Media Invitation - 9th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition to visit Barrie

    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - RBC, The Canadian Art Foundation and the MacLaren
Arts Centre would like to invite you to preview the RBC Canadian Painting
Competition Exhibition at a reception at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie on
October 17, 2007. The exhibition features artwork from Eastern, Central and
Western Canada.
    Several recognized artists from Central Canada, whose works form part of
the exhibit will be in attendance, including Toronto's Melanie Authier who
received an honourable mention in the national contest and was awarded
$15,000, as well as Kim Dorland of Toronto, Jennifer Lefort of Toronto, Anders
Oinonen of Toronto and Ben Pinkney of Toronto.
    Arabella Campbell of Vancouver was named national winner and was awarded
$25,000 and Calgary's Chris Millar was awarded $15,000 for honourable mention.
    With a total of $55,000 in prize money, the RBC Canadian Painting
Competition has Canada's largest arts award disbursement for painting. The
artists will be on hand to participate in one-on-one interviews.

    DATE:  October 17, 2007

    TIME:  4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

    WHERE: MacLaren Art Centre
           37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie

    The RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition will be on display at
the MacLaren Art Centre from October 17 - 24. The exhibition is touring
prominent galleries across Canada. For more details on the competition, please

    About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition

    Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is a tribute
to Canada's artistic talent. The goal of the competition is to support and
nurture Canadian visual artists early in their career by providing them with a
forum to display their artistic talent to the country and hopefully open doors
to future opportunity. An investment in Canadian culture and the visual arts
community, the competition will award one national prize of $25,000 and two
honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each. Along with past winners, the
winning paintings of 2006 will become part of RBC's Canadian art collection
comprised of more than 4,000 works of distinguished art collected over the
past hundred years. Various paintings from the RBC collection have been
exhibited in museums, enabling more Canadians to enjoy these wonderful works.
"Old and New Forest" by Emily Carr is on loan to the Vancouver Art Gallery
from May 12, 2007 through to April 6, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: To R.S.V.P. for the media briefing and to book
interviews, please contact: Dano Spooner, RBC, (416) 974-0347,; Darlene Marks, RBC, (416) 974-2727,

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