Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Welcome the Northwest Territories and artist number 97!

And counting gals!


South Africa is with us and we are 90 strong!

Hello All:

What an exciting process - getting to chat with scores of multi-cultural women from across our great Canadian expanse and women from further afield - in North America, Asia, Europe and now South Africa.

When I review the names of our group of collaborators - the range of cultures they represent is truly exciting.

Looking forward to adding another 10 names to the list in the next 24 to 36 hours. If you can help that would be great.

A big thank you to Kim Rempel and Jeanette Obbink for all their energies!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Now 81 women and counting!

And better still gals - we have Quebec! Now onto the PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavet, the Yukon and Northwest Territories! We need Africa, South and Central America and Australia and New Zealand!

Thank you for all your collaboration! 
100 practicing women artists by December 1st!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Welcome to women from the Netherlands and New Brunswick!

Hi Ladies:

As the final responses to the call come in from all over out great country and from our global outreach I ask one more time for you collaboration.

If you could each take 5 minutes. Think of a woman artist you know and admire and please send her the link to our blog and call. We have to hear from just over twenty woman to make our goal of 100. I say twenty-something because you are not committed to the list until we receive your confirmation to participate by email. Let's reach 100 women by December 1st!

When responding please give your name, location and a link to your website or blog.

Many thanks for your collaboration,
Jill (and Kim)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Responding to the theme with an original work and the size of the canvas

Hello Ladies:

Close your eyes...think of the theme...  
International Women Celebrate!  Now what will you create?

Just to clarify for all of you who work consistently in metric the size of the canvas on stretcher is 60x60 cm and in American terms 24"x 24".

Any further questions feel free to email me at art@ayrspace.ca .

Monday, November 22, 2010

The electronic submission - preparing for our book!

Hello all:

Just a reminder that you are all working on a 24"x 24" CANVAS on stretcher.

The electronic submissions due Monday December 27th- Monday January 3rd instructions are:
  • The image needs to be 3”x3” = 216pt x 216pt with a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch)
  • the size of the image will be roughly 2.3MB, but when you send the file you can zip the document by: right click (or for apple users Control click): ‘compress file’. Files can be in the following formats: .jpg, .tif, or .ps.
We cannot accept images that are placed in a word or publisher document – I need the original image file.
Clearly state in the email the title of the piece (keep it short) and your name as you want it to appear in the book.

The written submission tell your story!  In a MS Word document but text in the email is fine.

· Introduce yourself in 30-40 words
· Comment on what being a woman means to you 30-40 words
· Provide a narrative of your response (your work) to International Women Celebrate! 50-75 words

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grace Luke, Dartmouth Nova Scotia, 89 years and counting...

Our most recent collaborator for International Women Celebrate! is Grace Luke of Nova Scotia. She would say she was old. I would say she is the good stuff that encourages others. Hey, she is both an art and music teacher!

Grace taught music for years - both at the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind and Paris District High School in Ontario, Canada. She now lives in Nova Scotia where she has brought music and art to many - and continues to do so at age 89.

Grace, thanks for jumping on board with International Women Celebrate!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

An update!

Good morning Women of the World!

Kim Rempel and I (Jill Yuzwa) are thrilled with your generosity. It has been great exchanging missives with all of you!

We still hope to have representation from Atlantic Canada, the Northwestern and Northeastern States, Africa, Australia, Europe and South America - so we hope you will continue to network for International Women Celebrate!

We wanted to touch base with you all for an update.  When we started down this path Kim and I understood that this call was a process – we are asking a lot in a short(er) time frame. The time frame was fashioned by 1) the funding we are shortlisted for  2) the book we are working on to observe the event  International Women Celebrate!

Due Date extended slightly

Graphic designer and painter Jeanette Obbink and I refined critical path for the book this week and as a result found that we could push to due date back a week or so – we’d like to have the electronic images of your work sent between Monday December 27th and Monday January 3rd.  We will be posting the requirements for these electronic images. They are to be accompanied by the written material requested. When sending the file please adopt the format: JaneSmithDec27.jpg and JaneSmithDec27.doc – this way we are flagged on who and when!

With 100 gals any formatting assistance will be helpful on our end.

JANUARY – SHIPPING YOUR WORKS – please do not ship anything until we have all information about Canadian Border Services documentation available.

North American Shipping partners in the works

We said we’d try and try we did – Ayr, Ontario is the hub of some of North America’s most sophisticated Transportation companies and large scale expeditors. Hearing that shipping was a barrier to some of you folks we inquired with our neighbours and good corporate citizens in the Transport sector – they said no problem we’d be happy to help!  We have some general information so far but please be patient with us as we iron out the details.

Western Canada
If you can get your works to Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary or Saskatoon it will have a ride to Ayr!

United States
When the problem was posed to our one potential Transportation partner he suggested that artists from the U.S. use UPS to ship to his American depot located in the South. This would be a nominal fee. We would coach you in advance on all the proper customs and Canadian Border Services documentation that you would ship with your works.  Our partner’s company would then bring your work over the border to Ayr!

