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Volume 24 Number 1

Jan-Feb-Mar 2020

BC's Calls for Entry . . .

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIONAL EXHIBITION (AIRS) invites all artists to participate in this open competition. Submission deadline Aug 4, 2020. The Annual International Representational Exhibition, hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver, is an international juried competition in representational artistic excellence. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three artists and each exhibiting artist is also featured in a print exhibition catalogue. Prizes include, First place $1,500; Second place, $1,000; Third place $500. Exhibition dates are Sept 14 to Oct 4, 2020, at the Federation Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver (on Granville Island). Submission link:

THE ARTS COUNCIL OF NEW WESTMINSTER presents an Artist-in-Residence Program that features a variety of disciplines by a wide range of artists from New Westminster. The Artist-In-Residence program reflects both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and the surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in New Westminster. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is an opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected. The Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse this community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit. For more detailed submission information visit Submissions will be received up to 4 pm Friday, January 31, 2020.

ART IN MOTION invites artists to publish their own open-edition prints. Prints are distributed in over 75 countries to galleries, boutiques, designers, and home decor and art retailers. For more information, visit

ArtsCan ​​​RESOURCE NETWORK SOCIETY is an empowered, connected, and collaborative arts organization designed to build and connect a visible, sustainable, thriving creative community. ArtsCan membership is free: Get listed in their online directory and get connected! Visit for more information, email or call 778-590-2989 or 778-833-4136.

ARTSCAPE exhibition program, with the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, invites artists of all ages and skill levels to display artwork in any of 8 venues that rotate every 3 months. Bi-annual call for submission: Summer & Winter. Artscape only open to Artsco members. Visit e-mail or phone


ART VANCOUVER 2020: Western Canada's largest contemporary art fair attracts over 10,000 art lovers annually to the Vancouver Convention Centre. Artists can still apply to be exhibitors during the show April 16 - 19,  2020: The deadline has been extended to March 22, 2020. Presented by the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation, Art Vancouver brings together rapidly growing creative talent and renowned international artists under one roof. To apply, visit

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ARTS 2020 presented by the Surrey Arts Council is accepting submission for this annual event held this year on June 27 to Aug 29, 2020, at the Surrey Art Gallery (13750 – 88 Ave). Entry deadline May 13, 3 pm. For more detailed information visit

THE BEAUMONT GALLERY, a non-profit art gallery located within The Beaumont Artist Society (316 West 5th Ave and Alberta Street, Vancouver), invites all emerging and profession artists to submit for their 2020 gallery season, in their 750 sq.ft. Main Gallery and a 475 sq.ft. Front Gallery. All art work submitted is reviewed by our curatorial panel and kept on file to be considered for each upcoming exhibition. The Beaumont Gallery can provide assistance with exhibition/event production and help to connect artists to engaged audiences. For more information and the application form, visit

BLACKBERRY GIFT SHOP inside the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. John’s Street, Port Moody) invites submissions

for the Gift Shop. Participants in the Blackberry Artist Society are asked to supply 3-4 samples of art to be juried at the

Society’s monthly meetings. All work is by local artists and each artist takes turns working in the shop, approx one day each month depending on the season. For info and membership form: 604-931-2008 ext. 102, e-mail or visit

COAST COLLECTIVE GALLERY & ART CENTRE (Unit 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood) invites all BC artists to participate in Mirrors, Jan 29 to Feb 9, 2020. Submission deadline Jan 2, 2020. Open Call in any 2D or 3D medium. This show invites artists to explore physical reflections, light, distortion through mirrors, self-knowledge, how the mind reflects, reflections in the natural world, or mirrored images. More information and the application form is on this page:


COAST COLLECTIVE GALLERY & ART CENTRE (Unit 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood) invites all BC artists to participate in Head in the Clouds, Feb 26 to March 8, 2020. Submission deadline Jan 22, 2020. Open Call in any 2D or 3D medium. For this show, artists are invited to create face-based art, depictions of shape-shifters, art that comments on climate change, cloud metaphor in art, artistic flights of fancy, and/or literal clouds and skyscapes. More information and the application form is on this page:

COAST COLLECTIVE GALLERY & ART CENTRE (Unit 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood) invites all BC artists to participate in Bloom 12, Mar 25 – April 11, 2020. Submission deadline Feb 19, 2020. Open Call in any 2D or 3D medium on the subject of floral art. For more information and the application form, visit


COAST COLLECTIVE GALLERY & ART CENTRE (Unit 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood) invites the region’s young artists (up to age 12) to participate in Annual Earth Day Children’s Art Show: Web of Life. Young artists are encouraged to explore the variety of creatures that make up the Web of Life on our planet. Artwork can explore local or foreign ecosystems, focusing on individual plants or animals and their place in the great web of life or on entire connected systems. Meet-the-Artists Reception April 18, 1–3 pm.  Exhibition runs April 15-26. Digital image deadline for a chance to be chosen for the poster is March 11. Notify the gallery of intention to participate by April 1. Create paintings, drawings, sculptures from clay, or mix things up with various materials, then submit online on the website. For questions, e-mail  For more information and the application form, visit

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In her private and semiprivate classes, Kathleen teaches artists the unique qualities and possibilities cold wax and oil can offer to their art practice. The medium is mixed with oil paints and no heating is involved, therefore, it is safe to work with and can impart texture and transparency. A major benefit of using this impasto medium is the oil paint dries quickly. This allows the ability to keep adding thin or thick layers of paint, skipping some of the rules of oil painting. The finished paintings have a matt finish but when polished they impart a satin quality.

She brings diverse experience to all her paintings and teachings: Kathleen studied Interior design at BCIT, attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and has travelled in the United States to further her knowledge in her medium.

Kathleen is published in Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations, by Rebecca Crowell and Wabi-Sabi Painting with Cold Wax, by Serena Barton. Currently, her work is represented through Art Works Gallery in Vancouver and Art Couture in White Rock.

Kathleen is a long-time subscriber to The Artist’s Journal.

      athleen Menges is a cold wax and oil abstract artist and instructor,       

      working from her own studio in Abbotsford. Her work is multi-layered and highly texturized, using a combination of action and gestural painting. This direct and immediacy of expression unleashes her intuition and creative process and reveals where textures have been noticeably scraped away and exposed with a palette knife — all in a search to unveil the hidden properties of the painting.


Kathleen Menges

To contact Kathleen Menges, visit or e-mail

Editor's Note: Featured subscribers are chosen 'lottery style.' They are not received as submissions or suggestions.

COAST COLLECTIVE GALLERY & ART CENTRE (Unit 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood) invites all BC artists to participate in Memory, May 13 – 24, 2020. Submission deadline April 8, 2020. Open Call in any 2D or 3D medium. Artists are to explore the many facets of memory: the internal experience of images and emotion or the external expressions of personal or cultural memory – documents, photographs, and artifacts. Explore memories of place and home, of journeys taken, family memories and family histories, the memories that make us who we are, or cultural and folk memories. Tell a story taking visitors on a trip down memory lane. For more information and the application form, visit


COAST COLLECTIVE GALLERY & ART CENTRE (Unit 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood) invites all BC artists to participate in Seasons, June 24 – July 5, 2020. Submission deadline May 20, 2020. Open Call in any 2D or 3D medium. Artists are invited to create art inspired by the seasons.  Artwork can explore the four seasons in nature, or can look at the seasons of our lives. For more information and the application form, visit

COLUMBIA VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL invites artists to apply for their 2020 exhibition season at the Pynelogs Art Gallery at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. Open to all artists and genres. Application deadline January 15, 2020. For more information and to apply, visit or contact Jami Scheffer,; 250-342-4423. Website

COQUITLAM HERITAGE SOCIETY invites artists to participate in an upcoming exhibition: Civilian Impressions: Remnants of Conflict. The casualties of conflict are not just on the battlefield, they are in homes, towns and refugee camps. Stories are remembered, passed down through generations and speak to the resilience of the human spirit. For this exhibit, artists are asked to create a work of art inspired by those on the home front of conflict. It can be based on a family saga, a personal reflection or pulled from a news headline. Have you fled your homeland due to unrest? How did you deal with food rationing, bomb threats, or completing the day-to-day tasks that we take for granted during times of peace? Welcomes artwork from youth, adult or Senior Artists. Submissions open Dec 1, 2019. Submission deadline Feb 15, 2020. Exhibit dates are March 27 to April 23, 2020, at Place Des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave. Coquitlam). For detailed submission information

COMOX VALLEY AIRPORT/YQQ and COMOX VALLEY ARTS invite artists to exhibit their work in the Airport. Open to all artists in Comox/Strathcona and North. Nominal fee per submission. Visit for details.

