Art Submissions 101 workshop

Facilitated by Erin Stinson (Studio Stinson)

A workshop on how to create a strong submission to an artist call and best represent yourself as a visual artist using the tools you already have!

-Basic ways to photograph 2D/3D artwork
-Tips on writing a great artist biography and artistic statement
-Advice on making your submission to the 2018 Timeraiser artist call strong and compelling

January 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 pm

Redpoll Centre Conference Room (Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park)

$15 for ACWB members, $20 for non members

Tickets available on Eventbrite

Telus Sky – Request for Proposals

Expression of Interest Submission Due Jan. 23, 2018

 

Telus Art Program | Competition Art

The TELUS Sky development is a showcase project for TELUS. Developing a comprehensive art program is consistent with their mandate of supporting arts and culture within their community and is also a unique opportunity to involve the community in the development of their new Calgary home.

There is a desire to showcase Canadian and regional artistic talent within the project as an integrated effort with the design of the TELUS interior space. Each piece within the art program is an opportunity to convey a unique Canadian story of people, place and landscape.

The art program developed aims to achieve consistency with the proposed interior design themes and natural material palette. Candidates are encouraged to draw inspiration from the regional landscape and to speak to the dynamic and ever-changing nature of our prairie skies.

This request for proposal (RFP) is part of a larger art program that aims to source a number of types of art from a variety of artists to bring vitality and diversity to the stories that are represented. There is a desire to include art from a diverse cross-section of Canadian culture and talent.

Within the TELUS art program, the Atrium Series has been selected as competition art. The requirements for this competition will be outlined in the following section.

This public RFP process aims to seek candidates that show exceptional talent and whose early professional career would benefit from a commission of this scale and exposure — emphasizing the importance of art and culture to the TELUS organization.

Competition adjudication will be by a jury appointed by TELUS, with a mandate to ensure that the selection process is consistent with the TELUS values and brand, while bringing the best Canadian talent to the forefront.\

 

RFP Submission Requirements

ART COMPETITION | ATRIUM ART SERIES

PROPOSED ART PIECE: Atrium Art Series

PROPOSED LOCATIONS: Atrium Lounges, Levels 4-9

DESCRIPTION: The TELUS Sky tower boasts a dramatic 11 storey atrium featuring overhanging sculptural stairs that serve to connect each of TELUS’ office floors.

Atrium Lounges for TELUS team members are located at each of the feature stair landings. The proposed art series will be showcased within these lounges and will serve to draw team members and visitors up through the tower in discovery of the series’ narrative.

 

DESIGN OBJECTIVES:

• The medium of this art series is open. Candidates may submit traditional canvas pieces, low relief wall mounted sculptures, photography, metal work and digital installations, for example.

• The complete series must feature 6 individual art pieces that vary slightly between each floor. Variation between each piece may occur through adjustments in colour, texture, saturation and/or pattern tessellation, for example.

• The series as a whole must incorporate a unifying conceptual narrative that is legible to team members and visitors as they traverse vertically through the atrium.

• The proposed location for the series is a high traffic area. Consideration must be given to durability.

 

CONCEPTUAL PRECEDENTS:

A central concept must unite the art series and introduce a narrative that is inspired by the sky, atmosphere and/or regional landscapes. Additional interpretations and design precedents are encouraged and should be communicated within proposal responses.

This piece is meant to achieve out of the box thinking which will challenge the production capability of the candidate(s), while inspiring innovative ideas about TELUS and its values.

 

PHYSICAL PARAMETERS:

• On levels 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9, the physical space dedicated to each art feature = 26 linear feet x 9’ high. • On level 6, individual art pieces must be no longer than 20’ due to unique conditions on this floor.

• Individual pieces must be no less than ~13’ in length.

• Maximum depth of each piece = ~8”

• One art piece must be provided for each of TELUS’ six typical office floors (Levels 4-9).

• Structural and electrical/lighting requirements will be coordinated with the successful candidate.

 

This is the Partial RFP.

Download the full Telus Sky – RFP (HERE) or visit https://blog.telus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/compressed-1.pdf

 

Artist Call – 7th Annual Wood Buffalo Timeraiser (18+)

Submissions deadline Thursday February 22, 2018 at 4:30PM

2018 TIMERAISER: OPEN CALL TO ALL LOCAL 2D and 3D ARTISTS IN WOOD BUFFALO

For the full Artist Guidelines & Criteria click HERE

For the Artist Application and Waiver form click HERE

 

ARTWORK SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA
FuseSocial is thrilled to announce that the 2018 Call to Artists for the seventh edition of the Wood Buffalo Timeraiser is now open.
There is no submission fee associated with this call.

