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…
By Mark Anthony
I often tell my students that I was born 100 years too late. I loved the romance of the old world of Europe since I was a boy. My colleagues tell me, ‘more like 400 years too late.’ Oh well. I do play modern music while I work. Edith Piaf, Nat King Cole, for instance. It keeps me from whistling… I still have this burning desire to understand how great forefathers of representational art created such powerful, gestural, poetic works with the simplest of hand-made tools. How did they know how to exploit every trick in the book to express dramatic human form and movement without our current resource of hundreds of years of examples to draw (pun intended) from.
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
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.
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:
The passing of one of Canada’s beloved Artists was announced Sunday November 16, 2014. Dorothy Marie Oxborough died at her residence at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital late Sunday evening. She was 92.
I was in awe with a tinge of fear as the fourteen passenger helicopter dropped down onto the slippery rocks at the very top of a mountain at Crystal Creek in the Purcell Mountains. We land, the door opens, the loud roar of engine and the strong pull of blustery wind rush in at us. We each are helped out and down onto the ground in a blur. As previously coached, we take a few steps away and go down into the huddle, on knees with bent head, I hold my glasses from blowing away in the strong wind force created by blades that whirl above us. We stay put while our painting gear is unloaded. We are on top of a mountain, I feel like a cold mouse in a hurricane as the helicopter roars its engine to depart and leave our small group of eight artists and one guide huddled together. Then in a second, the helicopter lifts up, is gone and all that remains is silence and overwhelming beauty.
We stand up and look around at the mountain peaks that surround us, rocks and boulders of all colors and sizes are under foot sloping down into a distant valley with a small blue green lake. Eyes look up and out at distant layers of blue. For me, a landscape artist, it was like living in a brilliant dream. I have no words for the wonder that surrounds me, something deep inside is touched, from years of living in the mountains and then leaving them, my love for them swells up, my heart and soul swell up. Thoughts of regret for not having done this before now, happiness and joy at being here now, the sadness that comes with the loss of special people in your life. I have no words to explain the awesome beauty one beholds on such an occasion, all I could do was turn around looking everywhere at once, arms out stretched, palms turned up, saying oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. Tears sting my eyes, and start to cry… Liz looked at me and said, Linda, are you crying? As her arms came up, the dam burst and I cried on her shoulder. I wept for Robert, the beauty of the mountains, and for the loss of my artist self.
I had stopped painting with the move from Jasper East, Alberta to Vernon’s Okanagan Valley, BC. Paint supplies were in storage for four years while renovating an older home. Then with art studio complete I had no desire.
I spent a mystical, magical week last August 2013, at Hollyhock on Cortes Island with Robert and Sara Genn. His advise to me then was to join the FCA art group for interaction with like minded people. Between the amiable demeanour of father and the keen, mind of daughter, I came back to me. I found joy painting outback in the Emily Carr type forest at Hollyhock. With our departure hugs I said to Robert, next year I would like to go to the Bugaboos with you, as the trip had been on my bucket list to do for the pass four years.
Liz Wiltzen was a mountain guide before she became an artist, she was the clever one who initiated the idea of a Heli painting workshop on mountain tops and had made it a realization. She and Stephen Quiller, were our art instructors on this extraordinary art workshop. Thank you Liz, your comfort and understanding it will always remain with me. Thank you Stephen for stepping into Roberts shoes. Wonderful friends were made and the staff at CMH was superb. An unbelievable excitement that more days like this were yet to come.
All of us being serious artist, found a spot, set up easels, and squeezed out paints to capture the special moments that happen when on a mountaintop. What a privileged it was to be there in that space and time on that sunny day, thousands of feet above sea level. Some primeval spirit needed to be captured, and so we all set to work.
Do you have a moment, place or person that pulled you out of a painting ‘block’ and inspired you? If so share in the comments section!