Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA

December 2023 Newsletter


Join us for our Christmas Lunch and Social.  This is a nice event and a time to get together and wish each other a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  Secret Santa is coming so it would be fun if you could bring a small wrapped painting that you created or a small gift ($15 max) for the gift exchange, if you would like to participate. 
  • Saturday, December 16th at 12:00noon
  • Mason's Kitchen and Bar, Sun Rivers
  • Secret Santa Gift Exchange (optional)
  • RSVP by December 2 to or reply to this email
Christmas Lunch 2023


Our Demo Day was held by Zoom on November 15th.  This was our first time coming to you by zoom and it was excellent! We had 18 participants on the call and the demonstration by James Koll was outstanding.  He is an amazing watercolourist!  He took a painting from the sketch stage to a closely finished painting in a mere 1.5 hours!  A big thank you to James for sharing his inspiration, techniques and artistic views with us.  At the end of the demonstration, we had our critique session.  Seven members submitted artwork for critique and the feedback was both constructive and postive.  We can all learn something from these critique sessions as it is a way to understand what makes a great piece of art.  Inusn Kang was the winner of our critique prize draw which was a $20 gift certificate from Preferred Picture Frame. Congratulations Insun!

Here is the finished demo painting.  You can view James work on his website:  JAMESKOLLFINEART

James Koll - Creek Demo Painting
James Koll - Creek Demo Painting

OUR NEXT TNSC DEMO DAY  - February 7th

Our next Demo Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 6:30pm by Zoom.  We are thrilled to bring you these demo days by Zoom.  The weather in the winter can be so unpredicatable and no one really enjoys driving in the, this is a wonderful alternative and a great opportunity for all our members, near and far, to be involved.  More information will be provided closer to the date!
We are 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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It's membership renewal time! Your membership is about to expire on December 31st. Renewing your membership with 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 and TNSC 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, DECEMBER 3, 10am - 1pm "Time to Paint" continues on Sunday, December 3rd!  There are spots still available so if you would like to join in on some painting time, you can register here or 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

Register here $25 for all sessions:   TIMETOPAINT 

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.
2023: Dec 3      2024: Jan 7, Feb 4, March 3, May 5
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"Where Art Shines" - Spring Show 2024 

Keep your brushes working in anticipation of the TNSC 2024 Spring Show and Sale! The show will run from April 9th to 20th. 

You may submit up to to 5 entires at $20 each. Entries close March 3rd, 2024. Stay tuned for more information in January or check the website HERE.

Do make sure to read ALL of the rules and pay attention to those regrading sales and how to hang/present your work!

Patricia House - bonNet Winner 2023 Spring Show 

 Patrica House - bonNet, Winner 2023 Spring Show


What a year we have had and it's not over yet!  Our chapter really took it up a notch this year and thanks to you, we are seeing more of our members getting involved.  We hosted three art shows, two Passion for Painting sessions, a workshop, a full calendar of Summer Plein Air, winter schedule of Time to Paint, plus our Demo Days and Information Sharing!  Wow!  Having said that, it's time I gave a big shout out and thank you to our Executive Team.  Without this dedicated and hardworking group we wouldn't have the vibrant, active chapter we all enjoy.  There are lots of reasons to be a part of the TNSC but what I find the most rewarding are the relationships I have made with other artists, meeting new artists in our group and staying in touch with all of you.  I look forward to the year ahead and I will see you at our Christmas Lunch on December 16th!  Happy Holidays and Happy Painting!  Elaine


Have you met your executive members yet?

  • Elaine Burns - President
  • Cathie Peters - Treasurer
  • Kathleen Feschuk - Secretary
  • Patricia House - Show Chair
  • Cathy Tetarenko - Membership Chair
  • Barb Klie - Member at Large

Are you thinking about becoming more involved with the TNSC?  How about joining our Executive Team?  We always have room for more and would love to have your input and energy!  Questions? Send an email to:


What is my visual path in my painting? What is my focal point?

