The local chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists is holding its annual adjudicated Spring exhibition from April 10 to 29.
The Arrowsmith Chapter of the FCA is featuring works from 23 of its member artists this year at The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach. For inclusion in the show, members could submit up to five paintings, which jurors from the FCA (all highly experienced artists and longstanding members of the organization not from the area) could consider for admittance. Ninety-nine works were submitted, with 42 pieces being accepted.
With a history that stems back to 1941 and the Group of Seven, having a piece in an FCA show is “a real honour,” said Peggy Schollenberg, one of the artists taking part this year. “You wait in anticipation,” for the acceptance letter, she said. “It’s my first (FCA show), so it’s truly exciting.”
The NEWS spoke with three artists participating this year, and for those looking for a brighter, more colourful spring than what we’ve had so far, this exhibition might be just the thing.
Peggy Burkosky, an AFCA Signature member, works in watercolour, combining figurative and floral work into colourful, semi-realistic pieces.
Schollenberg, on the other hand, works to capture the mystical quality of the Vancouver Island landscape and wildlife. She uses oil on canvas to create realistic depictions of her local inspiration.
Patt Scrivener, a longtime participant of the Arrowsmith Chapter show and an AFCA Signature member, has recently been creating figurative, abstract work with mixed media. Taking inspiration from her imagination and real-life experiences, she creates vibrant pieces — some with stories attached, and others conveying emotion.
She said she enjoys the colourful, whimsical nature of the piece which was accepted into the show.
But the judging isn’t over. There are awards for first, second and third place, as well as people’s choice.
The show runs from April 10-29, with the opening reception and awards on Wednesday, April 12, at 2 p.m. at TOSH.