Touchstones Nelson to feature West Kootenay artists

Touchstones Nelson will feature 38 paintings by 12 artists of the West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Elaine Afoldy's Sunflowers in a Jar

Touchstones Nelson will feature 38 paintings by 12 artists of the West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists from May 13 to 18.

The work, selected by jurors Susie Cipolla, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, and Fran Alexander, is a collection of various mediums including oil, acrylic, and watercolour.

The 12 artists represented in the exhibit are Elaine Alfoldy, Creston; Lucy Bates, Fruitvale; Darlene Dautel, Grand Forks; Brigitte Desbois, Nelson; Sandra Donohue, Robson; Helena Edmison, Trail; Robyn Gold, Winlaw; Alison Graeme, Nelson; Stephanie Gauvin, Rossland; Sandra Irvine, Nelson; Astrid Pinkerton, Robson; and Barbara Pistak, Rossland.

Federation of Canadian Artists prizes were awarded to Elaine Alfoldy of Creston for “Sunflowers in a Jar,” (watercolour), Stephanie Gauvin of Rossland for “Sparkle,” (acrylic); and Brigitte Desbois of Nelson for “Shutty Beach Bench Early Evening,” (oil).

Awards of Excellence were given to Lucy Bates of Fruitvale for “Drinnon Pass,” (oil); Sandra Donohue of Robson for “Knock, Knock,” (watercolour); and to Astrid Pinkerton of Robson for “Rialto Fountain” (watercolour).

The Federation of Canadian Artists, founded in 1941, is a community of artists and art lovers. The federation’s head office and gallery are located in Vancouver, on Granville Island where bi-monthly juried exhibits by emerging and signature artists are featured. Its mission is to promote the passion and pleasure of the visual arts through exhibition, education and communication.

The federation, a non-profit organization has chapters throughout Canada. More information about the FCA membership, exhibits, and workshops can be found at artists.ca.

The local chapter, formed in May 2001, includes 30 members in the West and East Kootenays, and the Okanagan. Meetings are held four times a year. Their aims are to encourage artistic and professional growth through critiques, and demos at meetings, and workshops instructed by local, national and internationally known artists.