Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Everyone loves a potluck.

"From January 10 through February 6 (closing reception - Friday, February 6 7:00!!), Red Deer’s bilton contemporary art will host Service: Dinner for Strangers, a gallery installation that at its most basic, a series of potlucks held in the gallery over the course of one month.

This exhibition is the latest of artist Robin Lambert’s continuing research into the crossing of contemporary visual arts, craft culture, the handmade object, and art as service. At the heart of the exhibition, Lambert is sharing a diversity of visual and cultural ideas through the hosting of a potluck. Eating together and sharing food is an intimate experience through which people can learn about each other, about new ideas, and, in this case, about art, craft and the community in which we live.

The gallery exhibition includes a simple display of 21 ceramic dinner sets made by three different ceramic artists - Robin Dupont, Maggie Finlayson and Candice Ring. Over the course of the exhibition the gallery will host three potluck dinners for seven strangers from Red Deer and area and each dinner will be eaten off a different set of dishes from the gallery display."

For more information contact the Bilton Contemporary Art Space or Robin Lambert

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

My sincerest best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holidays. May there be peace, happiness and health in your life.
All the best for the new year!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Upcoming NCECA Deadline

Call for 2009 Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections Proposals
DEADLINE December 22, 2008

The Call for 2009 Topical Discussion and NCECA Connections Proposals opened in early November. NCECA would like to hear from members attending the NCECA 2009 conference who are interested in participating as group leaders. Group leaders are needed for Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections.

This is an opportunity to lead a breakout session in an area about which you have particular interest. This is also time to lead your group to network and share information.

Check out the NCECA website for more info.

Call for Papers - Cross cultural exchanges in craft and design

The Craft Australia Research Centre is seeking contributions for 2009 on the theme - Cross cultural exchanges in craft and design. We invite papers that interrogate cross-cultural practices, communicate the breadth of activity across cultural exchanges, and establish a dialogue between practice and policy for a rich and sustainable culture. We particularly welcome articles from authors who are involved in inter or trans-disciplinary research as it relates to the broad fields of contemporary craft and design practice.

Areas for consideration in this theme include:

* Tourism and museums as a driver for innovative cross cultural practice
* The role of design and manufacture in cross cultural engagement
* Innovation for social and cultural sustainability
* The impact of government policies on cultural sustainability
* Mentoring between communities
* The internet and the global market for Indigenous craft and design

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2009.

Email papers to
See website for more info and authors guidelines.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Floral explorations (yet all I see is snow outside my window...)

Lately i've been coveting the work of Molly Hatch ( check out her etsy shop here) and just ran across this upcoming exhibition of her work and the work of Megan Bogonovich, Kim Dickey, Maria Dondero, Kristen Kieffer, and Tim Ludwig. Looks to be a fantastic show.

Floral Explorations runs December 19 - January 17, 2009

Check out more on the Sante Fe Clay website.

(Their following show looks fantastic too - “What the Future May Hold: Artists Consider the Post-Bush World”)

Call for Artists, The Works Artisan Market 2009, Edmonton

Deadline February 15

The Works Art & Design Festival is now accepting applications for the 2009 Churchill Square Artisan Market, Edmonton.

The Works Art & Design Festival is the largest art & design festival in North America. Kicking off Edmonton’s summer festival season with over 200,000 visitors each year, The Works is an exciting way for artisans to attract new patrons to the art community. The Works Festival offers artisans a unique opportunity to showcase their craft and promote talents through 3 options – Tents, Co-op Tables or Consignment. Artisans and Designers can safely and securely sell and showcase their craft in one of our centrally located canopied tents.
Please contact or call 780-426-2122 ext 234 for more information.
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE February 15, 2009.
FINAL DEADLINE April 15, 2009.
Join Us, June 19 – July 1, 2009.

Public Art Lecture, Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur

If you happen to be in Edmonton tomorrow night...

Join Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur for their free public art lecture on Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 pm

Dawn Deterando

Brian McArthur

Presented by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension.

Room 2-926 Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

Both Brian and Dawn make fantastic sculptural works individually (Brian also currently has a show up at the Alberta Craft Council until the 20th) as well as run a business, Voyager Art and Tile, together in one of the most fantastic studios I've seen. This will definitely be worth heading out in the cold weather for!

Call for Entry, Feats of Clay XXII 2009, California

Deadline February 1

Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation will present its twenty-second annual juried competition of ceramic works April 25 - May 31, 2009 featuring artists residing or working in the United States, Mexico & Canada. This celebratory exhibition of contemporary ceramic art (sculptural, non-functional, functional) will be held on the property of the renowned Gladding, McBean Terra Cotta Factory, and displayed inside an original 35-foot beehive kiln and in the historic architectural design studio. Access to the exhibit is by tour only.

