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Charles van Sandwyk: Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer

You are invited to peek into the whimsical, magical world of Charles van Sandwyk, sitting down by the fire to be inspired by his love of storytelling!

We visited this beloved artist and author to discover how illustration, etching, watercolour, and book-binding by hand play into his work. See his process come alive as Charles transports you to his magical home studio in North Vancouver, where elves, fairies, and woodland creatures are conjured up to impart ancient lessons from the tales of old....Read more

A Brief History of Acrylics

This versatile & beloved medium is a relative newcomer to the art world. Did you know that the oldest acrylic painting is less than 100 years old?

Though they are one of the of the most popular products on our shelves, acrylic paints have had a short history. Relative to other beloved painting media like oil
and watercolour, both of which have been around for centuries, acrylics have
only been in popular use since the mid-20th century....Read more

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All Black & White images are eligible for submission. All genres, subjects, capture types and photographic processes both historic and modern are eligible for selection by the juror.

Artists selected for exhibition by our Juror are invited to attend the Artist Immersion Weekend. The Immersion Weekends include a Lively Public Reception followed by a dinner on the town, a Private Portfolio Review with the Executive Director, Artist Group Lunch and a Portfolio Share with Professional Development Discussion. All selected artists are included in the Main Gallery Exhibition and Online Gallery seen by an international audience.

JUROR’S AWARD: $400.00
DIRECTOR’S AWARD: $200.00...Read more

Call for Artists: 'Clouds' Exhibition

For Clouds, artists are invited to muse on clouds in their many forms, densities, shapes and shades – whether that be literal or figurative. What about clouds is significant to you? The serenity of mist settling in the valley? The power and awe of the darkest storm clouds rolling in? Perhaps the perfection of the puffy, white plume of the stratocumulus? Are you affected by the ever-present cloud cover during the spring, fall, and winter (and sometimes summer, too)? Do the clouds make you SAD? Or, are you in love with the rain and the life-sustaining water it brings? Share that passion for clouds with us!

The exhibition will be held at CityScape Community Art Space March 24 – April 22, 2017, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 23, 7-9m....Read more