DEEP COVE WINERY on the Saanich Peninsula offers exhibiting space for artists in their 1800 sq ft Amphora room, featuring vaulted ceilings, ample natural lighting and a state of the art marble wine bar. Deep Cove Winery is fully equipped for any style of arts event. Groups or individuals interested in hosting an art show or another event can contact the event coordinator at For more information about Deep Cove Winery: or follow @deepcovewinery

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     everly discovered how much she enjoyed art

     when she tried watercolour painting as a fun thing to do outside of work.

Now retired, she can spend more time pursuing her passion. Beverly has found a group of like-minded people to meet with once or twice a week to keep inspired. She has explored watercolour, collage, mixed media and water media but keeps coming back to her first love, watercolour.

Beverly is inspired by Nature especially flowers, mushrooms, seascapes and landscapes mostly on the West Coast. One of her ongoing projects has been to paint her Christmas cards every year.

She has shown her paintings with local groups when opportunities arise. Most recently she had a solo exhibition in the Roberta Mickelson Gallery at the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre 
in Vancouver.

Beverly Grice


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FORT GALLERY a community-based, non-profit artists’ collective, invites new members to exhibit in the Gallery. Submissions are reviewed by a jury committee of gallery members and should contain a letter of interest, a portfolio of prints or digital images on a CD and a current CV. Info: The Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Rd., Fort Langley, 604-888-7411, e-mail: or visit

FOYER GALLERY in the Squamish Public Library, 37907 2nd Avenue, welcomes submissions from artists in all disciplines for future juried monthly exhibitions. The Gallery is a contemporary space dedicated to the exhibition of excellent artwork. The gallery supports large wall works as well as smaller works suitable for display in three glass display cases. For more information, contact the curator Toby Jaxon:     

THE GALLERY AT THE ARTS CENTRE, Maury Young Arts Centre in Whistler, welcomes ideas and applications for group shows on an ongoing basis (group shows are preferred; however, artists may apply individually and Arts Whistler may offer the opportunity for a solo applicant to be paired with a group show). Open to all BC artists to apply. Arts Whistler is accepting proposals in every medium including painting, new media, large sculpture, fiber art, film and more from students, emerging artists, professional artists and everyone in between. The Gallery includes two secure glass display cases which are available for exhibition purposes and two plinths. These can hold small to large size items. Large-scale sculptural work and installations will also be considered. Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and all applications will be filed for future openings in the gallery space. Artists will only be contacted if their application is accepted. For more information and an application form:

THE GALLERY@COVE COMMONS (Bowen Island) invites artists to create a mini-masterpiece for the 2020 Mini Gala Exhibit & Live Auction, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Gallery@Cove Commons (operated by the Hearth-Bowen Island Arts Council). The Gala and Live Auction is set for February 29, 2020. Sponsored by Opus Framing & Art Supplies, who donates 8" x 8" canvasses and a limited number of frames for watercolour or print work. Artists are to create a mini-masterpiece and donate it to the Arts Council. Blank canvasses and frames are available for pick-up at the Gallery@Cove Commons or artists can supply their own and pick up a replacement. Fill in the information sheet when canvas or frame is picked up. Gallery hours: Wed to Mon, 10 - 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Participating artists receive one non-transferable complimentary ticket to the Mini Gala when their artwork is dropped off. For more information visit  Deadline: Drop off work Feb 9, 3-6 pm. More info: Emilie Kaplun, Gallery Curator at

HOT WET ART CITY and THE ARTS FACTORY welcomes BC's artists to participate in STICKY 2: A Post-It Note Art Show, held April 25, 2020 at The Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave, Vancouver). Art submission deadline April 17, 2020. STICKY 2 features hundreds of tiny, original, pieces of art made on 3×3 inch Post-It notes. Last year, over 140 artists contributed 6–10 pieces each, with every one of the 1000+ Post-It notes priced at $20/each. The event offers art from local and international talent at a very affordable price. Art will be removed from the wall as it’s sold. For more detailed information and to apply, visit

HOT WET ART CITY and THE ARTS FACTORY present the 7th edition of their explicit nude art show Boobies & Wieners. Event held Feb 7 at the Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave, Vancouver). Artists are invited to submit their hottest drawings and dirtiest paintings, from fun and funny nudies to cringe-worthy perversion, in this pre-Valentine’s warm up. Submission deadline Jan 31, 2020. For more detailed information and to apply, visit

KAMLOOPS ARTS COUNCIL invites artists living in the Thompson Nicola Regional District to enter the annual Art Exposed Regional Exhibition. This year’s theme is Beginning. Visual artists of any kind (2D, 3D, photography, etc.), any level, and any age, are encouraged to enter this non-juried show. The exhibit runs March 6-14, 2020 at the Kamloops Old Courthouse Cultural Centre. Entry deadline is Feb. 14, 2020 (or when 200 entries are received). Cash prizes and honorable mentions are awarded. Up to two works per artist accepted. More details are at

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KIMBERLEY ARTS COUNCIL invites artists to participate in Unframed, an exhibition of unframed pieces. Accepting artwork in any medium on the theme of “unframed” (however the artist would like to interpret it). Artists may enter a maximum of 3 pieces appropriately unframed, but artwork can be mounted or stretched. No hanging fee charged to members of the Kimberley Arts Council-Centre 64. Non-members are required to pay a fee of $25. Deadline for entries Jan 4, 2020. Entries are to be delivered to Centre 64 (64 Deer Park Ave in Kimberley) between 1 – 5 pm on or before Jan 4, 2020. A 30% commission is charged by Kimberley Arts Council-Centre 64 on all art sold in the show. For questions e-mail or phone 250-427-4919. Exhibition dates Jan 7 to Feb 1, 2020 in the gallery at Centre 64.

MIND AND MATTER GALLERY invites artists to display artwork in their gallery, on a monthly basis. Bio and a few pictures of artwork required. The Mind and Matter Gallery (13743, 16th Ave, South Surrey) was founded by Mary Mikelson and the late Arnold Mikelson, a renowned local and international artist. For more info visit e-mail or phone 604-536-6460. Copies of Mary Mikelson’s book “Mind and Matter: Life with Arnold Mikelson” are available at the gallery.​

MISSION ARTS COUNCIL (33529 First Ave, Mission) accepts submissions from Lower Mainland artists for exhibitions in the Rock Family Gallery and Doris Paterson Atelier, both in the Mission Arts Centre. There is also exhibit space to artists and artisans at the Mission Leisure Centre, as well as in the gift cases located in the Mission Arts Centre. Info and entry form: 604-829-0029, or

2021 MULTIFAITH CALENDAR invites artists to submit works of art for publication in their upcoming Multifaith Calendar. This year's theme, Living Legacies, is open to a wide variety of interpretations. Submission deadline January 31, 2020. Presented by Multifaith Action Society. Selected artists are offered an honorarium of $250 per monthly calendar image, $500 for the cover image, and $100 for smaller inset images placed throughout the Calendar, as well as a set of complimentary Calendars once published. For more direction about this year's theme and to apply, visit

MYARTCLUB.COM offers artists a website showcase for three images free. Expand your internet exposure on a website already showing hundreds of artists. Build links to your existing website to augment your audience. If you haven’t yet joined the internet art scene, start here:


