President’s Message November 2018 Everyone,

This newsletter is packed full of information and is summarized as follows:

  1. Bobbi Dunlop Workshop Next Weekend
  2. Additional Membership Survey
  3. Opportunities to Participate and Contribute within our organization
  4. Workshop Committee in the midst of planning 2 years of monthly workshops
  5. Bimonthly drop-in painting nights with Mentor Susan Woolgar
  6. November meeting with watercolorist George Gordon


Bobbi Dunlop Workshop Next Weekend
(Nov 9-11)

There are still four spots remaining for the workshop and there are currently only 4 people signed up for the Friday night demo between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.  You can still sign up at the following link:

Additional Membership Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended October’s meeting and to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. We discussed the results of the survey extensively and the results are highlighted in the minutes.  If you don’t mind spending a few minutes filling out an additional survey to gain more insight on what our members are looking for, the link is below:
FCA Calgary Membership Survey November 2018 – please complete by end of day Sunday, November 12.

Opportunities to Participate and Contribute within our organization

We would love to move forward with many of the great ideas that were suggested in the survey.  In order to do that, we need volunteers to step forward.  We have decided to put committees together with smaller roles, so the tasks are not as daunting and have more of an opportunity to be social in nature.  I have included a list of opportunities that people can become involved in. Currently, all of the positions listed are vacant.  We can build a phenomenal organization if we get people in place working together to get each simple task done.  I think the momentum is starting to roll and it will keep compounding as we get more people on board.   We would like to launch a campaign to promote the FCA and have some new artists join the organization.  We can grow this organization into something amazing.  Please fill out the survey and contact me if you can’t wait to get on board.
"Looking back, I realize I was happiest when active and involved in serving the FCA. Proof of the old adage, "the more you give the more you receive". Volunteering your time can be very rewarding in more ways than one and I recommend everyone try it."
A quote from Ken Lampard…
As a pressing matter, I am sad to announce that Shannon King has stepped down as secretary.  In a note to me, she mentioned the following:
“The work you are doing to rebuild and breath fresh air into the organization is important and desired by new members. I am very proud of what has happened over the past year and how you have stepped up as a leadership team to continue the very difficult transformation to being a Functioning Board (with full fiduciary responsibilities to its members).”
Unfortunately, we cannot run a full executive board without someone taking her place.  It is not a difficult position and it is a great way to get involved with the organization. The duties are listed in the notes below.
Secretary – this is the most pressing position, as we cannot run our chapter with a vacant executive member position.  The Secretary is responsible for all the correspondence of the FCA Calgary Chapter. He/She prepares and keeps minutes from all meetings, and makes these available to members upon request. The Secretary also has custody of all records and documents of the chapter except those required to be kept by the Treasurer.
Promotions Coordinator  – We would like to make a flyer with information about membership and how to apply to the FCA.  This would be available at some popular art supply stores, local galleries and other art organizations around the city
Social Media Coordinator – We would like to have all of the articles from art avenue  posted on the Facebook group (and Instagram?). We are looking for someone to monitor posts from members regarding upcoming shows, exhibits, awards and workshops… Maybe features from member artists etc. Someone who has an understanding of social media would be great.
Paint-in Host – We need someone to act as a host for our bi-annual drop-in painting nights on the first and third Thursday’s of each month.  Come paint, take attendance and hand out the odd cheque.  We don’t need commitment for all the sessions as we can have different people fill in as needed.  I would love to have someone who makes sure that there is a host attending each session. 
Show Committee Coordinator – we will be gathering up show committee members for the spring show.  We need someone to chair the committee and act as show coordinator in order to run the show through the FCA organization.  Details on the show committee will be available shortly
Newsletter Coordinator – This person would gather information from the president and the other committee chairs to spread information in a monthly newsletter for the chapter.
Program Coordinator – We are looking for a Program Coordinator to help in planning and organizing programs and activities at monthly meetings.

Workshop Committee in the midst of planning 2 years of monthly workshops

I am happy to announce that we have put a team of six individuals together for our workshop committee.  We met for dinner this past Tuesday to take on the task of planning two years’ worth of workshops.  It is important to the organization to continue providing great workshops to our members. More details will follow shortly.

