Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA

Where Art Shines - Spring Show 2024

 Information and Rules

17th Annual TNSC Regional Spring Show & Sale

Where Art Shines!

April 9 to 20, 2024

At The Old Courthouse Gallery

Patricia House - bonNet Winner 2023 Spring Show


First Place 2022 Spring Show

Patricia House (bonNET)


Juried Qualifying Exhibition with cash prizes determined by number of entries.

Open to any Active or Signature artist from the TNS Chapter, the North Okanagan, Central Okanagan and South Okanagan Chapters of the FCA.  SFCAs are not eligible for awards.

About the Exhibition

The 17th Annual TNSC Regional Spring Show & Sale provides the opportunity for our Active and ACFA members to showcase their work locally. SFCA members may submit one painting but it is not eligible for awards.


1.      JURY

This exhibition will be juried by a panel of a minimum two SFCA members and one AFCA member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Images will be reviewed independently on-line by each juror. Final selections for awards will be made in-person[1].

There are two levels of acceptance for this show:

Qualifying – these accepted works are eligible for use towards Signature status and will hang in the physical show

Recognized – these works will not hang in the physical show due to limited space, but will be part of the on-line showcase, and are eligible for use towards Signature status.

2.      Both Qualifying and Recognized works will be a part of the on-line show.


3.      MEDIUMS

Allowed Mediums: Graphite, pen, ink, pencil, charcoal, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, oil, encaustic, scratchboard, mixed media. Prints must be hand pulled originals in runs of up to 200.

Excluded Mediums: Photography, digital photography, digital prints, digital art, posters, pyrography, giclée, mechanical reproductions, and works that rely heavily on mechanical reproductions.

4.      SIZE

Artwork should be no larger than 48” x 96” (width x height) including frame. Works on cradled wood panel or canvas must be at least 1- ½” deep. Thinner depth submissions are eligible so long as they are framed or mounted. When submitting please enter the framed dimensions of your artwork.

5.      STYLE

All styles are welcome.


This is a Fine Art Show and most subject matter is welcome. The TNSC reserves the right to refuse artworks to ensure suitability for viewing by a wide audience.




7.      AWARDS

Award values will be based on number of entries.



First Place


Second Place


Third Pace


Three Honourable Mentions

Award in Title

Three People’s Choice

Award in Title




This call for entry is open to members in good standing (i.e., current year dues paid) of FCA who have Active or AFCA/SFCA status and a member of the TNS Chapter, the North Okanagan, Central Okanagan or South Okanagan Chapters of the FCA. SFCAs are not eligible for awards.

Submissions are accepted online only (Submit). There is a tutorial video on the FCA website that provides instructions for submitting on-line (Member Resources).

Submissions must follow FCA show entry rules including but not limited to:

·        Artworks may not be the result of a workshop or class and be created solely by the member artist.

·        If reference photos are used they must be taken by the artist or by amateur photographers and used with their consent

·        An individual artwork may be shown once in a Chapter Show and once in an FCA Gallery Show.

·        Accepted artwork may only be shown at one TNSC hosted show.

All works must be available for sale.

All work must be signed on the front by the artist.

Members may enter artwork that has previously been shown in the Old Courthouse Gallery that was hosted by an art group other than the TNSC.

A maximum of five artworks may be submitted for consideration; two ‘Qualifying’ works will be hung per artist; however, subject to venue space, additional pieces may be included to hang in the show. If there are limitations on space, additional qualifying pieces will be recognized pieces as part of the online show.

Artwork must have been completed in the last two years.

Artists may only send works that have been juried and have received an acceptance e-mail to hang.

SFCA TNSC members may submit one piece to hang in the show but will not be considered for awards. Please contact Patricia House ( ) for details regarding a SFCA submission for this show.


While using photos as reference for painting is a long-held accepted practice, using stock imagery or photos taken by professional photographers is not permissible, even with their permission. Photographs by professional photographers are considered artworks in and of themselves.

All artists submitting to this show must sign a waiver that declares their artwork is not a copy, derivative or based on the work of others or in any way an infringement of copyright.  The TNSC reserves the right to reject submitted artwork that appears to be in violation of copyright law.

According to Canadian law, the artist retains copyright of their work.  By submitting to this exhibition, you allow the TNSC permission to use your image on our website, posters and in other advertising media both printed and digital.

Additional information on copyright may be found on the FCA website (Copyright Information).

3.      SALES

All pieces must be available for sale with the intent to sell and prices listed in Canadian Dollars.

If a sale is made, the artist will be informed by e-mail or phone. Payment will be made to the artist in the form of a cheque issued at the end of the show.

There is a 30% commission on sales to the TNSC, which the artist must factor into their pricing at the time of submission. Commission is payable to the TNSC on any accepted submitted artwork sales from the date of closing of the entry submissions to the closing of the show.


The artist will pay the TNSC $100 for withdrawing a piece from the show for any reason, including but not limited conflicting shows or prior sale(s).

