Winners of Painting on the Edge 2014

FCA Exhibitions, Special Announcement

The FCA are pleased to announce after a jury which took place yesterday (Tuesday 19th August), that the winning artists from Painting on the Edge 2014 are:

$2,000 Grand Prize Winner

Gail Sibley with Perchance to Fly‘, Mixed Media

Sibley, Gail - Perchance to Fly On the Edge series

Opus Framing and Art Supplies Award

Deborah Bakos with Chain Reaction II, Oil and Cold Wax

Opus Framing and Art Supplies Award

Leslie Gregory with ‘A Matter of Substance’, Acrylic 

Opus Framing and Art Supplies Award

Gale More O’Ferrall with Dockside, Oil

Emerging Artist Award

Diane McCarten with Tribe, Acrylic

A big congratulations to Gail for being awarded the Grand Prize for this year. You can see ‘Perchance to Fly’  and enjoy the full exhibition online at You’re also invited to attend the Opening Reception on Thursday 21st August between 6 pm and 8 pm. Visit the event page by clicking the invitation below!

POTE Invitation

Also don’t forget to pick up a POTE 2014 Dossier, a vibrant visual guide to the exhibition featuring artist biographies, statements behind the works they entered for POTE, some background history of the exhibition and more besides! Dossiers are on sale from the Federation Gallery now, and can be purchased online.

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Call for Submissions from Two Rivers Gallery – ‘NORTH’ 2015 Canada Winter Games

Calls for Submissions - Others


An Exhibition for the 2015 Canada Winter Games

From time to time, the FCA will post news with exciting opportunities for artists, here is one such opportunity. Please direct all questions regarding the exhibition, submissions, deadlines and guidelines for NORTH to Maeve Hanna the Assistant Curator for Two Rivers Gallery via

Sport, competition, winter and the North will be in the spotlight in February, 2015, when the Canada Winter Games come to Prince George. Along with the excitement and thrill of competitive sport, the Canada Winter Games value greatly youth, community and culture; values that bridge the sporting world and that of the visual arts. The exhibition, NORTH, will provide the ideal platform for artists to delve into their understanding of the notion of “north” while engaging with these pillars of common interest—youth, sport, community and culture—during the occasion of the Canada Winter Games, an exciting opportunity and event for everyone in Prince George. We encourage visual artists working in any media to respond to this call with three to six artworks produced within the last three years.

Complete the following form: North Call for Submissions TRG and send it along with some information about yourself, the work you do and images of up to six artworks. A small curatorial group will review the submissions and notify those whose work is selected for exhibition.

Artists whose work is selected will receive an exhibition fee.

The exhibition NORTH will run from February 12th to April 26th 2015.
• Artists can submit from three to six images of completed works. Complete the form overleaf.
• Include information about yourself and each artwork.
• The Gallery will pay fees to artists selected for exhibition.
What to Send
A package clearly marked “NORTH” containing the following:
• Good quality slides, photographs, or jpgs (min. 1 MB) labelled with artist’s name, title of work and size. Please title each file with a number, your first initial, last name, the year and title of your work (for example: 01jsmith2014bluesky.jpg). Use letters and numbers only.
• An image list including titles, date of production, medium and size.
• Information about the work.
• A current resumé, curriculum vitae or a short statement about yourself.
• A self-addressed envelope stamped with sufficient return postage. Stamps only please.
• A completed and signed entry form (found on the reverse of this document).
• Packages that do not include the above may be deemed incomplete and disqualified.
All submissions must be received by Two Rivers Gallery no later than 4pm, November 5th, 2014. Original art will not be accepted at this point. Please ensure your images are labeled and that they accurately represent your artwork.
Exhibition dates are February 12th to April 26th 2015. Subject to change.
Please direct submissions & enquiries to: Maeve Hanna, Assistant Curator
Two Rivers Gallery, 725 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC V2L 5T1
TEL 250 614 7800 • FAX 250 563 3211 •

Scenes from Western Canada

Calls for Submissions - Others

scenes from western canada call for artists

The Federation of Canadian Artists is currently taking submissions for the Scenes from Western Canada exhibition. This exhibition is a celebration of all scenes from Western Canada, cityscapes, seascapes, landscapes and beyond. The cultural ‘landscape’ of Western Canada is different from place to place, person to person and as such, this exhibition holds the potential to give insight to individual artists’ own interpretations and experiences of Western Canada. The exhibition is open to all artists, including Supporting, Active, Signature and even non-member artists.