PLEASE USE THIS AS A CHECKLIST TO ENSURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL STEPS:

  • Submissions must be received electronically by Thursday February 22, 2018 at 4:30PM
  • ALL information/documentation must be submitted in ONE email and sent to:
    sheri.donovan@fusesocial.ca

Email will include:

  • Completed submission form (including artist statements, bio & waiver)
  • High resolution digital picture(s) of your submission(s).

 

ARTIST LABELS:

  • Develop two (2) Artist Labels that identifies your piece
  • Include artist/artwork Information: Your name as you would like it to appear, the title of your work, the medium (example: Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media, Photography, etc.) and the dimensions (in inches). Affix one (1) label to the back of your artwork and bring one (1) additional label with you when you drop off your artwork

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2018 TIMERAISER EXHIBIT
Please read carefully

  • Applicants must be a resident of Wood Buffalo
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age and older
  • Maximum three (3) pieces entered per artist may be submitted for consideration
  • Pieces selected in previous years for Timeraiser may not be submitted again
  • All pieces must be recent; created within the last 2 years (2016+)
  • Works must be made independently, without guidance or instruction. Artworks made
    during a workshop or class are not eligible
  • All pieces must be original; no copies or prints permitted
  • The artwork provided is the original artwork and is the sole intellectual property of the artist, with no copyright infringements. Please refer to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website link for clarification on copyright:
  • All pieces must be framed and signed (stretched canvas must have finished painted
    edges, no staples showing and artwork on various papers must be in a frame with glass
    front.)
  • For safety and security purposes, 3D artwork chosen will only be showcased during the
    open reception and silent auction.
  • Artist sets the price of the artwork and price must include framing and any taxes (up to
    a maximum of $1,500)

 

SELECTION PROCESS:

  • Art will be selected by a non-exhibiting jury consisting of representatives from
    FuseSocial, the MI Visual Arts Department, Art Council of Wood Buffalo and a
    member(s) of the Wood Buffalo community. There is no guarantee that all submitted
    artwork will be chosen.
  • Selected artists will be notified via email by March 2, 2018
  • Successful entries into the exhibit are to be dropped off to the Snye Room at Suncor
    Community Leisure Centre on:

    • Thursday March 22 (6pm-9pm)
    • Friday March 23 (12pm-3pm)
    • Artists are responsible for making arrangements to drop-off their artwork at the designated time and space
  • Exhibition of the artwork will commence on Monday March 26th. The Timeraiser event will take place on April 19th, 2018.

 


 

SUBMISSION WORKSHOP
Arts Council Wood Buffalo will once again be hosting a Submission Workshop on Saturday January 20, 2018 to assist artists on best practices in photographing, framing and pricing artwork. More specific details will be available shortly, so please stay tuned!

Budding Artist Call – 7th Annual Wood Buffalo Timeraiser

Submissions deadline Thursday February 22, 2018 at 4:30PM

 

 

2018 TIMERAISER: OPEN CALL TO ALL LOCAL 2D and 3D BUDDING ARTISTS IN WOOD BUFFALO

 

ARTWORK SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA

For the full Buddy Artist in Wood Buffalo Guidelines & Criteria click HERE

For the Budding Artist Application and Waiver form click HERE

 

The 2018 Budding Artist Category is proudly presented by: Wood Buffalo and District Labour Council

FuseSocial is thrilled to announce that the 2018 Call to Budding Artists for the seventh edition of the Wood Buffalo Timeraiser is now open. Budding Artists are local artists aged 7-17 years. There is no submission fee associated with this call.

 

PLEASE USE THIS AS A CHECKLIST TO ENSURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL STEPS:

 Submissions must be received electronically by Thursday February 22, 2018 at 4:30PM

 ALL information/documentation must be submitted in ONE email and sent to: sheri.donovan@fusesocial.ca

 

Email will include:

 Completed submission form (including artist statements, bio & waiver).

 High resolution digital picture(s) of your submission(s).

 

ARTIST LABELS:

Develop two (2) Artist Labels that identifies your piece.

