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

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 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 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