New for the exhibition is an Emerging Artist Category with a $1,000 cash prize award as donated by the late Robert Genn. Applicants for this award must be under 40 years of age.

Applicants need not be members of the Federation to apply to either category.

Robert Genn was a great friend to the Federation of Canadian Artists, not only a member, he helped the FCA throughout his career as an artist and an established teacher. Before his recent passing Robert Genn donated the prize in the hopes that the FCA could attract newer members to our organization, and the FCA are thankful for his generosity.

The deadline for application is August 22nd, artworks must be delivered to the Federation by September 25th for display.

Make sure that if you want to apply under the Emerging Artist category that you scroll down on the submissions page and enter under the submission selection marked:


For full details and to submit click here and visit our website at

The age stipulation for this exhibition has been a big talking point amongst our members with hot debate about what stage (and more specifically what age) in your artistic journey you became emerging and or established artists. So weigh in and comment, when did you emerge as an artist? Did you set you consider there to be criteria in order to become an established artist? What are those criteria or personal goals? Please remember to respect the opinions of others, anyone posting personal and or offensive remarks will be removed.

News from the Arrowsmith Chapter

FCA Chapter News

Thank you to the Arrowsmith Chapter for Submitting their Content. Read on to find out what they’ve been up to:

The Arrowsmith FCA Chapter held their Spring Juried Show, June 14 – 27, 2014 at a previously closed gallery at Oceanside Village Resort in Parksville.There was immense support shown for the show by the membership, the resort and the community.There was also no shortage of volunteers to work on the show, including 4 members needed per day to staff the gallery for the two week period.

There were a total of 124 entries, 54 being selected and six paintings sold! Our jurors were Donna Baspaly SFCA, Sherry Mitchell SFCA, Disa Marie Hale AFCA.
Below are the award winners:

“People’s Choice Award – Dan Telosky – Calvert Island Beach and Bluff”
“1st Place – Barbara Ann Scott – The Fire Within”
“2nd Place – Eunmi Conacher – Montreal #2”
“3rd Place – Tom Shardlow – Wine Glass with Tomato”
“Award of Excellence – Patricia Carroll – Frog on a Mission”
“Award of Excellence – Barbra McDonald – The Balloon Man”
“Award of Excellence – Fay St. Marie – A Crisp Morning”

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event such an overwhelming success!

To view more of the images from the show go to:

Our next Chapter Show will be the FALL JURIED SHOW, October 24 to November 17, 2014 at The Old School House Arts Centre, in Qualicum Beach.

Go to the Arrowsmith FCA website for more details:

News from the North Okanagan Chapter

FCA Chapter News

This is news is also the submission to Art Avenue from the NORTH OKANAGAN CHAPTER for September and October, 2014. You can find it first here.

–   Armstrong/Spallumcheen Gallery, Armstrong, BC, an “Artists Choice” FCA juried show, August 2014.

Exhibiting artists included: Sheila Campbell, Gail Short, Colleen J. Dyson AFCA, Wendy Goodall, Linda Hunt, Lorraine Betts, Martha Moore, Trish Martian, Peter Froneman, Ria Carpay, Elizabeth Moore, Colleen Faulkner, Katherine Upton, Anjelika Jaeger, Juve Furtado, Terry Greenhough, Barry Rafuse SFCA, Beryl Goodall, Marlene McPherson, Linda Wadley, Diana Gritten, Holly Smith, Joan Rowan, Evalynne McDougall, , Ginette Bachen, Juve Furtado, Margaret Robertson, Frances Hatfield and James Postill.

First Place, Artist: Beryl Goodall for FLIGHT (attached)
Second Place, Artist: Katherine Upton for SIZING UP THE BATTER (attached)
Third Place, Artist: Diana Gritten for MEXICAN DOORS (attached)
And images from other artists in the show: Linda Hunt, Peter Froneman, Elizabeth Moore and Gail Short.

– One day watercolour pouring workshop with JUVE FURTADO, Saturday, October 4, 2014. Details to follow on our website.
– Five day acrylic workshop with JEAN PEDERSON, SFCA, Wednesday, October 22- Sunday October 26, 2014. Workshop is Full.

