Victoria FCA General Meetings
2024 Meeting Calendar
Victoria Chapter meetings are monthly opportunities to network with members, experience demonstrations and critiques by leading artists, and hear about upcoming events. The Victoria Chapter meets at Cedar Hill Rec Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 3Y3, in Art Room 2. Monthly general meetings are open to FCA Victoria Chapter members and guests. Meet and Greet starts at 6:45pm. Demos and critiques start at 6:45pm and finish between 8:30 and 9:00 pm. Masks are a personal choice and proof of vaccination is no longer required.
March 21 Meeting and Critique Night with Steven Dickerson
April 18 Annual General Meeting and Presentation with Adrien Smart
Our January meeting and presentation with Adrien has been rescheduled for April 15, 2024.
Date: April 18, 2024
Place: Cedar Hill Rec Centre
About Adrien’s Presentation
Adrien Smart debuted as a painter at this year's Sooke Fine Arts Exhibition. In our January meeting he will describe how he got started, and what he learned through a two-year crash course in oil painting. Adrien attended a residency in Belgrade, Serbia, and he will demonstrate how the routine he developed there led to his sobriety as well as numerous breakthroughs.
Adrien Smart is a Canadian oil painter whose portraits are inspired by neoclassicism and a modern desire to cast figures in a refreshing representational aesthetic. He delves into melodrama as a source of inspiration rather than something to be avoided like the plague, and he believes that every person deserves to be the subject of a painting. Smart mines for that sweet-spot where a figure in oils can depict our deepest emotions with a sincerity that speaks volumes to the human condition, and if a little emotion comes to the surface from the viewer, well, that’s what he’d like to call a “two-fer-one.”
He is a storyteller, and always has been. Whether it was drawing comics as a child, crafting short fiction on his grandmother’s typewriter as a teenager, or making independent films as a young adult, all roads seemingly led him to pursue a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. He has worn many hats, and those who have met him will know this to be true. He is the class clown, the commercial flower farmer, the writer of spam-emails, the dedicated support worker, the ice-cream man, the friend, the son, the brother, and the kind of artist who needs Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Moirisette to be within arm's reach at all times.
Angst can fuel the world, but it's a fuel best refined by those with a sense of humour and the wherewithal to wield it kindly; for the purpose of bold and beautiful works of art.
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It is imperative that the artist reveal through the medium in which he is happiest, what he sees, thinks and feels about his surroundings.
- Franklin Carmichael