  • Include your name as you would like it to appear, the title of your work, the medium (example: Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media, Photography, etc.) and the dimensions (in inches). Affix one (1) label to the back of your artwork and bring one (1) additional label with you when you drop off your artwork.

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2018 TIMERAISER EXHIBIT

Please read carefully

  • Applicants must be a resident of Wood Buffalo
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 7 and 17 years of age
  • Maximum of two (2) pieces per artist may be submitted for consideration
  • Pieces selected in previous years for Timeraiser may not be submitted again
  • All pieces must be recent; created within the last 2 years (2016+)
  • Works must be made independently, without guidance or instruction. Artworks made during a workshop or class are not eligible
  • All pieces must be original; no copies or prints permitted
  • The artwork provided is the original artwork and is the sole intellectual property of the artist, with no copyright infringements. Please refer to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website link for clarification on copyright:
  • Questions regarding what constitutes original artwork? Please contact Arts Council Wood Buffalo or MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery- see contact info below
  • All artwork must be ready to hang (wire setting 1/3 from the top of the artwork, no saw tooth hangers).
  • All pieces must be framed and signed (stretched canvas must have finished painted edges, no staples showing and artwork on various papers must be in a frame with glass front.)
  • For safety and security purposes, 3D artwork chosen will only be showcased during the open reception and silent auction.
  • Artist sets the price of the artwork and price must include framing and any taxes (up to a maximum of $300)

 

SELECTION PROCESS:

  • Art will be selected by a non-exhibiting jury consisting of a FuseSocial representative, a member of the MI Visual Arts Department, Art Council of Wood Buffalo representative and an artist in the community. There is no guarantee that all art will be chosen.
  • Selected artists will be notified via email by Friday March 2, 2018
  • Successful entries into the exhibit are to be dropped off to the Snye Room at Suncor Community Leisure Centre on:
    • Thursday March 22 (6pm-9pm) o Friday March 23 (12pm-3pm)
    • Artists are responsible for making arrangements to drop-off their artwork at the designated time and space as the artwork cannot be stored at the gallery.
  • Exhibition of the artwork will commence on Monday March 26, 2018. The Timeraiser event occurs on April 19th, 2018.

 


 

NEW! BUDDING ARTIST SUBMISSION WORKSHOP
Arts Council Wood Buffalo is proud to host a Budding Artist Submission Workshop on Saturday January 20, 2018 to assist new, emerging artists on best practices in photographing, framing and pricing artwork. More specific details will be available shortly, so please stay tuned!

Call for Submission – RISE Emerging Artist Program 2018

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Jurying process: January 15th – 19th, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Download Full Artist Call: 2018 RISE Emerging Artist Call for Submission – Final

(Partial Artist Call Below)

 

Exhibition Dates for RISE Emerging Artist Program 2018

Slot 1
Thursday, March 8th – Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Installation – Tuesday, March 6th – Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Opening reception – Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 6pm

Slot 2
Wednesday, July 11th – Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Installation – Monday, July 9th – Tuesday July 10th, 2018
Opening reception – Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 6pm

*Preference will be given to exhibitions that are interactive and child and youth “friendly” due to artsPlace camps programming that will be running during this exhibition period.

Slot 3
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 – Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
Installation – Monday, November 12th – Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Opening reception – Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 6pm

artsPlace is a welcoming, user-friendly space where community can gather to explore, discover, and celebrate the adventure of art and creativity. The artsPlace Gallery is now accepting submissions for the RISE Emerging Artist Program.

The aim of RISE is to cultivate Alberta’s emerging artists by pairing an exhibition opportunity with mentorship by a local art professional. Participating artist’s will build experience in exhibition design, installation, and professional practice. This program will foster community awareness of contemporary arts and prepare emerging artists for a professional career in the arts.

 

Eligibility:

An emerging artist is defined as: someone who is in the early stage of their career, (less than 5 years), has specialized training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), and who has created a modest independent body of work.

Emerging artists may include students, recently graduated students from a postsecondary institution, or someone who has made a recent career change or decision to prioritize their art practice. The artist cannot be exhibiting work with a commercial gallery, and MUST be resident of Alberta for at least a year prior to the application deadline date.

Calls for submission are open to ALL visual art disciplines, individual and collective projects.

