It's About Canada! Its Beauty and Emotional Spirit!
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Share Your Love of Art! Share Your Love of Canada!
Contemporary art plays an important role in telling Canada’s story so for 2012-14, ARABELLA undertook to create an outstanding collection of current works that examine the emotional power of landscape art in shaping Canadian identity with a full sense of past, present and future.
Registrations and Submissions of artwork for the ARABELLA Canadian Landscape contest are now closed.
Over the past two years, artists from across Canada and parts of the United States have submitted paintings representing their artistic interpretation of the beauty that is uniquely Canada.
Their works highlight the fact that ours is an unusually diverse and beautiful country, from shore to shore. Tidal waters and crashing waves from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans playing rough on the east and west coasts; the formidable, awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains running the length of Alberta and BC and into the US; golden, windswept Prairie fields; historic Quebecois; iconic Ontario north made famous by the Group of Seven…
ANNOUNCING the ACL AWARDS CELEBRATION!
We are pleased to announce the TOP 25 Finalists and awards winners for the ARABELLA Canadian Landscape Contest. Judging was completed by a team of gallery owners, art appraisers and ARABELLA staff with the finalists representing the selection of works that were deemed to be the best at capturing the beauty and emotional spirit of Canada. There were so many exceptional paintings, covering such a wide range of subjects, that it became difficult to assign winners to the prize categories.
All the artists that participated in the contest were winners in our opinion. The work was both beautiful and it emotionally portrayed a love of Canada. Their work showcases a fresh visual perspective of the Canadian landscape, never experienced before, and makes us proud to be part of the fabric of this country and this unique creative journey.
The image below provides a link to a video highlighting the award winners - Grand Prize Winners, People's Choice Winners, Special Awards, and Honourary Mentions. All 25 Finalists are featured in the Winter 2013 issue of ARABELLA which can be purchased at bookstores across North America or accessed digitally through iTunes.
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1. To see current contest artists go to MEMBERS.
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I am in a small group exhibition at the moment—as I went to view the works of my fellow artists many things came to my mind. All such wonderful works, all unique and different-not one is ever the same and they all inspire the world to greater heights though kindling of our awareness, of our spirit to arouse that internal light-which is love itself.
What would the world do without artist, without poets and prophets? They are truly the articulate voices expressing beauty and love in the world. They are one`s inspired by love itself and awaken others to that which lies in all of us, but at times it is asleep. It is the mission of the artist to awaken this slumbering spirit.
If ever these voices were to be silenced, the world would be devoid of love. Thus, the artist`s other name could be termed, “messengers of love”—and the power of love in life transforms us in an almost mystical way. It enhances, strengthens, deepens, sanctifies life.
Love is life itself and the artist brings it to physical manifestation-through their gifts of expressing beauty.
I hope I am not offending anyone by this short post. Today is "Transfiguration Day" (Western Christian Churches) August 6
This is the feast of all artists whose vocation it is to make the everyday world transparent to beauty that is the “glory” of God. In this sense, we are all called to be artists in one way or the other.
This is why, in the most traditional Christian iconography, the transfigured Christ has his feet firmly planted on the ground. Other versions, such as Raphael’s transfigured Christ floating in thin air, are theologically incorrect.
Busy busy adding blog posts, the artist's life is so exciting I'm sure you will agree the most exciting part of all is creating our works of art! For many months I have been corresponding with a professor at Turku University in Finland who researches and coordinates the North American Studies programme in the Dept. of English. The author has written a book entitled "Ethical Encounters", which explores the works of Rudy Wiebe as this writer encounters "the spaces of the Canadian North, its First Nations people and Mennonite communities. The author contacted me about using images for his book cover to reflect the space, freedom and wilderness which describes Canada. Below is a proof of the cover design, the book to be released later this year.
Is it any wonder that I am inspired by accounts of our early explorers.....their stories have imbedded themselves into my subconscious so that my recent paintings include boats of different types. Yes, more modern than the early birchbark canoes but they are still an integral part of our Canadian landscape, for fishing, exploring, leisure.....I hope you enjoy these three images of my recent paintings!