Bi-monthly drop-in painting nights with mentor Susan Woolgar

As requested strongly by the members who responded to the survey, we are in the final stages of setting up a bi-monthly paint-in at Kensington Art Supply.  It will be a drop-in event with Susan Woolgar as a mentor – bring your paintings in any media, socialize with other members and take-in Susan’s tips to turn your paintings into masterpieces. It will be held the first and third Thursday of each month starting in January.  Details are still being confirmed and information and sign-up details will be available shortly.

November Meeting

We will be meeting Tuesday, November 20th, at Lakeview Community Association at 7:00 pm  We will discuss all of the items we have talked about in this newsletter and I am happy to announce that we have George Gordon doing a Watercolour demo.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Here’s a link to the October Meeting Minutes.

Tracy Proctor
President, FCA Calgary Chapter


President’s Message October 2018

Hello FCA Calgary Chapter Members,

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting this Tuesday evening. James Tenote is on the program to do a demonstration in the second half of the meeting. Most importantly, we will be discussing the compiled results of the survey and how we will use the information moving forward. It was great to see so many people took part and provided interesting feedback and comments – thanks for your involvement. The business side of the meeting will be very short. I have listed the topics in point form below.


  1. Survey Results
  2. New format of monthly meetings starting November
    • November meeting – Demo by George Gorden
    • January Meeting – Critique by Sharon Williams
  3. Bobbie Dunlop workshop information
  4. Focus Groups for action plans to execute results of the survey
  5. Blog content on website – Facebook page for member’s news
  6. Membership dues
  7. Demo from James Tenote

We will meet, as usual, on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Lakeview Community Center (6110 34 ST, Calgary, AB T3E 5L6).

You can review September’s chapter meeting minutes here.

Tracy Proctor
President, FCA Calgary Chapter

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

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 Broadhead
  • 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 ([email protected])

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


April 2018 Annual General Meeting

The April chapter meeting is our Annual General Meeting, and we need to elect a new board and vote on new committee members. Bring your nominations to the meeting!

The following Board positions are open, and new members must be voted in by the membership at the AGM:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer (shadow our current Treasurer until December 2018, then take on full responsibility)

Volunteer Positions open:

  • Membership Coordinator
  • Workshop Coordinator(s)
  • Advertising Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Newsletter Editor

April 2018 President’s Message

The Spring has sprung, the grass is riz.
I wonder where the boidie is.
They say the boidie’s on the wing
But that’s absoid. The wing is on the boid.
Anonymous (And it wasn’t Ogden Nash)

On February 2 I crawled out of my den like my fellow groundhogs; Brandon Bob, Balzac Billy, Shubenacadie Sam and, of course, Punxsutawney Phil (He should have won an Oscar for Best Supporting Ground Hog in “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray!) We all saw our shadow and slipped back into the burrow for another six week nap. When I finally decided to try again I was greeted by the sounds of a Spring morning in Calgary, a snowblower. But I thought I would give it a day and sure enough on the weekend Spring finally arrived. How did I know this was for real? I heard a throaty rumble outside the condo, ran to the window and watched the “Hell’s Angels” roll by in formation. They had crawled out of their clubhouse, a sure sign that Spring was upon us. It had to be true, after all if you can’t trust the Hell’s Angels who can you trust. What? Is that a snowblower I hear. Okay a quick trip to Starbucks and then it’s back to my burrow until the May long weekend!

As you all know on Tuesday, April 17, we will get together for another Spring ritual, our Annual General Meeting. Come prepared with your nominations for your new FCA Board. (President, Vice-President, Treasurer). If you ever saw “Groundhog Day”, there are days I wouldn’t mind living over so I could get it right! But Ah Well, it’s time to “exit stage left”. It has been great spending time with you and with the Board and committed volunteers who have given more than you know to make the FCA work, and to promote the arts in Calgary.
Where is my baton? Time to pass it on!


Bob McAllister