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15 Reasons to Submit to InFocus Photo

The deadline for Canadian photographers to submit to InFocus Photo Exhibit and Award is October 30, 2016! That is only 9 days away! Now is not the time for procrastination; SUBMIT TODAY!

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The mission of InFocus is to promote and exhibit innovative, thoughtful, and provocative photography created by Canada’s contemporary image makers.

The call for submissions is open to professionals, armatures and students alike. We want to see forward thinking photography that capitalizes on the strengths and subtleties of the medium and takes image-making to a new level.

The goal is to exhibit the best photography from the country!

 

Here are 15 reasons you should submit to InFocus:

 

1. See your photography hung in The Front Gallery, one of Edmonton’s most important artistic hubs. Read more about The Front Gallery by clicking here.

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2. Your work will be featured in Exposure Photography Festival, a critical festival of photography in the country.

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3. Participate in the InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award competition, with the chance to win the cash prize from VISTEK.

 “Eye of the Storm” © Aidan Guerra, InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award winner 2016


“Eye of the Storm” © Aidan Guerra, InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award winner 2016

 

4. PhotoEd Magazine will be publishing a feature on InFocus and you could see one of your images included in the spread.

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5. Sell your work during InFocus. The gallery and InFocus Team will encourage art patrons to support photographers and our creative community in this way.

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6. Become a part of the InFocus Alumni and network with other photographers and professionals during exhibit and afterwards.

InFocus 2015 Alumni Photographers

InFocus 2015 Alumni Photographers

 

7. Snatch up a volunteer opportunity with InFocus Exhibit 2017 to gain experience mounting and running an exhibition. Email Alexis Marie to find out how to help [email protected]

 

8. Add this noteworthy exhibition to help grow your creative CV.

 

9. Attend a rockin’ reception party on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6-9pm with live music and yummy snacks (and invite your family and friends!).

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The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

10. Have your work discussed for its merits and inclusion in the show by curator Alexis Marie Chute. This takes place during the Curator Talk on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm in the gallery.

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11. Immerse yourself in photography, discover other image-makers from across the country, learn from them AND take your own work to the next level.

12. Each photographer’s Artist Statement and CV will be displayed at the exhibit to educate the visitors about your work.

13. Have something cool to talk about on Facebook and Twitter other than what you had for breakfast (although we’re sure it was delicious!).

14. Take advantage of InFocus’s national platform to bring more attention to your hard work.

15. Finally, just like the InFocus theme (THE FUTURE), your participation in InFocus will set you apart as a noteworthy photographer to watch.

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Submit to InFocus Photo Exhibit by clicking here. Deadline October 31, 2015!

Like InFocus Photo Exhibit on Facebook.

Follow InFocus Photo on Twitter.

 

Perks of Winning the InFocus People’s Choice Award

There are so many awesome perks of participating in InFocus Photo Exhibition in general, such as nation-wide recognition for your work and participation in a group show in a stunning gallery space. But, the exhibition is just one part of InFocus.

How the InFocus People’s Choice Award works:

Every year, InFocus hosts a People’s Choice Award competition. The curator, yours truly, chooses one image from every photographer selected for the show. These images go online for one month. JANUARY. During that time, the public can go online and vote for their favorite. Part of the fun is getting all your family and friends online to cast their votes your way.

Last year, the race to the award title was exciting! We had over 2,000 votes. During the curator talk at the opening reception, VISTEK, the award sponsor, presented the winner with cash to their store.

The winner of the 2016 InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award was Aidan Guerra:

“Eye of the Storm” © Aidan Guerra, InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award winner 2016

“Eye of the Storm” © Aidan Guerra, InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award winner 2016

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD PERKS:

This year, there are some really great perks for winning the InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award.

  • You win a cash prize to VISTEKVistek_ InFocus Photo Exhibit Peoples Choice Award
  • You will have your winning image featured as a part of the spread on InFocus in PhotoEd magazine

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  • Plus bragging rights of course. The title of “InFocus Photo People’s Choice Award Winner” looks awfully good on a CV.

 

Well, hopefully these awesome perks are more than reason enough to enter InFocus. Truly, this is a wonderful, home-grown exhibition with heaps of national pride and creative flare. Please don’t delay to enter. Here are the details:

ENTER INFOCUS PHOTO:

Enter by October 16, 2016 for regular rate – $25 for 3 images

Extended deadline October 30, 2016 – $35 for 3 images

Enter online at www.infocusphoto.ca/infocus-submission/

Learn more about InFocus at www.InFocusPhoto.ca

Happy submitting!

