Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA

October 2023 Newsletter


Our next demonstration day and information sharing will be held on Saturday, October 14th, at the Blind Bay Hall.  Join us for a live demonstration from Krystyna Laycraft who will be showing us her process to make a beautiful collage. We will each try our hand at making our own collage following Krystyna's presentation.  Below is a list of supplies that you will need to make your collage.

  • TNSC DEMO DAY:  Saturday, October 14, 2023
  • Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Demo time:  The demo will start at 10:15am
  • Location:  Blind Bay Hall, 2510 Blind Bay Road
  • Carpool available!  Please contact Elaine to make arrangements.
  • Bring your artwork for the critique session, lunch and snacks!

Supplies to bring:

  • Cardboard, Canvas or Wood Panel (12x12, 11x9 or similar)
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Coloured papers, photos or magazines for cutting

About Krystyna Laycraft:  Krystyna was born in Poland.  After immigrating to Canada she worked as a scientist on the Aurora Borealis at the University of Calgary.  She was introduced to art and it changed her life. She fell in love with nature and began to create art in pastels and acrylics.  More recently, she found collage which gives her an outlet to express her world and the world around her. Krystyna has committed herself to her art for 30+ years.  You can visit her website here: KRYSTYNAART

Krystyna Laycraft Krystyna Laycraft 1 Krystyna Laycraft 3

 Krystyna is currently exhibiting at the Gallery Vertigo, 3105 - 28th Avenue, Vernon.  Her show "The Colors of Existence" features 24 collages depicting the experience of time in the form of four seasons of the year.  Be sure to check it out!



The  18th Annual TNSC Regional Fall Fine Art Show and Sale is underway and what a show it is!  The show features artworks from the best of the best artists from Kamloops, Shuswap and the Okanagan.  Drop by and immerse yourself and your senses in a variety of artworks, genres, mediums and subject matter.  Experience professional artists at the easel first hand!  Most days, invited artists will put on a live demonstration.  This is your opportunity to meet other artists and ask questions about their process.  Make your vote count for the “People’s Choice Award”.

Date:               September 26 – October 7

Time:              Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Location:        The Old Courthouse Gallery, 7 Seymour Street West, Kamloops, BC



 Three top prizes and two awards of excellence were handed out.  Here are your top artworks for 2023! 

Blair Dunlop - Breathe

First Place

Blair Dunlop - Breathe

Wendy Hart Penner - Limoncello Party

Second Place

Wendy Hart Penner - Limoncello Party

Christine Sherwood - Remembering Spring

Third Place

Christine Sherwood - Remembering Spring


Insun Kang - Thinking of you

Honourable Mention

Insun Kang - Thinking of you

Cathy Tetarenko - Catching Rays

Honourable Mention

Cathy Tetarenko - Catching Rays

Kate Tooke - Florence the Poser

Honourable Mention

Kate Tooke - Florence the Poser

 Congratulations to our winners and honourable mentions and congratulations to all the artists who had their artwork judged into the TNSC 2023 Fall Regional Show.  We are very proud of all our artists.

To view the entire gallery, click here:  TNSCFALL2023GALLERY



Our Passion for Painting day was a success with a keen group of artists in attendance to see our master artists at work. Here is a recap of the day.  Feedback has been very positive and we hope to bring this popular event back again next year!

Janice Robertson demonstrated in acrylics.  She worked from a photo reference recently taken on her trip to Vancouver Island.  The scene demonstrated the importance of composition and focal point.  You can view Janice's website here:  JANICEROBERTSONARTIST

Janice Robertson - Passion 2023 Janice Robertson, SFCA

 Gaye Adams demonstrated in oils.  She worked from a photo reference taken in Smithers, BC.  It was a winter scene which gave her an opportunity to show us how she enhances light into her paintings.  You can view Gaye Adams website here:  GAYEADAMSARTIST

Gaye Adams - Passion 2023 Gaye Adams, SFCA

 Debbie Lively demonstrated in watercolour and gouache.  She worked from a photo reference taken in Chilliwack, BC.  This gave us an opportunity to learn how to use our watercolours and gouache for studies in the field.  You can view Debbie Lively's website here: DEBBIELIVELYARTIST

Debbie Lively - Passion 2023 Debbie Lively, AFCA


Our Plein Air Days have concluded for this year.  They were a great success with several members attending to paint in beautiful locations throughout Kamloops and area.  There was friendship, learning and challenges of painting in the great outdoors.  Everyone added some new knowledge to their skill sets and went home with some beautiful artwork.  Plan to join us next summer!  You never know where the adventure will take you!  Looking for more group painting time?  Join us for "Time to Paint"!



