Wednesday, November 9, 2011

People's Choice Award 2011

People’s Choice winner for WCAC Annual Juried Show 2011
is Diana Erb’s painting, “Emerald City”.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sarnia Winter Artwalk | Call for Vendors

 If you are a merchant or a vendor and want to have a booth this year at Sarnia Winter Artwalk register this week.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Making Money From Art - Identify Your Products

Making Money From Art - Identify Your Products

Some valuable tips for those who wish to get into the "business" of making art.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

IMAGE 2011 Photography Exhibition Call for Entry

Call for entry: Ends June 24, 5PM
Drop off work: July 4, 2PM-6PM
Show: July 6-28
Reception: July 8

Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Button Factory. 
Details can be found on the registration form or the Facebook event page.

Registration form  (pdf)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Currys Charitable Art Auction

Currys will be holding a Charitable Art Auction in October.
This fall, we are holding an Art Auction to showcase inspiring Canadian artistic talent and at the same time, help raise awareness and funds for Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. Dystonia has affected a signifigant number of musicians & artists, making it a cause close to our hearts.
Three methods are being planned including a live auction, silent auction and an online sale. They are accepting all styles of drawing, painting and printmaking.

For more info see Currys website.

Friday, April 15, 2011

ARTifact[ory] | Call for Entry

an artistic and historic collaboration celebrating Waterloo's architectural heritage

featuring Button Factory Artists

September 14, 2011 to February 24, 2012

Proposals are now being accepted for participation in the upcoming exhibition at the
City of Waterloo Museum.

ARTifact[ory] is a first-time collaborative exhibition between the City of Waterloo Museum and the Waterloo Community Arts Centre at the Button Factory. We are seeking artists who work in various mediums to celebrate Waterloo’s architectural heritage through their one-of-a-kind artwork to be exhibited at the City of Waterloo Museum at Conestoga Mall.
Select one of Waterloo’s beautiful heritage homes or sites and let your creative juices flow! Find inspiration in a porch column, a window, the house or a winding park path. It’s up to you! A complete listing of these homes and sites can be found here or in printed form at the City of Waterloo Museum and the Waterloo Community Arts Centre at the Button Factory.

Reserve your heritage site selection early! Only 39 heritage sites are available, and as a result site selection will be on a first come basis. Please contact Judy Hunter at the City of Waterloo Museum at 519.885.8828 ext.16 with your selection and contact information. Additional information regarding the exhibition can be mailed out to you or an Artist Submission Packet is available for download in pdf. form.

All artwork will be exhibited at the City of Waterloo Museum at Conestoga Mall for public display from 14 September 2011 to 24 February 2012.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Call for Entry | Arts Squared 2011

June 25th (Waterloo Public Square)
July 16th (Willis Way)
August 13th (Waterloo Public Square)

$25 per day
Tent available for $10 on a first come, first serve basis.
Set up from 11am - 12pm

Call for Entry Form (pdf)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sarnia Artwalk 2011

Sarnia Artwalk (June 4-5, 2011) has put out a call for vendors.
Deadline for entry April 22, 2011.

More information and entry forms available at:

Sunday, February 27, 2011

6x6x2011: Global Call for Entry

"6x6 began as a small fundraising exhibition, but has grown into an international art phenomenon. Last year over 5,000 artworks from 43 US States and 22 Countries were entered in this astounding exhibition!

6x6x2011: Global is the fourth exhibition of thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Each artwork will be 6x6 square inches and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All artworks will be for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo). Artist names will be revealed to the buyer only upon purchase and all works will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition."

Mail or deliver your artwork before May 1, 2011 to:

Rochester Contemporary Art Center
137 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Entry Form

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The 7th Annual Waterloo/Wellington Guitar Summit

April 2,2011
This year we will have…

Wendell Ferguson
(back by popular demand!)

Alfie Smith
(the blues just don't get better!)

Bob MacLean
Celtic/Classical Guitarist

The date is set for Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 9:30 - 4:30 at the
Waterloo Community Arts Centre, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo, ON.
The format for the day is 3 workshops and a ½ hr feature set from each of the instructors. 

