Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Drawing 2014: Call For Entry

Drawing 2014: 15th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition

This annual juried exhibition showcases drawings by contemporary Canadian artists. For this exhibition, a drawing is defined as an art form used to either draft ideas that are further developed in other media or to create a finished work of art. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing techniques and practices.

Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Biennale de Montreal 2000 and 2002; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional e las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; the Goethe Institute, Berlin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; as well as the National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Dale Barrett has served as Director of the John B. Aird Gallery since 1998. He has worked in the art gallery sector for over 30 years, holding positions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Oakville Galleries, Inter/Access Electronic Media Art Centre, The Craft Gallery, Ontario Crafts Council, and Prime Gallery.

The jurors will assign cash awards: First Prize, $300; Second Prize, $200; Third Prize, $100. Gift certificates from sponsors may also be awarded.

• Submissions will be juried by digital image.
• Drawings must be original, created by the entrant, and not previously shown at the John B. Aird Gallery.
• Submit up to two digital (jpg) images on CD (CDs will not be returned), 2 MB or less in size, and labeled as follows: Last Name, First Name, Title, Size (Height x Width), Date.jpg. For example: Smith, John, Its a Drawing, 8.5 x 11, 2011.jpg).
• There are no size limitations. Accepted works must be framed (exceptions will be made for oversize work), fitted with hanging devices, and clearly labeled on the back with the name of the artist, title, medium, size, date of production and sale price.
• The Gallery Director has the right to not hang any work which does not conform to entry rules or was misrepresented on the submission CD, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
• Mail or hand-deliver the completed entry form with jpeg images on CD, entry fee, and a one page biography (printed not in digital format) to: John B. Aird Gallery
900 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 1C2

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, January 17, 2014, 5:00 pm.

The entry fee is $30. This fee covers entry of two works per artist, is non-refundable and must be mailed with the entry form. Please make cheques or money orders payable to: John B. Aird Gallery.

Jurying will take place on  Monday, January 20, 2014.

Artists will be notified of the jurors’ decisions by email by Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Accepted work(s) must be delivered to the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, on Sunday, February 2, between 10 am and noon. Alternate delivery arrangements may be considered for artists living outside the 416 / 905 region.

The exhibition will be on view February 4 - 28, 2014. An opening reception and awards presentation will be held Thursday, February 6, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Participating artists must pick-up their works on Saturday, March 1, between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

Artists will be informed of sales inquiries and must forward the gallery a 30% commission on all sales.

Works in the exhibition are insured at the retail price less 30%. Claims may be subject to an appraisal to determine the market value of the work. In the case of a single claim, artists are responsible for the payment of a $1,000 deductible. In the case of a group claim, (made on behalf of two or more artists), this $1,000 deductible will be averaged among the claimants.

The John B. Aird Gallery, formerly the Macdonald Gallery was reopened in May of 1985 as a result of an agreement concluded between the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs on behalf of the Government of Ontario and six visual arts organizations, namely: Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Ontario Crafts Council, Ontario Society of Artists, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Society of Canadian Artists, and Sculptors Society of Canada.

The mission of the Gallery is to foster awareness and enjoyment of artworks by contemporary professional artists. The Gallery endeavours to recognize, encourage and nurture excellence

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Environmental Music

Environmental Music II

Following the highly successful Environmental Music exhibition in 2010, this exhibition presents recent works by Carol Westcott, Dan Ryan and Laura Culic (pictured below). The natural world and landscape painting continue to be drivers for their art work and practice. Subtle changes have occurred in their works over the past three years. This is not unexpected and is true of most artists. However, the natural world has remained their inspiration,and each of them has brought something new and engaging to it.

The exhibition is on view from September 24 to October 18, 2013. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Photo-OP 2013 Installation View

Photo-OP 2013
September 5 - 20, 2013

Photo-OP 2013: 5th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Photo-OP 2013
5th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

September 5 - 20, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

For this annual juried photography exhibition artists from across Ontario submit photographs that are reviewed by a jury or juror. This year’s juror was Dale Barrett, Director/Curator of the John B. Aird Gallery. Dale Barrett has overseen the exhibition programme at the Aird Gallery since 1998. He has worked in the art gallery sector, for both public and commercial art galleries, for over thirty years.

“As a juror, I set myself the task of viewing and considering the entries with an eye towards selecting works that surpass ordinary standards of photographic art practice. In my view, works that “surpass ordinary standards of photographic art practice” are exemplified by a high level of technical skill, critical reflection of subject matter and aesthetics, and an awareness of the history of the art form, whether it be photographic portraiture, landscape photography, abstraction, documentation, or numerous other such categories. Of course no single standard can be used to judge all categories of works. Given the different fields of interest and approaches taken by the artists entering this exhibition, one has to look for excellence on a number of fronts. Although the decision making process is not always straightforward or even it always results in an interesting perspective on excellence. And, as always, presents an outstanding collection of artworks by emerging and established photographers.”

The following artists’ works have been selected for the exhibition: Melissa Armstrong, John  Bingham, Peter Bogaczewicz, Jason Brown, Marco Buonocoro, Gokche Erkan, Julie Florio, Janny Fraser, Amy Friend, L. E. Glazer, Cathy Griggs, Frank Gross, Tineke Jorritsma, Sandy Middleton, Emily Miller, Audra Noble, Christine Peterson, Tom Ridout, Akas Tarmaji, Sarah Tothill, Ross Winter, Nicola Woods, Olga Zamora.