NEW WEST ARTISTS is a non-profit society of artists hosting several art shows throughout the year. You must be a member of the group to participate in these art shows, but new members are always welcome. For more information visit  To view their current calls for entry visit


NEW WEST ARTISTS announces the opening of their NWA Gallery on 12th Street, A Little Shop of Arts. Over 20 artists showcase watercolours, acrylics, oils, mixed media, photography, jewelry, beading and textile art. The group offers drawing drop-ins, life drawing groups, special events, workshops, meeting space. Visit 712C Twelfth Street in New Westminster (next to Renaissance Books). Hours: Thurs to Sun, Noon - 6 pm. For more information about the art group, to exhibit, or rent space in the NWA Art Gallery on 12th Street, contact or visit; or IG: @newwestartists

NORTHERN QUARTER (a Victoria restaurant: invites artwork for their 2019-2020 visual arts exhibitions. For emerging or established artists. Individual artists and groups welcome. There is lots of wall space at The Northern Quarter (approx 80 square feet), therefore artists with smaller pieces should consider a group show. Pieces on paper must be framed. An agreement with details is provided for the show. Submit the following: Artist bio and/or statement; A minimum of 5 high-resolution images of the proposed art; Image list with details as Name, Size, Medium. Submission is to be e-mailed to: All artists who are shortlisted will be contacted.

PACIFIC ARTS MARKET offers retail space to local artist on a four-week renewable basis. Each space is 15-18 square feet or 8 x 8 of wall space and costs $308 (taxes included) for 4 weeks. All money made goes directly to artist, there is no commission. Pacific Art Market helps with the sales, marketing, book keeping, etc. Open 6 days a week. Located at 1448 West Broadway. Registration deadline Feb. 22, 2020. Fill out the application at or contact Crystal at; 778-877-6449. Website:

PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED ART EXHIBIT is now accepting submissions. Deadline April 27, 2020. Open to artists within the Peace River and the Northern Rockies regions of British Columbia. For more detailed information, visit

Drawing is still the

bottom line.

     – Robert Genn

PORT MOODY PUBLIC LIBRARY offers wall space to local artists. The library is a popular venue for first-time and more experienced artists to showcase their talents. Works displayed include photography, watercolour, oil, and mixed media. Artists interested in booking a display must submit an example of their work, biographical information, and provide an exhibit title. Bookings are one month in duration and limited to artists living in the Tri-Cities, Belcarra and Anmore. Info: Irene Jakse 604-469-4692, or visit

THE ROSSLAND COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE (RCAC) and VISAC Gallery presents The Art of Adornment, a fashion show, contest, and exhibition to celebrate International Women’s Day. The RCAC welcomes West Kootenay artisans of all ages to participate in this wearable art show. The gala and fashion show takes place at the Miners Hall March 6, 2020, with follow up exhibition at the VISAC Gallery in Trail, BC and the Nelson District Credit Union in Rossland, BC. Open to artists currently residing in the West Kootenay region. The call for submission is for all original works. All types of wearable art design are welcome, celebrating all genders. Maximum 2 submissions per category per designer. Collaborative submissions up to 2 artists/designers. Submissions must be safe for models to wear (unless for display only). All work accepted must have been created within two years and available throughout the entire showing. Artwork may be for sale, but it is not required. Entry deadline Jan 17, 2020. Submission information available at or contact Meghan Wright, RCAC Executive Administrator at

RUSTAD GALLERIA at Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George) invites submissions for smaller exhibitions,

experimental projects, or projects by emerging BC artists. Exhibitions usually run for one month. Submit proposals or questions to Meghan Hunter-Gauthier, Acting Assistant Curator. Proposals should include a brief description of the project and 5–10 images. Two Rivers Gallery, 725 Civic Plaza, Prince George, BC. V2L 5T1. Phone 250-614-7800 ex. 492 or e-mail

SEMIAHMOO ARTS (Surrey/White Rock) invites its member artists to participate in Perfect Vision (new members are welcome to join). Artists are asked to illustrate their own visions of life: how it used to be or what potentially it could be within and outside our solar system. From aliens, to the solar system, to creatures hidden in the depths of the ocean, artists can expand their imagination and share their vision for what could be found in 2020. Welcomes all types of artwork, two submissions per artist. Submission deadline Jan 7, 2020. Painting size maximum 24” x 36”. Work must be delivered on Jan 24, 2020. For more details visit or contact: or 604-536-8333.

Submission form can be found at:

SCIENCE WORLD offers space throughout the year for artists to display artwork on the theme of science and nature. Work must align with Science World’s mission to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature, relevant to the core audience of young families. Welcomes proposals for their 2020 year. Deadline Feb 28, 2020. Displays typically range from about 8-16 weeks in length. For more information and to apply, visit Due to the volume of requests, Science World will only contact artists whose work may be a fit.

SEYMOUR ART GALLERY, GALLERY SHOP accepts artist submissions on an on-going basis. The Gallery Shop Committee reviews submissions twice annually. It is recommended that interested artists visit the Gallery Shop before making a submission, as submissions are most likely accepted if the artwork is different than what is currently stocked. Accepted artists will be asked to bring finished samples for jurying. Artists begin with a three-month trial to ensure the relationship is a good fit for both the artist and the Gallery Shop. Applications from all BC artists are welcome, however applying artists should keep in mind they must be able to conveniently visit the Gallery Shop to replenish their stock. Accepted artists are required to become a member of the Seymour Art Gallery Society and artists do not need to be a member to apply. For more information and to apply: There is a $5 (USD) slideroom administration fee, but no jury fee.


SIDNEY AND GERTRUDE ZACK GALLERY (950 West 41st Ave. Vancouver) offers an ongoing Call for Artists to artists in the Jewish community and/or art with a Jewish theme. Applications can be for solo, duo or group shows. For more information visit The Gallery is also available to rent for an art exhibition or other use. Contact the gallery director for information: Linda, 604-638-7277 or

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SMITHERS ART GALLERY invites artists to apply for exhibitions for their June 2020 to May 2021 gallery season. Welcomes applications for solo shows and joint/group thematic shows in all media. Exhibitions change every 4-5 weeks. To apply, download the application pack from the Gallery’s website at or pick one up from the Gallery. Application deadline January 31, 2020. Submissions are juried by an independent selection committee comprised of artists and art lovers from the community and headed by the Gallery's Art Director. Artists are notified of the outcome of their applications by email by February 28. For more information contact Nicole Chernish, Smithers Art Gallery, 250-847-3898 or

The 2020 SOOKE FINE ARTS SHOW begins accepting artist submissions Feb 12 from visual artists living on Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal islands. Artists can submit images of up to three works online for consideration to Vancouver Island’s Premier juried art show. Show runs July 24 to Aug 3, 2020 at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke. $12,000 in awards for outstanding work. 380 works of art accepted. Juried show, panel of 3 art professionals. Show includes Artist Demos, Artist Talks, Gallery Gift Shop. Submissions close midnight June 1, 2020. For more information and to submit visit

SQUAMISH ARTS COUNCIL invites artists to participate in Art in a heART. Welcomes submissions from Squamish Arts Council members (new members welcome). Throughout the history of art, love and art are depicted in innumerable ways and mediums and continue to capture artists' hearts time and time again. All kinds of love inspire and create art. Squamish Arts Council invites artists to share their innermost experiences translated by art. Registration deadline Jan 10, 2010. Exhibition dates Feb 2 - 23, 2020 at The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Reception Feb 11, 2020, 7-8:30 pm. To register for the show:

To become a member of the Arts Council:


SQUAMISH PUBLIC LIBRARY invites artists to participate in International Women's Day Art Show. The Mission of the International Women’s Day Art Show is to honour and celebrate women’s expression in both visual and written form. Its principal intention is to affirm and encourage feminine perspective through a theme-based show, which is not juried and therefore inclusive. This show is open to all women, 14 years or older, who create. No experience necessary. Artwork submitted must relate to this year’s theme “Provocation” and is open to individual interpretation. One entry per artist. Entry fee of $25 paid within 24 hours of submitting entry form. For entry form and show guidelines, visit Submission deadline: February 24, 2020. Artwork drop off to Library, March 4, 2020 from 8:30-9:00 am. Art Show March 4 to Apr 6, 2020, at The Foyer Gallery, Squamish Public Library.


