"NO LONGER OPEN"
***** ARJA PALONEN and DON FRASER and RON LEONARD STILL HAVE THEIR WORKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE *****
Web Design: Joyce DesRoches
If you have come to our
web-site looking for more information on purchasing the
“Studio 737 Art Gallery and Property” I will be
placing a wealth of information towards the end of these pages regarding its purchase!
If you are one of our 3,000
customers from around the world, who have purchased original art from Studio 737 during these
past 28 years, Arja and myself, thank you in helping us to place over 5,000 Original Paintings into the Canadian Art System.
Yes, while so many of you were decorating your homes and offices with “ORIGINAL ART”, from our gallery, during these past
28 years, others were purchasing signed and numbered valueless reproductions believing it was art? From their graves “Canada’s
Famous Group of Seven” were used to flaunt and number their reproductions and not one of the Canadian Art Institutions came out against
these photocopies, which discredits any artists’ works. (There is also a museum in Ontario that continues to flaunt such
souvenirs from these artists)
I am taking this moment, as a
Director of Studio 737, with 28 years of experience in
selling Original Canadian Art, to provide the
background, notoriety and the eventual retirement of Studio 737 under its present ownership . (We are hoping that someone with
creative ability comes along and continues our dream). My wife, Arja Palonen, as a Canadian and a very talented Artist, and
several of you, may find some of the following statements offensive, but, unfortunately, it is all true, some of it even an
embarrassment, however, it can be backed up with documentation, that I have retained over these 28 years in business. Arja asked
me: “Why do you want to write this piece, since we have closed the gallery?” It is something inside of me that must come out for all
these artists that we have represented and the customers, who have supported us over these past 28 years. Some of the other
facts, that I will be mentioning, are all out there and require a bit of investigative work for those members of the Press wishing to
pursue it, I am here just to guide you, as well, as those members of the media, and hopefully, everyone will act on it accordingly.
Somebody has to do this for
Canadian Art to once again find its way into homes and
businesses across Canada! It may seem a bit
lengthy, but it is our story. Perhaps someone may want to write a book or even a feature film? Why not? Imagine a movie without
any “F” words in 2017? Over 100 characters, such as Artists, Customers, the locals, Politicians, Journalists, Auctioneers, Museum
Directors, Professors and 100’s of colourful Canadian Original Paintings? I wish you do not get bored by its length, but to scratch
your heads, as you read it, ask how is this possible: “Spilling what amounts to a be a total disregard of thousands of Canadian Artists
in a way that the current Canadian Art Establishment glamorises but a few” and ask yourself: “IS ALL OF THIS TRUE?” So here it
is from the beginning what I have found!
I retired from the United
States Navy in 1988 along the way I met this fantastic
Canadian gal from Toronto. I took orders
to the Navy Recruiting District, Buffalo, New York, so that we could see each other on weekends. Upon my completion of duty in
Buffalo, I accepted orders to the Naval Base at Argentia, Newfoundland. I asked Arja, if she would join me, she agreed and off
we departed for this fantastic province. While I was at work, Arja took out her art brushes and paints and began capturing
the Newfoundland people, boats, docks, the ocean and its beautiful scenery. Her art training both in Helsinki, Finland,
where she was born, and in a well-known art school in Toronto after immigrating to Canada in 1957, helped guide her in this
undertaking. She started selling paintings to both the American military and civilian personnel at the military base. Soon the
local Newfoundlanders began to knock on the door and ask if this was the house: ”Where the lady that paints lives? ” Before
long, we had to convert half of our home into a gallery. Arja, sold over nearly 200 paintings while we were in Newfoundland.
As my retirement date from the United States Navy in 1988 neared, I watched the response of all these customers and asked
Arja if she would like to continue painting by opening up a gallery. She agreed, and since her entire family was in Ontario and mine
in Buffalo, off we went in 1988 to find a place to retire from my military career and opened up, what was known as:
“Studio 737 Art Gallery“, in Tweed, Ontario.
I must admit, that in the
beginning, I didn’t know a thing about art and I guess
probably about 98% of all North-Americans,
as well, never get exposed to it, or even think that they could ever afford to purchase original art. My parents had seven
children, there was no extra cash for any art. All of us for the most part are intimidated by the subject, and therefore can’t figure,
why we should spend $200 to $500 for an Original Canadian Painting? Yet, we will spend the same amount for an imitation copy,
because it has someone’s name with numbers on it, or something reproduced on a canvas somewhere in the Orient. Yes,
you can purchase what you like and I am not here to chastise your purchases, but to help guide you in the right direction and for
those of you willing to make the step into collecting Fine Art, here is a wealth of information for you to digest. Even with
a modest income you should be able to afford at least one Original Canadian piece of Art and perhaps, over time have
a wonderful collection to enjoy and enhance your home.
As an investment and
tax-write offs, the wealthy all over North America spend
millions on a pieces of art only because
of the artists’ names, and even those people get sucked into thinking that they are making wise purchases, however,
they are being duped by the auctioneers, or interior decorators. (I will provide you a most recent example of one of these
paintings that sold for over 4.6 million dollars here in Canada, if you read on.)
So back to the story: We
were travelling along Highway #7, North of Tweed (we
became familiar with the area during
our Buffalo & Toronto romance), about 1 km from the junction of Highway #7 and #37, where this commercial building
and home combination on 17 acres of land was for sale and all with 500’ of prime frontage on one of Canada‘s major Highways
(hence the name Studio 737). It was a bit run down and used to be one of the largest truck stop/restaurants, on Highway
#7 between Toronto and Ottawa during the 50‘s. The price was right so we purchased it to start the art gallery. However,
it was still set up as a restaurant, so we got waylaid and refurbished it and reopened it as another 24 hour restaurant & truck
stop. Thinking we could run it as a gallery as well. Restaurant business was good, as thousands of vehicles pass by
on a daily basis. We had 15-20 transports parked on both sides of #7 continuously every day. The staff was very helpful
and courteous, and food was good, so some truckers rode long distances to come and eat there. Actually, one of our waitresses
met her husband working for us and since closing of the restaurant, and reverting it to gallery, as was our original plan,
she has taken care of our web-site all these years since. Another waitress, moved on to a prominent position in Tweed as
well. So right off the bat, the business started helping others and not just ourselves. As I mentioned after a very
successful year, we decided to close the restaurant down, as it wasn’t the reason why we purchased the building.
We decided, finally, to follow our original dream and after some renovations opened the Art Gallery, in hopes of selling Arja‘s work.
So we decided: “If you’re not happy doing something and you can make the change, then do it, don’t just exasperate about it!
So we did, the folks around Tweed just laughed, “You’re closing the Restaurant to open an Art Gallery?” Thinking we were off
our rockers! However, we proved them wrong!
28 years later, you are now reading this epilogue. IT WORKED!
