Monday, March 30, 2009


Hello SMALL members...i'd like to give some news from CAR. As we all know this association gathers together small, independant creative ventures that are not fixed in time or space.

Here is a good example of how CAR moves...when i started this thing i wanted CAR to move and go places and it's exactly what is happening ! First year i went from Town Hall to basement of a hidden B&B to basement of an multicutural art association...then 2nd year i went in the basement of the Beach House...then 3rd year i was granted a wonderful classroom from a 1950's school but...last week was told to move my jewelry exhibit somewhere else because they are undergoing, mind you, Rawdon is not the type of town that overflows with CAR Parking Spaces but I did find one...on the terrasse of the restaurant LA on the main street...they have a huge terrasse that can be covered in case the weather doesn't co-operate and a heating system...and loads of CAR will park its last exhibit of the 2008-2009 season outside and in front of everyone.

The ride continues !

Sunday, March 29, 2009

New artwork from ...

... Matthew Murray, who is the focus of an all Canadian Mail art Show at the Museum of Ornamental Post right now
All our shows are organic, ever growing, changing, moving... so come by for a visit.


...From March 27 to May 2nd, JEAN LUC CAVELLEC will be exhibiting his photos at the CAFÉ DES ARTISTES in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada. The exhibit will be display over 50 photos of the Atlantic Coast in the Brittany (Bretagne) region of France.

Mailart summer 09's the english version !!!

Chantal Laurin (RAWDON ARTISTS CENTER) is organizing a 2nd Mail Art Call.

It will be held during the Rawdon Intercultural Festival on August 14-15-16 and the theme will be, of course, "The Festival."

What does Festival mean to you ?

Painting, drawing, collage, visual poetry, 2D or 3D
No jury/no sales/no returns

Documentation on

All Festival entries must be sent to:

CAR ( Chantal Laurin )
5114 Dolores
Rawdon (Quebec)
J0K 1S0

thank you Dewi for posting the french one !!!



Le Centre d'Artistes de Rawdon organise une exposition d'art postal en août 2009.

L'exposition sera présentée lors du Festival Interculturel de Rawdon les 14-15-16 août et le thème est LE FESTIVAL.

Envoyez vos oeuvres du FESTIVAL à l'adresse suivante:

J0K 1S0

Format carte postale, grandeur à votre choix.
Tout médiums accepté.
Aucun retour, pas de prix, pas de jury.
Date limite: 1er août 2009.
Documentation: un blog sera accessible à tous.
Remerciements à ceux qui laissent leurs coordonnés, postaux ou email.

The Shopping Trolley Gallery

Although not a member of SMALL (yet ;-) the Shopping Trolley Gallery had it's last hurrah recently by finishing up at the Tate Museum of London and offering up a little inspiration to us as well. No word yet if there will be a New Shopping Trolley Gallery. This card has been sent out to the participants of the last show and is juicy enough to share. More can be seen at

( I just heard from Martha that the Gallery is not finished ... only resting as all of the great mail artists do )

Friday, March 20, 2009

small logo thoughts

Before posting anything MoTA-related (which I should, I know...) I think about the future logo for this great small association.

The image is just a first sketch and may inspire others to do it properly.

Also, I like the following from of writing: sma:l&l

Comments welcome.

And there will be 4 new entries to the Museum of Temporary Art hopefully after this weekend.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Membership in S.M.A.L.L.

We would like to announce and proudly promote our ten founding members of the Small Museum Association: Little and Lively;

Feel free to visit them either virtually or in person and contribute to their ongoing projects.

If you are interested in joining our Association please contact one of our members or myself; Dewi for more information. Membership is free and all we ask is that you publish links to this site and members.

Call for mail art ...

Call for Art, Ongoing Show ... at the MOOP

Museum of Ornamental Post Salon / Mail Art Show

To fight the doledrums of the Canadian winter and bring artists together for a little winter cheer we are holding a salon/mail art show. Please include info for your work, if you are interested in receiving work back, your website and whatever else you would like to promote. We would like to expose people to as much art as possible.

And if you will be in the neighbourhood, you are always welcome to drop by.

Museum of Ornamental Post
Member of S.M.A.L.L.

Theme is open.

send work to:
Museum of Ornamental Post
457 Craven
Toronto, Ontario
M4L 2Z5

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Museum Profile ... The Museum of Bad Art

... to which yours truly (Dewi) is a contributor ... and their second book proudly sits in the MOOP's library.

