Central Okanagan FCA

OASIS 2019

Okanagan Art Show and Inspiration Symposium 2019

The 2019 OASIS Symposium and workshops will be held on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday April 28th at the UBC Okanagan Campus (3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7) and the OASIS Art Show will be held the month of July at the Peachland Art Gallery  

OASIS Art Show

About the Show: A Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) Regional Show organized by the Central Okanagan Chapter (FCA-COC). This is a juried, qualifying show with a full suite of awards.

Location: Peachland Art Gallery, 5684 Beach Avenue, Peachland, BC.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Show Dates: June 29 to July 28 

Participants: Open to all Active and Signature members of the South OkanaganCentral OkanaganNorth Okanaganand TNSC chapters of the FCA. 

To view the paintings from the OASIS 2019 show, click here.


The 2019 OASIS Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 27th followed by Workshops on Sunday, April 28th.  You are welcome to attend just the Symposium or to take in both days.  The workshops have limited registration and tend to fill quickly. 

Date:        Saturday, April 27th, 2018

Location: UBC Okanagan, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7 
                 (Click here for directions and Click here for a campus map)

Itinerary:  In the morning, each of the artists will gve 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.

Tickets are available at the door.

Your ticket for the Symposium includes the chance to win one of several awesome doorprizes!

New for 2019 - Billeting available for out of towners!

We are pleased to be able to offer out of towner attendees the option of being billeted with an FCA-COC members.  If you are interesting this, please contact Kit Bell at kitbell@shaw.ca for more information and to be put in touch with your host!

Symposium Itinerary


Saturday Morning Presentations (times approximate) Location - ARTS 114


9:00 - 9:45 am         Renata Kerr - “Finding Your Own Voice” 

9:55 - 10:40 am       Brian Buckrell - “Confessions of a Workshop Junkie or How Art Became My Second Career”

10:50 - 11:35 am     Jean Pederson- “Inspiration; The Artistic Journey” 

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

12:15 - 1:30 pm       Lunch Break

Saturday Afternoon Demos


1:30 - 3:30 pm        Renata Kerr - Creating an Intuitive Abstract Painting (ARTS 206)

                                 Brian Buckrell - One approach to developing an Acrylic Landscape (ARTS                                                                   108)

                                 Jean Pederson - Mixed Media Techniques (ARTS 204)

Symposium attendees are encouraged to visit all three demos.


Symposium Workshops, Sunday, April 28.


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


9:00 - 4:00 pm          Renata Kerr -  Express Yourself Through Abstract Painting - 

                                                            Acrylics Recommended (ARTS 206)

                                   Brian Buckrell - Developing a Strong Landscape Painting -
                                                               Acrylics or Oils (ARTS 202)

                                  Jean Pederson - Seductive Surfaces - Acrylics (ARTS 204)

(12:00 - 1:00 pm       Lunch Break)

The Guest Artists:



After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in the 1980s, Renata had a successful career as a graphic designer in Ontario and Europe for 25 years, specializing in corporate design. Since moving to Kelowna, British Columbia in 2009, she has rediscovered her love of painting and the opportunity it provides for creative expression. She has brought her extensive knowledge of the fundamentals of design to the painting process, creating works filled with texture, movement and vivid explosions of colour.  

She is an Associate Signature Member (AFCA) of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has won numerous national awards for her paintings. Her work is held in private collections throughout North America. 

In addition to participating in various courses and workshops given by prominent contemporary painters to further her artistic journey, Renata has also conducted workshops to fellow artists on the intuitive process of abstract painting. 

Renata believes in the healing power of art.

For more information, please visit Renata's website.


Brian retired from the University of Guelph (veterinary medicine and agriculture) in 2001 and relocated from Ontario, with his wife Cathy, to Comox, B.C., on Vancouver Island. He began painting seriously in 2004 studying with acclaimed artists in Canada and the US. In 2007, he invested in full time study at the Jeffrey Watts Atelier in Encinitas California, drawing and painting from life. He continues to study with exceptional artists today. 

Brian paints full time - in acrylic and oil. Brian`s paintings are reflective of his love of the outdoors, travel, agriculture and rural communities. The more he paints the more his work moves towards abstracted impressions of his subjects. 

Brian has won numerous competitions and awards for both his studio and plein air paintings in BC. He was an invited participant in the 2016  50th Anniversary Plein Air Competition at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario: his 16x20 acrylic painting won first place. His work has been sited in Arabella Magazine, in South West Art and in the North Light Books: The Best of Acrylics 2014, 2015 , 2016 and Plein Air Magazines- Plein Air Today.  

His paintings have sold across Canada, and internationally. 

Brian is honoured to have been selected into membership of:

  • Society of Canadian Artists   
  • Federation of Canadian Artists

 Brian and Cathy share their time between Courtenay BC (winter months) and Collingwood Ontario (summer months) .

For more information, please visit Brian's website.

Pederson image 2JEAN PEDERSON 

Jean is the author of “Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People”. She has been painting for over twenty years, balancing her strong teaching abilities, and writing with her continuing aspiration to convey her ideas in visual form. 

Jean’s traditional practice includes referential imagery of people, still life, landscape and abstraction. The layering of a variety of media offers Jean an assortment of possibilities within her work; quality of edge, line and texture all play a role within her imagery. Although Pederson is well known for her mastery of watercolours, mixed media has become an important venue for her creative expression. 

The portraits in her paintings are based on people who she has met or impacted her. These subjects in her paintings often reflect different walks of life as well as diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. We are hard pressed to find a period in time when the human figure wasn’t represented. Finding a way to express the human figure in a language that reflects the twenty-first century is perhaps the greatest challenge in figurative work today. 

Jean has work placed in the Royal Collection in Winsor England, and has been honored with numerous National and International awards over the years. In 2005 Jean was the first recipient of the Federation of Canadian Artists Early Achievement Award, granted for her many honors, awards, international writing to promote art education, and consistent, exceptional painting. 

Jean Pederson has exhibited her work Internationally in China, London England, Stockholm Sweden, New York -United Nations, San Francisco, Mexico and across Canada. 

For more information, please visit Jean's website


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