We started with Arja’s work
and about 12, or so, local artists. I started learning
about art and all about framing through
books and practice, it was fun and more like a hobby and it kept me busy when customers were not in the store. One of our
artists brought in his daughter’s work, she was only 18 then. Her acrylic paintings were all in astonishing detail on a variety
of subject manner. We started selling painting after painting for her. Beth finally made the conversion to wildlife painting
solely and remains forever true to her passion. She is as good, if not better, than the top wildlife artists here in
Canada, photographing animals in both Canadian and American Zoos was her passion. It even took her on an African
Safari, and Alaska, where she photographed animals in their natural habitat (yes, a really true artist, more than just painting
wildlife, it was her desire to capture these beings in their true habitat) (This, of course, is also the essence of every aspiring,
or professional artist, to capture the moment, vision, beauty, or even sadness on canvas, or paper.) During the past 28 years,
we managed to sell over 300 of her wildlife pieces, many of them were selling for only $500 - $1,000, but eventually, three of
her best paintings bringing in up to resale basis $45,000. Imagine 45 grand, for something that originally cost
perhaps $3,000 or so?
So, now you also want to purchase “Original Canadian Art”! What makes a painting so valuable?
Maybe now you want to start painting and selling your work, perhaps?
As I mentioned in the
beginning, Arja began to paint full time in Newfoundland.
Her paintings were artistically very good
and she was only selling those for between $200 and $500. An artist doesn’t get rich at the beginning, actually the majority
of artists never become wealthy, they become RECOGNIZED.
After meeting over 100
Canadian Artists during our tenure, I got to know them as
individuals and not as deceased
individuals in a textbook with biographies and photos of their work. I could see the passion in the works of these living artists,
their enjoyment in their faces when we made a sale and the connection between the artist and an admirer/and purchaser.
I could write about all of our artists, but it would take up too much of all of our time. I will, however, say that we had
some of the best Canadian Artists’ paintings during our era, that is what made our gallery great and well known.
I would now like to dwell a
bit on the topic of, “ART SHOWS” .
In the early 90’s, Art Shows, or Exhibitions were
prevalent. Arja, would scout out new exhibitors that were presenting their works at these events. She would look for quality,
content and the price that the items were selling for. What has happened is that prominent art shows have virtually disappeared.
This was the venue for so many fantastic artists to be able to exhibit at these events and they attended these shows in various
cities, more or less, on a yearly basis, until “REPRODUCTIONS SHOWED UP”! Yes, the names of these professional artists
were used to promote these events and capture customers and admirers. They would end up sitting around and watching, while
one, or two artists would take the show over by flaunting these signed and numbered pieces of paper. Many of these
professionals have finally given up and just said, “The heck with it”!. Can you blame them! How would you feel, if you were in
their shoes? Working hard and then just being ignored.
Now, hopefully after reading
this document, journalists and press will finally bring all
this out to the attention of all
Canadians and art shows will once again rebound. (EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD GOES AROUND IN CIRCLES AND COMES BACK) .
A great place to shop and purchase your first Original Painting would be at an art show. If you can find a talented young
artist, whose work haven’t yet increased in prices and you enjoy the piece, TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU. You may have
just discovered the next Beth Hoselton. Back to the story!
As we increased our “GROUP
OF ARTISTS“, the business grew and grew to over 75
exhibitors, and we added an
extension to the building. Arja, joined the Eastern Central Ontario Art Association (ECOAA) and then on one of her
painting trips, she was painting outdoors on location, when to her surprise next to her was one of her art instructors from way
back in Toronto back in 1957. His name: “DONALD GORDON FRASER”. Mr. Fraser rarely exhibited his art for whatever reason,
Earning his living as an art teacher and painting for his own pleasure on his free time, he thus accumulated an astonishing
collection of art. Having retired with his wife to close by us, he and Arja became painting partners on many a painting trip, as
Mr. Fraser for health reasons, did not drive. Arja managed to convince him to finally exhibit his work at Studio 737 and he agreed.
She brought home around 15 of his paintings from one of their painting trips.
He was a true
IMPRESSIONIST, and to my untrained artistic eyes,
they were dark, bold and had that eerie feeling
to them. I didn’t know what Arja was trying to accomplish bringing his work into the gallery? Before long we started selling one
painting after another. We almost ran out and I went with Arja to select another batch of work from his home, in Queensboro.
I finally, got to meet the man and he took me upstairs to his attic, there were over 800 Oils on masonite panels, many were
large and all signed. It included at least 30-40 years of this artist’s life works, all at our beckoning ( I called his attic,
the “Treasure Chest”) . Downstairs in his studio were more than a thousand, watercolours and his Sepia Sketches
(He figured out how Rembrandt had made it by boiling walnuts and using this sepia extract.)
I will take this opportunity
to talk about Mr. (Don) Fraser , it is my own
personal observation of the man since meeting
him at his home in the early 1990’s to his death in 2003. Don was, what one of you would call, “An Artist Extraordinaire”,
and I call him an “Art Genius”. He had an intense desire to capture everything and everyone around him on paper,
canvas or masonite. I could see it in his watercolours and sepia drawings on paper, some were completed on both
sides of the paper, and they were all fantastic. His oils, perhaps, were the most powerful ever painted by any Canadian
Artist (You can see some of those on his web pages above). His wife, Catherine an artist herself, recognized what talent
was in this man, fortunately, and gave him her full blessings to work on his art as much as possible. Don forgot his
surroundings when he had his brushes in both of his hands (he was ambidextrous) and painting materials before him.
Some of his extended family members may have been jealous of his countenance, not realizing just what part of Canadian
Art History and Canadian Culture his work was. It must now be recognized as one of the best ever painted
here in Canada. Back to the story!
Arja, and myself with Don’s
permission hung three of his large paintings in the Land O’
Lakes Restaurant, just down the
road from the gallery (no longer there). As luck would have it a French Museum Director; Dr. Thierry Lefrancois, from
the “Musee du Nouveau Monde” = “The Museum of the New World”, stopped for lunch and was admiring those three
Don Fraser, paintings, they reminded him of the early French Explorers, so much so, that he wrote to Studio 737 asking
if Mr. Fraser would like to exhibit his works in France, as he would have an opening in 1995. At first, Don declined,
(Imagine, a Museum Exhibition (Not a Sale) in a Foreign Country is like winning an Academy Award for an artist, and
he declined). On a painting trip shortly afterwards, Arja, discussed this opportunity with Don, that his work being so
powerful and moving should be seen around the world. Everyone, in Canada must give credit to Arja Palonen, for twisting his
arm because the rest is Canadian Art History.
Donald Fraser, finally agreed
with Arja and accepted the invitation for his exhibit in
France. He selected about 70 works
that included his sepia sketches, watercolours and a number of large framed oil paintings. I had to crate all of his art up
at Studio 737 and then it was all shipped via air by, Air Canada. THIS IMPORTANT FRENCH MUSEUM PAID FOR THIS
ENTIRE EXHIBIT, IT INCLUDED ALL THE SHIPPING, MR. FRASER’S & HIS FAMILY’S LODGINGS AND FLIGHTS TO BE
PRESENT AT THE SHOW OPENING!
The Museum, wanted to show the French People, as well as Art Students, his Strong & Bold technique.
THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT, DID
NOT HAVE TO OUTLAY ONE PENNY FOR MR. FRASER’S EXHIBITION IN
How much did the Canadian Government pay to have David Milne’s exhibition in England eleven years later ? As well as
the recent Group of Seven exhibit again in London? Don Fraser, beat them all to Europe!
