RBC Canadian Painting Competition exhibition features five artists from Central Canada among Canada's top talent



    BARRIE, ON, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - The MacLaren Art Centre will showcase the
work of this year's RBC Canadian Painting Competition semi-finalists from
October 17 - 24. Among the artists featured is Melanie Authier of Toronto,
Ontario, who won Honourable Mention and a $15,000 prize for her work entitled
"Apocalyptic Picnic."
    Four other artists from Central Canada will also be featured in the
exhibition including, Kim Dorland of Toronto, Jennifer Lefort of Toronto,
Anders Oinonen of Toronto and Ben Pinkney of Toronto.
    "We are very proud to support the talent and vision of Canadian artists
at the early stages of their career," said Gay Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC
Wealth Management. "We hope to not only provide an opportunity for emerging
artists to have their work recognized at a national level, which is not easily
achieved at this point in their careers but to also share their talent and
passion with as many Canadians as possible."
    Vancouver artist Arabella Campbell was named the national winner of the
2007 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and awarded a $25,000 prize for her
work entitled, Physical Facts Series No. 6. In addition, Chris Millar of
Calgary was awarded a $15,000 honourable mention for his/her work entitled
FACEBITOR - The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem.
    The national winner and honourable mentions were selected from 15
semi-finalist paintings from across Canada and were judged by a panel of some
of Canada's finest and most recognizable artists, curators and gallery
directors. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition offers the largest cash award
disbursement for painting in Canada. For visuals and descriptions of the
winning works, please visit: www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition.
    The exhibition is touring prominent galleries across Canada including the
Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Galerie d'art
Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Emily
Carr Institute Art + Design in Vancouver. The exhibition will be at the
MacLaren Art Centre from October 17- 24. The gallery is open Monday to Friday
10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday noon - 4 pm. Admission is by
voluntary donation.
    Additional details on the RBC Canadian Painting Competition can be found
at: www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition.





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For further information: Media Contact: Dano Spooner, RBC, (416)
974-0347, dano.spooner@rbc.com


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