Shipping Your Painting Back : the Gallery has a New Shipping Policy

Special Announcement, Special Features / Articles


In the first shipping article in the January/February issue of Art Avenue I spoke about bringing and shipping your painting to the Federation Gallery. In this issue, I’ll deal with picking up your painting and having it shipped back to you.

Picking up Your Painting from the Gallery

Every show at the gallery ends on a Sunday. I’m not back to work until the following Wednesday, at which point the inventory is not yet shelved and labeled and easily found. If you can, please wait until Thursday to pick up your painting in order to minimize confusion. If you need it sooner, just call ahead at 604.681.8534 or email shipping and I will be able to have your piece out front for you. Email is best.

Shipping Your Painting Back Effective immediately the gallery has a new shipping policy:

The artist is now responsible for their own return shipping arrangements.

It is up to the artist to arrange for return shipment and to have their shipment paid for. The easiest way to do this is to generate a return label at the same timeyou ship to the gallery. For instance, if you use Fedex, just print up or ask for a return label and include it with your shipment. I will pack your box and use the return label. Should your artwork sell, there’s no problem. You are only charged when the item travels. There are two exceptions to our new policy

Canada Post and Greyhound Courier Express.

Canada Post:

If you send your painting by mail you MUST include with your painting the shipping form provided by the Federation Gallery. It can be downloaded from our website at: (> Member Resources > Gallery Submissions > Downloadable Shipment Form

Provide your credit card information on this form. Please include your name as it appears on thecard and the number on the back of the card. There is a $3.50 cent charge (plus tax = $3.68) that will appear as a separate charge on you credit card statement in addition to the mailing charges.

Please include a shipping form in all your shipmentsto the gallery. I do keep a log of all the shipments leaving the gallery and the forms are another way I keep track of things and I can refer to past shipments if need be.

Greyhound Courier Express:

Greyhound does not require a credit card. All Greyhound return shipments are collect and you are billed at your end. Youcan have your package held for pickup at a location convenient to you and pay the, saving a few. You don’t need to arrange for the return shipment, I’ll fill our the waybill for you. However you ship your work to the gallery, please be sure to include the shipment form. It is used as a record along with a shipping log here at the gallery and helps me keep track of things.

Thanks and have a productive, wildly creative summer. I really love looking at all your artwork. They are an inspiration to me and many others who comein to the gallery.

Ted Fraser

Federation Gallery




Children’s Festival 2014

Special Events



Artsy Story-Times and Dotty Flowers

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 27th – June 1st 2014

By Helen Duckworth

To celebrate the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, which took place on Granville Island this year, the Federation of Canadian Artists hosted a series of free and family-friendly activities.

Little visitors were able to listen to a story or two by one of our volunteer readers. Stories read included ‘The Dot’. ‘Skycolor’ and ‘Ish’ by Peter H. Reynolds. His popular picture books all convey stories of children who either encounter challenges in their art, or think they simply can’t draw or paint.

By the end of each story of course, the child has embraced the challenges of their artistic conundrums, or discovered their own artistic ability, or a new style of their own, which makes these stories a great inspiration to those three to five year olds who get frustrated because they ‘can’t draw’.

Little visiting artists were invited to create a ‘dotty flower’, inspired particularly by ‘The Dot’ and the Federation of Canadian Artists exhibition ‘Flowers and Foliage’ which was displayed in the Federation Gallery at the same time as the children’s festival. Artists were encouraged to contribute to the exhibition, by adding their flower to a special wall dedicated to displaying pieces by the participating children, so they could exhibit their dotty flowers right alongside the beautiful works from FCA member artists.

Most of the mini-masters and mistresses were far too enamoured with their flowers to leave them with us though, so despite having only a few flowers to our wall, many children were able to enjoy the stories, participate in an art activity and perhaps have that first engaging, exciting art experience which plants the seed for a future love of the arts!



News from the Peace River Chapter

FCA Chapter News

ARTWALK 14 – May 31- June 21

Many members of the Peace River Chapter will will be displaying their works in the Fort St. John downtown core for the second annual event that features the creativity and talent of 28 local artists and three organized groups.

KA’RTA –  June 13 -27

PRFCA members, Penny Boden, Donna Bozarth, Charlie Parslow, Mary Parslow, Judy Templeton, Sandy Troudt, Alan White will be displaying their work at Peace Gallery North in Fort St. John in this printmaking exhibition along with other BC printmakers, Alain Costaz and Victoria Edgarr from Ground Zero Printmaking Society in Victoria and Mary Mottishaw and Tabitha Logan from Dawson Creek.  The display will feature a wide variety of printmaking processes including intaglio monotypes, lino cuts, stencil monoprints, colloraghs, lift and trace prints, mixed media prints and solar plate prints.

Views of the Peace – August 15 – 30

Works from members of the PRFA will be a big part of this exhibition featuring and celebrating the beauty of the Peace Region in its full glory.  Artworks range from photo realism and impressionism to expressionism and abstract representations of the area.

Patricia Peters, PRFCA vice president.
Beaverlodge Arts Centre
Beaverlodge Arts Centre will be hosting the 32rd biennial juried show from June 15 toJune 26, in Beaverlodge Alberta. The center has been a wonderful supporter of our FCAChapter.Patricia Peter and Cathy Stafford‘s exhibition “Murder, Conspiracy and Intrigue…..”An intriguing collection of Raven and crows and their influence in our daily lives. A look atthe comical, spiritual, symbolic relationships of these feathered friends.Will begin touring BC and Alberta beginning In Dawson Creek, BC Aug.25-Sept 19, Grand Prairie CFCA Oct 3-29, and Fairview Ab, Act.30-Nov.30