About the FCA Calgary Chapter

Welcome to the Federation of Canadian Artists Calgary Chapter (FCA Calgary). We are a collective of professional and semi-professional Calgary and area artists who meet regularly to share our love of art and art-making. We offer everyone the opportunity to learn and enhance their visual communication skills in workshops and demonstrations. We also regularly host juried exhibitions of members work to be enjoyed and purchased by the public at large.

Learn more about our parent organization, the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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Workshops

The FCA Calgary Chapter hosts a number of workshops throughout the year. Workshops are open to FCA Calgary members and the general public. Our workshop coordinators work hard to find outstanding instructors who can help the membership expand their technical skills. Past workshop instructors include Mike Svob, Sandy Maudlin, Sarah Yeoman, Jane Davies, and more.

Upcoming Workshops

October 24th 2020 – Contemporary Landscape Painting with Norma Barsness
October 25th 2020 – Contemporary Landscape Painting with Norma Barsness
November 20th and 21st 2020 – Loose and Large with Connie Geertz
January 9th and 10th 2021 – Loose and Large with Connie Geertz

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Membership

Welcome! The FCA Calgary Chapter offers two primary levels of membership: Supporting and Active. Every Calgary Chapter membership entitles you to attend chapter meeting with interesting presenters, demos, and other events and gives you great discounts on workshops. Only Active Members may participate in our juried exhibitions. Membership is a wonderful way to meet other artists and to keep growing artistically!

In order to be a member of the Calgary Chapter, you must belong to our parent organization as well. The headquarters of the national Federation of Canadian Artists is on Granville Island in Vancouver and that is also the location of our national gallery which has many different shows per year. If you are an Active Member you can submit your artwork for consideration in one of the shows, can win awards, titles and prizes, and can list your website on the FCA website. In addition, your national Supporting or Active membership includes a subscription to Art Avenue magazine, a biweekly e-newsletter and discounted rates on workshops, classes and advertising. The membership year runs from January to December but new members who join October to December will have their membership extended to the following year. Currently, at the national level, Supporting Memberships cost $65 while Active Memberships cost $95.

Joining the Calgary Chapter or renewing your membership is much easier if you have already paid for your national membership and have an emailed receipt saved on your computer. If you have not yet paid for your national FCA membership, please click on the appropriate button below to pay your national membership online:
Click here if you are applying for FCA membership for the first time
Click here to renew your national FCA membership

Here’s how to get the Vancouver receipt ready to be used for the Calgary online renewal process.   You will receive an email from the Vancouver FCA  with the receipt. Right click on the icon for the file and click on “save” and save it to the desktop where you can easily find it when you browse for it during the Calgary online renewal process. Alternatively, you can click on the receipt to open it and go to File>Save as or File>Save. If you find that too confusing, just forward the email from Vancouver to me at [email protected]

We hope you will pay for your Calgary Chapter membership online as well. Doing so updates your personal information and membership instantly. However, you may also pay by phone with a credit card or by lettermail with a cheque. Use the form below to contact the membership coordinator if you do not want to renew online.

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Contact Us

Monthly Meetings

Everyone is welcome to attend our chapter meetings to get to know our members and learn more about the FCA. We often have a painting demonstration or some other lecture of interest to new and established artists as part of our monthly meeting.

We meet on third Tuesday of every month from
September to May (Excluding December)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 894 3919 9597

This is the link for ALL of our chapter meetings, so put it in your calendar notes section, and you will always have it easily accessible. You do not need a password, just click on the link and you will be taken to the meeting. If I haven’t started the meeting yet, then you will see a screen that says so and just leave it open and when I start the meeting, it will open for you. You want to click ‘join with computer audio”. I suggest you take the meeting on a desktop computer so you will have room to see everyone. In the top right you will see a button that shows gallery view or speaker view -toggle to gallery view if you want to see everyone on the call. If you have it on speaker view, then I will fill your screen (lucky you!) or whoever is giving a report. There is a CHAT icon on your screen -if you open that you can type in comments and questions during the meeting. PLEASE EVERYONE, join with video! We have missed seeing everyone’s faces, and that is why we are having our meetings this way! I will mute everyone when the meeting is to begin, but you can have the first 10 minutes to chat amongst yourselves. PLEASE NOTE: It is NEW for me to run my own zoom meeting, but I have attended tons. Please be patient with me, and I will do likewise 🙂

****Here is an excellent Youtube tutorial about how to get on a Zoom meeting if you have never been on one before: https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E. PLEASE watch that video well before our call!!
Youtube is putting annoying ads into their videos, so when you see an ad launching, just wait for the countdown timer on the bottom right to say “Skip ads”, hit that, and you will be taken back to your Youtube video!

Please click on that Zoom link at 6:50pm on meeting dates, just so we can all get on before the meeting begins. I will start the call about 12 minutes early so that I can welcome you! You should be able to click the zoom link at any time and it will take you to zoom. I won’t be there, but you can see that it works and that you can get in. Please eliminate any noise going on around you as Zoom is very sensitive and will pick up all the ambient noise in each person’s location. Thank you in advance!!

Lakeview Community Association Hall
6110-34 St. SW, Calgary, AB

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