Art 4 Recovery – Last Door Recovery

Special Events

The Last Door Recovery Centre will be hosting “Art 4 Recovery” on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Yaletown Roundhouse Centre.  Partial proceeds from the auction will be donated to Last Door’s Addiction Treatment Family Program.

FCA Art Workshops and Classes – Autumn 2015

Classes & Workshops, FCA Head Office News


Back to school! As the poet Mark Strand already knew: “There is now end to what we can learn”. With that in mind we created an engaging education program with workshops and classes for artists at every level.

There are workshops that will help you boost your creativity such as Barbara Cadario’s class, “Art Journaling: An Adventure in Creativity”, workshops that will encourage students to challenge boundaries and try new media such as Drew Young’s class “Oil Painting in Abstraction” and workshops that to refine your skills in a certain medium such as Janice Robertson’s class Acrylic Techniques – A Study of Nature” or Gaye Adams’ workshop “Alla Prima Oils – Fast and Fresh”.

The popular Monday’s at the Gallery series offers 1 to 2-day workshops, which are held at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island. Our Weekend Workshops are usually 2-day classed held at different locations in Metro Vancouver.

To find out more about our various workshops and to register online, visit our website here.

Arrowsmith FCA Chapter – Fall Juried Art Show

FCA Chapter News, FCA Exhibitions

The Arrowsmith Chapter is pleased to present its Fall Juried Art Show. This exhibition presents an excellent opportunity to enhance or begin a collection of original artwork and appreciate the skills of award winning, established, and emerging FCA artists from Victoria to Quadra Island and all points in between, with many residing in the Parksville/Qualicum area.

Meet the artists at the Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Everyone welcome.

Nanaimo FCA – 3 Day Workshop Michael O’Toole

Classes & Workshops, FCA Chapter News

Cost: FCA Members $300 Non-Members $350
Date: October 14th ,15th and 16th 2015, 9:30 – 4:30

Maximum: 14

Nanaimo Northtown Centre
(Former Nanaimo Arts Council location)

Eunmi Conacher

Make cheque payable to: FCA NANAIMO CHAPTER

Mail to:
Eunmi Conacher
876 Glengarry Crescent
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6P3

Nanaimo FCA – iPad for Artists – 3 Day Workshop with Lisa Danesin, AFCA

Classes & Workshops, FCA Chapter News


DATE: October 20 – 22, 2015
TIME: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Nanaimo North Town Centre, Nanaimo BC
COST: FCA Members: $275 / Non-Members: $300
LEVEL: beginner to intermediate iPad user
10 spaces only! Register now.

Immerse yourself in a three day workshop and discover what a powerful, creative, and FUN tool the iPad can be. Receive step by step instruction as you learn how to draw, paint and create using nothing but your iPad. We’ll start by covering some iPad basics and work our way up to creating
digital paintings from scratch. Along the way we will cover photo editing; colour mixing; what pixel and resolution mean and why they are so important; how to get photos from your camera onto your iPad; how to set a custom canvas size in Procreate; digital collage (so cool!); working in layers… and SO MUCH MORE! Unleash the amazing potential that is hidden in your iPad. It’s not just for checking e-mail and surfing the web!

AIRS 2015 – The Jury Panel

FCA Exhibitions, FCA Head Office News, Special Announcement

Meet the Jurors of the 2015 Annual International Representational Show

BurgersBobbie Burgers – Professional Artist

Bobbie Burgers was born in 1973 in Vancouver, B.C. She received a B.A. in Art History in 1996 from the University of Victoria. She has studied in Aix-en-Provence, France and returns often to recapture the life, light and spirit of Provence that she embrues into her painting.

As the art critic Michael Upchurch writes in his 2013 review of Bobbie’s work, “Burgers’ works are a tingling combination of visual delight and meditational memento mori. That tension between life-pulsing bloom and inevitable wilting and decay makes Burgers’ paintings as appealing to the mind as they are pleasurable to the eye.

Burgers’ discusses the element of time in her works stating, “Over the past couple of years, my florals have moved from being portraits of flowers, to being portraits of time. In them, past, present and future play out for me simultaneously. Painting flowers can’t only be what meets the eye at one finite moment, I feel my works have to combine the light, the movement, the perfume, the emotions, the path this sends us on, the focus, lack of focus, the opening and closing in fresh cold air… the list can go on indefinitely. I love painting flowers for their ability to encapsulate life, death and renewal. These blossoms have a history, they are combining past, present, future, dreams and realities into one final vision, which I hope expresses my wonder of the natural world.”

Linda Lando -Director of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery at the Jewish Community Centre

Linda Lando has been part of the art world in Vancouver for over 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia as well as a diploma in Fine Arts from Sotheby’s. She began her career in the auction business and then purchased Alex Fraser Galleries, which became Linda Lando Fine Art and finally Granville Fine Art. During that time period of almost thirty years, she curated many solo and group show, representing artists both local and from all across Canada. Over the years she also dealt in the Historical Canadian Art market and built many collections for her clients.

Recently she brought prints by Leonard Cohen to Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. She also took Granville Fine Art to the Toronto Art Fair.

Currently she is the Director of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery at the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver. There she is continues to curate shows with both local and international artists.

FullSizeRenderRenato Muccillo, SFCA – Professional Artist and Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists

Renato Muccillo’s landscapes are often compared to those of Dutch masters and 19th century English artists. This traditional approach acts to highlight and compliment the artist’s subject matter as Muccillo’s subject matter reminds us how frequently today’s landscape is affected and appropriated by man and industry. Mesmerized at first by the luxurious colours and near miraculous use of light, on closer inspection the viewer notices the culvert, the pilings, the log booms, or the distant plume of smoke stacks. Even the farms that serve as subject matter for his paintings leave the viewer wondering if they are viable or abandoned as there is no sign of human life—only the marks left behind by man and machine.

It is a curious relationship between the sheer beauty and effect of light as it hits, or emanates from, intrusive steam plumes. The radiance is gorgeous, the content disquieting. Yet we have grown so accustomed to these elements in our surroundings that we frequently overlook them, taking for granted what is actually there. Muccillo plays on that subtle distraction and steers our eye toward man’s impact on nature by compelling us to recognize, if not falsely sense, nature’s overwhelming beauty. To look upon one of his paintings is at times, akin to being lured by the siren song of modernity in the context of wished-for romanticism. In the end we are often inexplicably compelled to look upward to the sky and fix our eyes there, forgetting what we have left, or been left with below. Perhaps it is for that reason Muccillo’s skies are what we remember most of his landscapes, long after we have walked away from them.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are Muccillo’s expressionist florals and abstracts. They are a shout of release, a slap in the eye needed to wake us from our soporific diversions while celebrating colour for the sake of colour alone. Their joyousness offers a sense of relief and even rejoicing in the storm of his landscapes and incredible versatility.

POTE – Award Winners!

FCA Exhibitions, Special Announcement

Congratulations to the award winning artists of Painting on the Edge 2015! The Opening Reception and Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at the Federation Gallery (1241Cartwright Street, Vancouver). View the full exhibition here.

1st Place, $2,000 Grand Prize Winner: Kristen Brown, “Simultaneously Functioning II”
2nd Place Opus Award: Sandrine Pelissier, AFCA, “Slice of Life I – Louise”3rd Place Opus Award: Rosalie Matchett, “Written on the Body; The Golden Age of Whaling”
4th Place Opus Award: Barbara Cadario, “What if? Immortality”
Vancouver Art Gallery Honorable Mention: Kazimir Simpson, “Fantasy”

POTE 2015 Award Announcement