Art Pod – A Great Success!

Submitted by: Helen Duckworth
Federation of Canadian Artists
1241 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC, V6H 4B7

Art Pod

This spring at the Granville Island Public Market, the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) in co-operation with the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, are bringing arts to the people.

Vancouver, BC: Art Pod is an initiative that will change the way you think about art and the artists that create it. Every weekend this spring when you pay a visit to the Granville Island Public Market, you’ll not only get your food fix, but an art fix as well.

Located at the entrance of the market, Art Pod features between 1-3 artists at a time, up to 6 artists a day, every weekend. “Outgoing, friendly and undeniably talented, today’s artists are a new breed and we’re pleased to represent over 2,400 of them!”, says FCA Executive Director Patrick Meyer who spearheaded the project.

Feel free to snap a picture, ask them a question or just enjoy bearing witness to creativity as it hits canvas. The artists are there to paint and interact with you, as Active FCA member Sheila Neufeld found out during her time at Art Pod in April, “My time at Art Pod was thoroughly enjoyable. It was a wonderful platform for meeting other FCA artists. A rare opportunity to paint at such a busy location, I’m thankful to have had this opportunity to interact with the public and would gladly participate again”.

Once you’ve had your fill of art in action, take a walk down Cartwright Street towards the Granville Island Hotel to see the Federation gallery itself at 1241 Cartwright. Open 10 AM – 4 PM, Tuesday – Sunday, it’s your chance to see artworks in a variety of media and styles from artists painting right now. Exhibitions rotate every two weeks, so there’s always something new to see.

The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is located at 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 4B7. They are a non-profit registered charity of over 2,400 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 members of the Group of Seven, the FCA offers exhibitions, workshops, competitions, and professional development courses for emerging and established artists.


Art Avenue Magazine – Submission Guidelines

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Art Avenue is the Federation of Canadian Artists’ membership magazine, published six times per year. Included in the price of a membership, it features a variety of content including visual galleries of recent Federation exhibitions, upcoming submission and exhibtion information, articles from our membership on styles and technique, event dates and important FCA announcements, and regular features exploring artist studios and works. The editorial team is always on the lookout for new content, or suggestions for new features… Continue reading

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.





ICAN Pastel 2016 – Conference

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May 30 – June 3, 2016

Aurora Cultural Centre in Aurora, Ontario

Spend five whole days learning about painting in pastels, watching master pastel artists demonstrate their techniques, applying new techniques and tips to your own paintings in hands-on workshop sessions, sharing stories and knowledge with fellow pastel artists, viewing excellent pastel works in the juried exhibition, and celebrating our favourite medium! What could be more exciting? Join us for the biggest and best all-Canadian pastel conference we’ve ever hosted. Rub (dusty) elbows with renowned artists from within and beyond the Pastel Artists Canada, meet like-minded people, and make new friends who might become painting companions. I’m so looking forward to seeing you there!

Ruth Rodgers, MPAC, President, Pastel Artists Canada

San Diego Watercolour Society – 36th International Exhibition: Call for Submissions

Call For Entries 2016b.jpgThe San Diego Watercolor Society Presents the 36th International Exhibition

October 1 – 30, 2016

San Diego, CA –The San Diego Watercolor Society is pleased to announce the 36th International Exhibition juried by award winning artist, Mark Mehaffey. Mark is an internationally recognized, award-winning artist who is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society among many others. He is also a popular juror, workshop instructor and lecturer. $16,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded!

Who: The San Diego Watercolor Society
What: 36th International Exhibition
Where: 2825 Dewey Road, Studio 105, San Diego, CA 92106 (Arts District Liberty
When: October 1 – 30, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Exhibition Programs and Events at the Gallery
Preview Gala & Saturday, October 1, 2016, 5:30 -7:30 pm (Tickets available)
Awards Ceremony
Opening Reception Friday, October 7, 2016, 5-8 p.m. (Free)
Docent-led tours upon request

About The San Diego Watercolor Society
The San Diego Watercolor Society, a non-profit art organization, celebrates over 50 years of being a promoter for the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia painting. With a dedicated, all volunteer staff, SDWS operates a major Gallery and Education Center at the Arts District Liberty Station and provides a wide array of services and activities that benefit the over 700 members and the public. These include a world class International Exhibition, monthly member art shows, an extensive art library, a full program of workshops, classes and artist demonstrations (open to members and non-members) and artist-led plein air painting opportunities.

For further information, contact:
Susan Wormsley
Communications Director
Phone: 1-858-750-6477
Gallery Phone: 1-619-876-4550