SUMMERLAND ARTS CENTRE invite artists to show and sell their work in a boutique gift gallery space, featuring original creations of artisans who work in a wide variety of mediums. Artists are invited to submit original handmade items such as paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, fibre music, music and books. All pieces should be the artists’ own, original creations. The Summerland Arts Centre is also offering a free kiosk-style or wall space to one featured artist every month, by application. To apply, submit to the arts centre office a sketch of the space required, how the space would be designed and its purpose. All art is juried by the gift gallery committee prior to acceptance in the art gallery. A 25 percent commission will be charged on all pieces sold. All members of the Summerland Arts Council are invited to participate. Non-members can join by purchasing an individual membership for $20 or family membership of $25. For more information, contact Sonja Waller 250-494-4494 or email


Good art is not what it looks like, but what

it does to us.

     – Roy Adzak

SURREY ART GALLERY ASSOCIATION invites local and regional artists to present illustrated talks and demonstrations during their Thursday Artist Talks, held Thursday evenings, September through June, in the Surrey Art Gallery. This free program provides an opportunity for artists to expose their work and ideas to the public. The evening talks are followed by conversation over coffee. Artists interested in presenting their work at a Thursday Artist Talk e-mail  View the next Thursday Artist Talk at

SURREY ART GALLERY (13750 – 88 Ave, Surrey) welcomes proposals from artists and guest curators. Ongoing deadline. For more information visit

SURREY PUBLIC LIBRARIES (all City of Surrey branches) offer display space for local artists in their libraries. Displays run for one month. Contact any of the Surrey libraries (by phone or in person) and ask for the art display coordinator. For a list of Surrey Libraries visit: Application form is at

TWO RIVERS GALLERY (Prince George) welcomes submissions for All for Water. Artists from across BC are invited to submit visual art in any medium that considers the global availability of fresh water and the health of our freshwater systems. This might include reflecting on threats (climate change, human impact, pollution, habitat fragmentation and invasive species), imagining a future without freshwater, or the social, economic and political change required to protect this resource for generations to come. Exhibition held April 23 to July 12, 2020 (subject to change). Artists can submit up to six works and all must have been produced with the last three years. Submission deadline Feb 23, 2020, by 4 pm.  For more detailed information and to apply, visit

VANCITY is accepting applications of expressions of interest from artists or artist teams who live or work in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Squamish Valley, to design and integrate a site-specific art commission for the Victoria Drive community branch.. Seeking applications for artwork that reflect and interpret, in a celebratory way, the rich and diverse culture of the local community. Content / themes must align to Vancity’s vision and values and can be social, economic, historical, environmental or a combination. Preference is given to submissions that aim to incorporate up-cycled, recycled, sustainably sourced, salvaged, found and/or other natural media. The selected artist or artist team will be awarded $7,000.00 as well as a supplemental materials budget. All submissions must be completed online at Submission deadline is noon (12 pm) Jan 31, 2020. For guidelines and further information, visit or contact Tanya Slingsby, Call to Artists facilitator, Vancity Credit Union 778-889-4240.

It is only when I lose contact with the painting

that the result is a mess.

                                        – Jackson Pollock

THE VINEYARD ART SERIES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Gallery 6 invites all BC artists to participate in their Vineyard Art SeriesDeadline ongoing. Gallery 6 has partnered with several Fraser Valley and Okanagan wineries to bring fine art to the vineyard. Artists in a variety of styles and mediums are invited to showcase and sell their work in a series of art exhibitions throughout BC’s Interior and the Lower Mainland. Exhibit locations are outdoors on vineyard grounds. The Vineyard Series is not intended to be an art market. It is designed as a fine art exhibition showcasing the best local modern, abstract, impressionist, first nations, expressionist, etc. works in paint or sculpted form. Interested artists are invited to e-mail their name, phone number, e-mail address, website, and photos of 7 art pieces. For more detailed information and to apply, visit

WATERSHED ARTWORK GALLERY SHOP in North Delta invites local artists to apply to show and sell their work in the gallery shop, in the North Delta Recreation Centre (11415 84th Ave). Welcomes paintings and more. Contact 604-596-1029 or Visit


WEST VANCOUVER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL seeks submissions from artists & artisans for consignment to their gallery shop, The Art Box. The Art Box, situated in the Silk Purse Arts Centre, is in a busy location close to the West Vancouver Seawalk (1570 Argyle Avenue). Welcomes submissions for art cards: greeting cards featuring your original artwork or reproductions of your original artwork. Artwork can be any subject/media: landscapes, still life, abstract, paintings, photos, paper art, and more! Art cards must come with an appropriately sized envelope & protective plastic sleeve. The Art Box retains 25% of the sale price as commission. Artist commission cheques are distributed quarterly. Membership in the WVCAC is required to consign items (to become a member visit Contact Ardis Nelson, the Art Box Coordinator at or 604-925-7292 to schedule a time to submit your work.

YOUTH ARTS COUNCIL OF SURREY (YACOS) under the umbrella of the Arts Council of Surrey, is run by youth for youth (ages 13-21) who want to become involved with the local arts community. YACOS offers opportunities for young people in the visual, performing and literary arts including talent shows, one-act playwriting performances, canvas coffee houses (open mic), workshops and fashion shows. For more information:

And there are more calls . . .

See Late-Arriving Calls below for Calls For Entry that missed this issue's publication deadline.​​​​​​​

There is no charge to publish your Call for Entry in this column. Submit it and get BC-wide exposure!

E-mail your Call to Eve at or phone 604-531-8643.

Submission deadlines are posted below.

Art is identical with a state of capacity to make,

         involving a true course of reasoning.

                                 – Aristotle


Shows & Events

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EDITOR’S NOTE: There is no charge to list your art Show & Event in this column. However, to ensure it will be published, please submit your Show as a Word document or a prepared News Release. Only when submitted in a News Release format or another format easy to "cut and paste" will it be accepted for publication.


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published after the deadline, because The Artist's Journal is primarily a

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The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society (FVWS) painting exhibition Visions of Abbotsford, intill Jan 7, 2020, at the Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford). The FVWS has over forty members who display original artwork throughout the Fraser Valley at various times and places. For more information about FVWS, visit Other contact information: For FVWS, Carol, 604-850-9694 or for information about The Reach Gallery, 604-864-8087.


Chilliwack Visual Artists Association presents exhibitions at the Chilliwack O’Connor Group Art Gal­lery (Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street, Wed to Sat, 12-5 pm). Opening Jan 4, ABSTRACT X2 features abstract artists Marion-Lea Jamieson and Lorrie Wager. VANTAGE POINTS exhibits Feb 12- Mar 21, 2020, with painters Pierre Tremblay and Sandra Wiens. Krista Kilvert presents her installation Behind Closed Doors, March 26 to May 2, 2020. Reception is March 28, 1-3 pm in the gallery. For more information, visit the website at


Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam) presents Jan 10 – Feb 6, Collaborative Alchemy, an interactive exhibition of plant-based visual art, photography and sculptures by Pierre Leichner; Edward Peck and Phyllis Schwartz, Happiness is a thing called…, watercolours and water media by Tammy Pilon; The Influencer, oil paintings by Alex Sandvoss. From Feb 14 – March 12, Blind Contour Homage Series, oil paintings by Marlene Lowden; The Human Landscape, various mediums by Suite E Life Drawing Society; The Endless Braid…, acrylic paintings by Clarissa Banos. From March 27 – April 23, Civilian Impressions; Remnants of Conflict, various mediums curated by Coquitlam Heritage Society; Lines of Thoughts, charcoal, pastels and acrylics by Elsa Chesnel; Rural Ukraine Today, paint and pastels by Lyn Tretiak. The exhibits take place in the Atrium, Leonore Peyton Salon and Mezzanine. On the first day of each exhibit, there is an opening reception from 7 - 9 pm. For more information visit