Have you ever thought about what draws you to a painting, where does the viewer's eye go and where does it stop? As a painter, am I utilizing a visual path to draw the viewer's eye in and around my painting? The journey of the eye is something to think about as it creates interest to the viewer. Here is a link to a great guide by Australian artist Dan Scott. You can also download the entire guide, or print out for future reference. 
For More Information, click here:  DRAWPAINTACADEMY

Vincent Van Gogh - Starry Night 
 Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night - Journey of the Eye Path


Canadian Federation of Artists
  • 2024 Animal Exhibition - Submit by: December 15 Exhibition: Jan 30 - Feb 18
  • 2024 Scenes from Canada Exhibition - Submit by: January 15 Exhibition: Feb 20 - Mar 10

Kamloops Arts Council - Art Exposed

Kamloops Arts Council is pleased to Call for Artists - Submissions for the 2024 Art Exposed Regional Exhibition are now open! It's time to show off what you've been working on in the KAC's most anticipated annual event. Everyone is welcome to submit (KAC members and non-members). Deadline: February 15th, 2024 at midnight. For more information, click here: ARTEXPOSED 


"Member News" is your place to shine!  Send us your news items, showcase your work, share workshop information, interesting weblinks or post your items for sale!   

Charley Hampton

Charley wants us to know that the North Okanagan Chapter is having a regional FCA show June 1 - 30 2024 at the Armstrong Museum and Gallery. Submission details coming in 2024.

Charley Hampton - Butter Cups
Charley Hampton - Butter Cups

Freida Martin

Freida is showing 11 art works in the Lake Country Art Gallery's "Under 200" members exhibition, starting  Dec. 2 and going until Dec. 21. Most art works are for sale under $200 with a few $500 and under.  The Lake Country Art Gallery is located at 10356 Bottom Wood Lake Rd., Lake Country.

Frieda Martin - Empty Nest Frieda Martin - Purple Finch
Freida Martin - Empty Nest Freida Martin - Purple Finch

TNSC Members @ KAC "Small/Works"

Several of our members have artwork showing in the Kamloops Arts council "Small/works" exhibition taking place at the Old Courthouse from December 1-23.  This exhibition has a variety of small, one-of-a-kind original artworks created by local artists!  Artworks are priced under $300 - perfect for gift giving and it's a fundraiser!  This year, the KAC will donate the proceeds to a charity cause (Disaster Aid Canada: BC Wildfires Support 2023). Here are some of our member works showing in "Small/Works":

Elaine Burns - McConnell Mist Dianne Carson - Peonie Splendour
Elaine Burns - McConnell Mist Dianne Carson - Peonie Splendour
Kathleen Feschuk - Oncoming Rain  Debra Gow - Watermelon Wanda
Kathleen Feschuck - Oncoming Rain Debra Gow - Watermelon Wanda
Patricia House 3  Insun Kang - Tea Party
 Patricia House - Goosed #2  Insun Kang - Tea Party




The TNSC Spring Show will be a juried, qualifying show and is open to members of the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter, the North Okanagan Chapter, the Central Okanagan Chapter and the South Okanagan Chapter.  It will take place from April 9 - 20, 2024.  Submissions close March 3, 2024, so it's time to start thinking about your next piece of artwork for our Spring Show!  Stay tuned for more information in January or visit the website HERE.

Debbie Lively - Studio Mentorship Classes (Kamloops)

Deb Lively's studio classes

Studio classes are every three weeksClass is 3 hours, Cost $60, at Debbie's Studio 517 Lynwood Ave. Kamloops, Class is limited to 5 ppl, Morning and Afternoon Classes available 

Bring paintings you need help with or start a new one! Debbie offers instruction on how to compose a strong composition and all techniques to finish a painting. This is a positive and creative space for artists to paint together and receive professional instruction. 
Dates:  Dec 12,13,14

2D Online Critique with Kit Bell AFCA 

Thursday, December 14th, 4-6pm, Online Zoom To get to that “next level” you’ll sometimes need the constructive feedback of an experienced critic/fellow artist to drive your work forward. Critiques will help you grow as an artist and help you develop your work. Hear what is working in your art and ask for input on your current challenges. You’ll receive an overall evaluation of your artwork's strengths and weaknesses and a clear idea of how to move forward with your art by AFCA Associate Member Kit Bell.  Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $40.00 More information and Register:  ONLINECRITIQUE

FCA Retreat

The FCA has announced the 2024 Retreat will be held at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon! Click here: FCARETREAT


Did you know the TNSC now has a Calendar of Events posted to its website for 2023/2024? There are a number of exciting events taking place that you might like to know about - Plein Air Days, Art Shows and workshops. Keep up on what's happening in your Chapter!  You can find the calender here.

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