Federation Retreat 2019

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For Immediate Release
Name of Press Contact: Helen Duckworth

Date: 13/12/2018        Phone: 604-681-2744             Email: education@artists.ca

Federation of Canadian Artists Announces 2019 Artists’ Retreat

  • The Federation of Canadian Artists are now taking bookings for their 2019 Retreat
  • Held at the Marine Sciences Centre in beautiful Bamfield, British Columbia
  • This six-day retreat, held between September 3rd – 8th, is led by Master Artist Instructors Brent Lynch, Charlie Easton and Sue Cowan

Vancouver, British Columbia – The life of an artist can be a solitary one, with hours hauled up in a studio, or spent balancing the line between “the day job” and your artistic pursuits. The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Canada’s largest member-driven, non-profit arts organization, realizes that the plight of the artist is one best not tackled alone.

“Artists have always needed a community”, says FCA Education Coordinator Helen Duckworth, “A support network of peers where they can collaboratively create, critique and converse”.

The Federation’s artist retreats aim to foster just such a sense of community, through an annual gathering of artists in beautiful Canadian settings, sharing meals, enjoying activities together and painting en plein air under the guidance of Master Artist instructors who help them improve and develop upon their practice.

The 2019 instructors include Brent Lynch, Charlie Easton and Sue Cowan. Each instructor specializes in plein air painting and boasts an impressive resume of both teaching and exhibition experience.

The benefits of painter’s retreats are not to be dismissed. Painters have been adventuring on painting excursions together since before the days of the Group of Seven. “Spending a few days with fellow artists in nature makes us better and more inventive painters”, attests Lynch.

If you are looking to improve your artistic practice, while meeting like-minded peers and exploring one of the most stunning painting locations B.C has to offer, register for your place at www.fcaretreat.ca

Federation of Canadian Artists – Society #: S – 0006048 – Charity #: 11891 3920 RT0001

Founded in 1941 by members of the Group of Seven, the Federation of Canadian Artists is Canada’s largest member-driven, non-profit arts organization. With 2,500 artist members across BC and Alberta, the Federation provides educational, networking and exhibition opportunities to support artists in their development and make the visual arts more accessible to all Canadians. Learn more at http://www.artists.ca

40˚ Below – Young Artists Exhibition Opening

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Opening Reception Thursday, November 2nd at 6-8PM

Let’s support the beginning of many successful careers.

40˚ Below is a dynamic exhibition platform for artists aged 40 and under, and this reception celebrates the accomplishments of these young artists. The Federation Gallery will showcase talented youth, supplemented and contrasted with work from the gallery’s permanent collection.

Come join us at the Opening Reception and watch the award ceremony for the First, Second and Third Place award winners.

Let us know on Facebook if you can attend!


Animal Relief Art Auction in Delta

Special Events


South Delta Artists Guild and Gallery 1710 are proud to be hosting this event next Saturday, August 19.  It will take place on the lawn in front of and beside the Gallery, with activities such as face painting and decorating hobby horses for children, as well as a few miniature horses that have been rescued and are being housed in East Ladner.

Our provincial MLA Ian Paton has donated his services as auctioneer, and artists have donated oveer 100 amazing pieces of art – including stunning paintings in many mediums and sizes, sculptures in clay, soapstone and alabaster, as well as paverpol.  There are a large number of paintings of horses – they will amaze you.  There will be a live auction starting around 11am – with pre-viewing of the artwork starting at 10:30 am.  Raffles will be happening, as there have been many wonderful donations from the community as well, and a silent auction with some beautiful artwork and prints.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and there are a few covered areas for the children’s activities.  This is a community event so please attend, bid, find a treasure and make a donation to this worthy cause.


This article was in the Delta Optimist, and highlights the event beautifully:

“What started out as a small idea between four South Delta women, cell phones and social media, has turned into a huge fundraising event to raise funds for the Animal Disaster Fund.

Thanks to local horse enthusiast Jules Davis and Jan Rankin, vice president of the South Delta Artists’Guild, #BCStrongArt4Animals will take place next Saturday, Aug. 19 on the lawn of Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen.

So far more than 100 artists from South Delta, across B.C. – even as far as Ontario -have donated pieces that will be up for auction, which starts at 11 a.m. with live viewing and the auction itself at 11:30 a.m.

The event is being billed as family-friendly with face painting, miniature horses who have found shelter at Taisce Stables in East Delta after being evacuated from the Lone Bute area and several raffles as well. Delta South MLA Ian Paton will be on hand as the auctioneer.