So please be patient with us – we hope we have eliminated a boundary and that you will collaborate with us and be part of International Women Celebrate!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Just a quick note. We are still accepting artists for the 100 Woman Show. We're in a busy stretch through Saturday, but will respond personally after that time. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Answers to your questions...

We jut received this question and thought we'd post it and the answer to our blog. Please, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us!

Hello Kim & Jill,
Yes, I would be interested in your exhibit.  I have a couple of questions.
I assume the subject matter and media is open to what the artist would like to create? Are you saying that if the work does not sell, I/we would not have our painting returned?
Thank you.....a wonderful opportunity!

The subject and medium are open, absolutely! It is about the individual artist's response to the theme - International Women Celebrate! The material and format that the work is presented on is uniform (24" x 24" canvas). This will provide a poignant contrast of all 100 works. 

The book will be fashioned so it will inform collectors before and after the exhibition. All unsold works will be presented again as part of next years AyrSpace Christmas Market with the same terms as the exhibit. After that we will confer - we do not have the budget to ship back to artists further afield so all participants must be treated equally - perhaps we collectively decide they be hung in Women's Shelters or a similar thought.

Let's cross that bridge when we need to. Please know that we want to act in a manner agreeable to our collaborators.

Some further thoughts:
The theme, International Women Celebrate is aimed at extracting a response from each participant as an individual. 
As women of many different cultures and geographies we are called on to "celebrate" both the joys and sorrows of our lives.
Please provide us with your feedback on this call - we wish to have as many of you represented as possible. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Call for "International Women Celebrate!"

Please email us at art@ayrspace.ca noting you'd like to participate by November 8!
Hello all you wonderful women:
The first International Women’s Day in 1911 exceeded all expectation according to http://www.internationalwomensday.com, with meetings taking place even in villages and small towns. In order to observe the Centenary of International Women’s Day in 2011 we are inviting you to take part in a month long ‘meeting’, an exhibit by 100 women, in a small village in Ontario, Canada. This ‘meeting’ will feature your voice. We too, aim to exceed all expectations!

We ask that 100 visual artists present works in response to what this theme means to you! 
AyrSpace will exhibit the works of 100 women from across the globe for five weeks from Tuesday March 8, 2010 to Sunday April 10, 2011. There are three main objectives: 1) to observe the Centenary 2) to bring together an international artistic response to International Women Celebrate! 3) to contribute to a Haitian charity focusing on women and their children
We will publish a book with your stories and description of your work in response to the theme.

Submissions – the short explanation
Written – tell your story!
· Introduce yourself in 30-40 words
· Comment on what being a woman means to you 30-40 words
· Provide a narrative of your response to International Women Celebrate! 50-75 words
· Your response presented on 24”x24” canvas
· Send letter of intent to participate by Monday November 8, 2010 by email
· Submit finished image electronically to art@ayrspace.ca by Monday December 19, 2010
· Works delivered to AyrSpace before MONDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2011 (extended from original date)

The works (24”x24”) will be priced at $350. If a work sells the proceeds will be proportioned to: 1) the artist - $200.00 2) AyrSpace - $100.00 3) Haitian relief for women and children - $50.00.
We have made proposal to a local arts fund for a stipend for each artist participating. Although we have been shortlisted, there is no guarantee of success. Many thanks for your consideration in submitting to International Women Celebrate!

Submissions – the longer explanation
Written – tell your story! 
You are inspiring (Kim and I know you). You took the time to participate in this exhibition! We want the public to know about you – overall text will be approximately 150 words.
· Introduce yourself in 40-50 words – age (if you wish), location, influences
· Comment on what being a woman means to you 40-50 words
· Provide a narrative of your response, your work to the theme of International Women Celebrate! 50-75 words
· Please send this narrative in a Microsoft Word document – in a .doc or a .docx – this will help expedite our publication. If you do not have access to MS Word please send your text in the body of your email.

If writing is not your strong suit don’t worry – just write what you feel and we will gently edit the effort with your permission.

We are looking forward to your individual responses to International Women Celebrate!
· Your response presented on 24”x24” canvas – even if this is not the medium you usually work with getting creative is always liberating
· Send letter of intent to participate by Monday November 8, 2010 by email – please let us know within one week if you are one of our collaborators!
· Submit image of your finished work electronically to art@ayrspace.ca before Monday December 19, 2010 – we have very specific instructions that will be sent to the participants – this is to help with the production of the book
· Works delivered to or received at AyrSpace before Monday January 24, 2011

We know that many of you can demand a good price for your works. Our objective with the submission is that patrons can have access to a work for under $400.00 (this included provincial HST). We would like all the works to be purchased, as we cannot return them. We are trying to engage a shipping partner – if you folks can partner with a company locally or have access to a key decision maker in a large expeditor that would help ship our 100 works to Ayr, Ontario – please let us know.

Looking forward,
Kim Rempel and Jill Yuzwa