The Stafford Plant Collection

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Plant, Stafford - Self Portrait

By James Soules

One day at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island, I asked Executive Director, Patrick Meyer, if there was some sort of volunteer work I could do for them. He quickly came up with a short list. One of the items on the list was to organize and properly archive the Stafford Plant Collection.

Born in Esquesing, ON in 1914, Stafford D. Plant was a talented painter, instructor and graphic designer. He was a student of renowned painter L.A.C. Panton, F.H. Brigden and Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer. Plant won the 1932-33 Brigden Scholarship and immediately after graduating from Western Technical School of Art in Toronto, was hired by Brigden’s design firm. He was a founding member of the Toronto Arts Club, served as a council trustee for the Vancouver Art Gallery, and was a member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists as well as a Senior Member of the FCA.

Plant mostly painted landscapes across Canada and in parts of the United States. Some 330 plus paintings were donated to the Federation shortly after his death in 2000. The collection had never been shown in its entirety.

I immediately agreed to Patrick’s request and began photographing framed paintings, paintings on gallery-wrapped canvases, canvas board paintings and even paintings on wood board. After photographing all of the pieces at the storage, I uploaded the images to the Stafford Plant Collection gallery on the Federation’s website and entered the name of the paintings, size, medium and price.

The Federation now has a complete catalog of Plant’s donated paintings for viewing or purchasing. Several pieces have already been sold after being hung in Federation Gallery.

It was my great pleasure to be able to do this project and uncover this treasure of work.

The FCA would like to express its gratitude to James for taking on this huge project. Due to Jame’s commitment and work, the Stafford Plant Collection in its entirety is now available online for the public to view and enjoy, thereby not only doing justice to Plant’s life work but also providing more people access to this impressive collection. Thank you, James!

To view the whole Stafford Plant collection, visit the FCA website at:


FCA Victoria Chapter – Fall workshop with Jennifer Heine

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Enrich your Work with Mixed Media

Join award-winning mixed media artist Jennifer Heine for a guided exploration of a variety of media and how to exploit the advantages of each to enrich your work. We’ll create deceptively complex backgrounds with collage and acrylic to add depth and interest and build further with water soluble oils to resolve the painting. Painters are encouraged to put some of their odd and underused art supplies to good use but can choose to work throughout in the medium of their choice. Discover a new favourite medium or the limitless possibilities of working with different combinations. We’ll have the opportunity to work with gessoed paper or panel, mylar (if desired), textured collage and acrylic grounds, water-soluble oils, drawing materials, stencils, stamps, a variety of mark-making tools with the goal of gaining a better knowledge of the media, freeing ourselves up to work confidently with them to serve our inspiration and vision.

Dates: Nov 21 & 22, 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Price: FCA Members: $225 / Non-members: $250
Location: Swan Lake Sanctuary Classroom

For more information and registration please contact:
Marcela Strasdas – 250-217-9791 or email:
Material list to be emailed upon registration

Paintings by Numbers – Sneak Peek

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The evening of our annual fundraiser gala Paintings by Numbers is coming closer and closer! We are very excited about the beautiful pieces that have been generously donated by our Signature Members this year. Below you can catch a first glimpse at some of the incredible artworks that will be raffled off at the gala on October 2nd, 2015 at the Performance Works on Granville Island. Due to the nature of the event tickets are only available by advanced purchase. So, make sure to secure your tickets in time for this thrilling and unique event! For more information visit our website here.

Ten Squared 2015 – Fundraising Exhibition

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Ten Squared is the Federation of Canadian Artists’ annual fundraising exhibition. We are now accepting submissions from members and non-members to participate in this fantastic celebration of art and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Paintings by Numbers 2015 – Fundraising Gala

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What’s your lucky number? Enjoy a night of great food, excitement and fine art, while supporting the visual arts in Canada at the Federation of Canadian Artists thrilling fundraiser gala Paintings by Numbers on October 2nd, 2015