Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Canada's body painting competition!

Please check the Curator's Blog I have started for the most up to date information! (click the link)

The Open Mind Eco Festival (August 9th-16th, 2011)
& The Art of April-Anna Present:
The Canadian Body Art Competition
August 13th & 14th, 2011
Whispering Pines Campsite, Curran, Ontario, Canada

Photography by Christopher Capicollo - Montreal, Canada

Body Painting Competition:
Sponge & Brush,
Beginner & Professional
Saturday, August 13th, 10am

Body Painting Competition:
Airbrush, Beginner & Professional
Sunday, August 14th, 10am

Face Painting Competition:
Beginner & Professional
Styles: Kids, Adults, Fantasy or High Fashion
Sunday, August 14th, 3pm

More Details to be posted soon. Competitors wanted!
Jury JenMDesign & April-Anna & tba.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Enchanted Forest: Vernissage

"Enchanted Forest" - June 9th Fundraiser. 6pm-10pm Coctail & Chinese Auction. 6pm-10pm. Group Art Show.

Music & Entertainment By:
Balkan Beats by DJ Eliazar
Kyra Shaughnessy: Singer Songwriter
Story Telling by Hobbes
Harp & Song by Theda Phoenix & tba.

Belly Dance by Sharon Levinger. Baladi by Keera Sama.
Roaming magician Sébastien Talbot.

Cocktail sponsored by Barefoot Wines.

Location: Ahimsa Yoga Studio & Community Space: 5369 St. Laurent, Suite 240

Organized & presented by The Art of April-Anna for the Open Mind Eco Festival.

Chinese Auction: Cross between a silent auction & a raffle. This is the funniest type of auction you will ever go to! Any items you are interested in, you can place as many raffle tickets on that item as you want, each raffle ticket increases your chances of winning (every item is a seperate draw).

 Items on auction include (more TBA):
- 2 Gift certificates from Allison Ryan Massage Therapy Montreal valued at $100

- 1 Gift certificate from Montreal Gong-Fu Research Centre for consultation & tuina (chinese massage) valued at $70.

- Organic clothing from Advika valued at $250

- 1 Gift certificate for private lesson valued $60 from Sharon Levinger Belly Dance Performer & Instructor

- 1 Gift certificate valued at $100 (tarot reading) from Catharine Allan Clairvoyant Medium

- 1 Gift certificate valued at $75 from Gaelle's Massage Therapy & Healing Services

- 1 Gift certificate valued $50 from Lumanessence

- 1 Gift certificate from Psychonaut

- 1 Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl valued at $250. from Andrea Ostiguy, Reflexologist/Naturotherapist

- 1 Adventurine Necklace valued at $50 from Le Dragon Argente

- 1 Hypnotherapy session, valued at $90 from Ikra Centre

- 1 CD from Auresia Muse

- 1 Sculpture "Egg Goddess", value is $50, donated & made by Lauryn Trimble

- 1 Dress with arm warmers from Gypsy Circus Clothing by Sandra Iannuccilli. Valued at $165.

- 1 Gift Certificate for Radiesthesy session and Aura reading valued at $100 from Charme & Sortilège

- 2 Tickets plus 6 meals for 2 at the Open Mind Eco Festival. 8 days, ticket value at the door is $175. per ticket, total value: $350.

- Gift certificate for $80 at Trance Plants: shamanic and medicinal herbs and incenses.

- 1 Hula hoop valued at $50 from A-Muse Hoops

- $150 Gift Certificate from Organik Santé Corporative for an appointment with the naturopath Émilia Sirois.

- $125 Gift Certificate from Elizabeth Johnston, Writer, Instructor & Coach for a one day screen writing seminar on Saturday, September 10th, 2011.
- Art prints from the following artists: Elissa Baltzer, April-Anna, P.John Burden, and more!

- Home Cleansing Smudge Kit from Melange Magick, valued at $40.