We are also pleased to announce that the following artists will be awarded prizes at the opening reception on Thursday, September 5.
1st Prize: Jason Brown, Toronto, ON
2nd Prize: Tom Ridout, Acton, ON
3rd Prize: Nicola Woods, Toronto, ON
Curry’s Art Supplies Award: Cathy Griggs, Mississauga, ON

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Photo-OP 2013: Call for Entry


5th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Entry Form Deadline
Entry forms with digital images (jpegs) on CD are
due Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. If mailing
your Call For Entry please do so at least 7 days in advance of the deadline. See reverse regarding hand-delivered entries.

Jurying will take place on August 24th and 25th.

Notification of Jury Results
Artists will be notified of jury results by email on or before Tuesday, August 27th.

Delivery of Accepted Works
Artists must deliver accepted works to the Gallery
on Tuesday, September 3rd, between 10 am & noon.

Exhibition Dates
September 5 to September 20, 2013

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 5, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pick-up of Artworks
Saturday, September 21st,  from 10 a.m. til noon.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Call For Entry: The PRINT Show


The PRINT Show 2013
10th Annual Juried Print Exhibition
April 30 - May 24, 2013
Organized by John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

Entry Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2013, 5:00 pm
Artists are invited to submit entries to this 10th annual juried print exhibition. The jurors are: Joscelyn Gardner, Artist/Printmaker, and Dale Barrett, Director, John B. Aird Gallery. Cash prizes will be awarded. Entry forms can also be downloaded from our web site (via "Open Calls and Submissions), or by clicking here: 2013 Call For Entry.

If you have trouble downloading the "Call" you can request an entry form by email contact:

Dale Barrett

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Werner Liebmann: Works on Paper



Werner Liebmann: Works on Paper
March 5 - 29, 2013
With his latest series of works in gouache, artist Werner Liebmann continues his exploration of "What is painting, what is a picture?" He finds that the term "painting" is readily used to define works from unrelated disciplines such as photographs, sculp-tures and even installations, especially when the colours used are remiscent of painting. For Liebmann, a painting represents an opinion of reality that excludes movement. It is to be understood as a substrate of the essential: it is a philosophical generalization con-taining time as a formula, thus it captures the beginning and end simultaneously.

Werner Liebmann (1951) is a Berlin-based artist and professor of painting at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee. After graduating with a degree in chemistry from Martin Luther University in Halle in 1973, he worked in the industry for several years. In 1976 he gave up his profession to pursue his passion for the arts. After studying painting and graphics at leading art schools in Germany, he taught art in Dresden in from 1986 to 1992. In 1993, he moved to the Art Academy in Berlin, where he has remained ever since. He has exhibited extensively, in both group and solo shows, in his native Germany and abroad in major centres stretching from London to Seoul to Vancouver.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Art of Line


The Art of Line (Subversivität der Linie) offers a unique opportunity to see how contemporary European artists are approaching the medium of drawing. The nine artists in the exhibition, all from Austria's easternmost state of Lower Austria, demonstrate the variety and dimension of drawing. Themes range from landscape and botanical studies to figure drawing and technology, while approaches encompass traditional mediums to new graphic techniques. The nine artists include the doyen of Lower Austria drawing, Karl Korab, with his impressive charcoal drawings of the beautiful Waldviertel region, where the landscape transitions from forests to vineyards. The other artists include Martina Golser, Christina Starzer, Moussa Kone, Leopold Kogler, Gunter Damisch, Gerhard Kaiser, Robert Kabas and Gerlinde Thuma.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Drawing 2013

Drawing 2013

January 8 - February 1, 2013

DRAWING 2013 showcases 35 original artworks by emerging and established artists. Two jurors, Stuart Reid and Dale Barrett, selected the works in the exhibition. Stuart Reid is Director/Curator at Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON. Dale Barrett has served as Director of the John B. Aird Gallery since 1998. This year, 82 artists from across Ontario submitted more than 162 drawings in a variety of styles, media and techniques for jurors to consider. Works by the following artists are presented: Arash Akhgari, Aleks Bartosik, Susan Avishai, Mel Coleman, Lilian Crum, Susan Farquhar, Dylan Farrell, Erin Finley, Agnieszka Foltyn, Janny Fraser, Kendra Gadzala, James Gardner, Toni Hamel, Hladik Lumir, Marlene Kates, Bogdan Luca, Nancy Oakes, Liane Odze-Silver, Leena Raudvee, Lauren Satok, Lois Schklar, Tai Selbach, Cornelius Spek, Sarah Walterhouse.




December 4, 2012 – January 4, 2013  

An exhibition of artwork created through collaboration. Six pairs of print artists twinned between Québec and Ontario. Une exposition d’œuvres d’art créée en collaboration. Six duos d’artistes estampiers jumelés entre le Québec et l’Ontario.

Ontario Artists:
Sally Ayre, Pamela Dodds, Doug Guildford, Liz Menard, Liz Parkinson, Penelope Stewart

Québec Artistes:
Madeleine Samson, Diane Fournier, LisetteThibeault, Jessie-Mélissa Bossé, Denise Blackburn, Lise Vézina

Mistletoe Magic 2012

Mistletoe Magic 2012

Preview: Tuesday, November 20 – Thursday, November 29, 2012
FUNDRAISER: Thursday, November 29, 6-9 p.m. 

Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour

Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour

Tuesday, October 23 – Friday, November 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 25, 6-8 p.m. 

Sculptors Society of Canada

Sculptors Society of Canada

Tuesday, September 25 – Friday, October 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6-8 p.m.