Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA

May 2024 Newsletter



Welcome to the May edition
of the TNSC Newsletter!





Vaughn Butland Vaughn Butland2
Vaughn Butland - Shuswap Storm Vaughn "En Plein Air"
  • Saturday, May 25th @ 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Blind Bay Hall, 2510 Blind Bay Road, Blind Bay
  • COST:  Members - FREE   (No need to register)
  • Welcome Non-Members!  $5.00 fee - REGISTER HERE: BUTLAND
  • Looking to Ride Share?  Please contact Elaine,

PLEASE NOTE:  There is an event in the Blind Bay Hall Parking Lot on this day so please park at the Blind Bay Beach Parking.  We will meet in the Blind Bay Hall, upstairs, at 10:00am.  Please see the map.  Red dot for the hall, lower red dot for parking.

Blind Bay Parking

Join us for the next Demo Day, Saturday, May 25th in person at the Blind Bay Hall  It is so great to be able to meet in person at the beautiful Shuswap Lake.  We are excited to bring you a plein air watercolour demonstration by Vaugn Butland.  Vaugn is also well versed in oils so if you prefer to work in that medium, bring along your oil or acrylic paints!  Weather permitting, we will plein air paint together following Vaughn's presentation. 

Bring your lunch and beverages!  After painting, we will return to the hall for lunch and critique of our paintings.  Please feel free to bring any other pieces you are working on for the critique session.

About Vaughn Butland

VAUGHN BUTLAND has been painting professionally for thirty-five years and has had over twenty-five one man shows and is in corporate and private collections across Canada and the United States. During his career he has taught numerous workshops along with drawing and painting instruction in his studio for fifteen years.  He has published twelve art cards, eighteen gift cards and fifteen limited edition reproductions.  For two years he demonstrated watercolour on a television show, "Sketching in Watercolour".Time is now spent travelling, painting en plein air and working in the studio on portraits and still life.


Our Summer Plein Air Daze returns, starting Sunday, June 23 at Riverside Park.  More details to come but in the meantime, mark your calendars and join us for outdoor painting!  Never tried Plein Air before?  Don't worry - everyone at every level is welcome to attend!

  • June 23:  Riverside Park
  • July 14:  Columbia Street Look-Out
  • August 11:  Stake Lake Dog Trail Park

What a show it was!  First off, a big shout out of thanks to everyone who volunteered to install the show, do a gallery sit or two, perform painting demos and help take down.  Many hands really make the job eaiser and the best part is the camaraderie.  Thank you to all the artists who entered the show and took the opportunity to showcase their work.  The votes for the People's Choice Awards have been counted.  Here are your top three artworks.
Dana - Rock Song

First People's Choice

Shannon Dana - Rock Song

Burnham - Storm Rolling In

Second People's Choice

Claire Burnham - The Storm Rolling In

Budreau - Last Light in the Grasslands

Third People's Choice

Mairi Budreau - Last Light in the Grasslands

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARTISTS and to all the artists who had their works juried into our Spring Show!  It was a stellar collection of artwork.  

Lalita Hamill Workshop - October 5/6, 2024

We are bringing Lalita back this Fall. This weekend workshop will be all about "Working from Photographs", a further addition to our Foundations Skills Program. More details and registration information to follow in the next couple of months!

"Falling for Art" - TNSC Fall Regional Show!
October 19 to November 2, 2024

Get your brushes going - the TNSC Fall show is planned to happen in October.!
More details and entry information to follow in the next couple of months!


I'm so excited that May has arrived!  The weather is improving, the leaves are starting to bud, Plein Air Daze are getting closer, and.... the TNSC Executive team has set out our Chapter's calendar for the upcoming year! What an exciting year of events we have planned!  There will be a new offering this year called "Life Drawing" - more details to come on that soon! "Plein Air Daze" are scheduled for the summer months and be sure to join in on the Summer Social on June 23rd - a great way to meet your fellow artists and catch up with friends!  Our Zoom Demos will continue throughout the year along with our TNSC Signature Workshops.  Our popular "Time to Paint" returns for the winter months and much, much more! There are 2wo very important dates I would like you to take note of - our Fall Show 2024 and the Spring Show 2025.  Here are the dates:

  • Fall Regional Juried Show 2024: October 19 - November 2
  • Spring Regional Juried Show 2025: April 5 - 19

I certainly hope you take advantage of the exciting activities planned specifically for our TNSC members.  Our goal is to provide you with opportunities for artistic growth, development and accreditation to your craft, no matter what your current skill level may be. Your continued support is invaluable in fostering a thriving artistic community. Let's create, inspire and thrive together and happy painting!  Elaine  Click here to download the calendar: TNSC 2024/2025 CALENDAR 


"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! 