Kent Harrison Arts Council (98 Rockwell Drive, Harrison Hot Springs) presents Members Show 2019, until Feb 9, 2020. Hours: Weekdays, 10-4. For more info visit


West Fine Art Show, March 6 - 8, 2020. The third annual Early-Spring Edition of the West Fine Art Show held at Peter Ewart Middle School (7755 202 A Street, Langley), features twenty-two featured artists in a three-day exhibition. Features include "Remembering Peter Ewert", a special exhibition of Peter's artwork to remember his many contributions as an artist.  A special display of Langley student art "Emerging Young Artists", will be adjudicated by the show's featured artists and cash prizes awarded to first, second and third place winners. Acclaimed musician, John Gilliat, performs on guitar all weekend. A "Kids Art Centre" offers a popular spot for youngsters while Mom and Dad enjoy the art show. Parking and admission are free. Show hours: Fri 7–9 pm; Sat 11–7 pm; Sun 11–5 pm. A portion of all art sales will be donated to the Langley School District Foundation. A complete list of participating artists and their work can be found at

The ACT Art Gallery (11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge) presents Blues of Every Hue, new themed artwork from Federation of Canadian Artists: Fraser Valley Chapter. Exhibition dates Jan 11– Feb 8, 2020. Opening reception Jan 11, 2–4 pm (free admission). Gallery hours Tues – Sat, 11-4 pm and selected evenings.

Art is not 'about.'

          Art is. 

– Darby Bannard


Studio Connexion Art Gallery (203 Fifth Ave) presents The Winter Group Show until the middle of March. The Gallery represents more than a dozen artists, local and from across Canada, creating artwork in oil, acrylic or soft pastel paintings, watercolours, photographs, stone sculptures, printed cards & original watercolour cards. During the winter months, Studio Connexion Art Gallery is open only by appointment, by contacting the curator & gallerist

Anne Béliveau at 250-265-3586. For more information visit or phone 250-265-8888.

ANSWERS: 1. The Green Stripe, also known as Portrait of Madame Matisse, is a portrait of Matisse's wife, Amélie Noellie Matisse-Parayre. 2. To plan the composition of a painting. 3. Grant Wood. 4. She has no eyebrows.

1. What is the title of Henri Matisse's famous portrait of his wife? 

2. What is the Rule of Thirds used for?

3. Name the well-known, Iowa-born artist who painted American Gothic and Spring Turning.

4. In Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of Mona Lisa, what is unusual about her eyebrows?


Mind and Matter Gallery (13743, 16  Ave, South Surrey) founded by Mary Mikelson and the late Arnold Mikelson, offers a wide variety of artwork of guest exhibitors on a rotating monthly basis, as well as the works of the late Arnold Mikelson, renowned local and international artist. Gallery hours: 12-6 pm daily. For information about the current exhibit, visit, e-mail or phone 604-536-6460. Mary Mikelson’s book Mind and Matter: Life with Arnold Mikelson is available for purchase at the gallery.


South Surrey and White Rock Art Society present The Coast Capital Playhouse Exhibition and Sale of paintings. All art on display is for sale in this ongoing rotating art exhibition of paintings by members of the South Surrey and White Rock Art Society. Paintings can be viewed Tues-Sat 1-5pm at Coast Capital Playhouse (1532 Johnston Road, White Rock) The art group also offers weekend art workshops to their members and non-members. For full details visit


South Surrey and White Rock Art Society present The Peninsula Medical Clinic Exhibition and Sale of paintings. This is an ongoing rotating art exhibition of paintings by members of the Art Society. All art on display is for sale. Peninsula Medical Clinic Address: 109 - 15388 24 Ave, Surrey. Phone: 604-532-4131. View paintings Mon-Fri 8-6pm or Sat-Sun 9-5pm.

The Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) presents informative Thursday Artist Talks at the Surrey Art Gallery (13750-88 Ave, Surrey), 7:30-9pm in the Program Room. The evening talks are followed by conversation over coffee and light snacks. For details about the next artist speaker, visit


Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St., Vancouver) presents Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree Of Life – Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries, Dec 7, 2019 to June 28, 2020. Emily Carr (1871-1945) is an iconic Canadian artist recognized for her paintings of the forested landscapes of British Columbia. The exhibit features a number of Carr’s paintings in conjunction with works from the same era produced by Indigenous creators such as Amy Cooper (Th’ewá:li), Mary Little (Nuu-chah-nulth), and Placida Wallace (Líl̓wat Nation) who followed long-standing sacred traditions in creating their art. The exhibition also includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by Vancouver-based artists such as Irene Hoffar Reid, Vera Weatherbie, Beatrice Lennie and Unity Bainbridge who developed their own distinct styles. Other notable artists include Nan Cheney, Olea Davis, Gertrude Dick,

Lilias Farley, Statira Frame, Rowena Gross, Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher,

Grace Wilson Melvin, Ina Uhthoff, and Margaret Williams. Considered

together, these works present an expanded view of the diverse creative

practices of women in this region during the first four decades of the

twentieth century. For more information visit

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Coast Collective Gallery & Art Centre (Unit 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood) presents 2020 Instructor Showcase, Jan 2-12, works by Coast Collective instructors, showing samples of their work, information about upcoming classes and workshops, and demos offered throughout the exhibition. Opening Reception Jan 4, 1-3pm. 

Beginnings 2020, Jan 15-26, featuring new artists who have never shown in a gallery exhibition before and art from artists exploring a whole new medium. Meet the artists Jan 18, 1-3 pm. Mirrors, Jan 29 - Feb 9, where artists explore physical reflections, light, distortion through mirrors, self-knowledge, how the mind reflects, reflections in the natural world, or mirrored images. Meet the artists Feb 1, 1-3pm. Canadian Whisky Painters 2020 Exhibition, Feb 12-23,  works by a group of individual Canadian Plein Air Painters, Urban Sketchers and/or Studio Painters. The Whisky Paintings shown and sold are no bigger than 4″x6″ (image size), painted ‘en plein air’, at street side, in a field, or coffee shop, pub, and even in studio. Works always include a shot of Canadian Whiskey! Meet the artists Feb 15, 1-4 pm. Head in the Clouds, Feb 26 - Mar 8, features face-based art, depictions of shape-shifters, art that comments on climate change, cloud metaphor in art, and artistic flights of fancy, as well as literal clouds and skyscapes. Meet the artists Feb 29, 1-3 pm. Bloom 12, Mar 25 - Apr 11, annual open call show celebrating the return of spring with big bold floral artwork in variety of media. Meet the artists Mar 18,

1-3 pm. Karen Furey solo exhibition of recent works, March 11 – 22.​For more information about these and other shows visit

Cartoon courtesy Rose Kapp


SURREY ART GALLERY (13750 - 88 Avenue)

Information & Registration: 604-501-5100 |

Winter 2020

Beginning Jan 21, Watercolour: Expressions in Transparency, Tue, 7pm, 8 sessions. Beginning Jan 21, Palette Knife Painting, Tue, 7pm, 8 sessions. Beginning Jan 23, Drawing Into Colour, Thu, 7pm, 8 sessions. Beginning Jan 29, Guided Life Drawing, Wed, 6pm, 6 sessions. On Feb 29, Tools to Overcome Creative Block, Sat, 10am-5pm, 1 session. On Mar 4, Contemporary Art Bus Tour, Wed, 9am-3pm, 1 session.