Accepted artwork may not be entered in this show and another at the same time (i.e., either hanging or on-line). In addition, should the piece be hung and sold in the another show during the time period of the TNSC show the artist is obligated the TNSC the 30% commission of the sale price.  

In the event submitted accepted artworks sell in the time between entry submission closing and the show opening, the artist is obligated to pay the TNSC the 30% commission of the sale price. The artist is required to hang the sold artwork in the show if it is juried as accepted. 

Signature status points will not be awarded to pieces accepted but not hung in the show. In addition, they will not be part of the on-line gallery.

Failure to comply may result in the artist not being permitted to participate in TNSC shows for a minimum of 2 years.


Artists cannot alter their submission details or artworks after finalizing the submission for entry and entries have closed for jurying. The artist is responsible for ensuring that the information provided at the time of submission is correct. This includes the correct orientation for and clarity of uploaded JPEG images. Images submitted that are blurry, poorly cropped, display the frame, or are the wrong orientation will be declined without refund. The TNSC reserves the right to refuse entries that are not accurately represented by the digital photograph submitted for jury. For additional information on image requirements and photographing your work please see the FCA website (Image Requirements and Photographing Your Work).

Evidence of changes to artworks after submission is ground for disqualification. Failure to comply may result in the artist not being permitted to participate in TNSC shows for a minimum of 2 years.

Requests to change information after the deadline, or when the artist delivers, will not be honoured. Artists are reminded that their label, show list, and online information are generated from the information provided at the time of submission, so please ensure to proofread your submitted details before completing the submission.


Framed and unframed artwork are permitted so long as unframed artworks meet the minimum depth requirement (see “SIZE” above). We will NOT accept pieces that are loose sheets of paper installed with tape or pins directly from the substrate. Edges of works on cradled wood panel must be completely void of paint, or completely covered in a complimentary colour, or be a continuation of the artwork. Edges of work on gallery wrapped canvas can be either a complimentary colour or a continuation of the artwork. Staples must be on the back of gallery wrapped canvases. Works on paper must be finished to an archival standard and either framed or adhered to a gallery wrap canvas or cradled wood panel. All environmentally sensitive artwork must be framed under glass; alternatively, they must be varnished to an archival standard.  No “teeth” fixtures or French cleats are permitted. We will not hang directly from frame, substrate or canvas on a nail or pin, or with tape. All substrates must be wired a third of the way down from the top with d-rings and plastic coated picture hanging wire, regardless of size. Improperly wired works will incur a $20 wiring fee. All artworks must be ready-to-hang. If an artist is successful at jury and delivers a piece that clearly contravenes the Federation’s presentation requirements, the piece will be removed from the exhibition and returned to the artist at their expense, without refund. Works that arrive in disrepair will be fixed where possible, at the expense of the artist, or removed from the exhibition. For hanging requirements please see the FCA website for additional information (How to Prepare Your Artwork for Hanging).

The TNSC reserves the right to refuse display of works that arrive unwired, incorrectly or improperly framed or in disrepair. Works that arrive in disrepair will be fixed where possible at the expense of the artist or removed from the exhibition.


Artists are expected to volunteer at some time during the show. Example volunteer duties include hanging and set-up; on-site demonstration; docent; gallery shift; takedown.


Please read and follow the instructions in the acceptance e-mail. A signed copy of the acceptance entry form in this e-mail must be securely attached to the back of each artwork

·        Cost of delivery is the responsibility of the artist to and from the gallery.

·        Artworks that arrive late will not be considered for awards and may be refused display.

Parking at the Old Courthouse is free for the duration of the show and passes are not required.

1.      DROP OFF

In person delivery is to be made at The Old Courthouse Gallery, 7 Seymour St. W., Kamloops onSaturday, April 6th between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM for drop-off.

2.      PICK-UP

In person pick-up is to be made at The Old Courthouse Gallery, 7 Seymour St. W., Kamloops Saturday, April 20th between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM for pick-up.  


Submission of an entry to this exhibition automatically constitutes the entrant's acceptance of the guidelines and rules outlined in this guide.

The juror’s decision is final.

Any breach of the guidelines and rules may result in the artist not being permitted to participate in TNSC shows for a minimum of 2 years.





For queries e-mail TNSC Show Coordinator: Patricia House ( )


November 15

Submissions Open

March 3

Deadline for Submissions

March 16

Artists informed of their result by this date. The artist is responsible for contacting the TNSC Show if they do not receive notice of their results.

April 6

Artworks are to be delivered to The Old Courthouse between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM

April 9

First official day of the exhibition

April 20

Last day of exhibition

April 20

Artwork is to be picked up between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM from The Old Courthouse




As a Federation of Canadian Artists chapter, the TNSC supports and promotes the visual arts in the Thompson Nicola Shuswap area of British Columbia through education, exhibition, and communication.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please e-mail the TNSC Membership Chair at | Society #: S0053727

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