RISE Emerging Artist Program The exhibition is 7 weeks long, allowing the selected emerging artist the opportunity to educate, exhibit, sell, and promote their artistic practice within the Bow Valley. When accepted, the emerging artist will be paired with a local artist mentor that will help guide the artist through preparation and planning for the exhibition, the installation of the exhibition, and the required artist talk and/or demonstration.

 

Submission Requirements:

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 9th, 2018. Please submit one PDF file containing items 1-8 and 10 individual .jpeg images to programs@artsplacecanmore.com, subject line: RISE Emerging Artist Submission.

1. Cover Letter This letter of introduction contains current contact information including, mailing address, email, and telephone number. The letter should also indicate first and second choice for exhibition slot dates. If you are applying as a collective please list all member names and disciplines, but clearly state which person is the main contact.

2. Project description The project description should indicate the media, technique, theme and/or context of the artwork, and title of the proposed exhibit. It should be clear in the project description whether the exhibition is already a completed body of work or will need to be completed. It should also address any specific technical or spatial requirements regarding the installation of the work.

3. Artist statement/ Collective Statement 300 words maximum.

4. Curriculum Vitae Maximum 2 pages, with a font size no smaller than 10pt.

6. Corresponding Image list Image list should provide: number corresponding to file name, title of artwork, size of artwork, medium, year produced, proposed value, and if it will be part of the exhibition? (Y/N)

7. Description of Artist Talk/Demonstration A 15-20-minute artist talk, or demonstration is a requirement, please provide a short description of the proposed talk.

8. Relevant Support Material/Letter of Reference A letter of reference from someone affiliated with your art career. If relevant, please include a selection of support material, such as copies of recent reviews or publications featuring the artwork.

9. A maximum of 10 Images Each image MUST be numbered and include the initials of the artist and title of each artwork. Please submit images via email only. Files MUST be in .jpeg or other standardized format with a minimum of 500KB and maximum of 1MB. Label images: last name, first name, title of work, and number matching the corresponding image list i.e. SmithJosephineTitle1.jpg

 

Important Artist Information:

Exhibition will be selected based on the substance within their submission, specifically speaking to the artist’s ability to deliver a high-quality body of work with the chosen media, strength and relevance of concepts within the artist’s practice, ability to present the artist talk, and or create a community-focused demonstration. – Once selected the artist will be paired with a local artist mentor. The artist is required to provide a progress report 4 weeks prior to their exhibition installation date. – Emerging artists will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation in the RISE Emerging Artist Program. – artPlace will take a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition. – An opening reception will be provided by artsPlace. – There is NO submission fee.

 

Send submissions to:

Email: programs@artsplacecanmore.com or by mail, to: Attention: Programs Manager artsPlace Canmore 950 8th Ave. Canmore, AB T1W 2T1

*If submitting you application by mail, in a printed formation, you need to include your images in .jpeg format on CD or DVD. All submissions MUST be received (in hand at the artsPlace office, or email time stamped) by the deadline, failure to do so will disqualify your submission.

Contact Info: Programs Manager Kizzie Sutton 403 609 2623 x104

Business Beautification Program seeking Visual Artists

Deadline to apply: November 8, 2017

The Business Beautification Program encourages local businesses to beautify and maintain their storefronts and surrounding property.

2017 Winter Business Beautification Program

The winter Business Beautification Program allows local residents to apply to paint winter images on participating businesses’ storefront windows. If you love to paint, fill out the online application form and attach some samples of your work for your chance to be selected. Selected painters will be provided with paint and equipment, plus a fee for each painting completed.

Businesses who would like their storefront windows to be transformed into a winter wonderland can fill out a business application form for a chance to be selected. This is a great opportunity to help make our community merry and bright this winter.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Beautifying your business can be quick and easy. Here are many simple ways to participate in the Business Beautification Program:

  • Sweep storefronts, walkways and surrounding areas.
  • Clean windows, and hang a welcome sign.
  • Clean or update outdoor signage.
  • Re-paint fencing, bollards and parking lot lines.
  • Pressure wash sidings, outside furnishings and walkways.
  • Pick up litter, and other debris around your property.
  • Landscape and/or hardscape your property.
  • Provide proper bins for trash, recycling and cigarette butts.
  • Plant low maintenance shrubs, greenery and flowers beds.
  • Remove graffiti. Email graffiti@rmwb.ca to pick up a free Graffiti Removal Kit.