Spring 2020

Beginning Apr 14, Watercolour: Expressions in Transparency, Tue, 7pm, 8 sessions. Beginning Apr 14, Acrylic Painting for Beginners, Tue, 7pm, 8 sessions. Beginning Apr 15, Coloured Pencils for Beginners, Wed, 7pm, 8 sessions. Beginning Apr 16, The Art of Drawing, Thu, 7pm, 8 sessions. On Apr 19, Enthusiast's Digital Camera, Sun, 1-4pm, 1 session. Beginning Apr 22, Guided Life Drawing, Wed, 6pm, 6 sessions.

Registration for Spring 2020 starts March 9.

Experience excellent instruction with professional artists! Please register at least 1 week in advance.

ART CLUB DEMO OR CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Using the News Media as a free promotional tool. Social media is effective to promote your arts event or your private art show, but don't ignore the many who still don't 'do' social media! Newspapers and magazines (and television and radio) can also be cost-free promotional opportunities. But you have to know how to approach this 'media' to ensure your news will be published. Eve Lees, Editor/Publisher of The Artist's Journal offers over 35 years of experience and training as a Graphic Designer and former newspaper editor to teach you how to prepare a proper 'News Release' and many other tips to inform the public about who you are and what you do. Eve will also share Graphic Design techniques and tricks to design your own eye-catching and effective posters and other marketing tools. This information is valuable for Art Clubs and individual artists who want to promote their shows and events. Other interest groups, even business owners (artists or not) can benefit from this presentation. Presentations are available for large or small groups and for individuals. More information here or contact Eve Lees 605-531-8643 or

NETWORK SERVICE FOR ARTISTS: ArtsCan Resource Network Society is an empowered, connected, and collaborative arts organization designed to build and connect a visible, sustainable, thriving creative community. ArtsCan membership is free: Get listed in their online directory and get connected! Visit for more information, email or call 778-590-2989 or 778-833-4136 – they’ll be delighted to hear from you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Only Late-Arriving Calls will be added after each issue circulates. Shows & Events that arrived late (after each issue's deadline) will NOT be added. This publication is predominantly a Calls for Entry publication: it was created for artists to find work. Shows & Events are just one of the regular features and must arrive on or before each issue's deadline to be published (see deadlines posted above).

GALLERY RING invites artists to participate in their online exhibition Flowers. Welcomes artworks depicting flowers, from a close-up of a single bloom or petal, to bouquets and fields of wildflowers and everything in between. 2D artwork including photography/digital is eligible. Invites all artistic styles from realistic to experimental. Several awards presented including "Best In Show" (cash prize and free submission voucher). All award winners and random finalists will be featured and promoted on Gallery Ring's Instagram during the event. Deadline Jan 13, 2020. Exhibition in late January, 2020. For more information


RACISM THROUGH THE ARTS FAIR is looking for artists who express their views on racism through their art form (painting, music, poetry, sculpting, etc.) and would like to display their work on Feb 5, 2020, at a Correctional Facility as part of an ethno cultural fair looking at racism through the arts. There is no charge to artist to participate. Interested artists are asked to contact Dr. Lisa Gunderson directly as soon as possible (preferably before the end of 2019) at 778-679-2229 or The facility is located in Greater Victoria. For more information about One Love Consulting, visit


BURNABY ARTS COUNCIL invites artists to participate in Luminescence V, the 5th annual exhibition of light featuring works exploring light in 2D and 3D. This group exhibition is held March - April 25, 2020. Submission accepted until Jan 6, 2020 at 12:00 am. Apply at or contact for more questions.

THE RICHMOND PUBLIC ART PROGRAM invites artists residing in Richmond to submit applications to be placed on the Art Wrap Program Artist Roster for 2020–2022. Deadline Feb 7, 5 pm. The Art Wrap Program Artist Roster is updated biannually, providing a list of pre-qualified artists who can provide original artwork in a digital format for art wraps on utility boxes located in Richmond. Artists may be selected for one or more utility boxes. The Roster includes artists with a range of artistic styles, mediums and approaches. Artist Fee: Up to $1,200.00 CAD per utility box, based on size and number of utility boxes per commission. Reproduction and installation costs will be paid by the City of Richmond. For more detailed information visit or contact


VERNON COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE (VCAC) invites artists to sell their art in the VCAC Art Shop, a dedicated space for the sale of smaller, hand-made art pieces and gifts.  All artworks are juried in by independent experts of each medium to maintain the quality of artwork sold. Submitting artists must be current members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO), the not-for-profit society which operates the Vernon Community Arts Centre.  New members welcome to join. An ACNO application form outlining the fees and benefits of membership can be found at

To apply for the next round of Art Shop Jurying, drop off 2-3 pieces of artwork, along with a completed artist application form found at: to the Vernon Community Arts Centre, 2704A Hwy 6, Vernon.  Blank forms available at the front desk for those with no printer access. There is limited storage space therefore all work to be juried MUST be dropped off and picked up during the specified times as outlined below. Those unable to work within these time frames should arrange to have someone pick up/ drop off work on the artist’s behalf. Submission Drop Off is Jan 16, between 6 and 9 pm, or January 17,  9 to 5 pm. Submission Pick Up is January 20 between 6 and 9 pm, or January 21 between 9 am and 3 pm. Previously approved Art Shop vendors can download new consignment sheets at and deliver work when the office is open. Artists must label and price all artwork as indicated. For any questions, call 250-542-6243, e-mail Karin at, or drop by the Vernon Arts Centre in person.


CITY OF SURREY’S 2020 PUBLIC ART BANNERS invites proposals. This is an open call to all visual artists and designers currently living in British Columbia. Students of fine art, design, and architecture schools are encouraged to apply. Public art staff have developed an easy application process and will supply technical support and guidance throughout the project. To download the proposal application, visit The application must be completed and submitted to by the deadline of January 31, 2020, 4pm.

THE VINTAGE AND HANDMADE ART SOCIETY annual event offers a Valentine vendor opportunity. Held in the Woodward’s Atrium (333 Abbott Street, in “Gastown,” Vancouver). The next available date is Feb 8 (12 to 6 pm). Each vendor is allocated one 6 ft table space. Table fees apply (option A is $75 and option B is $60 if the vendor provides their own table). One vendor per table. To reserve a table, e-transfer vendor fees to (make the e-transfer password “Vancouver”) or visit to use other methods of payment. For more information and other concerns contact Kristina & Justin, at Vintage and Handmade Society,

SHATFORD CENTRE FOR ARTS & CULTURE (750 Main Street, Penticton) invites submissions for Abstracted Ideas. For this exhibit, artists are asked to submit works that do not attempt to accurately depict visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, and forms to achieve effect. All media welcome.$15 fee per artist. Maximum three works per artist. Drop-off work Feb 17, 2020 between 9 am and noon. Show opens Feb 20, 6:30 pm. For more detailed information visit or phone 250-770-7668 or email

GALLERY RING seeks abstract works of art for "Abstract" Online International Juried Exhibition. 2D pieces including photography/digital are eligible. All artistic styles welcome. Several awards and cash prizes available. Submission deadline

Feb 10, 2020. For more detailed information and to apply, visit


NORTH VAN ARTS invites artists to participate in Urban Matrix, held at the CityScape Community ArtSpace. Deadline March 1, 2020. This exhibition intends to be an examination of the materiality and structure of the North American urban environment. For more details and to apply, visit


NORTH VAN ARTS is currently accepting proposals for the 2020-2021 exhibition season at CityScape Community ArtSpace. Welcomes artwork in all mediums and accepts submissions from artists and non-artists in the local and wider community. Deadline March 1, 2020.  For more details and to apply, visit


SALT SPRING ARTS COUNCIL'S ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE (AIR) PROGRAM is now accepting submissions for its fifth year of residencies. The program is open to all professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. Submissions are juried with residencies awarded based on artistic merit, available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community and associated collaborative opportunities. For more details, visit

