Sunday, May 22, 2011

Vernissage, Chinese Auction & Cocktail June 9th

"Enchanted Forest" Vernissage - 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 Miller & 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, created & presented by The Art of April-Anna.
Chinese Auction:
Cross between a silent auction & a raffle. This is the funnest 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

- ‎2 headbands and a belt valued at $85. from Keera Sama Designs

- Art prints from the following artists: Elissa Baltzer, April-Anna, P.John Burden, and more!

- $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.

- 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!

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 (The Art of April-Anna) organizing a fundraiser to raise money for the art gallery & body art competition. 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

Friday, May 20, 2011

June Exhibition: Updated 22/05/2011 - Artist List

(scroll down to see the artist list)

June 9th to July 9th, 2011: 
Enchanted Forest: a visionary art experience.
The "June show" is initiated, created, organized & curated by The Art of April-Anna. This pre-show is a fundraiser for the art area at OpenMind Festival. This smaller show in June is intended to create awareness about the upcoming big art exhibition & body art competition at the Open Mind Eco Festival, August 9th to the 16th.
Aurel - Pumayana

The June show will explore the enchanted forest, ecology and visionary art in a much broader sense then you would normally associate with visionary. What you will see in this exhibition is diversity and a diverse interpretation of the subject matter as well as in style. The June show is intentionally broader then the August show. The June show is accepting more artists but only 1 piece per artist, the August show is exhibiting less artists but more art from each artist.

P.John Burden
While the June show does include works by artists that are accepted within the visionary art circles as being visionary artists, I have diverged from the "visionary beaten path" in how I am as a curator interpreting "what is visionary art?".
Valérie Blanchet

You can expect to see some fantasy, faeries, traditional animation, surrealism, figurative landspace, sculpture, and photography, all of which are still exploring the same subject matter, "Enchanted forest: a visionary art experience.", but all from very different perspectives.
Jacqueline Hana Tyracek

Opening Night/Vernissage: 
Cocktail sponsored by Barefoot Wines
Thursday June 9th, 2011, 6pm-10pm.
Location: Ahimsa Yoga Studio & Community Space.
Fundraiser for the Open Mind Eco Festival's
Art Gallery & Body Art Competition.

Adriane Enns
Aurel - Pumayana (Australia/France)
Chris Dyer (Peru/Montreal)
P.John Burden (Maritimes/PEI)
April-Anna (BC/Montreal)
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
Marie-Line Vasseur (Montreal)
Janic Losier
Plume (Richelieu, QC)
Lena Breijer (Montreal)
Yasmine Desrochers
Valerie Lambert (Belgium)
Jonathan Lee (Toronto)
Cornelia Dudli
Allison Ryan

More artists to still be announced.

Wednesday, May 18, 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.


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.