Prior to this exhibit, I
viewed, Prime Minister, Chrétien on TV, telling all
of Canada he wanted to see more Canadian Artists to
be exhibited outside of Canada. What he really meant was, that he wanted more Quebec Artists to be exhibited! You see, I
took this as an opportunity and drafted correspondence to both Prime Minister Chrétien and Ambassador Bouchard in France to
attend the opening, both said they were busy ( I have all this documentation). You would think that the French Ambassador
to Canada would have at least sent someone from his staff to LaRochelle to open up the exhibit?
So, my wife, Arja and myself flew to France to Open this exhibition on behalf of the Canadian People!
Embarrassing, you bet! Here I am an American, Opening a Canadian Art Exhibition in France for Prime Minister Chrétien?
You see the exhibit was in
1995, Mr. Fraser was from Ontario and not Quebec and 1995
was the year of the Separatists’ vote
to split up Canada. Mr. Parizeau, would have had his way on this, if this exhibit would have come out! That is the only
excuse, I can personally see as Prime Minister Chrétien’s inaction to this prestigious event. POLITICS, EVEN GETS IN
THE WAY, WHEN IT COMES TO ART!
Some of the Artwork that was
exhibited in France can be seen on Donald Gordon Fraser’s
web page that you can click
on above. Take a look at both the English Version and French Version because the paintings on both of these are different
and formed a portion of the exhibit in 1995. This brochure and all of its contents were derived and put to press by Dr.Lefrancois.
I personally found one painting that was very interesting to me, “The Portrait of Christ”. I had just finished framing this piece;
it stood about 4 feet tall in the frame, when two Roman Catholic Priests came into the Gallery. They were standing next to me,
and started to pray in front of this painting in Latin. I was an altar boy, in my younger years and asked, , why they were praying?
They said they just returned from the Vatican and there was nothing that depicted the suffering of Christ, the way Don
was able to portray with his brush!
If you are interested take a
look at this painting closely, somehow Donald Fraser, was
able to capture an Image of Christ
under the Shroud of Turin! It showed the blood dripping from the crown of thorns and the suffering depicted. Last I
heard this piece was hanging over a relative’s bed in the United States. It belongs hanging in the National Gallery of Canada,
or are they going to pull another Chrétien and ignore it, because it will land up in the, “Museum of Art in Washington DC”,
with my help of course? Back to the story.
Yes, I wrote letter, after
letter, to the National Gallery of Canada and the Art
Gallery of Ontario and asking they include
Mr. Fraser into their respective Museums and I have all their replies . The curator (Mr. ‘’Five Earrings” , I call him?) of course,
declined, saying it was too much like the Group of Seven work. Perhaps this is the reason why Don, had accumulated his
work in his “Treasure Chest”, somebody earlier may have said the same thing to him, so he painted with his intense
desire for himself . The curator, at the National Gallery, never once in 28 years stopped at our Gallery, Studio 737 and
yet, some people told us, our gallery was even talked about in Paris, France! Perhaps, he flew between Ottawa and Toronto,
(that is, perhaps, why the National Gallery last year was begging the Federal Government for funding to stay afloat? Or
was it because of their salaries? Or their most recent abstract exhibition, by Jack Bush? (Look at his paintings on line!
Then take a large canvas, after painting your home, clean the large 4 inch paint brush on it, swipe it this way and that,
maybe add a bit of colour and swipe that in different directions, take out Grandma’s cookie cutters, dab them in paint
and Walla you have a $350,000 painting. What Canadian, wants to travel to Ottawa to see that? Of course they are broke!
Another good thing that
really came out of this French Museum exhibition in
Larochelle was, that, here was Don Fraser,
this Canadian Artist, able to visit the Louvre, in Paris, France to admire all the famous impressionists works, because
of his own exhibition. Don Fraser could previously only see this wonderful art in books and magazines over the years.
This exhibition was accomplished with the help of Studio 737 and not any Canadian Politicians or Museum entities.
(Yes, this is really mind boggling!)
Instead of just opening a
retail store every day as do the majority of gallery owners,
I wrote letters to Politicians,
Museums across Canada, and the Press, in hopes of bettering the Canadian Art system, using Mr. Fraser‘s Art and the
information I located hidden away in various Government websites. These Museum Directors, Art Historian Professors all
deal with the long gone artists in text books, or on the walls of Museums across the world. They had then the opportunity
to help this Living Canadian Artist, “Donald Gordon Fraser” in deserving the recognition he surely deserved while he
was still alive, perhaps these Museum Directors and YOU will finally compare his work to ANYONE HANGING IN THE NATIONAL
GALLERY OF CANADA ( including that of Tom Thompson), perhaps, now these individuals will assist in his recognition
now that he has passed on and should be included in every art book, here in Canada. For the most part, I on the
other hand, dealt with the living, exhibiting almost 100 artists and also having to turn the same number away trying
get in for lack of space, or quality.
Yes, we sold early Canadian
works of past artists including Jean Paul Riopelle, Members
of the Group of Seven, etc.
Also opened another gallery in Richmond Hill, Ontario. We closed it because it needed all this FLASH ART. This Art required
to bring in Millionaires to succeed and we were not qualified to certify, that these paintings were in fact original paintings and
not forgeries. Most of these, we purchased ourselves in various Auctions (so they should have been legit, but who is to say?)
Not many in Canada are actually qualified to certify art, (LET THE BUYER BEWARE ON THIS SUBJECT).
LET’S NOW CONCENTRATE ON
Auctioneers are in business
to auction off peoples treasures, or stuff
that individuals no longer need! A certain number here in Canada are dedicated to Canadian Art! What they really are is a
form of an ART GALLERY and not an auction house!
YOU MILLIONAIRES ARE BEING
DUPED ! The
majority of millionaires are successful business owners and
what I am saying here. Canada is almost 150 years old, Studio 737, has been in business for 28 years, almost 1/5 of its existence.
Most art galleries do not remain in business but for a few years, 28 years in business should tell you something. We gained a
very professional relationship with our artists and clients and known for the quality of work that we displayed and sold. On
our web site, we displayed a number of Mr. Fraser’s works, as well as all of our artists’. If you click on Mr. Fraser’s page above,
you will find some of his paintings in the thousands of dollars. (We had to pull down all of the other artist pages, because we
recently closed the gallery and it was expensive to keep everyone up, but wanted the new owners to use the same web-site
and eventually push the right button to bring everything back on line.)
One of our customer’s emailed
me, and told me that an Auction House quoted her a mere
$400.00 value on a very nice oil by
Don, that she purchased years ago. The reason behind this was, that Auctioneers are trying to manipulate all the art that
has been previously created and sold here in Canada, as well, as in auction houses elsewhere around the world. They do it
with their auction catalogues and many of those go back to the 1950’s. They list the Artists Name, Title of the Work, Size,
Medium Painted, Estimated Price and eventually the Price Realized. They limit the number of artists included in their
stables to under 100, yes, only 100 Canadian Artists who have painted in 150 years of Canada’s existence? This way it is easier
to keep track of a small number of artists.