-AMC

 

Show your Photography at The Front Gallery

The Front Gallery is a beautiful creative space located in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is the perfect place to host a nation-wide exhibition of the best photography Canada has to offer. This is an exhibition you need to be a part of. InFocus Photography Exhibit and Award strives to present the current cultural climate of photography in the country. This is a major photographic-survey you want to be a part of.

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ABOUT THE FRONT GALLERY:

The Front Gallery is pleased to be able to feature Edmonton’s artistic diversity in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Whether catering to serious collectors or the casual passer-by, The Front Gallery is an inviting environment to engage with art that speaks to people about new ideas and ways of seeing.

The art exhibited at The Front Gallery comes from both Canadian and international artist and extends from traditional landscapes to more challenging contemporary pieces, all of which have the ability to surprise, delight and inspire it’s audiences.

Our passion at The Front Gallery is in providing a relaxed and inviting environment where the first connection between a person and a work of art can open the mind to a dialogue that will last a lifetime.

ENTER INFOCUS PHOTO:

Enter by October 16, 2016 for regular rate – $25 for 3 images

Extended deadline October 30, 2016 – $35 for 3 images

Enter online at www.infocusphoto.ca/infocus-submission/

Learn more about InFocus at www.InFocusPhoto.ca

THE FRONT GALLERY IS THE PROUD HOST OF INFOCUS PHOTO 2017:

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day fellow Canadian writers! I wish you all a great day of celebrating this wonderful country we live in. I hope everybody’s ready to pick up some mini Canadian flags and wear your Canada hats! We really do live in an amazing country, and it deserves to be celebrated.

“It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.”

– Emily Carr

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I hope Canada Day brings on inspiration!

Happy Writing!

Exposure Photography Festival broadens its scope to include all of Alberta

PRESS RELEASE

Exposure, a festival that celebrates the art of photography, is taking a bold new direction today by expanding its reach embracing an even wider geographical area and, more importantly, providing greater opportunities for photographers and lovers of photography across Alberta to become involved in a visual arts festival of the highest calibre.

“As the Chair of the Festival I am pleased to announce that Exposure 2015 will be a province-wide photography festival,” said Peter Duthie.  “Now galleries and independent photographers from across Alberta will be able to participate in a month-long  photography Festival this February.

Adding, “During the previous decade Exposure has proven itself to be one of the premiere visual arts events in Canada by attracting diverse photographic expression from Alberta and other parts of Canada and the world and showcasing it through collaborative exhibitions and special events.”

In Its first 10 years, Exposure programming was focused on the communities of Calgary, Banff and Canmore.

Exposure will continue to operate throughout the month of February with submissions now being sought from Alberta-based artists and gallerists. Exhibitions and events will be featured in a professionally published guide and on the festival’s website.  Exposure also hosts photography related presentations and workshops during the month of February.

Internationally recognized photographer Larry Louie is an example of an artist who now has the opportunity to participate in Exposure. Based in Edmonton, Louie will present an exhibition of his sumptuous black & white works capturing the daily life and struggles of people in the developing world. Another Edmonton venue already booked for Exposure 2015 is Harcourt House featuring the photographic works of award-winning artist Alexis Marie Chute.

Exposure is truly a celebration of photography in all its forms,” said Duthie. “Tens of thousands of people each February have participated in Exposure and now all four million Albertans are invited.”

For more information go to expsourephotofestival.com, or contact Festival manager Wes Lafortune at T. 403-919-2502 or email at: [email protected]

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International Call for volunteers for The Quiet Rebuild Portraits

Have you experienced tragedy, hardship, struggle? Are you rebuilding your life after this event?

The Quiet Rebuild Portraits feature individuals, couples, families and support groups that have been through many types of life challenges but continue to pressing on. I find these people wildly inspiring. I wish to give them a voice and put a face to the often unspoken sorrow and resiliency of the human experience.

Please get in touch if you would like to participate. Being photographed for The Quiet Rebuild can be a healing step in itself and many of the models have told me it was a milestone and moment of pride for them along a challenging road.

The photographs in this body of work are already being exhibited internationally and will, in the not too distant future, be made into a book. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something truly profound.

In 2014 I will be traveling to the following locations and am looking for volunteers in these cities. (If you are from elsewhere, anywhere in the world, please still contact me – I’d love to photograph you. I will soon be booking other locations, specifically based on interest.)

 

CANADA

Toronto, Ontario

Edmonton, Alberta

Calgary, Alberta

 

USA

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Chicago, Illinois

San Antonio, Texas

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

 

European locations TBD 

 

Please contact me by email ([email protected]) for more information.

