Most visual artists don’t engage in artmaking to satisfy competitive urges.
But the upcoming Federation of Canadian Artists’ spring exhibition puts Greater Victoria members of the national group into a competitive situation. The juried show, which runs April 8 to 19 at the Coast Collective gallery in Colwood, requires artists to submit works for possible inclusion in the show.
Mercifully, there’s little waiting around for the artists to find out whether their work has been accepted. They drop off their pieces for adjudication April 6.
“We have in the neighbourhood of 100 members, but at any given show, only about 30 are juried in, with roughly 50 or more pieces on exhibit,” says FCA Victoria chapter spokesperson and show co-ordinator Agnes Cornell. “If (visitors) come to the exhibit for the first time, they’ll probably be amazed by the quality of the work.”
A trio of Greater Victoria artists with credentials are serving as jurors for this show, including signature (senior) FCA members Catherine Moffatt and Jennifer Olson, and associate member David Goatley.
Cornell says the group always tries to have two veteran members and one newer member on the adjudication panel for its spring and fall shows, as a way to groom more people for “jury duty.”
An opening for the show happens April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit victoriafca.com for more information.