SIDNEY AND GERTRUDE ZACK GALLERY invites artists to participate in The Carrying Project, an exhibition held during the Festival of Israeli Culture. The festival’s theme is looking to the future and includes dance performances, children’s activities, an outdoor market and other events, including the art exhibition The Caring Project. This exhibition features canvas tote bags artists will use as canvases to demonstrates what it means to carry themselves, or others, into the future. This is a juried exhibition. Canvas tote bags are supplied by the gallery. All media accepted: drawing, painting, printing, sewing, and 2D multidisciplinary. Application deadline March 2, 6 pm. The exhibition is scheduled for April 28 to May 31, 2020. To apply, submit the following by e-mail to Artist’s contact information, phone number and email; curriculum vitae; JPG files of up to 5 images of work, accompanied in a separate document by full descriptions of the work (name, medium, size, year). It is strongly encouraged to make submissions via email, but if those whose submit by Canada Post must be sure the application does not contain original artworks and send to Hope Forstenzer, c/o Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2N7.  Artists submitting work will receive notice of the jury results by March 20 via email and tote bags will be available for pickup at the gallery. Artists who wish to be considered for future solo (or group) shows in the gallery, may submit in the same manner as explained above, but with 10 photos of work, a $25 processing fee, and a brief statement about the proposed show. Artists submitting work for shows in 2021 will receive notification of jury results in the fall unless a proposal requires otherwise. For more information, telephone Hope Forstenzer at 604-638-7277.

ARTS COUNCIL OF THE NORTH OKANAGAN and the VERNON COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE invite artists to participate in Creating Community, an exhibit of collaborative art pieces. Any mediums and styles of art are welcome, as long as the creation process involves more than one person (i.e. a poet and a painter or a painter and a sculptor). This exhibit encourages artists to work together and benefit from the collaborative process. Exhibit dates are Feb 28 to Mar 23, 2020 (opening reception TBA). Drop off art on Feb 26, 9am-8pm, pick up Mar 24, 9am-8pm. Exhibitors must hold a current Arts Council of the North Okanagan membership (new members welcome to join). Wall pieces must be ready to hang (ie. proper wire attached). All work must be original. For artists wishing to sell their work, a 25% commission will be charged on all sold works. As gallery space is limited, members may submit no more than 3 pieces of work. A single wall piece may not exceed 36" and 3D pieces must be able to sit on available plinths. Speak with VCAC Staff about any works outside these parameters. For more details and the entry form visit

THE FORT GALLERY (Fort Langley), invites proposals for solo and group exhibitions and exhibitions organized by artists, independent curators or collectives for their June 2020 to Dec 2021 programming year. Submission deadline Mar 16, 2020. Exhibitions will run 4-6 weeks. Priority is given to artists who can suggest community engagement activities or are willing to facilitate workshops. This is an open call to emerging and established artists. Seeking submissions of ideas/proposals, completed works, and works in progress. Selected exhibitions receive a $500 exhibition fee. For group exhibitions, the fee will be split between all participating artists. For more detailed information and to apply, visit

38th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibit and 3rd Annual Youth Art Exhibit now accepting artist applications. Presented by The Peace Liard Regional Arts Council, partnering with the Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council and the Tumble Ridge Information Centre. Deadlines: April 27, 2020. Opening Night for these exhibits is May 8, 2020, at the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Information Centre. Both these exhibits provide emerging and seasoned artists the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and network with fellow artists within the Peace River and the Northern Rockies regions of British Columbia. For more detailed information and to apply, visit


SPECTRUM, an annual open invitation exhibition at the Silk Purse Arts Centre (West Vancouver), invites established and emerging artists to participate. Exhibit held Feb 25 to Mar 15. The deadline to apply is Feb 15, 2020. Theme: A Cultural Conversation on Climate Change. Interpret the theme through subject matter & media. Explore concepts of sustainability, environment, activism, industrialization, conservation, the effects of the climate crisis & how the Arts can make an impact. Artists are asked to use recycled materials in creating their piece: paint over an old canvas, transform used plastic bottles or bags, reuse parts of a previous sculpture, incorporate fabric from clothes that no longer fit, use leftover house paint. Consider using eco-friendly green materials - hand made pigments from natural sources, botanical printing, hand-spun wool, dried vegetation . . . the possibilities are endless. For more detailed information and to apply, visit


WHITE ROCK COMMUNITY CENTRE invites submissions for the annual Herstory, International Women's Day Art Exhibition, March 1 to May 12, 2020. In celebration of International Women’s Day, the City of White Rock and Semiahmoo Arts welcomes all artists showcasing the power of women and gender parity. Entry deadline, Feb 21, 2020, at 12 pm. Deliver artwork Feb 29, 9 am – 1 pm. Opening reception Mar 5, 5 pm – 7 pm. For more information and to apply, visit


SEMIAHMOO ARTS invites its artist members to participate in their annual Members Exhibition in the Turnbull Gallery and Corridor Galleria (Surrey), Feb 24, to Mar 20, 2020. Deadline to register Feb 3, 2020. This exhibition will showcase current artwork produced by members (all artists must be Semiahmoo Arts Members. To become a member or update your membership, visit For more information and to register:


FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS invites artists to apply for the Annual International Art Exhibition (AIMAE). The 2020 theme for this year is story. Deadline Apr 6, 2020. Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists, AIMAE is a solution for artists looking to exhibit in Vancouver, Canada from all over the world. Artists are to submit artwork no larger than 8” x 10” and mail it flat in an envelope to the gallery, where it is framed, displayed and sold on the artist’s behalf. Cash prizes awarded. Apply online at

THE SALT SPRING ARTS COUNCIL (SSAC) ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (AIR) PROGRAM, now in its fifth year, is once again offering an opportunity for artists to work in the arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. The intent of the program continues to be the provision of time and space for creativity and productivity for the chosen visiting artists and to introduce them to Salt Spring Island and its arts community. Both National and International applicants are welcome to apply. All submissions are juried with residencies awarded based on artistic merit, available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community and associated collaborative opportunities. Applications for the AiR program can be submitted on or before April 15, 2020 for tenure between Jan 2021 and April 2021. Application information is available at  For more information:

Artist in Residence (AiR) Program, Salt Spring Arts Council, 114 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada V8K 2V5, e-mail:

SILVERSTAR MOUNTAIN (Vernon) second annual Spring Festival, SEISMIC, invites artists to participate in the Artisan Market days during the 10-day festival (March 13 – 22, 2020). The Artisan Market is held on each Sunday of the festival – March 15 and 22. Artists can submit up to ten medium-scale artworks (or 2-5 larger) of visual art in any medium. There is no entry fee or vendor fee, but artists are required to supply any necessary supplies or equipment they need (easels, table, etc). Artists must also be present during the Artisan Market. All participating artists must be members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO) to participate in the event (new members welcome). Also looking for artists willing to paint live, in front of an audience. This is a juried exhibit. Artists must submit 3 images of current work and a brief biography to with Culture and Cocktails in the subject line. Those interested in painting live must indicate their preferred painting style. Submission deadline is noon, Feb 12, 2020. Application results will be announced by Feb 14 at the latest. For more information e-mail or visit

THE VINTAGE AND HANDMADE ART SOCIETY offers artists a vendor opportunity in their new location at the Vancouver Art Gallery, April 11, 2020. All vendors will be under tents for the art market held on the street level of the Art Gallery’s north plaza. Vendor rates: Option A - $160 for a regular space to accommodate one 6’ table; Option B - $225 for a corner space accommodating two 6’ tables; Option C - $375 for an entire 10x10 tent space to accommodate up to four 6’ tables. Table rentals are an additional $15 each. Spaces are filling quickly: Reserve as soon as possible for either option at Those who prefer to pay fees via e-transfer, e-mail to arrange payment (be sure to indicate in the message which option is requested). For more information contact Kristina & Justin, at Vintage and Handmade Society, or e-mail


NORTH VAN ARTS invites visual artists and artisans to participate in the 21st-anniversary edition of Art in the Garden (May 30 to 31). Deadline March 10, 2020. An opportunity for visual artists to display and sell their artwork in unique outdoor settings. Accepted artists are required to become members of North Van Arts. For more details and to apply, visit


