LAB Art Show International Art Exhibition



At the request of artists, we’ve begun adding art fairs and select art group shows and events to our e-list of Art Galleries (get it here.)

Lab Art Show connected with us on LinkedIn and provided details on their sophisticated non-profit art event where artists have the opportunity to network and exhibit their artwork.

The Lab Art Show is a multidisciplinary art exhibition that features about 150 local and international artists and galleries from over 12 countries, as well as a full roster of performance art–all in one day. The Lab Art Show nightlife events have happened twice annually over the past 3 years, to become a major anticipated event each year for art professionals and art lovers.

Their 7th semi-annual Lab Art Show hosts local art galleries, media and prestige’s art enthusiast of Vancouver to experience a night of magic and visionary expression. For 3 successful years, the Glitz team has worked hard to produce Lab Art Show – a local, rapidly growing event inspired by the magic and wonder of Cirque du Soleil and blended with the imaginative expression of Vancouver’s most talented artists.

Flootie Featured Artist: Combined Realism + Abstraction in Watercolor Paintings by Carol Schmauder

Carnival, Carol Schmauder

Carnival, Carol Schmauder

When you visit Spokane, Washington artist Carol Schmauder’s Flootie page and her website here, you’ll discover that she categorizes her paintings into three series: Traditional Realism, Shattered Realities, and Abstract work. I personally find her artworks strongest when they fall between the cracks of those categories, combining elements of both abstraction and realism, as in Carnival (above) and Unorganized Religion (below).

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schumauder

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schmauder

Even the paintings that Carol categorizes as abstract, contain shattered elements of realism, as in the paintings titled Aligning the Plants, where we clearly see portions of buildings, shrubbery and grass.

Aligning the Planets, Carol Schmauder

Aligning the Planets, Carol Schmauder

While, Emerging From the Storm, may be completely abstract, the title suggests a satellite view of storm clouds swirling over land forms.

Emerging From the Storm, Carol Schmauder

Emerging From the Storm, Carol Schmauder

Her Unorganzied Religion clearly combines church steeples with her watercolor swirls and elements of hard-edge divisions characteristic of her Shattered Realities series.

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schumauder

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schmauder

Even what Carol Schmauder considers traditional realism contain elements of pattern and abstraction, as in the very lovely work titled They Withstood the Test of Time, which the artist describes as a rock formation she encountered while on a picnic on Mount Spokane with her husband and friends.

They Withstood the Teat of Time, Carol Schumacher

They Withstood the Teat of Time, Carol Schmauder

And the most realistic of all the paintings presented here, Ivy Covered, based on a Vancouver Island restaurant–the shadows come to life as Schmauder paints them.

Ivy Covered, Carol Schmauder

Ivy Covered, Carol Schmauder


Art Sales on — Going Global

Below is the official press release–but I’m adding a bit of insider news first, not included in the press release: sales will be in USD and focus on the US market, according to CEO Colin Mansell who also bought the domains and (Canada) plus several others. In the next 6 months Artsia plans to launch localized sites offering originals by artists in or near that country, and fine art prints from all the Artsia site artists will be available for sale on all localized sites. Visitors will be able to select the relevant country from the top navigation to toggle between the different Artsia sites and have the option to add all into one shopping cart for a single checkout process.

Global Art Gallery opens its doors!

A new global fine art platform has launched, exhibiting selected works by some of the world’s most respected artists. 

New York – Newly launched online art gallery is set to radically shake up the art industry, offering art buyers a curated selection of work by 500 carefully selected artists from around the world.

Since the arrival of the Internet, there has been a paradigm shift happening in how buyers interact with art. Instead of going from gallery to gallery, we now have access to a vast selection of art online.

Until now, several massive art websites have dominated online, offering an overwhelming mountain of art with little distinction between amateur work and that of contemporary masters. Traditional galleries have also failed to really engage their audiences online, if at all, usually offering only small selections of work online that match the limited scale of their physical ‘real-world’ spaces. represents a radical change, harnessing the best of both the real and online worlds. Artsia houses several thousands of art works on unlimited ‘virtual wall space’, while making sure that only the very best work is included in the collection.

The work represented on the site is by member artists of the Society of International Artists. All artists must first go through a selection process that is carefully checked by the site’s international curatorial team.

Artsia is a truly global organization. The curatorial team is led by Catherine Higgs in London UK, (whose fine art pedigree includes Christie’s and Philips De Pury). Colin Mansell, Artsia’s CEO is originally from the UK, is now based in Vancouver, BC, while Artsia’s Editor, Lindsey Davis, is based out of New York.

