FCA Postcard Contest

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Exclusively for FCA members, this new online exhibition and competition opportunity challenges artists to create an engaging image on a 4″ x 6″ support.

Artists stand the chance to win cash prizes in addition to having their artwork featured on the official FCA postcards, available for sale from the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.

The idea for the contest came about as Helen Duckworth, the FCA Gallery Coordinator grappled for ideas for a third online exhibition and competition for the FCA:

“Online exhibitions are becoming an important service for our membership” she says. “Many of our members who don’t live in Vancouver feel that the cost of delivering artwork is preventing them from participating,” she empathises “…so it’s important for the FCA to utilise new technologies to improve upon our services to these members”.

Duckworth came across an old FCA postcard design in storage by Edward J.Loenen, a past member. “I found these beautiful postcards hidden in a box, I put them out and they really hit a chord with visitors and tourists” she says.

The subject matter isn’t restricted to views of the FCA gallery either, in fact the call is open to all subject matter.

To learn more about the exhibition guidelines, prizes and to get your submission in before April 30th, visit the submission page here.

 

 

 

 

Ten Squared – Press Release

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TEN SQUARED
The affordable way to start or add to your art collection.

Vancouver, BC: Between November 10 – 22, 2015, the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) on Granville Island will give both avid art collectors and new-to-the-market types, a rare opportunity to purchase fine art originals for the affordable price of $150*.

“Ten Squared” features over 150 artworks all sized 10” x 10” made by FCA member and non-member artists from both Canada and abroad. Artworks feature a variety of subject matter, mediums and styles. There are no reproductions and no giclée here, only raw pigment, brushstrokes, blood, sweat and tears.

A portion of all art sales from “Ten Squared” will assist the FCA as a non-profit charity in continuing to provide and improve the services and programming they offer to emerging artists, established artists and the public. These include educational and exhibition opportunities, networking events, professional development courses, free family holiday activities, annual international art competitions, and free entry year-round to between 18 – 20 exhibitions hosted at their gallery.

Often we deny ourselves the opportunity to claim an artwork that touched us, because we just can’t justify the expense of lavish art commodities. Yet we’re prepared to spend hundreds on things like restaurant meals and nights out. Things that live on as unvisited photographs in the album of a cell phone, things that don’t last, things that date too soon.

Do yourself a favour and invest a nominal sum for something you can enjoy often, repeatedly, daily even.

The gallery will be open from 10 AM – 4 PM from November 10 – 22nd at 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC. Learn more at http://www.artists.ca

*plus tax

The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is a non-profit registered charity of over 2,000 members throughout Canada, with a gallery located on Granville Island dedicated to supporting, sharing and preserving the visual arts and artists throughout Canada. Founded in 1941 by professional artists including members of the Group of Seven, the FCA offers exhibitions, workshops, competitions, and professional development courses for emerging and established artists.

Shipping your painting to the FCA gallery

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By Ted Fraser
Gallery Technician

With the exception of Canada Post and Greyhound Courier (see below), all shipments from the major couriers (FedEx, Purolator and UPS) MUST have pre-arranged return shipment in place. Federation Gallery will not act on behalf of the artist in any way other than to re-pack your artwork and request a pickup once the exhibition is over.

If you arrange for shipping online, you can generate a return waybill within the form.

  • For FedEx, click ‘include return label’ in the package and shipment details portion of the form.
  • For Purolator, go to ‘ship and track’, then to create return shipment.
  • For UPS, click create return shipment on the home page.

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Arrowsmith FCA Chapter – Fall Juried Art Show

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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.

AIRS 2015 – The Jury Panel

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!

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”

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