 

50th Anniversary of the Great March on Washington, a Continued Petition for Racial Equality

What mother was not affected by the death of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin? I am a Caucasian Canadian, removed in many ways from the racial struggle that still thrives throughout the United States, yet my thoughts still immediately turned to my own young son and daughter when Martin was killed on February 26, 2012. The wellbeing of my children is never far from my mind.

Growing up in Alberta, my perspective on racial issues reflects the Canadian stereotype of politeness. Our nation’s struggles with diversity are often masked, quieted even beneath a vocabulary of tolerance. Nevertheless, my parents taught to be respectful towards people different from myself. I remember celebrating culture days in my primary and secondary schools in the 90’s and have many lifelong friends that include individuals with diverse ethnicities.

This past June I began grad school for creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, I was surprised by how many of the American students, both black and white, wrote about racial issues. These issues reflected the States fifty years ago right up to today. Their struggles had not been my reality growing up and we talked openly about their experiences.

When I visited New York this July I heard about the 100 City Vigil and decided to attend. The vigils took place on July 20th, 2013 across the United States and were rallies for justice following the not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial that ended one-week prior.

My husband was nervous for my safety expressing concern that the gathering may grow violent, yet I insisted. Something had been stirred in me both as a person who cares deeply for human rights and also as a mother who can relate to Trayvon Martin’s parents. My second child died in my arms from a cardiac tumor in 2010. The death of a child is devastating, yet for me the experience allowed me to begin writing and making art to comfort others who have had similar losses or who have had to rebuild their lives after hardship. I see in Martin’s parent’s the same potential to turn their sadness into social change. Their strength is heartening.

The 100 City Vigil was an event I will never forget. The gathering was peaceful and inspiring. It opened my eyes to see that beyond our Canadian borders, and very likely still within them as well, racial equality requires a greater awareness and acceptance.

I stood in the crowd beside a young African American woman named Latoya Phillip, a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. After the vigil she said, “It was beautiful today to see people gathering, all of different races, people from all over, celebrities, politicians. It was a very beautiful thing but this is not it. There is so much more work to be done. This is the beginning.”

I asked Phillip what she believed to be the next steps. She responded by saying, “The first step should be to remove bias from the heart. That is the first step. Now we need numbers, we need power in numbers. We need more people, people to go to Washington, to go to the people who make the policies, because this has to change.” Latoya Phillip shook her head, “It’s not fair. It’s not fair.”

The visit to Washington that Phillip referred to took place this past Saturday, August 24th, 2013. It was a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Memorial. This event was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Great March on Washington that took place on August 28, 1963.

The march of ’63 was a protest for jobs and freedom for African Americans and was attended by an estimated 250,000 people. It was one of the largest gatherings for human rights in American history. Saturday’s event, organized by The National Action Network, hoped to attract even greater numbers than five decades prior although all the major news papers I’ve read record the attendance only in the tens of thousands.

The New York vigil and the 2013 March on Washington called for new policy, specifically a change to the Stand your Ground laws and federal anti-profiling legislation. The message was clear; the death of Trayvon Martin woke up many to the inequality and injustice that still exists – but were enough stirred to action?

Martin Luther King III spoke on Saturday about his father’s iconic “I have a dream” speech. Yet the son of the great Martin Luther King Jr. was clear, “This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration, nor is this time for self congratulatory celebration. The task is not done, the journey is not complete, we can and we must do more.”

I believe those words also resonate with us above the American boarder. We Canadians must turn our tolerant ideals into action; we too have much work to do.

Northlands Award for Emerging Artist, Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

On Monday, April 29, 2013 the Mayor’s Celebration of Arts kicks off its 26th year recognizing stars of the Edmonton arts community and its partnerships with local businesses. It is an exciting event – one of which I am honoured to be a part. I have been nominated for the Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist. My category is by far the largest with fourteen artists in the running, including myself.

No matter who wins, I am thrilled that our city has an event that celebrates artists and artist-friendly businesses. I believe the wonderful talent in our city needs recognition and encouragement. We are a creative group without doubt!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my nominator: Harcourt House and specifically the amazing Derek Brooks. The support of Harcourt House is an artist’s dream and every day of my residency I am immensely thankful for the organization’s belief and support of me and my work. There is no hesitation when I say that Harcourt House has played a pivotal role in my artistic development. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Please attend this exciting event with me!

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

7:00pm, Monday, April 29, 2013

Purchase tickets at the Winspear.

