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Markham Group of Artists launches online exhibition tomorrow


Ernestine Tahedl, above, will be the juror of the Markham Group of Artists’ show Windows Open, which opens online tomorrow. Tahedl, best known for her landscape paintings, was born in Vienna where she earned her Master of Arts in graphic arts in 1961 from the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna.

By Karen Bliss  

MGA Windows Open 2022 Online Juried Art Show is one of the online contests and sessions set up during Culture Days festival (Sept. 23 – Oct. 16) but there is also an in-person component on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Markham Public Library – a talk by juror and award-winning abstract landscape artist Ernestine Tahedl. 

Put on by The Markham Group of Artists, the competition, which closed on September 18, was open to artists from Markham and surrounding areas.  Submissions will be displayed on Instagram, Facebook and the MGA website.  

Prizes include “best in show,” $275; “members  award,” $100 plus one-year membership ; “juror’s choice,” $125, and five honourable mentions.  

The virtual show will open on Sept. 23 and run until Oct. 30 on the MGA website gallery and promoted on the group’s social media sites.  

The juror is Ernestine Tahedl, best known for her landscape paintings. The 81-year-old was born in Vienna where she earned her Master of Arts in graphic arts in 1961 from the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna, before emigrating to Canada.   Throughout her career, she has received many awards and honours, such as the Allied Arts Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Governor General’s Canada 125th Anniversary Medal, and a retrospective covering the last 60 years of her work at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. 

Her art talk for Culture Days is entitled “Why We Need Arts in Times of Crisis”. Masks are required. Seating is limited. For more information, please click here. 

“There are two sides to an artist: the cloistered creator and the exhibitionist,” it states in the description. “We build our stories behind the glass, but true art needs an audience — needs those windows blown wide open. View our artists’ bold, fearless and unapologetically unique artwork in daily Instagram and Facebook postings then participate in an online art talk offered by the juror and have your say by ‘telling this painting’s story’ in Instagram comments.” 

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