Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA


The Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists has over 50 members from the region. The Chapter provides opportunities for artistic growth, development and accreditation to visual artists of various skill levels. 

The TNSC welcomes aspiring, emerging and career artists through four levels of membership.

Prominent activities of the TNSC are workshops with qualified professional artists, juried shows, meetings to participate in the planning of Chapter activities, critiques to help you grow artistically, demonstrations in various mediums and techniques, guest speakers from near and far, and fellowship with other artists.

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TNSC Annual General Meeting 2024


The Annual General Meeting of the TNSC will occur on Saturday, March 16th at 10:00am at the Heritage House, 100 Lorne Street, Kamloops, BC.





Our next Demo Day is scheduled for SATURDAY, MARCH 16th, at 10:00am at the Heritage House.  We are thrilled to bring you Nikki Pettigrew from @TINTAPRESS.  Nikki will show us her process of print-making and her use of inks - read more below.  
Following Nikki's presentation, we will have our Critique Session.  If you have a painting that you would like some feedback on, or if you have a WIP that could use some constructive advice, take part in our Critique Session.  Please submit 1 or 2 images to by March 12th.
DATE:  MARCH 16, 2024
TIME:  10:00AM
PLACE:  Heritage House, 100 Lorne Street, Kamloops
COST:  Members - FREE   Non-Members are Welcome $5.00 drop in fee
Nicole Pettigrew lives and works out of her home studio in Kamloops B.C. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006 from Thompson Rivers University, and later with a Bachelor of Education in 2012. She has since been teaching part-time in the local school district and keeps her art practice alive in her available free time. Nicole’s work is evenly divided between low-tech printmaking (relief and tetrapak collagraph) and larger mixed media drawings. She tends to keep her subject matter open and flexible for her printmaking; it is the medium she is the most experimental in, and curious about. The subject of her drawings are typically evidence of industry or past human activity, the evidence of which still remains in buildings and structures caught in limbo – no longer being used, but still standing and slowly weathering down.

Print Demonstration: Relief printmaking using Linocut method

·        Introduction – myself and the materials used in relief printmaking

·        Image preparation: options for transferring image onto block

·        Carving tools, outlining and clearing areas, creating texture

·        Registration set up, paper prep for printing

·        Ink and print a one colour print

·        More than one colour: reduction versus multiblock

·        Two colour print using multiblock - key block and colour block

·        How to transfer key block to create the colour block

·        Inks (pros/cons of oil vs. water, mixing, storing, rolling out for printing)

·        Print first block (colour)

·        Print key block

·        Clean up, brayer storage, tool care


TNSC 2024 Regional Spring Show - Where Art Shines!

WHERE ART SHINES! - Spring Show 2024

Let your art shine at the 17th Annual TNSC Regional Spring Show and Sale! This is a qualifying, juried show and we invite all Active and AFCA members from the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter, the North Okanagan Chapter, the Central Okanagan Chapter and the South Okanagan Chapter to submit.  (SFCA members may submit one painting but it is not eligible for awards.) 

You may submit up to to 5 entires at $20 each. Entries close March 3rd, 2024. More information can be found on the TNSC website SUBMIT HERE.  The show will run from April 9th to 20th. 

Make sure to read ALL of the rules and pay attention to those regrading sales and how to hang/present your work!  Read the rules here:  INFORMATION AND RULES

Spring Show 2024 Poster

TNSC WORKSHOP- Susie Cipolla


We are so thrilled to bring you a workshop with Susie Cipolla!  This is a rare opportunity for you to learn and create with one of our Senior Signature Members! Mark your calendars now - coming May 4/5, 2024.
Here is what we will learn:  Your painting skills are built by practicing and training and by challenging yourself with new techniques and ideas. This intermediate level acrylic workshop will help you do just that. We will spend 2 days on fun and challenging drills and exercises involving speed, limited palette, limited and expressive brush strokes, tool use, different grounds and more. This workshop is for acrylics (as it dries quickly) but the techniques will apply to other media, like oils. For more information and to register click HERE
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Susie Cipolla

