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Exhibit offers crème de la crème of Peace region painters

With Covid continuing to nip at our heels, it seems our regional artists may have more time than they’ve ever had to practice their craft. The quality of work emerging from our area gives evidence to the skills and creativity of our local artists.

With Covid continuing to nip at our heels, it seems our regional artists may have more time than they’ve ever had to practice their craft. The quality of work emerging from our area gives evidence to the skills and creativity of our local artists. Let’s support them!

For the first time since the pandemic struck, both of our galleries at the Beaverlodge Art and Culture Centre, rather than only our larger one, will be open this December. The main gallery housing the juried art of the Peace River Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (PRFCA), and the mini gallery being decked out for Christmas gift shopping.

Every two years, BACS hosts the juried show of the PRFCA, this year opening Sunday, Nov. 29, and showing until the centre closes for Christmas on Dec. 19 .

President of the chapter, Charlie Parslow of Dawson Creek, credits Beaverlodge’s Lynn Hachey-Nordhagen and Goodfare’s Mimi Zhang-Mackie for proposing 'Uplift' as this year’s theme.

In keeping with the exhibit’s premise, Parslow is reminded of a Steven Covey quote: “’It’s not what happens to us that is important but how we respond to what happens to us that is important.’ Clearly, the theme of this show is providing artists an opportunity to share what gives uplift to their lives.”

Parslow reflects that one of the powers of art is to give expression to what is important to the individual artist. This theme reveals what helps to transcend the individual to a place of hope, meaning, community and grounding in these turbulent times.

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Mimi Zhang-Mackie’s hand-painted Christmas balls are often picked up by collectors of her little masterpieces. Supplied

Head office for the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is in Vancouver, which is where a jury judges submissions for entry into the chapter shows. This year, because we cannot have an opening reception, the show will have an online opening hosted by Parslow in which he will announce the winners. Watch BACS’ Facebook page and website for links.

Sharing and promoting the passion and pleasure of the visual arts, the not-for-profit FCA has a long and illustrious history with fourteen chapters across Canada and over 2,800 members.

It was founded in 1941 by a group of influential artists including Group of Seven luminary, Lawren Harris. The Peace River Chapter’s 34 members reside from Valleyview to Fort St. John.

The Federation’s art exhibit is open free to the public from Nov. 29 to Dec. 19.

To be assured of a Covid-safe experience, you and your cohort can have the galleries to yourselves by calling 780-354-3600 or emailing bacs@telus.net to schedule a time Tuesday to Saturday.