By controlling these artists
and their works, they are able to offer up the same
paintings, time and time again, trying to
increase their values each time they come on the market. You would think that the auctioneer above would have had the smarts,
to open up Mr. Fraser’s web page and see his work selling in the thousands. He passed up an opportunity for that business to
make a nice commission on the sale. He would have also noted that Studio 737 has been in business since 1989 and their auction
house only since 2002, and that the prices that galleries like ours assign to their living artists works are in fact the true value at
the time they were originally placed on sale and bear a true market value assigned by both the artist and the gallery. (This was
the way art was sold in the 1920’s and 1930’s through a gallery, they did not have auction houses dedicated solely to Canadian Art.
Not somebody’s unwanted items, as
auction houses represent
today. The only good thing about these auction records is
that: REVENUE CANADA NOW HAS A TOOL
TO GO AFTER ANY FRAUD OR TAX EVASION on individuals, who have sold and purchased those unwanted items.
YOU MILLIONAIRES DO NOT HAVE
A TRUE CANADIAN ART COLLECTION UNLESS IT CONTAINS A “DONALD
FRASER” PAINTING. Now try to find one! With the blind eye from Canada’s Museum System and Ignorance on the part of
Auctioneers--Just imagine all the Bargains that are out there, because thanks to the status quo nobody knew about Donald
Fraser until this story! (Now back to our story)
In 1997, Arja & myself sat
down and talked Don into holding an art show in the Toronto
area. We decided on the
fancy and eloquent “BALLROOM IN THE HARBOUR CASTLE HOTEL” in downtown Toronto. We prepared a four page
colourful brochure which included a portion of the paintings in the exhibit and mailed those out to various Doctors, Lawyers
and Professionals in the Toronto area. The show cost a few thousand dollars to promote and it was a giant success we sold
over 150 of his paintings during the weekend solo event. SO AGAIN BACK TO YOU MILLIONAIRES (I keep mentioning
those of you with the dollars because you wealthy individuals can affect a change with your fortunes by purchasing the works
of Donald Fraser and the other artists that were painting during his lifetime, since, the majority of these artists have been
overlooked. These Museum Directors and Auctioneers do not have that kind of money behind them to make intelligent decisions
regarding Canadian Artists. The auctioneers work out of fancy buildings, wear fancy digs, drive expensive vehicles and
earn impressive salaries all by controlling an art system which includes only several artists and those of you with wealth have
fallen into their trap if you made purchases at these establishments.
So, you want to make an
intelligent decision regarding Mr. Fraser? Well, how many
Canadian artists that you know of,
have been included in auction catalogues or are hanging in the National Gallery of Canada, that have had a sold out SOLO
exhibition in any major Hotel in ANY Canadian city? How many were portrait and scenic artists for a Canadian Television Network
(CBC)? How many Canadian Artists painted a ten foot by 10 foot portrait of, “GEORGE HARRISON”, of the Beatles Rock Group,
on their first visit to Canada back in the 60’s? While Mr. Fraser, was at CBC. Even Vincent Price a famous actor, art collector and
artist himself, purchased a couple of Don’s paintings when he was filming in Toronto in the 50’s.
I was watching the National
News Program and Peter Mansbridge was interviewing Ringo
Starr, Ringo was quite proud of that box
of photographs from the early years of the Beatles! Imagine what Ringo or Paul would pay for that large oil painting of George?
Don, gave me that photograph and several others of work he accomplished at CBC and I have treasured those photos, they may
finally be his ticket into Canada’s Most Prestigious Museums. (Perhaps those photos may land up in the National gallery,
next to his display).
AS DONALD TRUMP WOULD
SAY, “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH THE CANADIAN ART
SYSTEM”? How is CBC
Television going to promote this prior employee, who decorated so many of their set stages with his art? A copy of all these
photos are on his web page above, you will see Don sitting there next to George and the gallon cans of paint that he used to
paint that portrait. If that painting is not in the basement of CBC, it is I’m sure in a CBC employee’s home, who worked there
back in the 60‘s. Find it, it belongs in the National Gallery along with his Portrait of Christ, (He may have painted all four of the
Lads, I only have the one photo) CBC should check out their early tapes of the Beatles, were his paintings ever used
or did he just feel like pulling out the character in George? The person who has this painting was probably given the piece as a
gift by Don, he was generous in giving a few pieces of work away. So it is no real crime in owning it.
Remember earlier I had
mentioned, that I called Don’s attic the, “Treasure Chest”!
During our 28 years we sold almost 1,300 of
this artist’s paintings in addition to 3,700 original paintings by all our Canadian exhibitors. I called Don’s 1,300 paintings, his
“PIECES OF EIGHT”, THESE “TREASURES” ARE ALL OUT THERE and “WE SOLD” his best works of art through our Studio 737
Art Gallery, the remaining items that we felt were not saleable were returned to the family in 2010. (No artist produces perfect
gems each and every time!) Not even Don and he had a significant quantity of work that he produced as an ARTISTIC GENIUS of
a man, MORE SO PERHAPS THAN ANY Canadian Artist ever. A local gallery is now trying to flog our rejected items off into the art
market, their photographs on their web-site do not do Mr. Fraser any justice, with our 28 years of experience we can honestly say,
they hopefully, will not be used by the “ CANADIAN ESTABLISHMENT” against Mr. Fraser in any way, we already had One Prime
Minister and a Museum System that cast him off.
Unfortunately, the Canadian
Art Establishment has used earlier Canadian Art as the basis
in determining Canadian Art!
AS I SEE IT THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE TERM IN CANADIAN ART IS: “THE GROUP OF SEVEN”. The Group of Seven was
a stage term used by Seven Canadian Artists to sell their works in the 1920’s and 1930’s. For the 98% of Canadians that do not
know much about Canadian Art, I will define it this way: The Beatles were a group of four, The Rolling Stones were a group of five,
collectively these two bands created and recorded song after song THE GROUP OF SEVEN NEVER COLLECTIVELY
PAINTED ANY PAINTING ! DOES IT TAKE 7 ELECTRICIANS TO SCREW IN A LIGHT BULB? HOW ABOUT THIS, TAKE
YOUR WALLET OR PURSE AND PULL OUT A NICE RED $50, NEXT TO IT PLACE A BLUE $5 AND TOP IT OFF WITH A TOONIE.
NOW WHICH PILE WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE? Yes, 50 outnumbers 7 any day, (Studio 737 Housed the Group of Fifty when
we finally closed the doors, but we never flaunted that) and 1,000 is a lot better than 50 or 7, because that is probably how
many Canadian Artists that have painted Canada during the last 148 years.
Why, do Canadians concentrate
on these seven fellows? It is simply because only two
Canadians out of every million
Canadians, know their individual names. All they can relate to is, “THE GROUP”. I wrote to a well-known Television Anchor
and told him to walk around Toronto with a film crew, holding $1,000 in his hand and offering it up to individuals on the street
if they could name all the members of the Group of Seven. At the end of the day he could re-deposit that money back into the
bank each and every day.