Susie first broke into the art world at the age of seven, winning a bicycle in a Dairyland colouring contest. After that, art languished on life’s back burner while she finished school and pursued a career in physiotherapy. In 2009, at the urging of a friend, she took a painting workshop with Brian Atyeo. Discovering a new passion in painting was life changing for her. Over the last ten years she has committed herself to improving her skills as an artist by attending classes and workshops with Master Artists. She now spends her days with her family on a rural property north of Pemberton, B.C. Her large studio hosts guest instructors and provides learning opportunities for other artists. Susie’s preferred painting medium is acrylic and her subject matter is primarily scenery and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest Region. Susie is a Senior Signature member and past board member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. You can view Susie's website here:  SUSIECIPOLLA


It's Membership Renewal Time!


It's membership renewal time! Joining the FCA and the TNSC Chapter has loads of benefits to assist you with moving your artistic endeavours to the next level.

Did you know if you pay your renewal fees now, or join as a new member to the FCA and our Chapter, your fees are valid until the end of 2024? The cost to join is less than $10 per month and the TNSC has maintained its fee at only $20 for the year! It is easy to renew!  FCA Renewal Here:  FCARENEW  TNSC Renwal Here:  TNSCRENEW  For new members, after you begin the paynment process with the TNSC, you will be prompted to complete your contact information.

Has your contact information or status with the FCA changed?  This is a good time to let us know.  Please send us an email:

Benefits of joining the FCA & Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter

Here are a few of the benefits we enjoy as members of the FCA and the TNSC! We promote inclusivity and we are continuously striving for a connected and supported collective of artists.

    • Educationeducational opportunities (workshops, demos, meetings, critiques) through our chapter and/or online events through the FCA gallery
    • Support: member support at events which include meetings, online connection, paint outs and plein air events
    • Connectioncreating relationships with other artists at various levels of expertise - what better way to improve than to talk art with other like minded souls!
    • Artistic GrowthGrowing and thriving through our community of artists who support one another in art.  Advance your artistic endevours through the FCA to the level of Signature Artist.
    • Membership reduced pricesas a member, you are entitled to reduced costs on workshop offerings and events such as "Passion for Painting"
    • In the Know: Attending events, connecting with chapter artists promotes growth, learning the tools of the trade and joining in on bulk buying of art supplies to reduce costs


NEXT SESSION - SUNDAY, March 3, 10am - 1pm "Time to Paint" continues on Sunday, March 3rd!  There are only two sessions left so join in on some painting time before its too late! Just show up at the door. This monthly event is a great way to share knowledge and skills in a small and welcoming group setting. Each artist gets their own table.  Bring your own easel and supplies.  The group meets once a month from 10am – 1pm.  Spend time with friends you know or make new friends, share art tips and give yourself the “Time to Paint”!  Limit:  10 Artists

Drop in fee: $5  (fees collected help offset the room rental)
Dates:  One Sunday each month, 10 - 1.
Location: Riverside Park, lower lounge in Heritage House. Free parking.
2024: March 3, May 5

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TNSC DEMO DAY RECAP - February 2024

Our February Demo Day featured Jan Poynter demonstrating the time honoured tradition of Grisaille, using watercolour.  Jan brought us the magic!  She used a variety of subject matter to show us how to create a value sketch in watercolour and the application of transparent glazes to bring out the colour.  It was fascinating and we all learned so much from her tips and technical advice.  Thank you Jan!  It was a great evening and our zoom was very well attended, with over 20 people tuning in to see the demo.  You can visit Jan's website here:  JANPOYNTER

Jan Poynter - Grisaille BW Jan Poynter - Grisaille Colour
Grisalle Underpainting - Value Sketch The Finished Painting

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