An attractive storefront not only promotes a positive image of your business, but also appeals to prospective and current customers. By maintaining your property on a regular basis, this encourages neighbouring businesses to follow suit and beautify their storefronts as well.

Nuisance Property Bylaw

Businesses are not obligated to beautify their storefronts. However, all property owners should be aware of the Nuisance Property Bylaw, which outlines the penalties for having an unkempt and unsightly property. Graffiti, overgrowth of grass or weeds, and litter are a few examples that would be considered as part of the Nuisance Property Bylaw.

Contact

Communities in Bloom
cib@rmwb.ca
780-788-1489

http://www.rmwb.ca/living/Beautification/Communities-in-Bloom/Business-Beautification-Program.htm

Call for Submissions: 2018 Alberta Winter Games

Deadline for submissions is November 7th

Call for Submissions: 2018 Alberta Winter Games

In February, Wood Buffalo will host the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. What better way to showcase our pride in this event then by displaying artwork that showcases our commitment to recreation, sports and health in our next edition of Art in Motion.

To participate, submit your your artwork or memorabilia for the next Art in Motion exhibit through this link: http://asset.rmwb.ca/inmotion/

The deadline for 2018 Alberta Winter Games submissions is Nov. 7.

Winter Art Street Banner Program

Deadline October 6, 2017

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo invites all youth of Wood Buffalo to participate in the Winter Art Banner Program (under 18 years old).

Five designs will be chosen and transformed onto banners to brighten up our community. These banners will be displayed on Franklin Avenue and Thickwood Boulevard for a limited time.

Theme:

The theme of the banners is Alberta Winter Games!

Artwork Limitations:

  • Artwork should reflect winter sporting events. A list of winter events is included on page 3.
  • Artwork must take up the entire space of the art paper provided, from edge to edge (no borders)
  • Participants should consider scale and distance of the viewing audience and use large scale images.

Deadlines:

Submit artwork and completed Release Forms to McMurray Experience (9909 Franklin Avenue) by Friday, October 6, 2017
For technical or submission guideline questions, please email alanna.bottrell@rmwb.ca or call 780.792.5968

Banner Selection and Criteria:

1 entry/per resident.
Artwork must be created on the provided art paper.
The artist retains sole copyright to his/her artwork.
Artwork must stay within the theme and limitations as indicated on the previous page.
Each submission must be accompanied by a completed waiver and photo release form.
Artwork will be selected by a volunteer selection panel.

Submission Guidelines:

Minimum finished artwork size must maintain a proportional scale of 7.5” x 23.5”.  Paper can also be picked up at the Jubilee Building (first floor reception), available on a first-come, first-served basis (while quantities last)
This program is open to youth only (under 18 years old, and must live in the region).
Original artwork must be submitted. Photographs of artwork will not be accepted.
Mechanical reproductions of original works are not permitted.
Chosen artwork will be professionally digitalized and transferred on to a 30” x 94” one-sided nylon banner.

Rules and Submission Guidelines:

Please review the submission guidelines as indicated on the Information Package.

When creating your visual artwork, you will be submitting a design for one side of the banner pole. See figure in the Information Package.

Please note: The Information Package provides all the information required to successfully submit your contest entry. Due to the anticipated volume of contest entries, submissions that do not conform to the minimum requirements detailed in this document may be disqualified.

On the back of each submission, include the artist’s full name, phone number, email address, and school.

List of Sports to Help Inspire Designs:

Alpine Skiing
Freestyle Skiing
Snowboarding
Speed Skating
Volleyball (Men and Women)
Wrestling
Badminton
Ringette
Figure Skating
Archery
Curling
Gymnastics
Judo
Hockey (Men and Women)
Squash
Synchronized Swimming
Cross-Country Skiing
Boxing
Biathlon
Fencing

Borealis Gallery – Call for Artists

Application deadline: November 1, 2017, 4:00 pm MST

Call for Artists – Borealis Gallery, Legislative Assembly of Alberta

In 1918, a mysterious illness swept the globe. It struck erratically and swiftly, seeming to target otherwise healthy young adults. Its victims could be well in the morning and dead by nightfall. The Spanish Flu, as the pandemic came to be known, was indiscriminate and it was ruthless: estimates place the worldwide mortality rate between 20 and 100 million people. Roughly one in six Canadians perished. More than 4,000 Albertans, almost 10% of the province’s population, died within four months. What happened? And what did it mean for the young province of Alberta?