I must give credit to where
credit is due and that is that in the 1920’s, ALL
CANADIAN ARTISTS painting at that time, had it
very difficult. Members of the Group of Seven, had to take a trolley from their homes to the train station, then travel across
Canada to paint it. Besides their clothing and painting utensils they had several wooden boxes that housed 10x12 inch panels
with separators. They would paint on these small masonite panels (their sketches) seal up their boxes and make the return journey.
You can see these small paintings in just about every auction catalogue that you will find. (It normally takes at least few weeks for
an oil painting to firm up, and a year to finally dry). They did not paint their large paintings on location, as it just was impossible,
unless they had large wooden boxes. The return train and trolley ride would almost make it impossible with all the shake, rattle and
roll to carry them home.
They painted their large
paintings in their respective studios, a recent Lauren
Harris painting sold for over 4 1/2 million dollars.
I SURE HOPE THE INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATION THAT PURCHASED THIS PIECE IS NOT WRITING IT OFF ON THE BACKS
OF ALL CANADIAN TAXPAYERS ! IF IT IS BEING WRITTEN OFF- JUST THINK OF THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT WERE LOST
TO HANG A PIECE OF ART- JUST TO IMPRESS A CLIENT? CANADA LOOSES COUNTLESS EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
BECAUSE OF ART AS WELL!!!
The members of the Group of
Seven were actually influenced by Tom Thomson and the
European Artists, who had an exhibit
at the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. If you pull up Tom Thompson’s art images on line you will see Mr. Fraser’s
paintings are a bit similar, Mr. Fraser is a bit more powerful in a number of instances because of his influence with both
Thompson’s work and a few of the European Masters including Rembrandt and Van Gogh. In the 1,300 or so of Don’s paintings,
I only found one painting that contained a bluish tree in the top right corner, you really have to look for it, you can see it on
his web page above titled, “Autumn in Haliburton”. Thompson, on the other hand used a lot of light blue colours in his landscapes?
Take a look yourself and his paintings could fetch millions today at auction. Fraser, again hit the nail on the head with, “Claremont
Sunset” you can definitely see the influence of Van Gogh with that image of the sun that he included.
The current museum and art
establishment has tried for years to retain a definite
correlation between Canadian Art and
Tom Thompson, as well, as these Seven Artists and it prohibits anyone from getting in the way of their prestige (By that I mean,
that these men founded a particular style of art which best typified, Canada in the 1920‘s and 1930‘s, the establishment intended
on retaining their style as ‘solo non gratis’ ). Now you have artists like Donald Gordon Fraser, who was able to re-define that earlier
style of that Canadian Art taking it one step further to perfection with that of the Great European Masters not just copying these
eight artists works but redefining it, to his particular era. Yes, unlike these earlier artists, Don had it much easier because he was a
Plein Air Artist, meaning the majority of his even big landscape work was painted outdoors on location. Because of his severe
diabetes condition, he could not drive a car so other fellow artists would pick him up in their vehicles and they would trek to various
locations capturing Canada on large canvases, or panels, something these earlier artists could never do.
Yes, we have students sitting
in University listening to some professor rattling off this
and that about DECEASED artists, their
works described in a text book? Back in the 1920’s, the builders of Canada, “The Super Rich” their families primarily purchased
works by these eight artists and everyone including these professors continue to be duped by art produced almost 100 years
ago and collected by these wealthy millionaires and it is a shame that both money and politics can influence a Country’s Heritage?
That is where Canada stands as I personally see it.
So to wrap up my story I
will provide information regarding ART and how it applies to
Revenue Canada EVERY TAXPAYER
HERE IN CANADA MUST BE AWARE OF JUST WHAT IS GOING ON - BELIEVE ME, IT IS ALL LEGAL AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS,
WELL THOUGHT OUT BY ATTORNEYS, JUDGES AND POLITICIANS, WHO FOR THE MOST PART HAVE A LEGAL BACKGROUND
THEMSELVES, OR OWNED COMPANIES AND HAVE INFLUENCED CANADA’S PAST LEADERS ACROSS ALL OF CANADA, INCLUDING
THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTERS! (I personally must submit both United States and Canadian Income taxes on a yearly
basis, because I reside here in Canada and if I know something is afoul because of Art and how it relates to Taxation, it is my duty
to bring it up because of my position as an Art Dealer and taxpayer here in Canada for the past 28 years.) I really don’t care who
I upset, but if you do get upset then YOU perhaps are the one doing something wrong!
TO THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO!
Ontario currently has a Museum dedicated to Canadian Artists
Toronto , “The Art Gallery of Ontario” (AGO). I believe this Museum is funded by the people of Ontario with their TAX DOLLARS.
There is a gallery (museum) Operating in Kleinburg, Ontario dedicated to these earlier artist as well as Native Artists. The
Taxpayers here in Ontario do not need to have their tax dollars being DIVERTED to operate two Museums here in Ontario because
both of these institutions are operating in a segregated way (DECEASED ARTIST verses LIVING ARTISTS and ANY VERBIAGE
PROMOTING THESE SEVEN ARTISTS MUST CEASE AS IT TOTALLY DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ALL INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, WHETHER
LIVING OR DECEASED, what makes these Seven better than anyone else?) . As a taxpayer here in Ontario, I insist that if
any funding to operate this institution in Kleinburg is granted by the Province of Ontario, IT SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY CEASED .
ALSO, ANY AND ALL FUNDING THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED DIRECTLY, OR INDIRECTLY, TO THIS INSTITUTION, MUST BE
RECOUPED BY ONTARIO TAX AUDITORS. IT SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE ANY REAL ESTATE TAXATION THAT HAS BEEN
GRANTED BY THE PEOPLE OF KLEINBURG. IF THIS INSTITUTION CANNOT MAKE RESTITUTION, THEN THE ART
SHOULD BE CEASED BY THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND PLACED UP FOR AUCTION AND THE PROCEEDS DIRECTED
TO THE PROVINCE.
If you are unable to take
immediate action on what I have proposed above, I HIGHLY
RECOMMEND THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO, PURCHASE THE STUDIO 737 ART GALLERY AND DEDICATE IT TO ARTISTS WHO HAVE CREATED WORKS
OF ART HERE IN CANADA DURING THE PAST 50 YEARS (Which would include Mr. Donald Gordon Fraser and The Group of Fifty)
THE PROPERTY IS CENTRALLY LOCATED BETWEEN TORONTO AND OTTAWA AND CAN BE SPREAD OUT OVER THE ENTIRE 15 ACRES.
You cannot have it two ways as it currently stands, Ontario TAXPAYERS WILL NO LONGER STAND FOR IT.
98% OF ALL CANADIANS NO NOTHING ABOUT ART.
I CONTINUE TO MENTION THAT !
THE WEALTHY 2%, HAVE BEEN USING ART AS A SLUSH FUND
WHILE THE MAJORITY OF YOU 98% HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS
This taxation benefit is
totally legitimate - It was derived years ago by attorneys
and politicians and if everyone reading this
goes to “Revenue Canada’s, Cost Allowance, Section 8” on your browser, you will see art is lumped into this section with office
furniture and furnishings. It falls under the 20% deduction per year rule, and is able to be deducted for approximately a 5 year
period based on the current formula.
