Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA



A New Vision for the TNSC


Mairi Budreau


The annual general meeting for the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter (TNSC) of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was held at the Blind Bay Memorial Hall on Tuesday, March 12th The new President, Mairi Budreau was confirmed and past President Cathie Peters will continue on as Treasurer.  


I’ve had a chance to ask Mairi, the new president, if she would mind sharing her insights and vision of the TNSC with Art in the Shuswap.  Here were a few questions we posed for her, and her responses.


You recently became the new President of the TNSC of the FCA. Can you tell me a bit about the goals of the chapter and the vision you have as the new President? 




It is an honour to serve the pursuits of fellow artists.

The short-term goals of the chapter are to build up the number of members by offering extra support for artistic ambition, goals and dreams. One way is providing a membership card that has discounts for art supplies, another is  hosting a third annual show to give supporting members exhibition experience, another is to host that annual show in the Shuswap and to hold more general meetings in the Shuswap. Some of these goals are already in place some are in progress.


Long term goals are branching out the membership to Merritt and Barrier because artists in outlying areas can feel isolated and would benefit from camaraderie and support and opportunities to learn and exhibit.


My vision for the chapter in addition to expansion, is to provide inspiration that feeds the hunger to gain skills, to nurture the experiences, challenges, rejections, successes and goals, big or small, that artists encounter; a more personal approach because artists are sensitive and often-times, loners.


As members of the Federation of Canadian Artists founded by Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven, we are in essence an extension of the Group of Seven’s vision of artists in Canada shaped by the land we live upon.


What area does the TNSC chapter cover and if you are an artist who is interested in becoming a member, how do you begin?




The area of our reach is broad and it’s in our name Thompson Nicola Shuswap (and beyond!)


There are many benefits of membership like discounts on workshop fees, receiving Art Avenue magazine, exposure in a national organization, exhibition privileges and more that is explained on the website.

To become a member I suggest to first go to the hub of our activity, the website. From there, you can join online  


Or be a welcomed guest at a meeting and connect with fellow artists, see how we critique artwork, watch the demo or guest speaker and see if we are a good fit for you.  Artists can sign up at a meeting. We accept credit card, debit, cash and e-trans.


Or email the  Trish House will fill in the brief application form for you and accept payment by credit card over the phone and e-trans.


TNSC Membership is $20 per year.  $50 per year membership fee to FCA as well.


Are there ways to participate in the arts through the chapter, if you are not an artist but an art lover?




Indeed there are! Art lovers can volunteer at shows, events, and fundraisers. Donations are welcomed and appreciated to offset the expense of shows, venues, instructors, and outreach to our expansive area of artists. 
Sponsoring show awards is another meaningful way to participate. There is a donation page on the website.
We are still building our Board of Directors so putting administrative skills to use is highly valued by the Chapter.


If you have any questions about the TNSC feel free to contact Mairi Budreau by email 


Above is an excerpt from the interview by Betty Schriver, blogger for Art in the Shuswap.





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Fine Art
is the creation
of beautiful objects

is a combination
of qualities that pleases
the esthetic senses, especially sight



Providing mentorship, exposure and opportunities for fine artist development
in the
Thompson Nicola Shuswap Region
since 2004 

TNSC is a registered non-profit organization. 

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Would you like to support local fine artists in a meaningful way?

Each year the TNSC holds a Spring and Fall juried show in Kamloops.

Award money is important to cover the cost of supplies and education, it affirms an artist's progress, and prize money attracts entries which supports the arts in our region. 

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The TNSC is a progressive education resource enabling artists to develop fine art skills, enter exhibtions, get exposure in a National organization and earn accreditation. 

If you are passionate about the arts, and looking for a way to benefit culture in Kamloops, contact
Mairi Budreau to sponsor an award. 

The Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists is a registered non-profit organization formed in June 2004. 


Become a Member

The TNSC provides opportunities for aspiring, emerging, and mid career artists to develop and earn accreditation throughout the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Region. 

We offer four levels of membership.

Prominent activities of the TNSC are:

  • workshops led by professional artists
  • juried shows 2 per year
  • meetings to know what's happening and socailze
  • critiques to grow from
  • art exposure to put your art before the eyes of the public and collectors
  • demonstrations to inspire and learn 
  • guest speakers to inform and educate
  • fundraising to unite as a team for the success of the Chapter
  • fellowship for friendship, support, and comaraderie

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