 

I’d like to celebrate everyone nominated in my category!

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist

100 mile house nominated by Al Chapman

Patrick Arès-Pilon nominated by Mile Zero Dance

Giselle Boehm nominated by March Music Inc & The School of Song

Justin Brunelle nominated by Parkland Films

Alexis Marie Chute nominated by Harcourt House

Giselle Denis nominated by Lisa Evangelos

Dave Luxton nominated by Kids Up Front Foundation Edmonton

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail nominated by Natasha Deen

Jessy Mossop nominated by Rob Tanner

Omar Mouallem nominated by Lisa Baroldi, Director/Vision Holder, Progress Unlimited

Jason Lee Norman nominated by Lamya Asiff

Mary Pinkoski nominated by Leila Sidi

Erin Elizabeth Ross nominated by Michael Dub

Sean Sonego nominated by Witold L. Gutter

 

Good luck and see you at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts!

Events

Edmonton Woman’s Show

Alexis Marie Chute will be exhibiting her artwork and selling Expecting Sunshine books at the Edmonton Woman’s Show April 29 & 30 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall H. TICKETS | General (13+) – $15 | Student & Senior – $11 | Children(12 and under) – FREE

 

Book Talk at Angel Whispers

Alexis Marie Chute will be speaking to the subsequent pregnancy group at Angel Whispers in Fort Saskatchewan. She will be sharing about her book, her loss, and how she survived her own subsequent pregnancy.

Toronto Book Talk

Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk at the Institute of Traditional Medicine.The Institute Of Traditional Medicine is Canada’s leading institute for professional and personal development programs and services in integrative health, sustainable medicine and social change. Alexis Marie will share with students about her book and personal story of loss and healing.

Toronto Book Talk

Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to parents at The Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids). The Hospital For Sick Children serves families who have terminally ill children and those who will recover. Parents of children past and present who have been involved with the Hospital For Sick Children are encouraged to join us for the presentation. If you want to know how to become involved in this book talk please contact the hospital. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing for all parents in attendance.

Edmonton Book Talk

Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to Edmonton group ParentCare. This is a support group made up of Parents  who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death up to 28 days. The group shares experiences, information, and  support one another through a difficult and potentially lonely time. Parentcare is open to any parent, family member or friend that has been touched by the loss of a baby. Meetings are relaxed in a supportive environment where your confidentiality is assured. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing.

Calgary Book Talk

Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk at Caring Beyond support group in Calgary. Caring Beyond offers peer support to parents who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death and termination due to poor prenatal diagnosis. They offer support also to parents considering having another child after a loss. Alexis Marie will talk about her book, and share her story of loss and healing.

Kelowna Book Launch Party

Join Alexis Marie Chute as she launches her memoir in Kelowna ! It’s book party time! Everyone is welcome at Mosaic Books on Bernard Avenue in Kelowna – kids too! Alexis Marie will present a reading from her book, share her story, tell a few dumb jokes, and welcome questions from the peanut gallery. Please join Alexis Marie and share this invite. Let’s pack the bookstore like never before! Oh, and bring or buy a copy of Expecting Sunshine to get signed by the author.

Toronto Book Launch Party

Join Alexis Marie Chute as she launches her memoir in Toronto! It’s book party time! Everyone is welcome at Ben McNally Books on Bay Street in Toronto, Alberta – kids too! Alexis Marie will present a reading from her book, share her story, tell a few dumb jokes, and welcome questions from the peanut gallery. Please join Alexis Marie and share this invite. Let’s pack the bookstore like never before! Oh, and bring or buy a copy of Expecting Sunshine to get signed by the author.

Calgary Book Launch Party

Join Alexis Marie Chute as she launches her memoir in Calgary! It’s book party time! Everyone is welcome at Shelf Life Books on 4th Street in Calgary, Alberta – kids too! Alexis Marie will present a reading from her book, share her story, tell a few dumb jokes, and welcome questions from the peanut gallery. Please join Alexis Marie and share this invite. Let’s pack the bookstore like never before! Oh, and bring or buy a copy of Expecting Sunshine to get signed by the author.

Edmonton Book Launch Party

Join Alexis Marie Chute as she launches her memoir in her home city! It’s book party time! Everyone is welcome at Audreys Books on Jasper Ave in Edmonton – kids too! Alexis Marie will present a reading from her book, share her story, tell a few dumb jokes, and welcome questions from the peanut gallery. Please join Alexis Marie and share this invite. Let’s pack the bookstore like never before! Oh, and bring or buy a copy of Expecting Sunshine to get signed by the author.