Central Okanagan FCA

OASIS 2017

Okanagan Art Show and Inspiration Symposium 2017

The 2017 OASIS Symposium and workshops will be held on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday April 30th at Okanagan College and the OASIS Art Show will be held the month of July at the Peachland Art Gallery  The Art show will be a National show open to all Active, AFCA and SFCA members of the Federation of Canadian Artists from across Canada.

For more details and to enter the OASIS National Art Show click here!

The 2017 OASIS Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 29th at the Okanagan College Theatre followed by Workshops on Sunday, April 30th in the Centre for Learning Building E.  You are welcome to attend just the Symposium or to take in both days.  The workshops have limited registration and tend to fill quickly.  


:        Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Location: Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC

MapClick here for a map of the campusThere is lots of free parking on weekends.  You may park in any non-handicap marked spot in any of the parking lots.

Itinerary:  In the morning, each of the artists will give a presentation. Following the presentations the artists will participate in a panel discussion with questions from the audience. In the afternoon, each of the artists will do a demonstration in separate rooms.  Attendees are welcome to focus on one demo or to roam from room to room.

For more information on the artists and what topics they will present, see below.

Tickets for the Symposium

Tickets are $30 per person.  Admission is free for students with a valid student card.

Ticket sales online are now closed. Tickets are available at the door.

If you prefer, you may call Kit at 250-868-3525 to purchase tickets over the phone.

Symposium Itinerary


Saturday Morning Presentations (times approximate)


Location: College Theatre, Student Services Building "S"

9:00 - 9:45 am          Andrew McDermott presentation; An Artist's Creative Journey

9:55 - 10:40 am        Ingrid Christensen presentation; "Nature, nurture, and technical  innovation: how we become the artists that we are"

10:50 - 11:35 am       Charlie Easton presentation; Journey from Briton to Canada

11:45 - 12:15 pm       Panel Discussion with presenters; Have your questions answered.

12:15 - 1:30 pm         Lunch Break

Saturday Afternoon Demos


Location: Centre for Learning Building "E"

1:30 - 3:30 pm             Andrew McDermott Demo - (Room E310) Vibrant impressions - Small
             studies in pastel.

                                    Ingrid Christensen Demo - (Room E309) Clothed figure, with oils

                                    Charlie Easton Demo - (Room E308) Taking a plein air study to a  
              completed painting in acrylics

Symposium attendees are encouraged to visit all three demos.


Symposium Workshops, Sunday, April 30.


(Cost $125 each. Pre-registration required with limited spaces available.)


Location: Centre for Learning Building

9:00 - 12:00 pm        Andrew McDermott - Room E310
Urban/Street Scenes in Acrylic

                                 Ingrid Christensen - Room E309
Colour Demystified Using Oils or Acrylics

                                 Charlie Easton - Room E308
"Minimum Fuss, Maximum Enjoyment" Landscapes in Acrylic

12:00 - 1:00 pm        Lunch Break

1:00 - 4:00 pm          Workshops Continue 

The Guest Artists:

Andrew McDermott -1

Andrew McDermott, SFCA

Andrew is the past President and a senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Andrew was born in Bolton, England and moved to Canada at a young age.  Upon College graduation in Graphic Design and Illustration, he studied and further refined his own unique style, winning top awards in both Canada and the US.  His most recent is the Master Circle Medallion for the International Association of Pastel Societies, presented in New Mexico in 2013.  Having many published articles, included The Artist magazine 25 under 40,  Andrew has also had full feature articles in top art magazines such as International Artist, The Artist UK, Magazin'art, and the Pastel Journal.  Andrew is a popular workshop Instructor and gives demos and lessons at many educational facilities, he is a life/figure drawing Instructor for the Illustration department at Capilano University, Langara College, and for the 3D Animation department at the Vancouver Film school. 

Ingrid ChristensenIngrid Christensen - 1

Award winning artist, Ingrid Christensen, was born and raised in Golden, a small town in British Columbia, Canada. She studied art and English at UBC in Vancouver and received an Education degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and, for a time, taught in the public-school system. But art was always Ingrid's primary passion, and she eventually quit teaching in order to pursue it wholeheartedly.

Ingrid is inspired by both the French and Russian Impressionists because of their fascination with the effect of light on colour. Her favourite subjects are figures and landscapes, with a special interest in images of figures in water. This last subject allows her to explore the complexity of light, both direct and reflected, as well as the bravura brushwork that has become her signature.


Her bold and colourful paintings have won honours and awards in both international and national exhibitions. Ingrid teaches oil painting at the Calgary School of Art in Calgary, Alberta and regular workshops in both Alberta and BC. Her work is represented by Rendezvous Gallery in Vancouver, BC, Tutt Art Gallery in Kelowna, BC, Oceanside Art Gallery in Qualicum Beach, BC and by Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery in Portland, ME. Ingrid's paintings are held in the offices of the Alberta Pharmacy Association, who commissioned her to create their Centennial artwork, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and in private collections throughout western Canada, the southern United States and Scandinavia. 

Charlie Easton - 1Charlie Easton, SFCA

Charlie Easton comes from a family of fine British Painters, and is represented by galleries across North America and Europe.

He moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the same scenery that inspired many of the Group of Seven artists. Getting outside to paint is a priority for Charlie, as he tries to capture light, colour and movement in all of his pieces. A prolific painter of landscapes and seascapes in both oils and acrylics, Charlie paints both from his studio in Vancouver and on location around the world.

He is on the board of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, at Emily Carr University, and at many workshops worldwide.

“In my work I invite the viewer to come hiking with me, to ski by my side, and to see the same striking views that enthrall me so much. I paint in a style which mirrors my life motto. Minimum fuss, maximum enjoyment.”

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