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Open Archives/Archives Ajar

Open Archives/Archives Ajar

Open Archives/Archives Ajar
13-28 November 2021

The Victoria Arts Council has come a long way over the 53 years since our start as the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. We could not have met the huge milestones over the past five decades without the help of all the local artists we’ve worked with as well as without the support of our community.

We are excited to announce that the official history of the Victoria Arts Council (formerly the CACGV) will be preserved through a donation of our archival materials to the University of Victoria’s Special Collections / Vancouver Island Visual Arts Holdings.

Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Victoria Libraries documents arts and culture in Victoria, including records relating to individual architects, artists, musicians, printers, publishers, and writers as well as local arts organizations and theatre companies. Established in 1968, the Victoria Arts Council has played a role in promoting and advocating for the arts for over fifty years. The VAC is now preparing its archives for inclusion in Special Collections in order to provide access to students, faculty, community members, and other researchers interested in Victoria’s artistic and cultural history.

Have you been involved in VAC over the years? Help build the VAC archives! The following material is of interest:
· Photographs
· Posters / Flyers
· Publications (exhibition)
· Audiovisual recordings
· Meeting Minutes, Board Minutes
· Organizational files
· Project files
· Committee files
· Financial statements
· Reports / Studies

A special exhibit is being planned where community members and previous Council affiliates will be welcomed and encouraged to donate any materials related to our history that you may have been holding on to. This material will be processed by VAC staff and go on display immediately as part of Open Archives/Archives Ajar.

Do you have posters, invitations, press releases, photographs, brochures or anything else from our past that will help tell (y)our story? If so, bring it to the Victoria Arts Council’s main gallery + offices @ 1800 Store Street from 13-28 November.

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to five.

For more information call 778-533-7123 or email [email protected] subject: ARCHIVES

Pat Martin Bates, VAC Co-Founder + Honorary Committee Chair
Lynda Gammon, VAC Board Representative + UVic Professor Emerita
Flo-Elle Watson, VAC Board Member (retired) + Artist
Kegan McFadden, VAC Executive Director + Committee Co-Chair
Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

The Van Isle Poetry Collective is once again seeking submissions of poetry for the third issue of our digital and print publication, Van Isle Poetry Collective. The submission deadline to have your work considered for our Winter 2022 Issue is November 15th 2021. To view our submission guidelines visit https://www.vanislepoetrycollective.com/submission-guidelines-1
Submissions are open from those who currently live on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii or the Gulf Islands.
Gallery Ring \

Gallery Ring "ABSTRACT" Online Contest

Posted by: Gallery Ring
Gallery Ring announces a contest devoted to Abstract works of art.

The fee is $20 US for 1-3 pieces. The deadline to submit work is Monday, October 18th 2021.


2D artwork including photography/digital is welcome. Many awards are available: Best In Show (cash prize, free-entry voucher and juror's comments), Diamond Award of Excellence, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald Awards, Crystal Awards and others. All winning artists receive a digital Award Certificate. Top winners also receive a special, digital Award Page ideal for use in their portfolios and for sharing the news on social media and websites. All winners and random Finalists will receive exposure and promotion on Gallery Ring's Instagram. The contest is open to all artists worldwide over 18 years of age, from emerging to established.
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Gallery Ring "ARTISTS OF THE MONTH" Online Contest

Posted by: Gallery Ring
Gallery Ring announces the new ARTISTS OF THE MONTH contest.


The deadline to submit work is Monday, November 1st, 2021 $20 US for 1-2 artworks.


The four, winning artists will have their artwork and statement featured prominently on the Home Page of the website and will be promoted on Gallery Ring's newsletter and Instagram. They will receive the "Artist of the Month" distinction, a digital Award Certificate and a digital Award Page.

There isn't any theme for this contest. The subject matter is the choice of the artist. 2D artwork including photography/digital is eligible. All artistic styles from realistic and traditional to abstract and experimental are welcome.
Draw by Drawing

Draw by Drawing

We are pleased to announce the return of regular weekly sessions of Draw by Drawing starting Wednesday, Sept 29, 10-11:30. The sessions will be held on a weekly basis until December 8. And then they will continue again in January. There will be a few Monday evening “pop-up” sessions as well for those who can’t make the Wednesday morning ones.

The first session of the semester will start with going back to the basics and drawing plants with line. The focus will be on observation and drawing a confident line (as opposed to a “perfect” line). This week’s project is inspired by the beautiful line plant drawings of American abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly.

Materials: 2B pencil, eraser, 11 x 14″ sketchbook and potted plant or cut flowers.