"Time to Paint" kicks off today!  There are 3 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.  Not sure if you want to commit?  Come and join the group for a session and see for yourself.  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, supplies, snacks, etc. 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 

Dates:  One Sunday each month, 10 - 1.
Location: Riverside Park, lower lounge in Heritage House. Free parking.
2023: October 1, November 12, December 3
2024: January 7, February 4, March 3, May 5
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Expressive Mark-Making Workshop  With Lalita Hamill

  • Date: Sat/Sun Nov 4-5th, 2023
  • Time:  10am - 4pm each day
  • Location: The Old Courthouse in Kamloops, BC
  • Cost:  $225 members; $275 non-members

For More Information and to Register LALITAHAMILLWORKSHOP

The TNSC is once again hosting a workshop with Lalita Hamill. Continuing on the theme of foundational skills, this workshop will focus on "Expressive Mark Making". 

The way you move and use a tool such as a palette knife or brush contributes substantially to your artistic ‘style’ or ‘voice’. If your marks are heavy-handed, tentative, sloppy, unintentional, uninteresting, and/or overworked, you are not living up to your full artistic potential.

Those of you ready to take your brushwork and mark-making to the next level of expressiveness, join Lalita as she guides participants through a series of step by step demos and exercises, to be applied to several small or medium studies.

Main topics will include the following:

  • Planning vs experimentation
  • Applying paint with a palette knife
  • Grips, stances, gestures and pressure
  • Mixing colour on the palette vs on the canvas
  • Edges & eye flow
  • Hesitant vs confident marks
  • Preventing overworking
  • Creating variety within unity
  • Fundamentals of abstraction
  • Use of other tools for mark-making
  • What to do when things go ‘sideways’
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I just returned from a plein air adventure in Montana and Yellowstone Park.  What an amazing journey!  There were so many beautiful scenes to paint that it was hard to narrow down the choices!  Having participated in the TNSC Summer Plein Air Days really gave me the confidence to get out in the big world and experience plein air painting with other artists from around the globe.  I highly recommend joining us next year if you have the desire to plein air paint.  It is a great way to get your feet wet!  Now, be sure to check out our Fall Fine Art Show!  What a variety of artwork on display. The calibre of talent from our local and regional artists is outstanding.  Comments or Questions?  Drop me a note   Happy Painting!  Elaine 


Canadian Federation of Artists
  • 10 Squared, Exhibition:  Dec 12 - 23, Submit by:  Oct 15

Kamloops Arts Council - Small Works

Kamloops Arts Council is pleased to announce Call for Artists - Small//works 2023. Submissions are now open until November 15th at midnight. SMALL//works is a fundraiser for Kamloops Arts Council and is a fabulous opportunity to show your work and support KAC! This year, KAC will donate the proceeds to a charitable cause. For more information and to submit your artwork, click here:  SMALLWORKS 

Kamloops Arts Council - Art in Public Spaces

It is time to do another rotation at the Kamloops Library! Submissions are now open for AIPS – Kamloops Library. 2D art pieces with various mediums will be showcased in the Kamloops Library downtown and Northshore locations. Submit by October 20th. Click here for more information: AIPSLibrary


"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!   

Debra Gow

Debra Gow - The Two Gingers, mixed media & inks 12x14

I am thrilled to announce my painting  (The two Gingers) has SOLD! at the Federation Gallery  (2023 ABSTRACTED EXHIBITION) Grandville Island ~ Debra Gow Congratulations Debra!

