane and embraced a garden theme by creating flowers, butterflies and birds.

Begg designed the kits to include eight paints, a bunch of brushes, stamps and stencils to decorate. She added the tools she chose were fashioned for arthritic hands to ensure they were easier to use.

“It was really great to give the seniors a safe project to work on as well as to put them on public display to show our community how valuable our seniors are— While keeping them involved in the community,” Begg said. 

Seniors were asked to paint a cutout and then send the completed project to Begg to install at the community garden. Seniors were able to keep the art supplies and were provided a canvas so they could keep creating.

Begg was inspired to create the project because she felt bad for seniors who were living in isolation. 

“I just got thinking about seniors needing activities … Because, they can’t see their friends,” Begg said. “I feel really bad for them it’s been a really hard year on them

Begg said she was impressed with the senior’s creativity in decorating the art pieces.

A popular pedestrian path runs through the community garden, Begg said, and she is looking forward to passersby enjoying the newly installed art pieces.

“It brightened a really dim corner and just brought some life back into the community,” Begg said. “I’m really proud of everything that they’ve accomplished.”

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Ann Clow showing her art in Georgetown –




Artist Ann Clow has an exhibit on display at the Kings Playhouse.

Running until Jan. 28, Through the Lense and Palette offers highlights from Clow’s collection. 

Originally from Nova Scotia, but living in P.E.I. for the past five years, Clow is a self-taught painter and photographer who has followed in her family’s tradition and been an artist all of her life. 

She has been selling her work and giving classes for more than 40 years. 

Her work is influenced by her surroundings, and since she values travel, these change over time.  

Much of her style can vary from highly realistic, abstract to deeply spiritual. 

“My heart is filled with creativity and so is my mind,” she said. “In art, I combine my mind and my heart.” 

Once the show is finished, people can also view her work in Montague at The Turning Point health store in the Down East Mall and Twice Upon Book Store. For more information, visit and

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