100 years later, the Borealis Gallery at the Legislative Assembly Office is curating an exhibition to examine the realities, conditions, and legacies of the Spanish Flu in Alberta. Opening in Edmonton October 2018, the exhibition will explore how individuals, communities, and the province were affected by this international pandemic. The exhibition focuses on the social and societal impacts of the Spanish Flu, exploring the iterative relationship between the local and the international, dealing wherever possible in first-person experiences and accounts.

The exhibition will combine contemporary artworks with historical documents and images to locate events, contextualize the pandemic, identify lasting legacies, and link present-day Albertans with this long-distant event. We are looking to exhibit artworks that explore illness, disease, health and healing, the Roaring Twenties, international travel, the Great War, and the disproportional effects of disease on marginalized ethnicities, classes, and socioeconomic strata. Interested artists are asked to propose works for exhibition which address the cultural, social, historical, and/or political aspects of illness and health and how they relate to Albertan identity, past and present. Selected artists will have their work featured as part of the exhibition at the Borealis Gallery from October 26, 2018, to January 7, 2019.

 

Interested artists are asked to send written submissions which include:

  1.  digital images (300 dpi, no more than five and no larger than 1 MB each);
  2.  title, dimensions, and medium of each work;
  3. an artist’s statement which puts the work in the context of the exhibition as described;
  4. the name and contact information of the artist, including a brief CV (no longer than two pages).

We are interested in past work, current work, and in artwork created specifically to align with the themes of this exhibition. As part of our commitment to encourage and foster a vibrant Alberta arts scene, exhibiting artists will be compensated for their contributions. We use CARFAC schedules as a guide when determining compensation rates.

 

Timeline:

Application deadline: November 1, 2017

Artists notified: December 15, 2017

Exhibition installation: October 20 – 25, 2018

Exhibition: October 26, 2018 to January 7, 2019

For more information on the Legislative Assembly Office of Alberta and the Borealis Gallery, visit: assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre

Submissions should be sent by November 1, 2017 by email to Barbara Hilden, Exhibits Coordinator: barbara.hilden@assembly.ab.ca Visitor Services, Legislative Assembly of Alberta 3 rd Floor, 9820 107 St, Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7 phone: 780.638.5682

ACWB is Center Stage with David Winsor

 

It’s a common compliment to say that an artist has a gift or an artistic ability, but for David Winsor it is neither just a gift nor ability, but rather the desire to learn, discover, and grow. As a local visual artist, learning for David involves constantly creating new art, testing new techniques and discovering how mediums work and why. In David’s words, “learning a new skill like painting has an effect similar to learning a new language in keeping the mind young.”

Originally from the east coast of Canada, David did not grow up with an interest in visual arts. He only discovered his passion for painting recently, while searching for a present for his youngest daughter who had a desire to paint, and he became hooked after also giving it a try. Being relatively new to the arts community, David found guidance, support, and encouragement through the Meicholas Art Foundation, who he believes does a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes for the arts community. Now David has an undeniable drive to constantly learn about his new found passion by painting every day, looking for local resources, and sharing his knowledge with others.

In addition to feeding his drive to learn, he has also come to realize that painting for him is an integral part of achieving and maintaining his mental health. Prior to finding painting David says his drinking, weight, blood pressure, and stress levels were all out of control. David made drastic changes to get his health back on track including practicing yoga. David has found that “painting, or art in any form, has a positive effect on relieving anxiety and depression. There is benefit from putting a brush to paper even if there is no intention to produce a finished painting.”

David has experimented with many different visual art mediums and found watercolour to be his current calling. After hundreds, if not thousands of hours learning about watercolour, and with guidance from the Meicholas Art Foundation, David is applying his watercolour skills into facilitating an introductory watercolour course at the Art Foundry at River Station. The course, consisting of four two hour sessions, will give participants a foundation on how to control the medium, a firsthand look at achieved results from practice, and the experience of using professional grade materials.

Interested in participating in David’s Introduction to Watercolour course? Visit the Art Foundry at River Station’s Facebook page @artfoundrywoodbuffalo. Want to learn more about what’s available for art classes, workshops and events in the Wood Buffalo region? Visit Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s online calendar or follow us on social media! www.artscouncilwb.ca/calendar/