April 25 - May 31, 2009
April 25 - Grand Opening Artists Reception at Gladding, McBean Factory
Tours Begin April 28 – May 31 Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 – Noon every 20 min

1) Feats of Clay XXII™ is open to all artists working in the United States, its territories, Mexico & Canada.
2) Artists may enter up to three works which use 70% clay as the primary medium.
3) Works must not exceed 36 inches or 90 cm in any dimension. – NO EXCEPTIONS.
4) Works must have been executed after January, 2008.
5) Artwork entered should not be so fragile that shipment or public display is potentially harmful to the work or the viewer.
6) Art must be properly prepared and presented for display.
7) Accepted work which differs significantly from the slide will be disqualified.
8) No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the show prior to the close of the exhibition.
9) This is an open jurying, and all slides/CDs are viewed in an anonymous manner.
10) All accepted artwork must be available for sale during the show.

Non-refundable entry fees are $20 for one entry, $25 for two entries, and $30 for three entries, payable to Lincoln Arts, upon entry submission by February 1, 2008.

For more information visit the website here

UPDATE - Call for Submissions, EXPO 2010 Shanghai

Deadline January 21, 2009.

All Canadian artists are invited to visit the Web site for information on how to submit their completed application for Canada’s cultural program at Expo 2010 Shanghai. The Web site also includes the eligibility criteria and the criteria that will be used to evaluate applications. The criteria were established by Cirque du Soleil after consultation with the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Check out or for the most up to date info.

Pru Morrison at the Marks and Gardner Gallery

If you can go see this show in person please do, if not take a few minutes to check out the latest body of work by Pru Morrison online. I just can't get enough of her surfaces and imagery. Pru has such a fantastic sense of humor and her work is layered in personality, wit and politics. You really have to see them in person to truely appreciate them fully. But I guess all great art is like that. Check out her blog for more images and writing.

Marks and Gardner Gallery
69 Main Western Rd, North Tamborine 4272,
Phone 07 5545 4992,
or email via

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Online Opportunity - if you use Laguna Clay

Online Exhibition
Deadline: April 15, 2009

Exhibit Dates: ongoing
Title: Laguna Featured Artists
Sponsor: Laguna Clay Company
Awards: Web and print publishing and link opportunities
Jurors: Jon and Julie Brooks
Eligibility: Art and objects made with Laguna products or equipment. Can be submitted by individuals, studios, or businesses. All participants must be 18 or over.
Fees: free
Send SASE to: enter online or Laguna Clay Company, 14400 Lomitas, Industry, CA 91746
E-mail: Julie Brooks
Phone: 1-800-4Laguna ext.211

Can we talk

Call for entry:
The Kinsey Institute 2009 Juried Art Show
Deadline February 6th
Exhibit Dates: May 29-July 31, 2009
Sponsor: The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
Venue: Indiana University's SoFA Gallery
Awards: $300 Best in Show; $200 Gallery Visitors' Choice
Juror: Dr. Jennifer Cahn, curator for the Brownsville Musuem of Fine Art
Eligibility: All artists 18 years and older creating artworks that explore sex, gender, sexuality, eroticism, reproduction, romantic relationships, and/or the human figure.
Fees: $25 for first piece, $30 for second, $35 for third
Commission: 40%
Contact: Garry Milius
Phone: 812-856-7483

Call for entry - Get your best teapot ready...

20th Annual Teapot Show hosted by the Chiaroscuro Gallery in Chicago.
Deadline: February 6th
Show runs April 5th to May 18th, 2009
Open to all teapots functional or sculptural.
$25 for 2 entries.
Juried from digitals or slides.
For more info contact:
Joan Houlehen
A. Houberbocken, INC.
PO Box 196, Cudahy, WI 53110

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Yet another 500...

Call for entry:
500 Vases
Juror: Julia Galloway
Editor: Suzanne Tourtillott
Entry deadline: February 2, 2009

Lark Books seeks high-quality, one-of-a-kind images of ceramic vases to publish in a juried collection of works from around the world. We will consider both functional and decorative submissions as well as diverse designs, materials, and techniques ranging in style from traditional to modern. We accept high-quality transparencies, 35-mm slides, and high-resolution digital images. 500 Vases, to be released in the spring of 2010, aims to be an inspiring collection for beginning and professional ceramics workers, as well as collectors and enthusiasts. There is no entry fee.
Check out their website for the downloadable entry form.