Thanks to all the terrific artists who submitted work for consideration. We have now postponed the show in light of Covid 19. We are hoping for a fall show now. In the meantime, stay well and help each other!
Call to Visual Artists
by Marlene Beaty
Open to all painters, sculptors, assemblage artists, photographers, fabric artists, potters, print makers– this is for professionals, amateurs and Sunday artists.
The Art Show Weekend is scheduled now to take place October 2 to 4 2020.
The theme for Artfest 2020 is 'Peace Re-imagined'.
Do not feel intimidated by our theme! Connect with us to discuss it – so much can fit!
For example, Marlene Beaty in Toadstool Point says, "Who will speak for the lakes, the oceans, and the trees? Who will protect the creatures that live within those environments? And save the earth for the future? When I re-imagine a world of peace, I see, more than the absence of war. I see us, the concerned citizens of this world, filling the roles of being alert to the dangers of losing our most valuable resources and speaking out, in whatever peaceful but assertive ways we can, to stop it." Most of us, if asked, would define peace as the absence of open conflict. Others might define peace in terms of inner peace or serenity. Still others, however, have questioned these narrow understandings, and argue in favour of a more comprehensive definition of peace which includes justice. That is, a concept of peace that includes, not only freedom from violence but as well “freedom from economic need and exploitation, freedom from psychological anxiety, and freedom from a lack of political choice.” In other words, real and sustainable peace is also about health and well-being. It is about clean drinking water, food security, safe and affordable housing, a fair living wage, reconciliation for past harms, equal opportunity to participate fully in society, and much more. Real peace, or a just peace, is more complex than first imagined.
Further to this, John Paul Lederach, professor of international peace building at the University of Notre Dame, contends transforming conflict requires creative imagination – the ability and flexibility to think outside the box. Creative imagination - new ways of thinking that question the status quo (what is commonly accepted) - motivates creative actions that in turn bring about human and social change. According to Lederach, the “quality of providing for, and expecting the unexpected, is well-known in the world of artists and needs to be cultivated in the world of peace builders.”
In a world that seems increasingly uncertain and chaotic the CFRUC Artfest Committee is calling on your creative imagination to envision and illustrate what a deeper understanding of peace might look like.
To get those creative juices flowing think of the many things that make for peace:
a fall harvest, a garden speak about food security...
a forest fire, an lake/ocean scene speak to the crisis of climate change...
children playing freely, a neighbourhood, houses speak to childcare and safe housing...
review the 30 articles in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights; the 46 articles in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
a portrait of a peace builder – think Gandhi, Viola Desmond...