Cathy Tetarenko & Patrica House 

During September, artists from all over the world participated in the STRADA painting and drawing daily challenge, an online Instagram event. By entering the challenge each artist practiced and honed their skills by drawing or painting daily and as a bonus, 5 STRADA Easels were up for draw for 5 artists upon finishing the challenge! 
Just an example of a couple of members daily paintings: 
Trish House Strada Sept'23

Patricia House

September Instagram Stradaeasel Challenge, daily painting

Cathy Tetarenko Stradaeasel Sept'23

Cathy Tetarenko

September Instagram Stradaeasel Challege, daily painting

Ashcroft Plein Air Weekend and the FCA Retreat

Patricia House spent a week plein air painting in September, participating in two events.

The Winding River Arts Society reinvigorated their annual plein air event September 15 to 17. A wonderful weekend to paint where you would like (they provide some excellent suggestions) and enjoy some great food! The weekend rounds off with a show and sale open to the community - several sales were made, including two of mine! Both were painted of the Desert Hills Farm's pumpkin patch. 

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The annual FCA retreat was held at the Flying U Ranch on Green Lake, Sepember 17 to 22. The ranch was an excellent rustic venue with lots of ambiance to complement their great food and staff. Painting locations were both on the ranch and nearby in the Little Arrowhead and Sunset View Provincial Parks. The four instructors (Perry Haddock, Jack Turpin, Ann Willsie and Maria Johannsonn) were knowledgable and entertaining. The week rounded out with a show and sale on the last night. Several sales were made as well including one of mine, the first painting of the week which captured sunlight filtering through aspens on a hillside. Looking forward to possibly going to Bamfield next year!




The TNSC is excited to be offering another workshop with Lalita Hamill. Continuing on the theme of foundational skills, this workshop will focus on "Expressive Mark-Making"

  • Date:  Sat/Sun November 4-5, 2023
  • Time:  10am - 4pm each day
  • Location:  The Old Courthouse, Kamloops, BC
  • Cost:  $225 members; $275 non-members

For More information and to register:  LALITAHAMILLWORKSHOP

Debbie Lively - Night Time Glow Workshop

Debbie Lively Workshop Nov 23 

Night Time Glow – for Oils or Acrylics

Date:  November 3 and 4, 2023  Time:  9:30 – 3:30

Place:  Valleyview Community Hall  Cost:  $220

I love the way lights glow from windows in the evening! They are so inviting and there's a feeling of coziness. In this workshop I'll be teaching you some fun new painting techniques. You'll learn colour mixtures for a darker but colourful night time scene, how to merge different hues of the same value (for excitement and interest!), an emphasis on edges and how to soften or accentuate them, how to add sparkle with a palette knife, brushwork for a much more impressionistic style and more! Class limit 12  Contact:  Debbie Lively

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:  Oct 17,18,19 - Nov 7,8,9 - Nov 28,29,30 - Dec 12,13,14


Online Foundations Program

October 5 - December 7

Fall 2023 Registration is now open. This program consists of 10 Thursday evening classes which will provide a condensed, high-level overview of what every visual artist should know. Each class is dedicated to a different topic and taught by a different instructor, in order to provide exposure to a range of concepts and teaching methods. More information can be found here:  FALL2023FOUNDATIONS

Online Mentorship for Abstract Painters with Sue Cowan, SFCA

October 18 - November 22

Embark on a six-week transformative journey through live Zoom sessions, guided by acclaimed artist Sue Cowan. The program commences with a personalized introduction, where Sue assesses your work and delves into your individual goals and aspirations for participating in this mentorship.

More information can be found here:  SUECOWANMENTORSHIP

John Singer Sargent's Carmela Bertanga with Michael Britton

October 24 - November 28

Paintings that are as fresh as hot biscuits are oft painted with an economy of succinct, expressive brush strokes rendered with a sympathetic correspondence to the underlying form and structure of the head. Michael Britton’s six session Zoom workshop begins by introducing you to the practice of spotting color values; a tactile practice of rendering three-dimensional form with colour rather than the common illustrative narration.

You’ll be studying Sargent’s understood methodology of portrait painting vis-a-vis copying his engaging portrait of Carmella Bertagna (1879) life-sized.

More information can be found here:  MICHAELBRITTON



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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