IT DOES NOT STIPULATE
OR LIMIT THE VALUE OF THE PIECE OF ART! ONLY, THAT IT BE
CREATED BY A CANADIAN.
IT ALLOWS, ANY CORPORATION, BUSINESS OWNER, PROFESSIONAL OR ART INVESTOR TO DEPRECIATE VALUABLE
ARTWORKS TO A VALUE OF ZERO!
The museums across Canada
also get involved with this art as well. They offer
generous tax tax incentives for Art
Donations that they accept into their respective Institutions! So in a nutshell, you have a generous slush fund for the
wealthy all carried on the backs of ALL CANADIAN TAXPAYERS and even the Museums here contribute to this slush fund!
I HAVE DESCRIBED IN DETAIL
HOW THIS ENTIRE SCHEME WORKS, GO BACK TO DONALD GORDON
ABOVE AND OPEN THE LETTER OF INTEREST. IT EXPLAINS HOW A COFFEE GIANT IS ABLE TO DEDUCT A MILLION
DOLLAR PAINTING AND EVEN HOW ALL THE HST YOU PAY SIMPLY DISAPPEARS . ALSO, HOW THOSE MUSEUM
DEDUCTIONS ARE GRANTED TOWARDS AN INDIVIDUAL’S OR CORPORATIONS’ INCOME TAXES.
Some at Revenue Canada will
say they have a handle on all this art? Yes, just like
several Senators were nabbed for
falsifying deductions, look how long that took. Can you imagine the tens of thousands of professionals and corporations
across Canada. Revenue Canada does not have enough computers, or employees to enter all this data for all the art ever
claimed as a deduction on any individual or corporate financial statement and absolutely no backbone to go after any type
of tax fraud under the current system of rules and regulations because of attorneys that represent these wealthy individuals.
It has been a stacked deck UP TO NOW , AND IT HAS BEEN TOO COMPLEX TO MODIFY. Let’s all hope the next individual that
I address, will actually do something to correct this problem of generous taxation benefits for these wealthy individuals. We
now may have a HAPPY ENDING TO MY STORY NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT FOR EVERY TAXPAYER ACROSS CANADA!
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN
TRUDEAU, First off congratulations on your recent victory
You did mention two
campaign promises along the way, one of course is easy to accomplish and that is the Syrian refugee quotas that you wish to bring
into Canada. It was difficult to bring in those large numbers of Syrians in such a short time, but you have explained the delay and
most Canadians have accepted your reasoning. But most Canadians do not realize, to escape Syria, the Middle East and Africa
and cross the Mediterranean Sea, it took money and the way newscasters pointed out several thousand dollars per individual and families.
This money had to come from either the wealthy individuals, or the criminal element from these countries, as well as any ISIS fighters
that may have slipped in. You have already seen the criminal element raping women in Europe. How many Canadian families
could come up with several thousand dollars if they had to flee Canada under the same circumstances? The true refugees are still
inside Syria and are unable to escape.
Your second campaign promise
was to return your CF-18 fighter jets from in theatre. This
may prove to be a bit more difficult.
How will that campaign promise sound to the parents of the first soldier that may be returned in a Canadian Flag draped box at the
Ottawa Airport because you pulled out Canadian Airpower and this soldier perished because of the lack of it, another Bengazi,
Canadian Style? How will you be able to look those parents in the eyes, when you stand there and offer Canada‘s condolences?
Sorry! Will just not cut it. The press and opposition will have a field day it this were ever to happen.
NOW BACK TO
CANADIAN ART What I now present to you, is a way to help
pay for the funding of theses refugees,
to help Canadian Artists earn a respectable living painting here in Canada, and to provide the hiring of , perhaps,
thousands of Canadians across Canada and finally, to simplify the current income tax section covered under Revenue Canada’s
Cost Allowances Section 8 (CC-8), regarding the purchase, donation and liquidation of Original Canadian Art!
Let’s go back to your Dad,
Pierre Elliott Trudeau and the Prime Ministers that preceded
him and every Prime Minister that has
followed him. NOT ONE OF THESE PRIME MINISTERS EVER TRIED TO REVAMP THE CURRENT TAXATION SYSTEM AND
EXAMINE WAYS TO SIMPLIFY IT. It would have been Politically disastrous! THEY DID HOWEVER ADD THE HST TAX BECAUSE
CANADA WAS GOING INTO DEBT? It is easier to add a tax instead of fixing the problems.
YOU ARE NOW IN THAT DRIVERS
SEAT , HOPEFULLY, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACT ON THE
INFORMATION THAT I AM
BRINGING FORWARD BECAUSE IT IS HARD TO DO THE RIGHT THING, IF YOU DON’T KNOW, WHAT THE
RIGHT THING TO DO IS!
Throughout this document I
continued to emphasise my 28 years as an Art Dealer here in
Canada in a relationship with the
living artists in Canada , I believe I have more experience in that area, than any Museum Director, Art Auctioneer, or Art Professor
as these individuals deal primarily with the dead. IN THE 28 YEARS OF STUDIO 737’S EXISTENCE WE HAVE NEVER SOLD
ANY living ARTISTS’ WORKS FOR OVER $10,000.00 that were Consigned to our gallery by the artist .
LESS THAN 1% OF ALL CANADIAN
ARTISTS HAVE EVER SOLD A PIECE OF ART FOR MORE THAN
THE ACTUAL FIGURE WOULD BE CLOSER TO .05%.
I believe if you personally
look into the original conception of Revenue Canada’s Cost
Allowance Section 8, the intent
was to allow professionals and corporations to purchase Canadian works of art thus promoting Canada and its Artists. The deduction
of these works of art would be THEREFORE ALLOWED TO BE accomplished by the 20% per year formula until zero dollars appears on
the books and the artwork must be carried as an asset.
( EVERY PERSON READING CC#8 SHOULD BE ABLE TO DECIPHER IT THE WAY I READ IT, AS WELL)
THERE IS NO PLACE IN THIS
LEGISLATION WHERE IT SAYS ANY PIECE OF ART SHOULD BE WORTH
ANY MORE THAN
WHAT THE ARTIST ORIGINALLY SOLD IT FOR! Nowhere! AT LEAST,
I CANNOT FIND IT!
The Group of Seven
and other artists painting during that era sold their works
for $25.00 to $50.00 if
they were lucky to even get that much. Times have changed, but again our living artists today are lucky to receive $500.00 to $1,000.00
for their efforts some artworks that can take several weeks to produce (they would be better off to receive welfare). There is something
in each one of them that pulls out the desire to create, something inside of me that laid this all out on paper and Prime Minister, Trudeau,
something inside of you that put you in that chair under that Red & White Canadian Flag (which actually is another piece of art).