The Artsia site is organized by individual artist profile pages, uniquely offering buyers direct contact with artists, and showcasing individual artist blogs that give a unique and highly personal insight into how each artist creates their work. The site also offers a unique set of online tools to bring the work into the real world, including ‘zoom in’ functions, and a ‘view to scale’ window, which allows you to view each piece to scale and see its approximate size hung on a virtual gallery wall.

The artist-buyer relationship is set to change in a big way, and Artsia is leading the way: showing how the internet can showcase great contemporary art while engaging with buyers online in a meaningful way.

Prices of original work start at around $100, and Artsia also offers a Fine Art Prints program, which offers open edition fine art prints, starting from as little as $18.

Shipping is available worldwide and all work bought on the site is guaranteed with a 7 day home trial period.

For further information, please visit
Or join our Facebook Community:

Colin Mansell, CEO. 778 885 7002
Lindsey Davis, Editor.

About Artsia

Artsia is an international online art platform, representing work by the Society of International Artists.

Artsia is a highly international organization. The curatorial team is led by Catherine Higgs in London UK, whose fine art pedigree includes working for Christie’s and Philips De Pury. Colin Mansell, Artsia’s CEO is originally from the UK but is now based in Vancouver, BC, while our Editor, Lindsey Davis is based out of New York.

Our sole purpose is to seek out, support and promote great contemporary art, and make this available online to the international art-buying public. Please visit our site or drop us a line for more information.

0% Commission on Sales of Your Art at

Professional Artists: Pick up your Paint Brushes! Launches Worlds-First Curated Fine Art Online Community. Allowing artists to sell their work directly to buyers with 0% commission, launches a new free online service for artists that Picasso would be proud of.For Immediate Release

Vancouver, Canada – Artists have always had few options to get their art in front of buyers. The traditional gallery, targeting local buyers with their limited wall space offer a route to the selected few, but many artists struggle to get the galleries’ attention.

At the other end of the spectrum ‘mega websites’ have sprung up in recent years, with no selection or curation process, offering vast quantities of amateurish art, which in many ways detracts from the value of professionally created art.

With the aim of offering a new way for professional artists sell their work, officially announces the launch of its exclusive no fee, no commission sales platform.

The first site of its kind, does not have a membership fee and all artists are welcome to submit applications for the selection jury to consider.

This unique model allows artists to sell their work directly to buyers at 0% commission, using a regular PayPal account. With each artist receiving their own online exhibition space, there has never been a better opportunity for professional artists to benefit from direct sales.

The team behind certainly know their oils from their watercolours. Over 300 highly respected artists from around the world were consulted during the site’s eighteen month research and development phase. The team will remain actively involved as the site grows, steering its progression.

“We believe that the internet represents a paradigm shift in the art market. Buyers want a wide choice of curated quality work, which we can offer on our limitless ‘virtual’ wall space. Artists want access to buyers but don’t want to pay a premium for it. We’ve married these two desires into one site,” says Colin Mansell (Co Founder and ex CEO at The Art Source), who developed the site along with Emily Peterson (Lead Curator and artist) and Catherine Higgs (ex Christies and Philips de Pury).

He continues, “There are too many empty walls out there and too much great art collecting dust in artists’ studios. Galleries simply can’t get the reach that the online world offers. One of our artists in Ireland just sold a piece to a buyer in Mexico.” has just celebrated its official launch, and already boasts a Facebook following of over six thousand. Taking this momentum into account, the site is planning an ambitious future.

Mansell and his team have a myriad of expansion planes lined up. These include the launch of a fine art print service, consisting of printers located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. With a pencilled-in rollout planned for Fall of this year, the team hope to once again change the landscape of the art world for good.

“We have achieved so much already, and we are in this for the long-term. is already on course to become the largest free curated fine art community in the world. We’re very excited about what the future holds,” Mansell concludes.

To find out more about the website and to start selling your art today, please visit:

Join the Facebook community here.

About is an exciting new resource and online fine art community.

Based out of Vancouver, the community has curators located in global centres including London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Sydney and Auckland. seeks to support and promote great contemporary art, while continuing to represent the interests of their contributing artists.

By encouraging direct contact between buyers and artists, the site aims to make high quality art more accessible to a wider audience. Ultimately, the team is working diligently to build the web’s largest international community of contemporary artists.

One of a Kind Show in Chicago Has a Call for Artists

Make Something Ugly on Purpose at the One of a...

Image by kpwerker via Flickr

The Make Something area at the One of a Kind Show
Image by kpwerker via Flickr

The One of a Kind Show invites artists with high quality, handmade, original work to apply to be part of  One of a Kind in Chicago!

For details on exhibiting, click here.  The show is juried and artists must complete an online application by March 5th, 2012.

Since 1975, the One of a Kind Show has been a venue for artists to sell their work at annual shows in Canada and the USA, in the cities of Toronto, Vancouver, New York and Chicago.