NORTH VAN ARTS invites art submissions for their annual “You Are Here” wall calendar for 2021. Submission deadline March 29, 2020, at midnight. Images should be of locations, places or scenes recognizable in North or West Vancouver: Paintings, prints or drawings in any media that represent scenes, scenery, people, or locations on the North Shore. This calendar tells the ‘North Shore story’, so images may represent locations, buildings, sites, scenes that are no longer in existence, but have contributed to the history and culture of the ‘North Shore’. Participating artists are not required to be North Shore residents or North Van Arts members, as long as their submitted art fits the requirements noted above. Please note, the calendar images will be landscape orientation, therefore images submitted in portrait format will need to be cropped to be included. For more detailed information and to submit:

THE ANONYMOUS ART SHOW returns to the Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler, April 3, 2020. Artists are invited to participate in this fundraiser event for Arts Whistler, with this year’s event proceeds going toward accessible and diverse community art programs. To apply fill in the online registration form (see below) or fill in a registration form at the Arts Whistler front desk when dropping off artwork. The deadline for registration and artwork drop off is March 2, 2020. For more detailed information and to register:


THE WEST VANCOUVER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams to design & facilitate the completion of a Collaborative Community Art Project - a temporary artwork, created with participation from the public, at the Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver, during the First Thursdays Art Walk 2020. The First Thursdays Art Walk invites members of the public to explore the neighbourhoods of Ambleside & Dundarave on a self-guided tour of local galleries, public art & community spaces. During the Art Walk visitors to the Silk Purse Arts Centre will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of the Collaborative Community Art Project. The deadline for submission of expression of interest is March 2, by 4 pm. For more detailed information and submission requirements, visit

HARMONY ARTS FESTIVAL invites artists to participate in this yearly outdoor event, held July 31 to Aug 2, along the West Vancouver waterfront. Welcomes Art Market Vendors (deadline April 6, 2020) and Group Exhibition Applications (deadline May 15, 2020). For more detailed information and to apply, visit


NEW WEST ARTISTS invite submission to “NWA GOT ART” held at The Network Hub, River Market, 800 Quayside Drive, Feb 24, to April 15, 2020. Label deadline Feb 18, 2020 and deadline for artwork drop off is Feb 21, 6 to 6:30 pm. For more information and to apply, visit Participants must be or become members of New West Artists. Visit their website for membership information:

GALLERY RING invites artists to participate in their online international juried exhibition “Still Life.” Deadline is March 16, 2020. 2D artwork including photography/digital is eligible. All artistic styles from realistic to experimental are welcome. Several awards presented. The competition is open to all artists, emerging to established, worldwide over 18 years of age. Entry fee $20 US for 1-3 pieces. For more information, visit

THE VANCOUVER OUTSIDER ARTS FESTIVAL 2020 takes place Aug 7-9, at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. Offering an opportunity for Outsider Artists 19 years and older residing in Vancouver to learn more about being a working artist and connect with other artists and audiences, as well as an opportunity to show/sell/perform their work. VOAF is dedicated to supporting self-identified outsider artists who face social exclusion and other visible/invisible barriers to sharing their work. Deadline to apply is March 30. For more information and to attend an information session visit


THE KENT HARRISON ARTS COUNCIL offers several Pop-Up, short-term residencies in 2020 (four days to one week long) at the Ranger Station Art Gallery. All disciplines and proposals considered. $100 honorarium. Dates available (10-4 pm daily): March 2 to 6; April 27 to May 1; July 2 to 6; Sept 28 to Oct 2. Artists interested in using the gallery as their own studio to interact with the public, are asked to e-mail a letter of interest and their website link to For more information, visit

‘START WITH ART’ is a special annual exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery (North Vancouver), with the goal of encouraging young people to appreciate, collect, and curate their own art collection. Invites artwork that appeals to people 16 years old and younger. ‘Start with Art’ is an exhibition with artwork and programming for young people, not an exhibition showing artwork by children. In this unique show, there will be a special price list just for young people. Artwork is displayed at “kids eye-view” and includes a fun kids' weekend afternoon reception with candy, fruit plates and free art-making. For full application guidelines, visit Deadline March 13, 2020.


ISLE OF THE ARTS MARKET, presented by the Gabriola Arts Council, invites local artists and artisans who create unique, quality, handcrafted items to show and sell their work at the market held April 11 (9 am set up, market open 11-3 pm, tear down by 4 pm firm). Cost is $45. Vendors have the option to share space with other artists – up to 2 per table - an additional fee of $10.00 per artist will be added to Vendor Fee. 6’ wide space assigned. Registration opens Feb 21 at 10 am. Fill out the online form available on Feb 21 at Questions can be directed to Carol Fergusson

CITY OF VANCOUVER Engineering Department (Parks Recreation and Culture) seeks a mid-career or experienced artist to be in residence with the Engineering Department, in the Green Operations Division. Artists should have an established practice recognized by peers in the field, an interest in public works, and demonstrated experience working in the public realm. The artist will have opportunities to contribute to ongoing projects and propose new temporary or permanent artworks. These artworks will interact with the ideas and practices of city planning, infrastructural development, engineering operations, and sustainability. The call for new artist applications is now open. The submission deadline is February 28, 2020. For more detailed information, visit

BANNER PROJECT 2020, a call for entry only for artists who are residents of Elk Valley (southeastern Kootenay region). Deadline April 1, 2020. For more details and to apply, visit

ARTSY BIRD CARDS (ABC) PROJECT invites submissions from artists who love birds and nature. Interested 2D artists are invited to select a bird from a list of 50 local birds, create a realistic impression of the bird, and submit (by email) a high-resolution photo of the artwork by the April 1 deadline. These images will be used on the one side of bird flashcards whose reverse side will contain all the relevant information to confirm ID, as well as interesting nature facts related to the bird (these are being compiled by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory). These cards will be used by individuals, school groups, nature groups, art groups and anyone, young or old, interested in birds and/ or art. ABC sets will be available for purchase in May 2020. For more information and to enter, artists are to contact

SURREY ART GALLERY ASSOCIATION (SAGA) invites local artists and the community to a Mixed Media Competitive Paint Off at Surrey Art Gallery on March 21 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Admission is free. In this evening of friendly competition, 12 artists will face off in four timed rounds using mixed media materials. The audience will vote for their favourite artist after each round. Winners from the first three rounds will then compete in a fourth and final round, with the audience crowning the “People’s Art Champion” at the end of the night. Over the course of the evening, the audience will get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of each artist’s work, from planning to final product. Audience members interested in gaining hands-on experience can also participate in a painting lesson. Following the competition, artists can choose to keep their work or sell it through Surrey Art Gallery Association’s Art Rental Program. Interested artists can find eligibility criteria and an application form at  For more details or to register as an artist, email Applications are due March 14.

THE CITY OF SURREY requests concept proposals for a Creative Wall and Gate Design for Chimney Heights Park Washroom. This call is open to all visual artists and designers currently living in British Columbia. Students of fine art, design, and architecture schools are encouraged to apply. Public art staff have developed an easy application process and will supply technical support and guidance throughout the project. Award for the selected final design $2500. The deadline to submit to is March 30, 2020 at 4 pm. For more information and to apply

THE BURNABY ARTS COUNCIL (BAC) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Members of the BAC (and those wanting to become members) are invited to contribute their perspective of how they are inspired by the city of Burnaby. Exhibition held May 9 to 30, 2020. Submission deadline March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. For more information and to register, visit

2020 SOCIAL DISTANCING EXHIBITION, an online exhibition April 10 - 30, invites all artists to participate. This open call is presented by the Federation of Canadian Artists. Artworks are to be created during “social distancing” and can be of any subject, size or style. Preference for awards will be given to artworks that best exemplify or communicate beauty, joy and/or humour to the jury panel. Submission deadline April 5, 2020, midnight. For more information and to apply, visit