WELCOME TO THE CANADA EAST TO WEST INITIATIVE.
I am making a formal call out to my network of friends, and their network of friends from across the county to share their most cherished photographs of Canadian Landscape. My intent is to celebrate Canada and connect Canadians through visual art.
I hope to find 13 enchanting landscape photographs to use as references for a series of large scale paintings. I will create one painting from each province and territory, to represent Canada’s landscape, full circle.
It is through art and story that I wish to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for our country, its land, environment and people. We will engage in conversation, while sharing our images, stories and perspectives.
No matter if you are an amateur or professional photographer, all images are welcome!
On Canada Day, July 1st, 2017, I will reveal the 13 photos that I have selected to paint. Over the course of the next two months I will document, blog and video the process to share my experience with you as it unfolds.
In the fall the paintings will be exhibited (in location(s) to be determined), in parallel with the original photo, and the ‘story’ of the location, submitted by the photographer. Full credit and a short bio on the photographer will be included next to each piece.
Each photographer that has had their entry selected as a reference for a painting will be featured on the Canada E|2|W website, Facebook page and Instagram account. (Please see rules and regulations below for more details on photo selection, awards, and distribution of funds).
The selected photographers will receive a free high quality giclee art print of the painting derived from their photo. Their original photo will be exhibited in tandem with the painting in the gallery(ies), along with a personal bio and short story. Art prints and postcards of the entire series of 13 paintings will be available for purchase, both online and at the exhibit(s).
Allison Robin Studios/Canada E|2|W will be donating 50% of the proceeds of the paintings to a local charity (TBD), but will allow 25% of said proceeds to be donated to a (approved) charity of the photographers choice. This will allow a portion of the proceeds to be distributed across the country.
The scale of this project is truly limitless. It is an incredible opportunity to promote dialogue both within our communities, and between communities, everywhere in the country.
The mission of Canada E|2|W is to celebrate Canada and connect Canadians through visual art.
To celebrate our landscape, identity, diversity and indigenous people.
To inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of our country, its land, environment and people.
To engage in conversation, share our stories and perspectives.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
There are a number of ways to participate.
INSTAGRAM- Follow @canadae2w on Instagram. You may submit your photo and instantly engage with the hashtag #canadae2w. Help gain awareness by sharing your post.
EMAIL -Please email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with Canada E|2|W as the subject line. Be sure to include your description of the location, along with a story relaying it's significance to you. There are no rules pertaining to your words. Just share what you think or how you feel when you look at your photo.
READ THE BLOG - Please follow my blog and keep up to date in the progress of The Canada East to West Initiative. I will be writing about this adventure, sharing photos, videos, articles and updates.
FACEBOOK - I invite you join a Facebook page devoted to the initiative @canadae2w and invite your friends to participate by sharing it.
PHOTO SUBMISSION RULES AND REGULATIONS
SUBJECT: Only landscape photos of Canada will be considered for the Canada E|2|W initiative.
COPYRIGHT REGULATION: By submitting your photo you are acknowledging that it is indeed your original work. You are authorizing Canada E|2|W to share it (to your credit) on Social Media and in any promotional material for the Canada E|2|W project.
INFORMATION REQUIRED WITH ENTRY: With your photo submission please be sure to clearly indicate your name and city of residence, along with the location of where the photo was taken.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Photo entries will be considered until midnight, June 17th, 2017. From which point the top three photos representing each province/territory (determined at the artist Allison Robin Smith's discretion) will go to a vote for a duration of two weeks. On July 1st, 2017, the winning photographs will be announced.
VOTING: The contending photographs (3 options for each of the 13 provinces and territories) will be posted on the Canada E|2|W Facebook page. Photographers will have the opportunity to promote their work and the Canada E2W project, by sharing within their communities through social media. The photo with the most votes (likes) from each provincial/territorial category will be selected to be used as a reference for a large scale painting by Allison Robin Smith. 13 paintings in total will be created; one from each province and territory, to represent Canada, full circle.
SELECTED PHOTOGRAPH AWARDS: Each photographer that has had their entry selected as a reference for a painting will be featured on the Canada E|2|W website, Facebook page and Instagram account. The photographers will receive a free high quality giclee art print of the painting derived from their photo. Their original photo will be exhibited along side the painting in the gallery(ies), along with a personal bio and short story.
ALLOCATION OF PROCEEDS: Allison Robin Studios/Canada E|2|W will be donating 50% of the proceeds of the paintings to a local charity (TBD), but will allow 25% of said proceeds to be donated to an (approved) charity of the photographers choice. This will allow a portion of the proceeds to be distributed across the country.
RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND PROJECT: If for any reason the project is not capable of running as planned, due to illness, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Allison Robin Studios/Canada E|2|W, that corrupt or affect the security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this project, Allison Robin Studios/Canada E|2|W reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Project.