It's About Canada! Its Beauty and Emotional Spirit!
Want to add to our photographic panoramas of beautiful Canadian places & vistas? Contact us.
Share Your Love of Art! Share Your Love of Canada!
Contemporary art plays an important role in telling Canada’s story so for 2012-13, ARABELLA is looking 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.
The ARABELLA Canadian Landscape Contest is designed to be an exciting adventure in chronicling the current state of landscape painting in Canada. Now is the time to re-examine the country with a focus on capturing the full breadth, depth and colour that exists and to includes as many communities, peoples and cultures as we can from coast to coast to coast.
As a publisher our goal is to produce a hard cover book that defines the Canadian Landscape painting genre in 2012-13. The book in combination with the ACL ARTISTS Hub site are designed to provide all contributing artists with wide exposure and recognition in the arts community, as well as opportunities to promote and sell their current works, either directly or through their gallery representatives. Everyone's art is celebrated as part of this great adventure in telling Canada's story through landscape painting!
As business colleagues, we have designed the ARTISTS HUB to provide artists with a unique marketing tool. Unlike other art contests, ALL ACL Artists are promoted on the ARTIST HUB, as well as the ARABELLA magazine blog!. Already we are seeing the ARTIST HUB as being a unique forum for professional dialogue among artists, sharing of ideas and inspirations, professional development, and promotion of arts events right across the country.
Registrations and Submissions of artwork for the ARABELLA Canadian Landscape contest are now closed.
Announcing the ACL Contest TOP 25 Finalists!
We are pleased to announce the works of art that have been selected as the TOP 25 Finalists 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.
The slideshow below presents the artists and the works that have been selected for the final exhibit. The full list can be found on the menu tab "CONTEST FINALISTS".
Winners of the First, Second, Third and People’s Choice prizes will be contacted over the next few weeks to confirm the validity and current ownership of the works prior to any announcement. This process should be completed by end of November and the results will be posted on the ACL Artists Hub, the magazine web site and Facebook page.
Videos of the TOP 25 Finalists will be posted on YouTube and Vimeo with links to these videos accessible on this site and all other ARABELLA web sites.
The Top 25 Finalists are presented in the slideshow below
Follow ACL Artists on this Exciting Journey!
In this artist HUB, over the year you will get to know and follow many artists and their work, where they are painting their contest work of art and how to contact them. This artist HUB will regularly feature selected artists work, videos and blogs on this main page. So check in regularly.
Some Quick Links:
1. To locate where artists call home go to the ACL ARTISTS MAP.
2. To see current contest artists go to MEMBERS.
3. To see all artist blog posts got to BLOGS.
To Buy Any of the Works on Display Please Connect with the Artist or Their Gallery Representatives:
Information on how to contact ACL Artists and their Gallery Representatives can be found on their PAGE profiles in the MEMBERS section. We encourage you to make contact; become a FAN, and most importantly consider buying their art!
Later in the contest year we will be posting information on how you can participate in the PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING. Contest submissions will be posted as they are submitted beginning after June 1, 2013.
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!
Hello fellow Arabella artists and bloggers. We are a company of adventurers cataloguing the incredible beauty of Canada. I just want to share with you an exciting historical account of our Canadian past which chronicles the adventures of our Coureurs de bois, the winterers, trappers, statesmen, native peoples and pioneers who shaped our country. As an avid reader of history, I love to learn about our past, particularly early explorations into our wild spaces and hinterlands. The great Canadian landscape would not be so available to us as artists, were it not for the individuals who braved great hardships on our river systems, through our prairies and mountains. The book "Caesars of the Wilderness" by Peter C. Newman chronicles the decades and centuries of influence, of the people of Hudson's Bay Company and North West Company. Their strength, courage and fortitude forged the nation we now know as Canada. "Caesars of the Wilderness" was an 'explosive saga' and I encourage you to find and read this book. I will remember its stories and anecdotes every time I am hiking and painting from now on....our paintings of the Canadian landscape have their own stories to tell!