CORPORATIONS HAVE BEEN DEDUCTING EXTRAVAGANT SUMS ON THEIR
INCOME TAX RETURNS for
these artworks, $50,000, $250,000 OR EVEN A MILLION DOLLARS IN MANY CASES ALL ON THE BACKS OF ALL CANADIAN
TAXPAYERS UTILIZING (CC-8). The super rich have been able to use this legitimate deduction by inflating these pieces
of art through the resale market in galleries and auction houses. It has become their secret slush fund, why they don’t have
to rob a bank with a fancy dress or $300.00 suit & Tie, Heck just buy a piece of art then resell it OR DONATE IT TO A
MUSEUM AND RECEIVE a substantial INCOME TAX CHARITABLE DONATION RECEIPT FOR IT!!!! (AGAIN ! ALL ON THE
BACKS OF ALL CANADIAN TAXPAYERS) .
Prime Minister Trudeau, we
cannot have people here in Canada starving, unable to make
ends meet. Grandmothers w
working second jobs at fast food restaurants so that they can survive and pay the rent, or mortgage. All the while, the
wealthy accumulate vast art collections through the CURRENT LEGITIMATE DEDUCTION LISTED UNDER (CC-8) all for a
piece of art that may cost around $40.00 today to produce. Why have past Canadian Politicians made people struggle to
make ends meet? Was it because of GREED, or, perhaps, they do not want to antagonise the same individuals that have
placed them into power?
As the Director of The Studio
737 Art Gallery, which housed, perhaps, the largest
collection of Fine Art that was for sale
anywhere in Canada and with 28 years of experience in this field of Living Artists, I do propose the following
recommendation to you Sir.
1st. Direct the Heritage
Minister to contact every Museum throughout Canada and
immediately suspend any type of
Income Tax Voucher, as of the date this appears on your desk, or in the press. I do not believe you need Parliamentary approval
to perform this action, you simply are postponing any donations at the current time. (Further, instructions will be provided to
these Museum’s at a later date, with how to proceed with any Art being donated.)
2. Since, less than .05% of
Canadian artists ever receive more than $10,000.00 for a
piece of art. I also recommend that
this figure of $10,000.00 be the maximum threshold for any piece of art and this amount be inserted as the maximum
allowable deduction under Revenue Canada’s Cost Allowance Section 8 for the purchase of art and any respective donations
to Museums here in Canada for any art that is being donated where an income tax deduction is allowed. (Perhaps a separate
section 8a, be entered solely regarding art with a simple formula of 20% per year.) (Again, you may not need Parliamentary
Approval to accomplish this action, as you are only entering a Maximum figure that was never inserted before, (you are not
changing the act in any way) and you are doing it as Canada’s Prime Minister interpreting the current act in favour of all
Canadian Artists as it is designed, written and proposed, not for the benefits of ANY Art Investor, professional or corporation
(Revenue Canada‘s Income Tax Act, has never promised any allowable figure of any kind or fringe benefit to anyone for the
actual purchase of any art just that the item can be deducted.) It goes back to the phrase, “LET THE BUYER BEWARE”.
There will be some Canadians
reading this who will think this $10,000 threshold is too
high, but as an art dealer with 28 years
behind me. It will work to help every Canadian Individual or Family in assisting them to establish an art collection that may
one day have paintings hanging in their homes worth $10,000 (AS A POSSIBLE MUSEUM DEDUCTION) down the line perhaps in
the year 2075 that they purchased in 2016 for $700. This will impact the entire artistic community. Hundreds of Artists will
now be able to create full time, instead of doing it as a hobby, or on weekends, as they now have to do. They may quit their
current employment, opening their vacated positions to someone else to fill. This is a win, win for everyone.
BY SIGNING YOUR NAME TO THIS
DOCKET IT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY REDUCE THE VALUE OF THE ENTIRE
COLLECTION” (That is for any artworks the Trudeau Family has in its possession). The artworks that your entire family had
collected were all previously deducted under the current legitimate system and cannot come into play, nor can any other
professional, or business’ art collections. I will bring up the actual disposition of art in a bit.
In doing this there
should be no repercussions from any Judges, Attorneys,
Politicians, Museum Directors, Professors,
or the Press. You start at the top as a leader showing Canadians they voted in a Leader, it shows that this action impacts the
art your family owns and everyone else must agree to your actions, whether they like it or not. (let them retire and get out of
the way! We are all in a new era, the past is gone)
What will happen is, Museums
will complain that they no longer will be able to procure
any expensive (over inflated art), but
millionaires will still donate artworks out of their hearts (where else are they going to place these items, when they are gone?).
These museums must also have their selection process examined. You can definitely see they have a problem, if Mr. Donald
Gordon Fraser has a painting hanging in a French Museum and not in the National Gallery, just who is on these selection committees
and further, every income tax receipt that a museum has issued must also be made available both for future donations as well as
ALL INCOME TAX RECEIPTS ISSUED FOR ART DONATIONS GOING BACK TO 1950 MUST NOW BE PROVIDED TO REVENUE
CANADA, FOR THEIR SCRUTINY. THERE COULD BE A SUBSTANTIAL WINDFALL FOR THE GOVERNMENT!
Approximately 11/2 years ago,
I mailed a letter to the CBC Television Networks program,
“The National”. I basically provided them
with the mechanics behind this art problem, it also included the MUSEUM DONATIONS portion, (The information was what I included
on Mr. Fraser‘s page in the section noted as, “Letter of Interest” that you can see above on his page). One of their reporters let is
slip that Prime Minister Chretien and a well- known Canadian Movie Actress had donated artworks to the National Gallery. A bit of
panic slipped out and their attorneys came out against this leak, telling this reporter that it was a private matter and so the article
was hushed up. As I mentioned earlier, this Prime Minister neglected to assist Mr. Fraser in any way gaining any kind of notoriety.
Here he is now donating artwork to this Museum?
I personally do not care
about Prime Minister Chrétien’s or that movie actresses
personal income taxes, they both have HIGH PRICED
ATTORNEYS, THEIR FEES ALL AGAIN DEDUCTED ON THE BACKS OF CANADIAN TAXPAYERS. Why do we allow this to continue
to happen? Judges, attorneys have made all the rules regarding anything involving the Revenue Canada Income Tax Act! They
have favoured themselves first, just look at how many of these individuals are writing off a good portion of their million dollar
mansions for office in home expenses and the same applies to other successful professionals! Let’s not forget the vehicles
they are deducting off their taxes, the more expensive the better, let the Canadian Taxpayer pay for it! What’s wrong with
a Chevy, or Ford, the vehicles that helped build Canada?
DO INSIST, HOWEVER, THAT IF THIS ARTWORK THAT THESE TWO
INDIVIDUALS DONATED WERE ISSUED AN INCOME TAX RECEIPT.
OR SIMILAR DOCUMENT BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY, IT MUST BE PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AND BE AVAILABLE TO THE PRESS AND
EVERY CANADIAN TAXPAYER THAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT, BECAUSE THE TAXPAYERS OF CANADA, ARE THE ACTUAL INDIVIDUALS
WHO HAVE PAID FOR THAT DEDUCTION AND NOT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA.
