So Your Painting Didn’t Sell? Not Yet…

By Barry Meldrum

It can be disappointing to learn that your painting didn’t sell while on exhibition at the gallery. You submitted your best work, presented a piece that you had lovingly and diligently worked on, and you were sure it would be popular. Perhaps you even received an award, but you still had to take home your piece at the close of the exhibition.

For you that might be the end of the story, however, for many of our visitors that is only where the story begins. There are many factors that art buyers want to consider before taking a piece home, and sometimes this decision process takes longer than you’d expect.

It might be surprising for some people to learn that price is not the first consideration when buying artwork. For many collectors, space is often the deciding factor. Where to put that large piece? Will it fit with my other paintings and photographs currently on display? Maybe it needs to be discussed with a family member, or maybe they just need to think about it.

But when a person falls in love with a piece; I mean really connects with a painting, the decision to buy usually follows suit – eventually. A fine example of this is the story behind the recent sale of the Kathy Traeger piece, pictured below.

ChucksChucks Kathy Traeger AFCA
Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas
36″ x 36″

A gentleman came into the gallery recently, wanting to inquire about a piece he had seen previously at the FCA Gallery. Traeger’s work, entitled Chucks, depicts two Converse running shoes laid on their sides in Yin-Yang fashion. This image had been kept on the gentleman’s cell phone since it first appeared in the gallery as part of the 2015 Icon Exhibition. This is a long time to keep a photo around, contemplating a purchase.

Luckily the artist still had the piece available and she happily shipped it to the gallery for viewing. When the client stood in front of the work, he discussed with me his fondness for Converse shoes and how they had played an important role in his early basketball career. The original way the Converse had been painted and his attachment to those shoes stuck with him, and he had to buy it! It just took him a little longer to decide.

Moral of the story – be patient when trying to sell your work, because you never know!

The 6th Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge!


Take your paints, pencils and pastels outside! EVERYONE is invited to celebrate and participate in the 6th annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge (#OpusOPC) on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Be an active part of your art community – and bring your friends and family, too! This free art event is open to creative people of all ages and abilities, and there are over $30,000 in art supplies and gift cards to be won, too!

Register online Here or at your local Opus store!



Vancity Call to Artists! Fraser St Community Branch


For their second call to artists this year, Vancity is remodeling their Fraser Street community branch (branch 7) to better reflect the way they do business. This project includes an art call designed to engage the local art community as an integral part of their member’s branch experience.

Vancity is now accepting applications of expressions of interest (EOI) from artists or artist teams who live or work in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to design and integrate a site-specific art commission.

They are seeking applications for artwork that reflect and interpret, in a celebratory way, the rich and diverse culture of the local community. Content / themes must align to Vancity’s vision and values, and can be social, economic, historical, environmental or a combination. Preference will be given to submissions that aim to incorporate up-cycled, recycled, sustainably sourced, salvaged, found and/or other natural media.

One artist information session will be hosted at the Fraser Street community branch located at 6288 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC on: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7 pm.                                                Artists must visit and register to RSVP and attend this information  session.

  • Prize: $7,000.00 as well as a supplemental materials budget up to $2000
  • Deadline: All submissions must be completed online at by Monday May 8, 2017 at 11:59am

Learn more Here

International Open Call for Artists Engaged with Digital Technology


Open to emerging and established artists working with technology and digital media, the competition offers a prize fund of $10,500, plus shortlisted and winning artists will have their works included in Lumen’s annual programme of exhibitions and events around the world.

  • Select from Moving Image, Still, Web-based, 3D/Sculpture, Interactive, VR/AR & Student
  • Administration fee of $45 – covers two entries. Each additional entry costs $22.50. Fees go directly to the prize fund and global tour.
  • Deadline: June 1 2017

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