Frieda Martin will be the guest artist at Courtyard Gallery in Enderby from June 1 - 20.  The Courtyard Gallery is located at 907 Belverdere Street, Enderby.  Here is a sneak peak at some of Frieda's art that will be on display. Congratulations on your show Frieda!
Martin - Change is Good Martin - 36 Hours, 29 Minutes 
 Frieda Martin - Change is Good  Frieda Martin - 36 Hours, 29 Minutes
Frieda also wanted us to know that...
The Shuswap Arts Collective is having an opening on May 3, 2024, for their new show at The HourSpace (331 4th st NE, Salmon Arm) from 4pm - 7pm. Several TNSC FCA members are involved including Valerie Rogers, Patricia Smith and Frieda Martin.
The Shuswap Arts Collective is having an Art Studio Tour on May 11, 2024, from 11am - 4 pm. 14 artists will have art on display @ 11 locations! including FCA members Frieda Martin, Valerie Rogers and Patricia Smith. Maps are available on FB events or from participants.
Patricia House is the featured artist at the Main Gallery in the Old Courthouse.  Her show "Life Stilled" is on now until May 25th.  Be sure to check out her collection of skill life artworks inspired by the ordinary and not so ordinary things in our every day lives.   She brings a unique perspective to the world we live in.  Be sure to drop by 7 Seymour Street West, Kamloops.  Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm. Congratulations Patricia!


Use Your Phone's Camera to Compose

How many times have you set up to paint only to realize you are overwhelmed by the landscape? We all need a way to simplify the complexity in front of us. Turn on your camera and you have a smart viewfinder to test out compositions. Snap photos and compare what works best! You can even turn on the gridlines: 
Simplify Values with Black and White 
Values can be trick to figure out. Make it easy on yourself by snapping a photo in black and white. Now you don't have to sort out values and color at the same time. Start with your values. To compose your painting, figure out your hierarchy of values first and then deal with colors later! 

Step Back OR Snap a Pic

Sargent was famous for standing back and attacking the canvas. This way he could clearly see his painting as a whole from further back. Instead of dancing like Sargent, you can use the camera on your phone to look at the image as if you were 20 feet away. The image becomes tiny and you can really see how your painting is working as a whole.
Information Courtesy of: Workshops in France
More Art Tips

How to Wire Artwork for Hanging

Our member Cheryl Potter has graciously provided us with an info sheet for attaching wire to Artwork for Hanging. Cheryl formerly curated at the Jasper Art Gallery. As their Curator, she was constantly rewiring art to ensure it was hung safely.  Thank you Cheryl for this valuable information on hanging. It is so helpful for members to know when wiring and sending art for a show!  (Note: Click on Image and Print for future reference!)
Cheryl Potter art tip


Federation Canadian of Artists

The FCA 2024 Exhibition Submission Calendar is now available!  Access it here:  2024 FCA Calendar

365 Online Exhibition and Calendar Contest - Submit by May 12 - Exhibition: June 1 - 21

Abstracted Exhibition - Sumbit by May 15th - Exhibition: July 8 - 28

On the Edge Exhibition - Submit by May 30 - Exhibition: July 20 - August 18

Signature Medal Exhibition - Submit by June 30 - Exhibition: Aug 19 - Sep 8

Central Okanagan Chapter

OASIS 2024 - Peachland Art Gallery - This is a juried qualifying show open to all Active and Signature members of the following FCA Chapters: Central Okanagan, South Okanagan and Similkameen, North Okanagan and Thompson Nicola Shuswap. Submit by May 13, 2024; Exhibition June 29 - July 28. For more information click here: OASIS2024