- Tea & Colouring book from Yellow Bird Project

- Wine basket from Barefoot Wines

- Beer basket from Beau's Organic Beer

More auction items to be announced soon! - MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

"Enchanted Forest" a Visionary Art Experience, Group Art Exhibition from June 9th to July 9th featuring the works of up to 30 Artists:

Plume (Richelieu, QC)
Aurel - Pumayana (Australia/France)
Chris Dyer (Peru/Montreal)
April-Anna (BC/Montreal)
P.John Burden (Maritimes/PEI)
Elissa Baltzer (PEI/Montreal)
Serene Daoud (Montreal)
Jacqueline Hana Tyracek (Vancouver, BC)
Adriane Enns (BC)
Lauren Trimble (Montreal)
Benjamin Wong (Montreal)
Valérie Blanchet (Montreal)
Gabriel - DJ Zen (Quebec)
Marie-Line Vasseur (Montreal)
Janic Losier
Lena Breijer (Montreal)
Yasmine Desrochers
Valerie Lambert (Belgium)
Jonathan Lee (Toronto)
Cornelia Dudli
Allison Ryan

Auction Tickets:
5 tickets for a recommended donation of $10
12 tickets for a recommended donation of  $20
35 tickets for a recommended donation of  $50

Free finger food. We ask for donations at the door and donations for the bar.
Why do we need to fundraise?
I am organizing a fundraiser to raise money for the art galleries & body art competitions. We need to raise prize money for the competitions, money for tools such as folding tables & chairs, outdoor canopy tents, food for artists and more.

For more information or to contribute (still looking for more musical acts, artists & performers), please email

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Call for Artists Submission​s! - Group Exhibition June 9th to July 9th, 2011

Call for artists!

Group Art Exhibition: “Enchanted Forest”
a Visionary Art Experience
June 9th-July 9th, 2011.
Location: Ahimsa Yoga Studio & Community Space.
Fundraiser for the Open Mind Eco Festival's
Art Gallery & Body Art Competition.
Vernissage: Cocktail & “Chinese” Auction:
Thursday June 9th, 2011, 6pm-10pm.
Closing party & fundraiser: tba.

Visionary Art at the Open Mind Eco Festival is any art that:
- Is influenced by philosophical or spiritual thoughts, and/or experiences.
- Influenced by nature (flora/fauna), ecology, surrealism, imagination and/or mythology.
- Art that seeks to influence or create positive social change, or to convey a thought provoking message that is intended to create positive social change; a vision or mirror of a healthier world.
- Is an expression of your inner sight; your personal view of a “window into the soul”.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 26th, 2011.
Due to some confusions for some artists, just to clarify: Submission Deadline is only for the small art show happening in June/July. I am still considering artists for the big show at the Open Mind Eco Festival in August, there is no formal deadline for the big show, when I run out of space, I will no longer be accepting new submissions.

Important Information:
1 piece of art per artist.
All works must be ready to hang.
Maximum Dimensions 30in x 40in.
Participation Fee $5. each, this pays for promotional material.
Each artist will be expected to help with promotions of the art exhibition & vernissage.
If your artwork sells, we take a 20%. Half of this goes towards the fundraiser & the other half would go to the studio space that is hosting the art exhibition.
If you are an artist submitting from outside of Montreal, you will need to be responsible for the cost of mailing your artwork.

Title of your email should say “Art Submission”. Please include the name of your piece with a short description of the painting (please include the medium). If you have a website, please include this. .
Most importantly, please include a photograph of your painting in JPEG file format that is no larger then 800x700 pixels at a 72 pixel resolution.
Be sure to include your phone number and email.

Submit your application by email to the curator, April-Anna
Those artists accepted into the exhibition will be notified by June 1st, 2011.

About the fundraiser & the Open Mind Eco Festival:
The Open Mind Eco Festival is in it's 2nd year and will be happening from August 9th-16th at the Whispering Pines Campsite in Curran, Ontario. Last year's festival attracted over 900 attendees. With 2 stages (including 1 ambient stage), a children's village, visual art area, a labyrinth, performance animations, cinema, enchanted forest, healer's village, non-denominational spiritual ceremonies & free workshops with everything from arts & crafts to yoga.

The visionary art area is being organized & curated by local Montreal artist, The Art of April-Anna. There will be a large art gallery full of Visionary Art. This year will be the 1st year that we will introduce a Body Art Competitions; which will include a face painting competition, and body painting competitions for sponge/brush, & airbrush. There will be sections for beginners & advanced painters.

All artists who participate in the “Enchanted Forest” Group Art Exhibition will be considered for the big exhibition at the Open Mind Eco Festival.

About the Fundraiser:
We are raising money for the visionary art area at the Open Mind Eco Festival. What we need to raise money for includes: tent rental, prizes for the competitions, food for the artists, table rentals & other expenses.


Email April-Anna:

Phone: 514-243-4315