The Museum of Bad Art was founded in 1994 in my brother's basement. Our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and celebrate the worst of art. now have two galleries, in the basement of vintage movie theaters. Our collection is about 500 pieces, but we have enough exhibit space for only 50-60 pieces at a time. We always include our interpretative narrative when we exhibit a piece. We published a second book this year, "Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks." There is no paid staff. The Curator-in-Chief and I keep things running, with help from a constantly changing cast of volunteers. We never dreamed that MOBA would stilll be going strong 15 years later.
Louise Reilly SaccoPermanent Acting Interim Executive DirectorMuseum of Bad Art

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Museum Profile: The Museum of Temporary Art

The Museum
The museum itself is located in my home. It is about 40x50 cm big and has 33 compartments.
This website is a representation of what is currently in the museum, i.e. the compartments.

The Idea
Most of the objects in the museum are linked to a memory or anecdote which increases their
actual value far beyond the materialistic one. The museum is a chance to give such seemingly
meaningless objects the platform they deserve. They are Temporary Art.

The Contributors
Anyone, who is able to see beyond the surface and is willing to part with such an invaluable
item and its story. For details see

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Photos from The Montrose Portrait Gallery of Canada's Cold Comfort Show

Great show Sarah!

GOOP send us your MAIL!

Goop Gallery (gallery of ornamental post) just opened in the ancient Tuscan spa above our mini-ballroom. Calling all artists who wish to have their MAIL ART displayed. Your postcard or maybe your sweet watercolor will hang alongside tiled floors + mosaicked walls once populated by Roman philosophers + crackpots. Our collection includes work by Michel Della Vedova, Dewi, Jelene Morris, Happy -go- Lucky and David Berube. Send your mail here: GOOP GALLERY, 19 Hurdman rd, Ottawa Ontario, Canada, K1N 8N7

Saturday, March 7, 2009

CAR is going on a musical ride...

PAUL RAMSAY (OPEN FLUXUS) contacted CAR not too long ago about a musical project that he is doing. I made him listen to a few reggae beats that my late-husband created and he included some excerpts into his project. It is a work-in-progress. Paul is still collecting sounds for his project. For more information clik:

CAR and WRB musique.

Show Opening ... The Montrose Portrait Gallery of Canada

February 18, 2009

For Immediate Release:

Cold Comfort: Winter Portraits at The Montrose Portrait Gallery

The Montrose Portrait Gallery of Canada presents a show of hot art in a cold space at our not-at-all winterized gallerage, opening Saturday, March 6, at 4 p.m. (Blizzard date, March 13)

Twenty-odd artists, including Rob Elliot, Noah Kalina, Danielle Meder, Jennifer Wigmore and Mendleson Joe, are featured in this frigid blast of warm visage. Chill alongside fellow patrons at our opening or book an appointment (no cold calling; we need time to get the space heater going!) by emailing Appointments accepted until April 30th.

The Montrose Portrait Gallery of Canada was established in jovial protest in 2007. Frustrated with the government’s continued inaction on the state of our National Portrait Gallery, The MPOG continues to offer a cheap and cheeky alternative.

Submissions always welcome: Bring your portrait, or contact us for mailing instructions.

For more information, please:


And visit our website at

Tuesday, March 3, 2009




JEAN LUC'S photos were 1st shown during CAR's 3rd photography show on February 21 and 22. We worked together through email and snailmail.He send me 55 photographs and i took care of the framing and the presentation. All in all, this show didn't cost much and we proved that it is possible to present something of good quality with not much money. Next, Jean Luc will exhibit in a local coffee show here in Rawdon for the whole month of April then move on to Toronto by Dewi's MOOP for a few weeks in May ...after that, we shall see...

I'm in the process of planning my 2009-2010 season season.It is starting with a Mail Art call on AUgust 14-15-16 on the theme of Festival. It will be held during Rawdon's Intercultural Festival. Then, September 6 and 7 will be the 5th edition of the Painting exhibit...this is a good one...a small show but the artists sell so that makes me happy, of course.This show is open to everyone who will assume their postal this regard, SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL !

Give thanks !

Chantal Laurin

Monday, March 2, 2009

Paper Planes & Birds

Find more videos like this on OPEN Fluxus

Paper Planes & Birds.
An annexe to the Wheelie Bin Gallery is the artexed ceiling of my workroom which needs covering with paper birds, planes and all manner of flying things.
Find details of how to participate by going to the appropriate blog HERE.