FCA North Okanagan Chapter

The North Okanagan Chapter is having a regional FCA show June 1 - 30 2024 at the Armstrong Museum and Gallery. This Exhibit will bring together work from the FCA Chapters in Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton. Submit between May 1 - 12. Exhibition Dates:  June 1 - 30th.  For more information click here:  NOFCA REGIONAL SHOW

Kamloops Arts Council

Art in Public Spaces – Kamloops Library! 2D artworks with various mediums will be showcased in the Kamloops Library Downtown and Northshore locations between May 2024 and August 2024.  Apply Here: AIPS-LIBRARY

Art in Public Spaces - Kamloops Airport! 2D art pieces with various mediums will be showcased throughout the airport from August 2024 to August 2025.  Apply here:  AIPS-AIRPORT

Art in Public Spaces - KAC Galleries - Fan Works and Fantasy Art! A new Exhibition taking place – Fan Works and Fantasy Art. This exhibition is a nod to those who are inspired, create, and participate in making 3D and 2D artwork based on Science Fiction and Fantasy. This exhibition is open to DND, Marvel, Anime, Disney, Pokémon, Unicorns, Dragons, board games and more. This work will be showcased in the Alcove and Vault gallery spaces at the Old Courthouse between July 5 – 25, 2024.  Apply here: AIPS-FAN AND FANTASY

Art in Public Spaces - KAC Galleries - Kamloops Pride! Kamloops Pride Week is August 19 – 25, 2024. To celebrate, Kamloops Arts Council is looking for Art pieces to be showcased in the Hallway and Main Gallery for the month of August. Apply  here: AIPS-PRIDE


Plein air Workshop with Vaughn Butland (June) - Kamloops

Max Grass is hosting a plein air workshop with Vaughn Butland.

  • When: Early June - Instructor is Vaughn Butland
  • Cost $40.00

Contact Max Grass for further information:

Ashcroft Plein Air Event
Winding Rivers invites you to plein air paint the beautiful vistas and heritage buildings in Ashcroft, BC. New this year:  Arrive Thursday evening to take advantage of an extra day of painting on Friday! They have fun group activities planned for non-painting guests, so bring along a friend or spouse.  Dates:  June 7 - 9 Register here - ASHCROFTPLEINAIR


Online Mentorship Program with Tim Bennison, AFCA Thursdays, May 2nd - Jun 8th, 202411.00 AM - 1.00 PM (PDT)Online Via Zoom If you are watercolour artist or interested in watercolours, elevate your artistic prowess and push your creative boundaries with Tim Bennison's Online Mentorships. Join us today and unlock a world of artistic growth and fulfillment in your watercolour paintings!  More information: TIMBENNISON

Online Critique with Leanne Christie, SFCA Thursday June 20th, 2024, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (PDT) online via Zoom. Hear what is working with 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 on how to move your art forward.


DATES:  Sunday - Friday, September 8th - 13th, 2024  The Federation Retreat is the largest educational and social event of the year, hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists. The 2024 Retreat takes place in beautiful Bamfield, British Columbia. Based at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, you'll experience some of the most breathtaking plein air painting locations the West Coast has to offer. In the company of our Master Instructors you'll spend your days creating, painting and developing your skills, while painting en plein air.  In the evenings, you'll have the opportunity to join your peers for a variety of fun socially distant social events or take the time to relax and explore your surroundings. Click here: FCARETREAT


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Mairi Budreau May newsletter


Did you know the TNSC  has a Calendar of Events posted to its website for 2024/2025? 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


Artists, as we enter the month of May, remember that your brushstrokes hold the power to illuminate the world with beauty, provoke thought, and evoke emotion.  Embrace the journey of creation, for within your art lies the potential to inspireuplift and change lives

Keep painting and dreaming
the world eagerly awaits your next masterpiece.

Do you know an artist who would enjoy being a member of the TNSC? No matter the level of artistic skill - beginner, emerging or advanced,  everyone is welcome to be part of our vibrant artistic community. Joining the FCA-TNSC provides Mentorship, Education, Exhibitions and Opportunity!  For more information on how to become a member and start taking part in our ongoing activites, click here: TNSC MEMBERSHIP Contact Cathy Tetarenko, Membership Chair

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