We are inviting local stores and local Luthiers to participate in the GUITAR SUMMIT EXPO for the day so you can try out some of the best they have to offer!!
The Workshops are….
  • Slide/Blues Guitar - open tunings
  • DADGAD tuning
  • Efficiency in Technique
  • Basic Boom-Chick Fingerstyle Guitar
  • The Elements of Style. A deconstruction of techniques and how to find your own 'voice'
  • Finger picking the blues with alternating bass, and more….
Workshops - $35 (Students - $25)
For tickets contact the Waterloo Community Arts Centre
FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR GUITAR!!! All the workshops are interactive so you can join in and play if you wish or just take notes and observe.
Building on the success of last year, we had local music stores and independent luthiers/repair shops/dealers/marketers come out and show their stuff at the GUITAR SUMMIT EXPO.
If you were there last year you will recall we basically took over the WHOLE TWO FLOORS of the Button factory facility for the full day. We had just under 70 players in attendance for a full slate of workshops, performances, expo and networking and we hope to see more out this year.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition and Exhibition

Now taking applications for 2011. Art Kudos is an annual international juried competition that serves to recognize and honour excellence in the visual arts. Artists who are selected as finalists benefit from world-wide exposure in a year-long online exhibition ( and have the opportunity to win cash awards for their exemplary work. There is a $30 US entry fee.

The deadline is June, 30th 2011.


Call for Entry form

Friday, February 4, 2011

The empire strikes back A & E: Story: The empire strikes back

Button Factory photography exhibit highlights changes in the local landscape.

By Marshall Ward

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Colours of Art | Call for Entry

This show is open only to WCAC members. All artwork must be original in concept and
not done with any tutelage by an instructor or in any workshops.

Only work completed in the last 24 months and not previously shown by WCAC at the Button Factory will be accepted.

All artwork must be for sale! Acceptable media are: painting, printmaking, sculpture, carving and fibre art. Note that photography will not be accepted in this show.
A separate exhibition specific to photographers will be held in July 2011.

Each piece must be totally dry, properly and safely framed and securely wired to suit the WCAC hanging system. White, off-white or neutral coloured mats are required unless the mat is an integral part of the work.

It is the responsibility of the artist to firmly attach two labels to each piece of artwork, indicating artist’s name, title of piece, medium and price. One label should be affixed firmly to the back, and the second label affixed to the front top left corner and easily removable.

Works not meeting the criteria will not be accepted for entry.

Absolutely no changes to price, title or description of the work after the submission.

Call for Entry form (pdf)

Monday, January 31, 2011

New Photographic Exhibition Explores Changing Landscapes + Time Collisions in Waterloo

This special photographic exhibit surveys the subject of changing landscapes in contemporary Waterloo Region over the past half decade. Mark Walton’s photographs capture the rapid pace of change and the resulting shifts as the past collides into the present making fast what becomes our new everyday.

You’ll have a chance to examine familiar and iconic landscapes already changed, lost, or in transition. Among them: The fields at Ira Needles road; Mr. Sushi’s neon window sign; the narrow wooden and burlap bridge spanning Crook’s Tract and two male transients sitting on a sidewalk in downtown Kitchener.

Shift: Time Collisions + Disappearing Landscapes showcases more than 30 colour landscapes and portraits which probe, provoke and investigate decay and reconstruction, the end of the road and the reimaging and reinterpreting of how we live in Waterloo Region.

“Things ultimately disappear to become something else,” Walton says. “It’s this disappearance that intrigues me.”

Born in Hamilton, raised in Winnipeg, Mark Walton moved to Waterloo in 2005. His multi-media performance work has appeared at IMPACT’09, CAFKA and at the University of Waterloo. He is the videographer for Dissocia, which will appear at the University of Waterloo February, 2011 and the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, April 2011. Walton is a member of Art Allies and a Box 10 artist. His work was featured at the Box 10 group show in Kitchener in November 2010. Shift: Time Collisions + Disappearing Landscapes is his first solo show.

Shift: Time Collisions + Disappearing Landscapes is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, The Essential Image and the Button Factory.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wondrous physicality

"Local artist celebrates human anatomy with new class at the Button Factory"

Interview with Anatomy for Life Drawing teacher David Antscherl by Marshall Ward.

Waterloo Chronicle January 5th, 2011