The actions that I have
requested you to perform above regarding imposing a $10,000
limit on artworks will also have an
impact on the Current Canadian Auction Market, it will virtually crash it up to a point. Those bidders, who in the past have
purchased artworks solely for the purpose of taking advantage of a corrupted tax scheme will no longer be bidding on
items over that $10,000 threshold. They probably however, will be sticking around for the items valued at under that limit,
if they are smart. The Millionaires and Billionaires will still be purchasing artworks over the limit, ( what else are they going to
do with their money?). So Canadian Art will still continue to flourish, even the Trudeau Art collection will still retain its value in
the Canadian Art Auction system.
I NOW ENTER THESE SUGGESTIONS
AS A POSSIBLE WAY TO RECOUP EVEN MORE TAX DOLLARS THAT WERE
DEDUCTED ON ANY INDIVIDUAL, OR CORPORATE INCOME TAX SUBMISSIONS IN THE PAST:
A. Somehow all the artworks
sold at auction in Canada since 1950 should be entered into
computers, the resale of these artworks
and the purchasers should be matched to income tax statements if at all possible (there may be only a certain number of years that
Revenue Canada can go back but artworks are supposed to be listed as assets on corporate and business/ professional income tax
statements, if they are not then a penalty should be assessed for each violation) A further penalty should be assessed, if any
deception is involved regarding personal, or corporate income tax returns. (this will probably require both Parliamentary and
Senate approval to accomplish this after you have directed your Heritage Minister to cease all Artworks donated into their program
and you apply the $10,000 Maximum threshold on all Canadian Artworks as I have recommended above. We do not want to see
everyone dumping their art ahead to avoid your signature on paper.
B. All the artworks donated
to museums then should also entered into the same computer
data base and again matched to individual
and corporate returns as well. A bigger penalty may be required in this area because this would definitely fall under fraud by not
including these deductions.
C. To accomplish the above
Revenue Canada should assemble an additional branch, staffed
with University Graduates (The greener
the better) They will be tasked to find all this fraud and will be eager to do so, because they will all finally have positions after
spending one hundred grand on their educations and their salaries paid for from fines, penalties and applying common sense in
examining these deduction of Canadian Art.
D. Of course by now you must
realize you have also opened up Income Tax Reform (something
that has been ignored by every
government mandate prior to you stepping up to the plate) by going after any tax evaders with regards in deducting Canadian Art.
You may finally, be doing right for all the injustice placed on taxpayers who do not fall in the upper echelon.
The members of Parliament
and the Supreme Court Justices now have to unwind the
tangled mess that they wound together years
ago which only benefit the wealthy. Perhaps, they will no longer allow income tax deductions for tickets to sporting, golfing or
musical events so they can entice a clients’ business. Limit the amount for a vehicle to be deducted, perhaps, at $25,000 or $200 for
a rental (you want luxury pay for it over and above, don’t expect taxpayers to pad your behind, taxpayers will continue to pay for the
gas & maintenance, no problem with that). Go after home deductions, Judges, Attorneys, Professionals do not need million dollar
homes so that a portion can be written off to conduct business inside of them, that should also include their real estate taxes as
well (There are plenty of vacant office spaces available throughout Canada, what makes them any different than the rest of us).
Athletes, and Movie stars do not need 24 room mansions again written off, they could donate some of these large sums. Travel
deductions and meals must be looked at and don’t forget First Class and Business Class on Air Travel, why do Canadians sitting at
the back of the plane, pay for those sitting in more comfort at the front of the plane? Airlines should issue a coach fare on
each ticket and that is the only allowable deduction that can be taken.(I’m not trying to stop business travel, just making the business
traveller pay for that extra luxury out of their pockets and not us taxpayers).
If the Government would rent
out a hotel in Ottawa, bring in 5-10 accountants from each
Province and representatives from
Revenue Canada, tell these individuals to bring in income tax deductions that they have prepared for their clients (no names of
course, just deductions) toss these into a drum and have Revenue Canada oversee the entire operation in just three days you
will have a new income tax system designed by the people for the people, not attorneys and judges but the individuals who know
what is right or wrong for Canada. (Politicians, Attorneys and Judges have forgot what Canada is all about).
FINALLY, AS A LEADER OF
CANADA, YOU WILL BE LOOKED AT BY ALL LEADERS OF THE WESTERN
WORLD, WHO HAVE
EXPERIENCED SIMILAR PROBLEMS WITH THEIR COUNTRIES, PERSONAL & CORPORATE INCOME TAX SYSTEMS. This action
will be more significant than taking in 100,000 refugees. Because You, Sir, will have helped over 100,000 Canadians as well.
Yes, the last chapter of my
story now lies on the desk of the Prime Minister of Canada.
Everyone should hope that it
comes to a Happy Ending, which would result in the entire Canadian Income Tax System be revised prior to next January
2017, when ‘up-and-coming’, Donald Trump enters the Oval Office, in US and becomes, perhaps, next president. (Canada
voted out the Conservatives and Prime Minister Harper in the Last Election. Obama and the Democrats will be gone as well) Canada
has but a year to keep ahead of Mr. Trump and everyone will be in for a big shocking change because this fellow already has
billions, he has never taken any election donations from anyone that I know of, and it must be for a very good reason. We
do not need to place the wealthy in a separate tax bracket, we just need to take all their improper and generous income tax
deductions away from them! Or, they will just find another way to write off any increases that you and the Supreme Court
may impose on them, as they have done in the past! Sincerely, Joe Kurek
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO
PURCHASE STUDIO 737 GO TO:
for all the details. My wife has priced
the property to sell, so that we can retire. (The realtor told us the actual price should be at least $400,000)
All the inspections have been
accomplished as a buyer was all lined up, they had paid for
everything and the deal fell through
because no bank would touch them with both of their University loans that were outstanding.
Highway 407, is now in the
process of being extended to Highway #7 in Peterborough,
which means there will be a secondary
route from Toronto to Ottawa and cottage country. The toll should be around $50 and the individuals driving are those that will
purchase art and once again become your customers.
If you include a restaurant
on the property with both Canadian and American cuisine (no
alcohol necessary) you will definitely
be very successful. You will have to work for it, as we have done.
Lastly, you really do not
have much competition. There are no real good restaurants
between Peterborough and Perth. There are two
fast food franchises on the corner of Highway #7 and #62, the individual travelling on the 407 are looking for something better.
There are a number of properties vacant on Highway #7 that were service stations during the 50’s & 60’s. To purchase these
places today will cost any prospective buyers ½ million to pull out their old gas tanks buried in the ground to comply with existing
laws and requirements. I had the gas tanks removed immediately upon our purchase of the property 28 years ago. The realtor
has all the required Ministry approvals and certifications. You are ready to go!
All the phone numbers and
web-site are still intact, just waiting for the right
couple, or person to put , “The Studio 737 Art Gallery”
back on the map as “THE PLACE TO SHOP FOR ORIGINAL CANADIAN ART” in Canada and all priced at under $10,000. You may even
be able to Franchise the name. It’s up to you, we just want to retire. Purchasing the gallery name, “Studio 737” you will also
receive the information and purchasers of almost 5,000 Canadian Paintings that we have sold over these past 28 years, that includes
the whereabouts of all Donald Fraser’s works worth over ten times the gallery purchase price. Finally, How many Art Galleries have a
3,000 lb, Sculpture in front of it? Do your homework, call our agent today.
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