We look forward to seeing you.

For more information on upcoming meetings, demos, workshops and shows please visit:

Beryl Goodall, FLIGHT

First Place, Artist: Beryl Goodall for FLIGHT

Welcome to the Official Blog of the Federation of Canadian Artists!

FCA Head Office News, Special Announcement

Hello friends of The Federation of Canadian Artists !

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Welcome to our new blog. The FCA blog is the brain-child of the FCA Marketing team, who you’ll be introduced to through blog posts gradually, over time! 

The purpose of the blog is to create better connections between FCA members and Chapters to strengthen our art community. The FCA Marketing Team, consisting of Executive Director Patrick Meyer, Administrative Assistant Helen Duckworth, artist and blogger Susana Roque, and FCA member artists Olga Rybalko and Doreen Isaak came together to discuss how the FCA not only present themselves as an organization, but how we communicate with our membership and followers.

To date the FCA already has a thriving art community on Facebook, a twice monthly e-newsletter and the well received and much-anticipated Art Avenue publication, sent to members six times annually.

So why start a blog? Facebook and other forms of social media are fantastic for quick up-to-the-minute and brief updates, bi-monthly e-newsletters act as a great summary of monthly events and Art Avenue is a great benefit of FCA membership with glossy full colour images for reference and in-depth member articles delivered directly to your doorstep.

The downside to social media? It only allows for brief interaction with you the members and followers, and although a slice is nice, people often want more! The bi-monthly e-newsletters are great for reminders of goings on, but again can’t offer the in-depth information lots of members look for to stay connected. As for Art Avenue, it’s a fantastic way to stay in touch with us as an organization but at six times annually members aren’t always getting their ‘FCA fix’ as often as they’d like.

So the FCA Blog was born, we’re in the testing stages, so please look around, comment and submit. Primarily we are looking to Chapters to submit content, but please feel free to get in touch if you have some interesting FCA related content you feel should feature here.

Without further ado I will pass you over to Susana Roque, blog administrator to tell you a little more about herself and our goals for the FCA blog.

Happy Commenting!

Helen Duckworth – FCA Administrative Assistant

My name is Susana Roque. I am the blog administrator at the FCA ! I would like to thank everyone for being here and for reading these entries, as well as for contributing to the project. This site supports artists and their work. It is a space in which you can learn about what is happening at the FCA and then participate in the arts. With current information about what is happening in the different FCA chapters across BC, we can work together to enrich our creative communities.

This blog is for FCA members as well as for the arts communities in BC. I hope you will use this space to help create a supportive environment for your art.

The posts have come from many dedicated volunteers from different FCA chapters in B.C. If you would like to submit an article or an announcement, please do not hesitate to  contact us. You are equally welcome to submit your comments or more information below the posts.

I am a contemporary artist. My main body of work has been in photography this past year but I also work in all mediums (sculpture, drawing and multi-media). Like most contemporary artists in BC, my art training consisted in learning a lot about combining images and text together in different media. I am taking this a step further to incorporate dialogue and story telling in my work through video and multimedia. My main area of interest at the moment is in making interactive ebooks or enhanced books for the web. I am interested in mixing different kind of art forms – such as video, photography, sound and animation – with multimedia and computing science. I look forward to learning more about how to make books more creative with art, technology and writing. The main site where I put my art and interactive projects is

I also enjoy art journaling, where I like to put poetry together with photography and drawings . It is like a journal but  it has more art. You can look at it at

Please let me know more about what kinds of things you would like to see covered in these posts or any other ideas you may have to build our growing community- and it is growing : ) Feel free to  keep the FCA the blog posts alive with your feedback. It’s here to help build a community of artists in BC. Enjoy it !!  I warmly invite you to COME IN !!

Thank you

Susana Roque

Painting on the Edge Artists (POTE) 2014

FCA Exhibitions, Special Announcement, Special Events

Painting on the Edge Artists (POTE) 2014

Below is a list of artists who were successful in submitting to the annual Paintings on the Edge exhibition with the FCA. Congratulations! This exhibition is an open exhibition which challenges artists to push their artistic limits and create extraordinary and unique images. Painting on the Edge will be on display in the Federation Gallery from August 19th – September 7th. An opening reception for the exhibition is being held on August 21st. We look forward to celebrating these achievements together!

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