Please note that all materials needed for Draw by Drawing can be found in our Draw by Drawing kits. These kits contain enough supplies for 25+ Draw by Drawing sessions
Friends of Pacific Wild- Wild Auction 2022

Friends of Pacific Wild- Wild Auction 2022

Wild Auction 2022! Pacific Wild’s annual fundraiser for wildlife and conservation in BC will be held April 10-15, 2022. We are inviting artists to take part by creating a work of art related to wildlife here in BC. Artists may choose to donate 30-100% of the proceeds of the winning bid to Pacific Wild's conservation initiatives.

To find out more information about the event, please visit our website: https://friends.pacificwild.org/event/event-wild-auction-2022/

Deadline to register is February 15.

Looking forward to seeing what you create!
2021 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Fall International Online Exhibition

2021 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Fall International Online Exhibition

Deadline: October 24, 2021 midnight Pacific Time

The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters from all across North America and International Artists to apply to our exhibit honoring the Best in oil and acrylic painting. NOAPS has been showcasing the talents of oil and acrylic painters since 1991.

This is an INTERNATIONAL juried online competition open to ALL artists 18 years of age and older working in OIL and ACRYLIC medium.

Both members and non-members of NOAPS may apply.

200 Artworks accepted into the show and eligible for awards

T H E O N L I N E I N T E R N A T I O N A L A W A R D S :

Best of Show: $1000.00
Second Place: $500.00
Third Place: $300.00
Best Landscape: $200.00
Best Still Life: $200.00
Best People: $200.00
Best Use of Light & Color: $200.00
Most Innovative: $200.00
Narrative Excellence: $200.00
Ten Awards of Excellence: $100.00
Ten Merit Awards: One year membership to NOAPS - $50.00 value
The TOP 200 artists will be given recognition on www.NOAPS.org with Artist name, artist website link and image selected for this exhibit.

PROSPECTUS - https://www.noaps.org/2021-fall-on-line-prospectus


Friends and prospective members of the Victoria Arion Male Choir:
I write on behalf of the VAMC Executive to inform you of our plans for our return to rehearsals next month. In all of our planning we give first priority to the safety and comfort of choir members. We have studied carefully the regulations and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer, and we have learned much from the advice of the BC Choral Federation. Our current plan is to return to weekly in-person rehearsals (led by our Music Director Sean Lampard-Quicke), beginning on Monday, 13 September, at 7:00 pm. The first two rehearsals will be held at Gateway Baptist Church, 898 Royal Oak Avenue. We are meeting with officials at that church to finalize our plans. A decision on where to rehearse after 20 September will be taken later; Cordova Bay United Church remains an option.
There will be strict protocols for participation in in-person rehearsals. A Safety Plan has been drafted and the final version will be sent to you very soon. The rules will include the following. Participants will be required to present proof of full vaccination (two shots completed at least seven days prior to the first rehearsal). All singers must wear a mask throughout the rehearsal. Singers’ masks are encouraged, with some disposable singers’ masks to be provided by the choir at the first rehearsals. All masks should meet BC CDC recommendations. Rehearsals will take place in a large sanctuary, with singers at appropriate distances from each other. The duration of rehearsals will be limited and there will be regular breaks.
For those who are not able to participate in in-person rehearsals, we plan to offer a remote connection so that it is possible to participate via Zoom from your home. This option will be available for the whole season if members wish.
The choir is very keen to welcome new members! The first rehearsals will include singing as well as introductions and discussions of our plans for the season. We regret that we cannot at this time continue with our tradition of a social gathering, with refreshments, to welcome new members. The welcome will, nevertheless, be warm and sincere.
It is essential that we know who will be attending our first rehearsals. Please confirm by email ([email protected]) if you plan to attend the first in-person rehearsals on 13 and 20 September. Please indicate which section you wish to join: tenor, baritone, bass. Please indicate also if you prefer to attend these rehearsals via Zoom.
If you know of others who might be interested in joining the choir, please ask them to contact me.
Eric W Sager, Secretary, VAMC.
28 August 2021.
Jim Johnson
Marketing Committee Chair
Victoria Arion Male Choir


Check out the new on-line MISSA SHOP & Salon and browse original artwork. This is an opportunity for Artists who are Friends of MISSA to sell their artwork on-line. It is also an opportunity for members of the community to shop for original artwork made by B.C. Artists. MISSA offers a generous commission to Artist Vendors and the Salon component is for items that have been generously donated to MISSA.

Become a Friend Today! Visit missa.ca/friends-of-missa/

Visit the SHOP & Salon at www.missa.ca/shop

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