“Jules came up with the idea and someone else in the community suggested they get in contact with me,” Rankin said. “The support has been amazing. Every day we get someone else wanting to donate something.”

The Animal Disaster Fund has been put in place by the Horse Council of BC to assist ranchers and farmers impacted by the provincial wildfires. The fund provides hay, grain, fly spray, salt, forage cubs, First Aid supplies and gas cards for the volunteer haulers who are going into the evacuation areas to remove livestock – predominantly horses, but also cows, chickens, ducks and pigs. The Fund ensures that money gets where it is needed the most. Anyone wishing to contribute to the live or silent auctions or the prize raffles, can contact Rankin via email at: janrankin@gmail. com or call 604-329-0830. Those wishing to help volunteer for the event, can contact Davis via the events Facebook page at: #BCStrongArt4Animals.”

The West Fine Art Show

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The West Fine Art Show is a popular event, featuring 17 of Canada’s finest artists at The Glass House Estate Winery in Langley, B.C. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Langley Hospice Society. Beautiful art set in a local winery is a wonderful place to pass the time.

Participating FCA members are:

Fran Alexander AFCA, Carmel Clare, Catherine Traynor, Joyce Trygg, Judy Vanderveen, Ken Nash, Neil Hamelin SFCA, Rick Pennell, and Grazyna Wolski, AFCA.

Exhibition Dates and Times

September 8   7- 9 p.m , Opening Reception

September 9  11-7 p.m

September 10 11- 6 p.m


Free parking and admission

23449 0 Avenue, Langley BC

Annual Mid Main Art Fair – June 11th

Special Announcement, Special Events, Uncategorized

Mid Main Art Fair

The Mid Main Art Fair is considered one of Vancouver’s premier artist-run shows – always a must-see on the local visual arts calendar.

This event on Sunday, June 11th from 11AM to 6PM at Vancouver’s beautiful Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street, located amongst the brew pubs, coffee shops and restaurants of Main Street, a wonderful place to spend a Sunday

This year, the popular one day art fair features 18 established artists from the Lower Mainland showing works in a variety of media and styles, including painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. The exhibiting artists are Fran AlexanderMariko AndoEnda BardellJane CrosbyLorn CurryChristine HoodJeanette JarvilleSheree JonesJames KollCarol McquaidSonia MocnikNicola MorganEdward PeckJackie Conradi RobertsonElisabeth SommervilleCamille SleemanJeff Wilson and Grazyna Wolski.

Online150 – Do good, get paid for your art.

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Online150 is an online extension of Timeraiser150.  Through Online150 Canadians from coast to coast can trade volunteer hours for an original piece of art or craft.  Volunteer hours can be completed with any nonprofit organization in the community.  Artists are paid for their work, nonprofits find skilled volunteers, Canadians find meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Are you an emerging artist who would like to have your art, prints, and/or artisan crafts (pottery, textiles etc.) to be purchased for Online150?  Fill in the form at www.timeraiser.ca/artist to submit your work.  If your work is selected, Framework Foundation will send you a contract and payment electronically and your art will be made available on the Online150 platform.

Our hope is to support the careers of emerging artists across Canada and encourage you to submit your art at www.timeraiser.ca/artist

How Timeraiser Works

STEP 1: Timeraiser fosters the next generation of art patrons and values Canadian artists. Each year, artists from around the country apply to have their work purchased by Timeraiser.  All the artwork auctioned by Timeraiser is purchased at fair market value, set by the artist.

STEP 2: Connect with local nonprofit organizations looking for talented volunteers. Finding skilled volunteers is a challenge.  Timeraiser partners with nonprofits across a wide range of social sectors to offers them a unique way to meet talented new volunteers and to promote their good work to a wider audience of supporters.

STEP 3: Bid time. Do good. Get art. Everything comes together at a Timeraiser party and on Online150.

Attend a party and kickstart your art collection by bidding volunteer hours on original art by up-and-coming Canadian artists. Winners have one year to finish volunteer hours and claim their piece of art. The best part?  Volunteer with any nonprofit(s) you choose!  Download the Timeraiser app to keep track of all your volunteer hours and send them directly to Framework.

Online150 is an online extension of Timeraiser150.  Through Online150 Canadians from coast to coast can purchase art by volunteering their time with a nonprofit organization in their local community.

STEP 4: Get involved. Even if you don’t end up winning an original piece of art, join in the social good by pledging hours to volunteer in your community. In 2017, Framework aims to collectively raise more than 150,000 volunteer hours for nonprofits across Canada, connecting Canadians to their communities and the causes they care about.