President’s Message September 2018

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great summer and is eager for a fresh start to the Calgary Federation Chapter.  First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who attended the brainstorming session in the spring.  There were so many various ideas and many of them will be obtainable over the course of the year if we have people in place to execute all of these fabulous ideas.  The consensus that I received is that people were looking for a place to build relationships in the art community.

My goal this year is to step back, rebuild and do exactly that.  The lifeblood of a volunteer organization runs on its members’ strengths and input.  I believe that members have to feel a connection with one another and feel like they are benefiting from their involvement before they step forward and donate their valuable time and energy. There is obviously a disconnect in that department, as there are very few people stepping forward to fulfill those commitments.  If, at this time, we focus on the rebuild instead of forcing members to volunteer, we can obtain better results down the road.

Just a few quick updates for you and I’ll begin with the most pressing matter:  Edgemont “Art Harvest”  Exhibition is cancelled due to a lack of volunteers. We could not move forward with Vancouver without a Show Coordinator and Artist Submission Coordinator.  It’s plain and simple – without man-power, there can be no show.

I am happy to announce that the FCA Calgary website refresh is finished and the results are incredible.  A big thank you to Pamela Jones for all of her tireless efforts to make this work. We will be reviewing the website at the meeting next Tuesday night.

Here’s a link to minutes from our Special Annual General Meeting held May 15, 2018.

I will be driving from Penticton next Tuesday and may not arrive until after 7:00 pm.  Laurie Thompson will be chairing the meeting until I arrive.

See you next week.

Tracy Proctor
FCA Calgary President

ArtWalk Map for 2018

This year marks the 35th anniversary of ArtWalk; A free annual festival designed for all Calgarians to experience the wide-range of visual art in Calgary. Whether you are familiar with or brand new to Calgary’s art scene—walk, ride, or hop to dozens of venues across the city to take in artist talks and tours, exhibitions, workshops, and more.

Visit the Calgary Art Walk website for more information.

Member News

Marija Petricevic-Bosnjak, AFCA, is pleased to announce the unveiling of commissioned portraits to Engineered Air, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of Heating, Air Conditioning and other products.

The unveiling of Mr. David Kukkonen’s portrait was on January 20, 2018 at Newmarket, Ontario, and the unveiling of Mr. John Lindstrom’s portrait was on February 2, 2018 in Calgary.

Member Shows

Sheila Schaetzle’s SFCA solo exhibition Reflections at Calgary’s Palliser Art and Framing, which runs until the end of September, opened on July 25th with over 40 people in attendance. Sheila would like to acknowledge the great community support she has received in organizing the show.

Member Shows

Ray Swirsky AFCA’s paintings are featured in the Beacon Annual Fall Art Exhibition & Sale on October 13th, the DeWinton Art Show & Sale from October 12th to 14th, and Calyx Art Exhibition & Sale on October 20th.

Members Shows

Congratulations to our members on their local and international show achievements.

Art in Transit
Airdrie, AB

Tami Hort Lathwell’s paintings Fancy Dance  and Puddles were chosen as part of Airdrie’s “Art in Transit” competition incorporating cultural themes in public places.

International Guild of Realism
Sante Fe, NM

Paula Henchell’s painting was juried into the “International Guild of Realism” in Santa Fe New Mexico which opens on October 5th.

Members at the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase

Branko Marjanovic and Judie Popplewell were part of a cohort of over a dozen artists who hosted individual Artists Studios as part of the Western Showcase, one of features of the Calgary Stampede, an annual event that attracts over a million visitors.

Ron Czemeres and Lori Clipperton had their work juried into the Western Showcase Art Gallery into the 2018 Art Gallery show. Lori had her paintings in the Miniature Masterpieces on the Salon Wall. Lori noted that the Stampede “Stir-up” (Buyers’ Night) on July 4th was well attended by art enthusiasts and artists. It’s a great way to start off the Art portion of the Calgary Stampede. During the Stampede Lori demonstrated her “Alcohol Ink” processes during two of the “Artist InSite” events.

Judie Popplewell was juried into the Artists Studio in the BMO Centre in the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show for the 19th time. Judie was present in her Studio everyday for 12 hours and received numerous commissions that “will keep her busy during those long winter months”. Judie prepared the board on which she painted Round and Round, with pouring medium mixed with which gave it “a mosaic, glittering texture.” Judie’s paintings were on display at Art on 9th, a gallery run by Jimm and Michelle Holland that has recently featured paintings by Calgary Chapter members Tammy Fischer, Janie Lockwood, Tracy Proctor, Judie Popplewell, Sheila Schaetzle, and Sharon-Lynn Williams.

Member Showings in FCA National and Chapter Shows

Congratulations to those whose paintings were juried into recent Federation Gallery shows including:

2018 Go Figure Exhibition

AIMAE: The Annual International Mail-in Art Exhibition

2018 Painting On the Edge Exhibition

2018 Summer Showcase

Small, Smaller, Smallest

National FCA Okanagan Art Show and Inspiration Symposium
Peachland Art Gallery, BC

New Board Members

The Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter is pleased to announce the following new board members:

  • President: Tracy Proctor
  • Vice President: Laurie Thompson
  • Second Vice President: Marj Boradhead
  • Treasurer: Leila Chan

Leila will be taking over for Nadine Johnson as Treasurer as of January 2019.

Many thanks to our outgoing board members – Bob McAllister, Sherry Telle, Sheila Mitchell and Nadine Johnson. Your hard work and dedication were greatly appreciated.

The new board is excited to welcome new volunteers to the following positions:

Membership Coordinator: Christine Selbstaedt

Thank you to our previous committee volunteers – Andrea Slack, Sheila Mitchell, Caran Magaw, Cassandra Arnold. You did an outstanding job!

The following volunteer positions still need to be filled. If you are interested, please contact Tracy Proctor (

  • Workshop Coordinator
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Exhibition Jury Coordinator
  • Publicity/Social Media Coordinator
  • Newsletter Editor